Cutting Edge Students and faculty posing for a photo.


Entrance into the Cutting Edge Program require that the student:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have an intellectual or developmental disability
  • Have the desire to go to college
Students are encouraged to apply at least one year in advance. September 1st - November 30th (one year prior to entry). If the student wants to be admitted for Fall 2025, they should apply in the Summer or Fall of 2024. Student who interview will be notified of admittance status in February.

Admission to the Cutting Edge Program is based on several factors. We typically receive more applications than we have available spots for interviews. Submitting the application materials does not guarantee an interview or admission into the Cutting Edge Program. We recommend families begin preparing their materials by September.

Applications should include the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee (paid Online)
  • Recent Photo
  • Official Transcripts
  • At least one letter of reference (Not a Family Member)
  • One-page essay - "Why I Want to Go to College"
  • Current IEP or Re-Evaluation
  • *Parent Survey
  • *Two Teacher Survey’s

* Once the above materials have been received, a survey(s) will be emailed, from Cutting Edge,  directly to the parent and teachers respectively, for completion.

Open House

The Cutting Edge Open House is held twice a year. Once in the fall and once in the spring. The Open House is a great opportunity for prospective families to learn about the program, meet with current students and families, and meet with our staff.

Virtual Cutting Edge Fall Open House

Friday, October 2, 2020

9:00-10:00 am
Program Overview with Cutting Edge Staff
10:00-10:30 am
Cutting Edge Student Panel
10:30-11:00 am
Cutting Edge Parent Panel

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Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program

Registration for 2021 Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer will open January 8th, 2021

This program is for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are 16 to 21 years old, and have a desire to go to college in the future. This program serves students with disabilities and serves a range of abilities. Participants must be able to dress themselves, eat independently, and administer their own medications.

This one-week summer program provides exposure to an on campus college experience.  During this week-long program students attend classes, are engaged in campus life, explore our Madison community, live in residence halls, and build connections with peers, staff, and faculty. This week-long program accepts up to 15 participants and is a “Parent-Free Zone.”