Auburn University System EAGLES Admission Criteria

Auburn University System EAGLES Admission Criteria


18-26 years old (must be accepted into the program by age 24)


Our goal is to provide every student in the EAGLES program with the most rewarding and beneficial postsecondary education experience. Therefore, it is important that students’ skills and interests are consistent with program requirements. Applicants to the EAGLES program must:

Have a diagnosis of intellectual disability;

An intellectual disability is a disability originating before the age of 18 that is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior, which covers a range of everyday social and practical skills.

An intellectual disability can be documented by:
(a) prior eligibility evidence of special education services under IDEA as a student with an intellectual disability,

(b) an evaluation and diagnosis of an intellectual disability from a psychologist or other qualified professional, or

(c) a record from a government agency (e.g., vocational rehabilitation) that identifies the intellectual disability.

Applicants must meet the criteria of having an intellectual disability as defined in the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008 (U.S.C. 110-315§760).

Applicants must also:

1. Demonstrate functional independence necessary for program participation;

2. Demonstrate sufficient social and emotional maturity and stability necessary for program participation;

3. Demonstrate desire and motivation to participate in a college experience to increase independence;

4. Have successfully completed a high school program receiving a diploma or exit document (e.g., certificate of high school completion, special education diploma, occupational diploma, standard diploma, modified diploma);

5. Have basic reading, writing, and verbal communication skills;

6. Be able to understand instruction and follow rules;

7. Be able to read and write approximately at a third-grade level;

8. Have basic understanding of addition and subtraction;

9. Use technology (e.g., email, cellular phone, laptop, tablet, internet, and word processing) on a basic level;

10. Be able to remain unsupervised for 12 hours;

11. Be able to sit through and attend a class period (1.5 hours);

12. Be able to participate in coursework and campus life with scaffolded supports, including fading of supports;

13. Be able to respond appropriately to changes in routine, with changes sometimes being unexpected; can be flexible in fluctuating circumstances;

14. Have the potential to be successful in competitive employment situations (work experience, or volunteer experience is required prior to entering the program);

15. Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who encourage his/her independence and support the student in being autonomous with their goals;

16. Have no history of significant behavior or emotional problems that would interfere with program participation;

17. Have skills necessary to navigate a college campus, with limited support;

18. Be independent in handling his/her own medication, medical needs, specialized dietary and/or medical needs, as well as in the use of his/her own medication (Auburn University staff is not available to manage/administer medications. The EAGLES program also does not diagnose, evaluate, or treat medical conditions, including mental health conditions. The EAGLES program does not take responsibility for specialized diets or medical needs.);

19. Have a laptop computer and cellular phone in order to access the EAGLES program and staff;

20. Participate in a mandatory Auburn University Camp War Eagle and program orientation, as well as mandatory EAGLES social activities; and

21. Have the ability to read, understand, and comply with Auburn University policies and procedures, including the Auburn University Student Code of Conduct.