EAGLES Frequently Asked Questions

What is an 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).

Is intellectual disability determined by only an IQ test?

According to the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2019), “No. The evaluation and classification of an intellectual disability is a complex issue. There are three major criteria for intellectual disability: significant limitations in intellectual functioning, significant limitations in adaptive behavior, and onset before the age of 18.

The IQ test is a major tool in measuring intellectual functioning, which is the mental capacity for learning, reasoning, and problem solving. A test score below or around 70—or as high as 75—indicates a limitation in intellectual functioning.

Other tests determine limitations in adaptive behavior, which covers three types of skills:

  • Conceptual skills—language and literacy; money, time, and number concepts; and self-direction,
  • Social skills—interpersonal skills, social responsibility, self-esteem, gullibility, naïveté, social problem solving, and the ability to follow rules, obey laws, and avoid being victimized,
  • Practical skills—activities of daily living (personal care), occupational skills, healthcare, travel/transportation, schedules/routines, safety, use of money, use of the telephone.

Retrieved from: aaidd.org/intellectual-disability/definition/faqs-on-intellectual-disability

All applicants must submit recent testing/evaluations that was conducted within 3 years of the date submitted. Documentation must include IQ scores, adaptive behavior scores, and evidence of intellectual disability prior to age 18.

What is the mission of the EAGLES program?

The mission of the EAGLES program is to prepare students with intellectual disabilities to accomplish their potential as they transition to become a contributing member of society by providing students with an inclusive and residential postsecondary education. The EAGLES curriculum focuses on academic enrichment, leadership and advocacy skills, social skills instruction, career development, and health awareness.

Who teaches the EAGLES students?

For Auburn University courses, the EAGLES students are taught by professors, instructors, or graduate assistants. For EAGLES program-specific courses, the EAGLES students are taught by the EAGLES program Instruction Coordinators, faculty, and graduate students.

What is the admission criteria?

Admission criteria can be found on the EAGLES Admission Criteria page.

How many applicants are offered admission each year?

We will accept between 4 and 8 students. This is contingent upon students meeting the criteria for admission and scoring appropriately during an on-campus interview that includes situational assessments and individual interviews with the prospective candidate and at least one parent or legal guardian.

How do I apply?

Applications for Fall of 2022 are closed.

To apply for Fall 2023 admission, submit a completed EAGLES application, including all requested documentation and references. The application will open July 1, 2022, and close in early September.

An anonymous screening committee will review all completed applications after the deadline—there are no exceptions made to our timeline. If an applicant is selected for an interview, an email notification will be sent to schedule a mandatory on-campus interview for sometime in October 2022.

All applicants accepted for the 2023 Fall EAGLES cohort will be notified in November. Full admission into the program is contingent upon completing the required “next steps” by December 2022. The “next steps” include:

  • completing a separate Auburn University application
  • paying the $50.00 application fee
  • paying the $250.00 Auburn University enrollment fee
  • paying the $5,000.00 EAGLES Program deposit (credited to your student’s e-bill)
  • registering for Preparation Modules that begin in January 2023

If you have any questions, please contact the EAGLES program, by email.

Can students commute to campus?

The EAGLES program is a residential program which means students are required to live on campus in the dorms during the first two years of the program and in approved off-campus housing, in Auburn, during the last two years of the program. Students must be invited back to attend each year. At this point, there is not a commuter student option.

What is the length of the program?

The basic program option is two years and the advanced program option is four years.

What do students earn by attending this program?

Upon successfully completing and exiting the EAGLES basic program, students earn a Career Readiness Certificate endorsed by Auburn University, not the State of Alabama. Upon successfully completing and exiting the EAGLES advanced program, students earn an Independent Living Readiness Certificate endorsed by Auburn University, not the State of Alabama.

How do I schedule a campus tour?

The EAGLES program is not able to accommodate all requests to schedule 1:1 tours of the EAGLES program. On rare occasions, this may be possible. The best way to learn more about the program, gain a comprehensive overview of our structure and supports, take a tour, and speak to students, staff, and peer mentors, is to register to attend a Preview Day! The next Preview Day is scheduled for Monday, September 12, 2022. Register for Preview Day!

What is the cost of the program?

Academic Tuition: In accordance with Auburn University’s tuition fees.

EAGLES program fee: $15,000 per semester.

Required Auburn University Dining Plan: Approximately $1,100 per semester.

Housing and Residence Life: Approximately $5,000 per semester.

Financial assistance and limited scholarships may be available.

Costs do not include books, materials, or other course required expenses for a college student.

What classes do EAGLES students take while in the program?

Please visit the EAGLES Curriculum page to find out more about the classes taken by the EAGLES students.