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THRIVE Program

You are invited to the THRIVE Open House:

1st Monday in October
2nd Monday in February


About our Program


The last day of February is the priority date for accepting applications for the following academic year.

Program Description

  • 2-year residential college experience                    
  • For intellectually challenged young adults
  • Building skills for transitioning from home to independence.

THRIVE logoT  -  Transformation
H  -  Health
R  -  Responsibility
I   -  Independence
V  -  Vocation
E  -  Education

Young adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities have the opportunity for a 2-year residential college experience at University of Central Missouri, transitioning from home to independence.

While seeking a certificate of success, students 18-25 years of age will participate in seminars, classes, and courses for credit, to develop:
--new skills
--wellness practices
--job skills

-- Aptitude


THRIVE students are integrated with degree-seeking students in University Housing, Campus Activities, social activities, and classes.
THRIVE students with potential for earning a college degree will be guided toward the general admissions process of the University.

Admissions materials are available if you click here.

Here is the 2015-2016 cost sheet for the program. Future costs may vary.

For information, email


Funding support for the first two years of operation of THRIVE have been provided by a grant from Expanding College for Exceptional Learners (EXCEL), a not-for-profit organization based in Kansas City,