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Edinboro University was founded in 1857 as the Edinboro Academy, a school funded and governed by the citizens of Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Residents collected $200 for one acre of land along with $3,200 to build one two-story building which still stands today.
The school became the second Normal School in Pennsylvania in 1861 and was renamed Northwest State Normal School with a mission to educate teachers. The school was purchased from the town citizens in 1914 and renamed Edinboro State Normal School. The mission to create well-educated teachers continued but academic programs were added in liberal arts. By 1927, the focus of the school had changed and it was once again renamed Edinboro State Teachers College.
As programs outside the education field grew, the school once again changed its name to Edinboro State College. The school gained university status in 1983, becoming Edinboro University.
Today, there are 6,181 students enrolled at Edinboro University, representing 34 countries, 49 states and 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It is one of the few colleges in the country to offer a program specifically for students with autism.
Edinboro University Accreditation Details
Edinboro University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Regional accreditation indicates to employers, parents and students that the school offers the highest quality of education and that graduates are well-prepared for careers in their chosen field of study. In addition, programs at the university are accredited by the following organizations:
- Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing
- Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
- American Chemical Society
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
- Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
- Council on Social Work Education
- National Association of School Psychologists
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Edinboro University Application Requirements
Students who have earned their high school diploma or GED but have not earned any college credits since graduation are considered first-year students. Students must complete the application and provide official high school transcripts along with ACT or SAT scores. Some programs require higher minimum GPAs or test scores as well.
Students who have earned college credit after high school graduation are considered transfer students. They must complete an application and provide official high school transcripts. They must also provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Graduate students must complete an application and provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. One of the transcripts must display the conferring of a bachelor's degree or higher. Students may also be required to provide official standardized test scores depending on the program they plan to enter.
Edinboro University Tuition and Financial Aid
Full-time undergraduate tuition is $3,619 for Pennsylvania residents and $5,429 for non-residents. Full-time online tuition is $3,619 for residents and $3,981 for non-residents. Graduate tuition is $483 per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents and $725 for non-residents. Some undergraduate and graduate degree programs have higher tuition costs.
Edinboro University understands that the cost of college can be significant. For this reason, the Financial Aid Office works to provide students with a desire to learn the financial support they need to attend. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive assistance. Aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans or work-study programs.
Edinboro University Program(s) Available
Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success (BASIS)
The Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success (BASIS) helps college for students with autism more accessible. The program is offered through the Office for Students with Disabilities and is recognized as one of the leading programs for students who are on the spectrum. The program provides students with an individualized support program that helps them address difficulties they may have with academics, communication, daily living skills, employment readiness and social skills.
Because college for students with autism can be difficult due to their inability to communicate or manage social situations, BASIS provides peer advising at the social and academic level. Students enrolled also work with a transition coach on a weekly basis. They are also provided testing and classroom accommodations that they may need as part of their disability. Students receive writing specialist services and are provided social activities based on their comfort level.
The mission of the program is to focus on the individual and their needs when it comes to managing college life with the restrictions that often appear in students on the spectrum. The program recognizes each student's individual needs and provides them with the accommodations necessary for success.
The program ensures that students on the spectrum receive the help they need while helping other students learn more about autism. Students are able to make a smoother transition from home to college and lets them learn to function as an independent adult.
The Office for Students with Disabilities at Edinboro has a 40-year history of serving students with a wide range of disabilities, whether they are mental, intellectual and physical. The office recognizes that each student is an individual, working with each student one-on-one to be sure they receive the support they need to succeed at the college level and beyond. The university focuses on providing all students with many opportunities in an effort to help them achieve their goals.
Students in the program are able to choose their own fields of study. The program simply provides them with additional resources to help them work through any challenges they may face due to their disability.
Edinboro University's BASIS program makes college for students with autism more attainable. The program is designed to help those who have been placed on the autism spectrum, whether it is autism, Asperger's or something else, achieve their higher education goals. Edinboro University understands that people on the spectrum have significant difficulties in new settings as well as with social interactions that most other people take for granted. For this reason, the Office for Students with Disabilities at Edinboro University created the BASIS program to address these issues.