UCLA Extension



Thank you for your interest in Pathway at UCLA Extension. Pathway is a college program for young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The program combines academic classes with social, recreational, and vocational opportunities on the beautiful UCLA campus.

Our goal is to help our students become self-advocates and make choices about their own futures. We provide the academic, life and job skills training necessary for Pathway students to lead independent, happy, and fulfilling lives.


Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Be at least 18 to 25 years old when starting Pathway
  • Have completed high school with a diploma, certificate of completion, or equivalent
  • Be able to safely get around campus independently after initial orientation
  • Be able to actively participate in completing the Pathway application and interview process
  • Have basic safety skills in unsupervised settings
  • Have family support and a personal desire to be successful in all aspects of Pathway
  • Meet eligibility criteria for Regional Center services or have the ability to purchase services privately

Other qualities include but are not limited to: strong social and adaptive skills, enthusiasm for learning and the college experience, and a desire to live independent from their family.


Admissions Process: 

Applications are accepted from October through May or until admissions have been filled. Admissions interviews will be scheduled beginning in January.  Candidates will be contacted via phone to schedule an in-person interview once all application materials have been received and reviewed. Following the completion of the application process, candidates will be notified of our admissions decision as soon as possible, and always within 30 days of their interview.

Students participating in the Pathway residential program will enter as a cohort each fall. The incoming cohort will be filled as students accept the offer of admission and pay the required deposit. Once the cohort is filled, admissions may be closed, and subsequent applicants may be placed on a waiting list for admission. Eligible applicants that cannot be accepted for space reasons may be placed on alternate status for fall admission contingent on other students accepting or declining our admission offers.

Paper applications are no longer be accepted, with the exception of a few required documents (indicated below).


Checklist of application materials:

Material Description Submission Type
Application (Currently available for the 2019-2020 year) online
Personal Statement online, mail, email
Recent Photo/Headshot online
Reference Form – 3 Required – MUST DOWNLOAD AND PRINT mail, email
Regional Center IPP (if applicable) mail, email
Exit IEP (if applying within 2 years of graduation or completion) mail, email
$75 non-refundable application fee (collected upon application submission) online


Application materials that need to be sent in can be addressed to:

Pathway at UCLA Extension
Attn: Jessica Broutt
1145 Gayley Avenue, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Email: pathway@uclaextension.edu