Bobcat RISE

Bobcat RISE

Bobcat RISE is Texas State University’s four-year residential inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

Who We Are

Proudly established in the College of Education, Bobcat RISE serves students with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire post-secondary education and are ready for independent but supported living on a college campus.  

Bobcat RISE admitted the first cohort of five students in the Fall 2023 cohort with subsequent fall cohorts offering a total of ten enrollment opportunities.

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Bobcat RISE

Bobcat RISE (Resilience, Independence, Self-Determination, Empowerment) is a student-centered program embodying Texas State University's commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. RISE expands the breadth of institutional inclusion by welcoming non-traditional students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and empowering them to develop to their highest potential, govern their own lives, and participate fully and freely in the community as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.

Bobcat Rise Information Session

Check out this video to learn more about Texas State University's inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Bobcat RISE, during this informative hour with the Program Director and prospective applicants for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Our Students

In addition to taking traditional courses, Bobcat RISE students receive support sessions focusing on adjusting to college life, financial literacy, self-advocacy, self-determination, independent living skills, and career development. 

Prospective Students

Admitted students have exited high school. At Bobcat RISE, program staff and advisors use person-centered planning to help students to self-select interdisciplinary courses related to their individualized interests and career goals. Enrolled students have options for fully integrated living with other TXST students through a partnership with American Campus Communities.


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Bobcat RISE Admission Criteria

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    • An individual between the ages of 18 and 23 (must still be 23 on the first day of class). Transfer students are eligible to enter through the age of 28. 
    • Both in-state and out-of-students are eligible to apply
    • Has a documented disability diagnosis of an intellectual and/or developmental disability (ID/DD)
    • Serves as their own full legal guardian. Individuals with ID/DD who have a supported decision-making agreement are also encouraged to apply and decisions will be made on an individual basis.
    • Completed high school with or without a high school diploma, who received services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), been served by IDEA, or completed an alternate assessment portfolio. Students should no longer receive support from their high school at the start of the BOBCAT RISE program
    • Students who were homeschooled or otherwise educated in locations without special education services may substitute diagnostic (medical and educational) materials for the IEP/ARD materials. It should be established that the student would have been eligible to receive special education services had they attended public school.
    • Independently desires to attend college as well as achieve greater independence and future employment
    • Functions independently (e.g., navigate campus on their own or with appropriate support) and participate in semester-long workshops and seminars that last between 90 minutes and 2 hours
    • Has basic functional skills in reading, writing, and mathematics with or without assistive technology
    • Willing and able to live communally and independently with other TXST or Bobcat RISE students in campus housing during the program
    • Displays skills to manage stress and adapt to change or the ability to learn such coping skills with minimal disruption to others. Exhibits responsible and socially adaptive behavior with minimal supervision and appropriate support.
    • Has the sufficient emotional and independent ability to participate in all aspects of the Bobcat RISE program and Texas State University
    • Demonstrates the ability to accept personal responsibility for actions and maintains respect for self and others and understands and follows all TXST safety and health requirements
    • Has limited or no history of disruptive or aggressive behavior.
    • Independently self-administers and manages medication, specialized dietary and/or medical needs.
    • Demonstrates the potential to successfully achieve personal and program goals within the context of the Bobcat RISE program and setting.

Fall 2024 Admissions

The application period for the 2024-25 academic year has closed.

Application Timeline

  • Applications accepted October 1, 2023 to December 1, 2023
  • Application Review will take place in February 2024
  • Applicants will be notified of the invitation to attend an on-campus interview by mid-March
  • On-campus Interviews will take place in early to mid-April

Please contact our office with any questions or concerns regarding the admissions process. 

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Funding Partners

Thank you to the H-E-B Community Fund, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, and the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust for supporting Bobcat RISE


At this time, Bobcat RISE does not have its own separate campus tour, but you can visit Texas State at any time by making reservations here. Reach out to us after you schedule your visit, and if we're free at that time, we'd be glad to sit down and chat!

Bobcat Days

At a Bobcat Day, you'll be able to explore our beautiful campus. There will also be opportunities to mingle with faculty, staff, and student representatives from across campus for an inside look on what being a Bobcat is all about.

Volunteer for Bobcat RISE

We have opportunities for TXST students who want to support Bobcat RISE students in academic and social situations as they integrate into campus life.

Learn more about Bobcat RISE

Want to learn more about the Bobcat RISE program? Our staff is here for you! Please contact us by filling out the form below, and a member of our staff will be in touch with you.

This work is supported by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, D.C. 20201, with a 100% federal funding award totaling $6,121,860. Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of nor are endorsed by ACL, HHS, or the U.S. government.