A Northwestern student and professor meet with a NEXT program participant.

Northwestern NEXT Campus Life & Learning for Students with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

What's next? For many 18- to 24-year olds, it's college or a college-like experience that serves as a transition to independent living, a job and adulthood. Through Northwestern NEXT, students with intellectual or developmental disabilities can participate in campus life and learning at Northwestern College. Our two-year program offers students with disabilities the opportunity to:

  • Live in a college residence hall with a specially selected roommate/peer mentor
  • Participate in campus activities and social events with same-aged peers
  • Take specialized classes in life skills, including practical academics, independent living, social competence, interpersonal relationships, and career readiness
  • Audit up to 9 credits per semester of pre-approved courses from the college catalog