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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
Program Contact Email
Phone 660.543.4260
Website Program website
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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, with a 3rd- and 4th-year option.  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: February 15, 2022

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: 24
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Soft-Deadline is December 31st, however we will continue to take applications until May.
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
Program length:
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 84.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 70.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: We also had 5 students return after a year off due to COVID.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $16073.00
Room and board: $2952.00
Program fees: $5550.00
Additional costs:
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
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
  • Varies based on each student.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: THRIVE offers courses that help students be successful in independent living and career readiness skills.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: THRIVE Certificate of Success
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Students taking classes for credit can continue into the university and earn a degree.
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
Additional information about career development and work experience: The THRIVE Program works with departments all over campus and the community to provide internships. They also work with the UCM Career Center to provide more guidance and understanding.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation