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Admissions Criteria & Process

Applying to the THRIVE Program:

Students wishing to apply to be a student in the THRIVE program need to submit their applications by the last day of February, for the upcoming Fall semester. This two-year program starts in the Fall semester and then continues until graduation in May of the following school year.

To be admitted into the THRIVE program, candidates must be:

  • 18-25 years old at time of application
  • Have a diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability prior to the age of 18.
  • Possesses sufficient emotional maturity and stability to participate in all aspects of a supported residential college-based program.
  • Have been eligible for a free, appropriate public education and have the ability to participate in an independent living environment.
  • Demonstrates the ability to accept and follow reasonable rules and behave respectfully towards others.
  • The motivation for continuing and ability to participate in an independent living environment.

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 are with 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.

December 31st is the priority date for accepting applications for the coming academic year.


The process of admissions into the THRIVE program are as follows:    

Submit the following items to THRIVE program (by mail only, in one packet):

  • Provide complete and current documentation of disability
  • Participate in an interview with THRIVE staff


For more THRIVE information please continue to look through the website, at FAQ's or contact the THRIVE Director.

THRIVE Director:

UCM-Lovinger 1275
520 S. Maguire Street
Warrensburg, MO 64093



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