StepUp helps students overcome the stigma of addiction and navigate the sometimes tricky landscape of college life by providing a unique living-learning community for students in recovery. It currently serves more than 100 undergraduate students at a time, who live in a dedicated residential facility and attend mandatory support meetings with peers and counselors.
The program has been a resounding success. Students enrolled in StepUp have an average GPA of 3.2 and a 92% drug and alcohol abstinence rate. Retention and graduation rates are also higher than the College's average among students enrolled in the program.
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