Application Information

Acceptance Letters will be mailed March 30, 2014

Application Deadline: To Be Determined


In order to begin the admission process please complete the Foundations Program Application to be sent in along with the $200 deposit. Also, include the most recent 504 Plan and/or IEP and the applicant's high school transcript. Please do not fax the IEP or transcripts. All additional required forms may be submitted separately after the initial application, but they are necessary for our final admission decision.


The deposit included with the application is required to confirm a campus visit, including a campus tour and an interview with the Program Director. When the applicant is admitted to the program, the $200 deposit will be applied toward the tuition payment. The check should be made payable to Mercyhurst University and mailed in with the application.

Remaining fee will be due on a date to be determined:

Applicants who are eligible for enrollment in the Foundations Program must be currently enrolled in 11th grade and are students with a diagnosis of Autism (Asperger Syndrome, PDD, and PDD-NOS) who demonstrate the social maturity and developmental ability to participate successfully in a residential setting. Students with emotional or behavioral disorders as a primary diagnosis are not eligible for this program.

For Pennsylvania residents, the Bureau of Autism Services of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare may have available MINI-GRANTS to support students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and families that include an individual with ASD. Click Here to see if you are eligible for this MINI-GRANT.

The following forms are required for admission to the Foundations Program

Click here to print the checklist.

Foundations Program Application with $200 application fee.

Teacher Recommendation Form

KaleidAScope Assessment Survey

Foundations Student Health Record

Summer Course Registration Form

• 504 Plan and/or Individual Educational Plan (IEP)

• High School Transcript

Bradley McGarry
Director of Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst
Office: Old Main 313B
Phone: (814) 824-2451


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