Student Thriving in Academics and Recovery

The StepUP Program Mission Statement

The StepUP Program at Augsburg College strives to help students champion lives
of recovery
, achieve academic success, and thrive in a community of accountability and support.

About StepUP

The culture of StepUP is shaped by its values, which emphasizes recovery based on spirituality and the 12-step model.  Students find personal responsibility, integrity, and living a balanced life to be invaluable qualities.

Educational success is strongly supported and encouraged, along with giving back through service to others. Students find themselves thriving in a community that is an alcohol and drug-free environment; which further encourages the development of healthy minds, bodies, spirits, and emotions.

  • A 18-year-old program built on evidence-based and proven techniques, with highly-successful outcomes
  • Staff who are experienced, knowledgeable, licensed counselors
  • Students who are excited about making a difference through service
  • StepUP serves more than 100 students annually (more than 650 since its inception) and is the largest residential collegiate recovery program in the country.
  • StepUP students’ average GPA is 3.20 (of 4.0).
  • StepUP abstinence rate has averaged 93%.
  • There is no additional cost for students to participate in the StepUP program.
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul is a high-density location for 12-step support meetings.