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About our Collegiate Recovery Program

Oren Gateway Center
The substance-free residence hall is located in Oren Gateway Center.

The Augsburg University StepUP Program is a college recovery-based support program aimed at providing structure for enrolled students. We work to address addiction and mental health concerns all in the same office, which provides a more comprehensive support system for new and ongoing student recovery efforts.

The StepUP Collegiate Recovery Program is for any young adult with six months of continuous sobriety who wants to pursue an undergraduate education at Augsburg University while in recovery from alcohol and/or other drugs. See how to apply on the admission requirements page.  If you do not have six months of sobriety, you can still be part of the StepUp Program in a new, collegiate recovery tiered model .

When participating in the Augsburg University StepUP Program, students are required to:

  • Attend classes regularly
  • Attend mandatory meetings
  • Refrain from using drugs or alcohol

Students in the collegiate recovery program are expected to:

  • Attend weekly counseling sessions
  • Attend community circle meetings

The services provided to students enrolled in the StepUP collegiate recovery program include the following:

  • A sober living college experience in the substance-free residence hall located in the Oren Gateway Center
  • Weekly meetings with alcohol and drug counselors in the StepUP Program designed to monitor and enhance a student’s recovery, academic success, and community living issues
  • Big circle meetings with the entire sober college community
  • Access to a variety of on-campus support services
  • Access to our community of strong alumni from the college recovery program

The StepUp Program is not a treatment program. There is no curfew set in place, and students will not be monitored during their daily activities. Instead, this college recovery program is meant to give students a full, enriched collegiate experience with the support and encouragement they need to stay sober.