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THRIVE Program

THRIVE Program
University of Central Missouri
THRIVE Program
Lovinger 1270, University of Central Missouri
520 S. Maguire
Warrensburg, MO 64093-5187
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Program Contact Michael Brunkhorst
Phone 660.543.4260

The THRIVE Program provides a 2-year residential college experience for young adults with intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities, building skills for transitioning from home to independence.  THRIVE is a certificate program (not an accredited college degree program).  Graduating students will receive a Certificate of Success along with their personal portfolio.  Because the curriculum program will be tailored to the individual skills and needs of these students, some may go on to earn a degree with the proper supports.

Program information submitted: March 10, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 16
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Soft Deadline of December 31st but open until filled.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • As long as they have a developmental or intellectual disability they are eligible for our program.
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 70.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 46.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: Due to Covid we had 8 students between first and 2nd years that took a year off.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $8306.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $8306.00
Room and board: $9196.00
Program fees: $5550.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Incidental costs incurred by typical college expenses.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
  • We have additional ideas on the following webpage that families have been able to utilize in the past.
Scholarships available: THRIVE also has two need's-based scholarships that families can apply for.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: The courses for credit/audit are based on each student's ability level.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes: THRIVE has classes related to independent living, career readiness, and others to help the student succeed in college and life in general. They also take classes based on their individual interests that can be in many other areas on our college campus.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Succes (In desired area)
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 25%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 42%
We offer the following specialized credentials: The students have Job Shadowing opportunities to help them decide on their internships in our program.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Our students are encouraged to join any of the clubs on campus and can participate in the activities on our campus.