This week, the College Consensus ranked Curry’s Program for Advancement of Learning in the top 30 “Best Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities.” Curry is ranked 24th in the national ranking, which includes other notable institutions such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Connecticut, Northeastern University, American University, and DePaul University.
To compile the list, College Consensus averages the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with review scores from students to formulate a unique rating for each institution. The recognition adds to a growing list of accolades for PAL and the nationally recognized program will mark its 50th anniversary this year. Most recently, College Magazine named the College on its roster, “Top 10 Best Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities.” PAL Director Dr. Laura Vanderberg was also selected for the Apple Distinguished Educators award for her pioneering innovations in the iPal program.
The schools named to the list are among the nation’s leaders in their approach to embracing neurodiversity to make their teaching and learning environment richer and more vibrant. In the article, Curry was uniquely credited for how PAL not only serves students with disabilities but also improves the fabric of the entire institution. “Curry can be seen among colleges for special needs students when taking into account the large impact PAL has on the student body. Many students that participate are also in the honors program and become leaders in their fields of choice.”
“College can be challenging for any student, but it can be especially challenging for students with learning disabilities. At College Consensus, we believe schools that recognize the special needs of these students and aim to meet those needs deserve recognition.”