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Admissions 101: Recommend a College for Students With Special Needs

Two years ago, Jay Mathews asked for recommendations on the best schools for students with special needs. No, not just learning disabilities. Jay was looking for everything from the best intramural sports programs to schools that were good at motivating under-motivated male students. The recommendations continue to flow in Jay's discussion in Admissions 101:

Drrico offers two:

St. John's (MD and NM) has an exceptional approach to intramurals. The focus is on participation rather than excellence. Every student is automatically placed on one of eight standing teams, which compete as a group in every intramural sport. Everyone can (and does) participate, no matter their skill level, so that the lessons of leadership, teamwork, and physical activity aren't restricted to the ones who are good at it. It fits right in to their curriculum. Of course, I wouldn't advise anyone to go there for sports if they didn't want the St. John's curriculum.
If my nephew were one of those bright but undermotivated males, I would encourage him to consider Morehouse or Wabash. I can't speak for every college for men, but I know those two and I know they do an exceptional job of motivating men by helping them to find the virtues in academic work (among other things).

Liveyourmyth has another recommendation:

Lewis and Clark in Portland Oregon reaches out to Third Culture Kids or as they are also known, Global Nomads, be they children of exPats, govt or military children or missionary kids, or any other child who has lived in a culture other than one of his or her parents. While International kids get plenty of contact, the global nomad child is kind of batted around, still an American but not quite at home in their own land. Lewis and Clark has a nice outreach to these kids. My daughter was accepted but chose to go instate in VA instead. It was a good fit too!

To add your pick, go to Admissions 101.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 2, 2009; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  Admissions 101  | Tags:  college, intramural sports, special needs  
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