Department of Residential Life

Collegiate Recovery Community

Coborn Plaza Apartments

The St. Cloud State Recovery Community is proud to be the first residential recovery community offered at a public university in the upper Midwest.

We offer the highest quality education at an affordable price. In fact, our University is among the top 1 percent most affordable universities in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” ranking for 2016.

The Recovery Community provides a safe and welcoming environment where students in recovery can receive support while working to obtain a college degree.

It 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.

Recovery Community in the News

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


Redefining the College Experience

Recovery Campus Magazine

page 16 feature
page 30 article

Campus media reports

KNSI Radio

Huskies in Recovery newsletter (PDF)

Aug/Sept 2017
Dec/Jan 2017

August 2016
May 2016

Recovery Community is the proud recipient of the 2014 MNSCU Innovative Student Affairs Program Award and the 2016 NASPA IV East Innovative Program Award.

About Recovery Community

Our collegiate recovery community supports St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College students who have struggled with substance abuse and addiction and now are now committed to sobriety.

We are among the leading universities across the country that have established residential collegiate recovery communities. These programs have proven highly successful; their students have emerged as vibrant campus leaders, typically achieving higher average GPAs than their campus peers.

Recovery Community offers:

  • 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

Recovery Community brochure (PDF)

STARS brochure (PDF)

What 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 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.


The 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


Recovery Community members must pay tuition and room and dining fees. There are no additional costs.

Members may apply for a $1,000 - Mary Beth Wedum Recovery Community Scholarship each semester.

Students Taking Action in Recovery and Service

In addition to our living community, students are able to get involved with our student organization called Students Taking action in Recovery and Service. S.T.A.R.S. offers hope, self-advocacy, education, and guides students to make responsible choices that support their academic endeavors and their recovery and wellness plans. STARS is inclusive to all students.

All students interested in recovery, wellness and success are encouraged to join.  We meet once a week to discuss service opportunities and advocacy initiatives. In addition, we plan and host many social opportunities for members and the community at large.

Support Group Meetings

St Cloud is home to a variety of support group meetings including AA, NA. Al-Anon, CMA, All Recovery, SMART Recovery and Celebrate Recovery. The Alano Club, with 30 meetings per week, is located across the Mississippi River from campus.

At St Cloud State, we have three support group meetings every week: AA,NA and All Recovery.


Students are admitted into the Recovery Community on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Each applicant must complete, and abide by, a Recovery Community Agreement, pledging to maintain sobriety and foster community outcomes.

Application Materials (PDFs)

Additional Resources

The Recovery Community partners with UCHOOSE for education and support services.


The work we do would not be possible without the generous support of the many individuals, families, foundations, and companies. 

To support the mission of our program, consider making a tax-deductible donation. Be sure to select "SCSU Recovery Community Fund" in the fund-designation tab.

Contact Information

Recovery Community
Thaddeus Rybka
Program Coordinator
Phone: 320-308-6119

Department of Residential Life
Phone: 320-308-2166

Phone: 320-308-3981