Opening for the 2020-2021 school year, Summit University Residence will provide a dormitory experience for college students with autism and related diagnoses.
Located at 37 Fruit Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, Summit University Residence is within walking distance to two college campuses and within five miles of 10 colleges and universities. The facility will be staffed by trained personnel that will work with your child who attends one of the Worcester Consortium Colleges with the goal of achieving success in and out of the classroom. We recognize that living away from home presents challenges to all students, especially those students with autism or a related diagnosis. Our residential curriculum is adaptable to meet your child's level and will enrich their ability to navigate college and community living to their fullest potential independently.
Although Summit University Residences can accommodate students for their entire college experience, one of our main goals is to help your child develop strategies and skills so they may transition into general campus life within one to two years.
Our mission is for each resident to achieve their full potential in overall independence and responsibility. All students will have training in self-determination, career preparation, life skills, financial management, and navigating transportation both in our residential program and after transitioning from the Summit University Residence.
If you would like more information or you would like to schedule an appointment with a residential counselor, please email us at and/or call us at 508-751-8500.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Living in the Dorm
Students will reside in single or double rooms. Each room is furnished with a twin bed, desk and chair, dresser, closet, and small refrigerator. There are study areas in the dorm with support available from highly trained resident assistants available at all times. There are common spaces where students can relax and interact with their peers.
Resident Centered Instruction
We meet our residents at their current levels and work toward helping them navigate their college experience through individualized support and instruction to help bring about success not only in the classroom but life as well. Growth areas targeted include:
◆ Self regulation
◆ Emotional awareness and control
◆ Working memory
◆ Prioritizing, planning and organization for both academic and daily routines
◆ Problem solving
◆ Decision making
◆ Goal setting
◆ Self awareness and advocacy
Activities of Daily Living
◆ Learning the skills to live independently including cooking, laundry, and household chores.
◆ Learning the skills to live with a roommate and other community members.
Participating in Community Life
A significant part of our mission is to help students make and keep friends. Our students will participate in classes that will teach them to successfully navigate their college environments socially as well as setting goals and tracking progress in doing so. Shared meals, dorm activities, and group outings overseen by a residence assistant are just a few of the methods through which our students will not only become part of their communities but create their own.