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Who Should Apply

VIP serves young adults with special needs who have finished high school and have demonstrated motivation to learn and become independent. Ideal applicants are capable of successfully, safely, and appropriately comporting themselves on a college campus and living in a residence hall. They should read and write at a fifth-grade level or higher and be able to take responsibility for the majority of their daily living requirements. Although they possess certain conditions such as learning or intellectual disabilities, Autism spectrum diagnoses, and neurological impairments, all VIP students are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct and demonstrate effort, accountability, and respect.

How to Apply

VIP has a comprehensive admissions process. Prospective students must submit an application, along with references, a personal essay, school records (including an I.E.P. and transcript), and psychological/intelligence evaluations. A checklist of required materials appears at the end of the application. Neither SAT/ACT test scores nor a high school diploma is required, unless the student wishes to apply to our Associate Degree Support Program.

After reviewing the completed application, the VIP Admissions Committee will arrange interviews with the student and the student's family. Notification of the committee's admission decision will be delivered via mailed letter. Accepted students must enroll and submit a tuition deposit in order to secure their spot in the program.

VIP admits approximately 20–25 freshmen students each year.

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Contact Us

We encourage prospective students and their families to contact VIP prior to applying. Call us at 631.348.3114 or email us at, and we will be happy to answer your questions or set up a videoconference or in-person meeting.

Tours of the NYIT campus and/or the residence hall located at the NYIT Academic Village are available by appointment only. We also host Open House and Information Session events throughout the year. Please contact us at to be added to our email list.

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