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In Partnership with Bethesda College

Now Enrolling for 2018!







for a life of purpose and impact

ImpactU is an immersive, 2-year, post-secondary program for adults aged 18-24 with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program prepares students for employability in a career path, and increases their independent living skills. Students graduate with a Certificate of Applied Learning and a resume of work experiences.

Concordia’s ImpactU students live in the dorms on our small, safe campus, and participate in all aspects of student life. They go to class, eat in the dining hall, perform community service, work in internships and paid jobs, and enjoy the student-centered atmosphere of our small, faith-based college. The program encourages social and emotional growth while building skills in problem-solving, decision-making and self-advocacy. And of course, ImpactU graduates become lifelong Clippers – a valued part of Concordia’s close-knit alumni community.

We are here to help you every step of the way. Call (914) 337-9300 ext. 2230 to speak with Dean Stephanie Squires today!

A College Experience

and so much more

ImpactU was developed in partnership with Bethesda College, a program offered through Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a Christian organization and a national leader in providing support to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them live the lives they want.



Frequently Asked


Who is the program designed for?

The program is designed for students aged 18-24 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These may be neurologically-based, including autism. At this time, the program can only accommodate students who are ambulatory and sighted. Students with disabilities who have demonstrated the potential to earn a traditional college degree may be interested in Concordia Connection.

What do students gain from the program?

The program is designed to produce the following outcomes:

  • Certificate of Applied Learning from Concordia College New York
  • Employability in a career path
  • Increased personal responsibility as a foundation for independent living
  • Resume of internships and paid work experiences in local businesses and organizations
  • Social and emotional growth, enhanced ability to problem-solve, self-advocate, and make decisions
  • Increased awareness of own spirituality and values
  • Greater knowledge of community resources
  • Lifelong connection to Concordia College as valued alumni

Why is Concordia College a good fit for a program like ImpactU? 

Concordia is a small, faith-based college located in the safe and beautiful community of Bronxville, NY. We are proudly diverse, with a nurturing, student-centered ethos. The ImpactU program falls within the college’s Education Division, and benefits from the active engagement of the division’s faculty and student body. 

What are the criteria for admission?

  • 18-24 years of age
  • Developmental disability, autism, and/or intellectual disability
  • Ambulatory
  • Ability to navigate campus after training
  • Developmentally ready to work; motivated to work
  • Ability to self-medicate and visit health services when needed
  • Basic level of judgement regarding safety issues
  • Must not be under legal guardianship
  • HS diploma, Alternately Assessed, CDOS, or similar from outside NY

What qualities will make a student a good fit?

Students will benefit most from the program if they have a desire to learn how to be more independent, and the motivation to work. Successful students will have the ability to navigate their way around our small campus once it becomes familiar to them, and demonstrate a basic level of judgement with regard to safety issues.   

Does the program offer an option to commute? 

Living on campus is an important component of the ImpactU program, so commuting is not permitted. With the appropriate support the program provides, dorm life gives students invaluable opportunities to practice independence and build confidence in their newfound abilities.  

What is the application process?

Separate personal interviews are required for prospective students and their parents. Required submissions include:

  • Completed application form
  • Health records as per Concordia College requirements
  • Vineland II scores
  • Two recommendations from previous school
  • IEP as needed
  • Strengths-based, person-centered plan (this can be created upon admission)