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Recovery Community

Recovery Community

Coborn Plaza Apartments

The St. Cloud State University

Collegiate Recovery Community

The St. Cloud State University Recovery Community is proud to be the first residential recovery community offered at a public university in the upper Midwest.  As such, we offer the highest quality education at an affordable price.  In fact, our University is listed in the top 4% of the most affordable universities in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” ranking for 2013.

Mission Statement

The St. Cloud State University Recovery Community provides a safe and welcoming environment where students in recovery can receive support while working to obtain a college degree. This residentially based program applies best practice strategies that assist students in developing the behaviors and skills necessary to allow them to succeed academically, personally and professionally while in recovery.

SCSU Recovery Community in the News

Recovery Campus Magazine, page 16 feature

Recovery Campus Magazine page 30 article

KNSI Radio


Huskies in Recovery-May 2016 Newsletter

Huskies in Recovery-April 2016 Newsletter

Huskies in Recovery-January 2016 Newsletter



Recovery community Award

The recovery community is the proud recipient of the 2014
MNSCU Innovative Student Affairs Program Award

What is the SCSU Recovery Community?

Our collegiate recovery community supports those who have struggled with substance abuse and addiction and now recognize the need to completely abstain and make a commitment to quality sobriety as they pursue a college education at St. Cloud State University or St. Cloud Technical and Community College. We are among a unique list of leading university campuses across the country that have established residential collegiate recovery communities. These programs have proven highly successful; as their students have emerged as vibrant campus leaders, typically achieving higher average GPAs than their campus peers.

The St. Cloud State University Recovery Community consists of
the following key elements:

  • Safe, supportive on-campus housing
  • Weekly support group meetings
  • Clinical services
  • Sober social events and activities
  • On-site support staff
  • Scholarships
  • Peer to peer support
  • Campus and community information, referrals and advocacy
  • Community service opportunities

What the SCSU Recovery Community is NOT:

We are not a treatment program or facility.  We do not provide residential or outpatient treatment services.  We do not work with government programming such as drug court, probation or parole.  We are not a halfway house.  We do not provide medication-assisted recovery.  We provide support to SCSU students who have been in active recovery for a minimum of six months and have a strong desire to continue to live a sober life.  Please see the above list of the services and support we do offer.


Where is the Recovery Community located?

The St. Cloud State University Recovery Community is located in the Coborn Plaza Apartments. This high amenity facility provides a perfect environment for students committed to maintaining their sobriety while also pursuing a college degree and participating as members of a traditional college community.

This spacious facility offers each student a furnished private bedroom and bath in a four-person apartment unit. 

Amenities include:

  • Private bedroom with individual lock
  • Walk through closet with attached private bath
  • Apartments are fully furnished, including full-size beds
  • Dishwasher, range/stove, microwave, refrigerator, and garbage disposal
  • Air conditioning
  • Expanded basic cable and internet provided
  • Full size washer and dryer in each unit
  • Heated/ secured parking garage available
  • Convenient retail shops on the first floor of the complex

See for yourself! Take a virtual tour of Coborn Plaza Apartments:

What does it cost?

Those participating in the Recovery Community have to be a fully admitted student to either St. Cloud State University or St. Cloud Technical and Community College and pay tuition, room and dining fees. However, there are no additional costs to being a member of the Recovery Community.  In fact, students admitted into the Recovery Community are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship each semester they are in the program (Fall and Spring semester).

For more information on the estimated cost of attending SCSU, please click here:


How do I apply?

Acceptance into the Recovery Community requires admittance to SCSU or SCTCC and completion of Recovery Community Application packet, interview and acceptance by the Recovery Community supervisory team.  Links to the application materials are provided below.

Students are admitted into the Recovery Community on a first come, first serve basis.  We encourage interested students to submit their application materials early in order to secure the best chance for admission into the community.

Each participant is required to complete and abide by a Recovery Community Agreement, pledging to maintain sobriety and foster identified community outcomes.

Application Materials:

RC Application Packet
RC Recommendation Form
RC Checklist

Recovery Community Housing Agreement Addendum
Recovery Community Brochure
Stars Brochure (front cover)
Stars Brochure (back cover)

What if I am not in recovery, but want to get involved?

We encourage you to join our student organization, Students Taking Action in Recovery and Service (STARS).  STARS is a student organization that promotes having fun without the use of drugs and alcohol. Their main mission is to be of service to the community.  STARS is inclusive to all students and you don't need to be in recovery to join. All that is required is a desire to help those in need. They meet every two weeks to discuss service opportunities as well as plan events on or off campus.  For more information on STARS, please e-mail:

For more information:

On Admission to St. Cloud State University:

Office of Admissions

On the Recovery Community
Department of Residential Life

Where can I find additional resources?

The SCSU Recovery Community partners with U-CHOOSE to provide resources in the area of alcohol and other drug prevention and support services.  For a listing of  available resources please visit:

Get connected to us:



Grant/Funding Information:

The St. Cloud State Recovery Community is funded through charitable contributions made by donors and sponsors.   Special thanks to the Stacie Mathewson Foundation and to the Centracare Health Foundation for their partnership and support of the SCSU Recovery Community.

If you would like to donate to our program, please visit:


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