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 will serve 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 will admit 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 Virtual Informational Meeting

Join us for a virtual information meeting on Monday, October 9, 2023, at 1:00 p.m.. This is an excellent opportunity for students, parents, and educators to learn more!

Our Students

In addition to taking traditional courses, Bobcat RISE students will 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 will have exited high school. At Bobcat RISE, program staff and advisors will use person-centered planning to help students to self-select interdisciplinary courses related to their individualized interests and career goals. Enrolled students will 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.
    • 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
    • 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 2024-2025 academic year will open on October 1. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.
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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

Visiting Texas State University

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!

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.