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Questions About ENHANCE

What is the admissions process for the ENHANCE program?

Once accepted to Ramapo College of New Jersey, a student can apply to the ENHANCE program. Students may inquire and receive information about ENHANCE at any time.

Is ENHANCE open to commuters as well as resident students?

Yes, the ENHANCE program is open to both commuter and resident students.  We recognize that not all of our students are ready to live on campus and ENHANCE provides peer mentors and social events to assist students in feeling more connected to campus and helping them make a smooth transition to college.

Will people on campus know if a student is in the ENHANCE program?

Confidentiality is an important component of the ENHANCE program and no one will know of a student’s participation in the ENHANCE program without a signed consent form.

Will Resident Assistants be trained to understand the characteristics of ASD?

Residence Life staff receives training to recognize behaviors and characteristics of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better serve this population.

Does the ENHANCE program offer any assistance for parents?

Yes, we understand and respect the challenges that can occur when parenting a child with ASD and intend to offer as much support as possible.

How can students obtain academic accommodations?

Academic accommodations are provided through the Office of Specialized Services (OSS) at Ramapo College of New Jersey.  OSS provides comprehensive services to students with a documented disability.

Does ENHANCE help foster social integration on campus?

ENHANCE offers regularly scheduled social events which are students are encouraged to attend. We assist our students individually, in groups, and through the use of peer mentoring, to join clubs and attend campus events.

Will ENHANCE students have an earlier move-in date?

ENHANCE students have the opportunity to participate in “Drop and Go” where they can move their belongings into their rooms prior to the move-in date.

Is there a separate orientation process for ENHANCE students?

Yes, we will offer a reception for our ENHANCE students and provide introductions to the ENHANCE staff, Counseling and Health Services staff, Office of Specialized Services Staff, and other relevant staff.  We will tour the campus and show students where their classrooms are located.  The Orientation process is designed to provide introductions to other ENHANCE students and to reduce anxiety about transitioning to campus life.

If a student needs help in an interaction with a professor, will you step in?

Yes, there are different ways in which we can assist.  We can strategize together in ways to approach professors, help construct emails, and attend meetings with a student, if necessary.  We will support students with methods to achieve self-advocacy.

Is there a fee for this program?

Yes, there is a separate fee for this program.  Students can use loans and aid to help pay for this program.  New Jersey residents may also contact New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for assistance in paying for a disability related need.

Contact us:

Suzanne Calgi, LCSW, Program Coordinator
201-684-7522
enhance@ramapo.edu