Reach Your Goals

The THRIVE program is about unlocking your unlimited potential, in college and beyond. Join other students with similar experiences and a commitment to their dreams, supported by staff who can guide you and student mentors who have been down this path before. You will find resources and knowledge that will help you realize everything that college has to offer.

Summer Bridge

THRIVE students have a unique opportunity to start their first semester of college before other students. During this time we begin our journey into college, get to know each other, and get a head-start on class for the fall.

First-Year Courses

Our community continues through the academic year, where you will explore a unique curriculum covering the science of a meaningful life. Learn more about who you are in a deep way and what is possible for all of us.


Each new student is paired with an experienced student who has participated in the program and has been successful in college. Start your journey with someone who has been down the road ahead of you and can help you achieve your goals by providing resources and encouragement.

Success Coaching

Receive individual guidance and support from an experienced and certified success coach, who can help you navigate the new landscape of college, and your new life as a college student.

Engagement Beyond the Classroom

Regular trips, often planned by students, take our classroom out into the community, where you can expand your experience and build leadership skills, all with the support of your THRIVE peers.

Paid, On-Campus Employment

THRIVE students have the opportunity to be matched with an on-campus student employment position. These jobs can help you build professional experience and all start at $10.15/hour.

Residence-Based Learning Community*

Have priority access to campus housing, live near your THRIVE peers in the first-year of college, and experience additional events and activities.

*You are not required to live on campus to participate in the THRIVE program.

We Thrive

How to Apply

Here is a complete list of everything you need to do to be part of the THRIVE Program. Links for these items are below and you can always reach out to us if you have a question or need some help.

  1. Apply and be admitted to IUPUI
    If you haven't applied yet, do that first, then continue with the items below once you've been admitted
  2. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  3. Complete the THRIVE application
  4. Complete your financial aid verification (if applicable)

If you plan to live on campus in the fall, complete the next two steps as well:

  1. Apply for IUPUI Housing 
  2. Apply for early housing move-in
    Can only be completed June 1–July 15

Apply today

Contact Us

815 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-5803

This program is made possible by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and IUPUI.

*The amount of financial aid offered to each student will vary and is determined by financial need and other information provided on your FASFA