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THRIVE Admissions Criteria

Applying to the THRIVE Program

Students wishing to apply to be a student in the THRIVE program need to submit their applications by the January 1st of the upcoming fall semester. This two-year program starts in the fall semester and continues until graduation in May of the following school year.

To be admitted into the THRIVE Program, candidates must:

  • be between 18 and 25 years of age at the time of admission
  • have been diagnosed with an intellectual, cognitive, or developmental disability prior to the age of 18
  • demonstrate basic literacy skills in reading, writing, and math
  • possess a desire and potential to benefit from a post-secondary educational experience, but be unlikely to meet the usual college admission criteria or to be successful in a traditional college degree program
  • be motivated to become an independent adult
  • possess sufficient emotional maturity and stability to participate in all aspects of a residential college-based program, with supports
  • demonstrate the ability to accept and follow reasonable rules and behavior respectfully towards others
  • agree to attend and participate in classes and activities related to the THRIVE program
  • be able to administer any necessary medications independently**
  • participate in an interview without support from family/support person, if selected for an interview
  • be available to attend THRIVE Camp the summer before, if accepted

Once an application is submitted, the THRIVE staff reviews the applications to determine their initial eligibility into the program. Then the THRIVE staff will invite those that are eligible to interview with the staff. These interviews include the family and the student wishing to be in the program. After interviews are completed, award letters are sent to prospective THRIVE students for acceptance for the next fall class.

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2023!

THRIVE Admissions Process

Please submit the following items by mail in ONE packet or email the documents to with your student's name in the subject line of the email:

You will also need to participate in an interview with THRIVE staff.


Michael Brunkhorst
THRIVE Director
Lovinger 1270
Tel: 660-543-4260
Fax: 660-543-4167


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