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A Better Path for Students in Recovery

You can earn a college degree and have a fulfilling college experience while maintaining recovery from addiction. Overcoming addiction is the first part of the journey, but recovery continues after treatment. Colleges and universities provide resources to help students achieve their academic goals during their recovery journey.

What Are Collegiate Recovery Communities?

Collegiate Recovery Communities are safe, supportive environments located on college campuses for students in recovery. The programs provide physical space for recovering students to socialize, host on-campus support group meetings and provide advising and counseling specialists who understand the recovery process.

CRC Pool College student playing pool
Collegiate Recovery Community support group meeting Student searching for a Collegiate Recovery Community on computer

How Does a CRC work?

CRCs are embedded in the college or university’s internal structure. They’re often a branch of a school’s counseling or mental health services, but students play a large role in the program. CRCs are developed by students, and members of CRCs often have a voice in the programming and social activities offered.

Who Is Eligible for a CRC?

Different schools have different eligibility requirements, but in general students must be willing to abstain from alcohol and other drug use. Some schools require letters of recommendation, successful completion of a treatment program or a willingness to participate in group meetings and community service projects.

Student in a Collegiate Recovery Program at the University of Central Florida Collegiate Recovery Community members

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The CRC at UCF grew from recovering students’ desire for peer support on campus. For seven years, several students led separate initiatives to grow the recovery movement that started with on-campus support group meetings in 2009.

Today, the CRC at UCF provides roommate-matching services that allow recovering students to room with other students in recovery. The program has a dedicated physical space for students to interact, and it provides a variety of resources for students seeking a fulfilling, drug-free college experience.

People to Know


Brett Watson Intake Manager at Advanced Recovery Systems

As a student, Brett Watson was instrumental in the development of the CRC at UCF. Today, Brett helps people suffering from addiction find treatment.

Dr. Tom Hall, UCF Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Services

Dr. Tom Hall UCF Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Services

Tom Hall has been a part of the recovery movement at UCF for nearly a decade. He oversaw the development of the CRC at UCF, and he currently oversees CRC programming.

Dr. Timothy Huckaby, Medical Director for Orlando Recovery Center

Dr. Timothy Huckaby Medical Director for Orlando Recovery Center

Dr. Timothy Huckaby is a triple board certified physician and the president of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. He continues to be instrumental in the long-term success of his patients.

Colleges Offering a CRC


  • Arkansas State University
  • Auburn University
  • Baylor University
  • Dalton State University
  • Duke University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Emory University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Indiana University Purdue
  • James Madison University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Longwood University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Maryville University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Missouri State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Schreiner University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Houston
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • University of North Texas
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at Brownsville
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Texas at Tyler
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Wake Forest University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Carolina University


  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Buffalo State University
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Centenary College
  • Cornell University
  • Drexel University
  • Fairfield University
  • Harvard University
  • Pace University, New York City
  • Penn State University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Temple University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • University of Albany
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of the Sciences
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • William Patterson University


  • Augsburg University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Minnesota State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northern State University
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • The College of St. Scholastica
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Winona State University


  • Arizona State University
  • Boise State University
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Central Washington University
  • Colorado State University, Pueblo
  • Gonzaga University
  • Idaho State University
  • Montana State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • San Diego State University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of California, Stanislaus
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Montana
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Redlands
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wyoming
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