General Eligibility Criteria


Students are eligible to apply to the Thrive Program during their senior year of high school. The application is open December 15, 2019 until the program fills, no later than April 5, 2020.

  • Thrive Eligibility

    Check to see if you're eligible:

    • I have been accepted to KSU as a freshman and will start fall 2020.

    • I have earned fewer than 30 college credit hours through dual enrollment, AP, or IB programs and I have not attended another college (exception dual enrollment) since high school graduation.

    • I will be a full-time student, taking at least 12 credit hours.

    • I am eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.

    • I have selected a major with room for the KSU 1101 course.* 

    • I plan to graduate from KSU in four years.

    *NOTE:  See the list of ineligible majors below.  All other students will be checked to ensure they have room in their degree for the award-winning KSU 1101 First-Year Seminar course, once they’ve applied to the Thrive Program. Please be sure to include ALL credit you will be bringing into KSU where it is requested in the application.

    Email if you have questions.

    Due to program or degree requirements, the following students are not eligible for Thrive:


    Applied Computer Science, Architecture, Construction Management, Dance, Digital Animation, Education, Information Technology (BAS), Engineering (with the exception of Industrial Eng. Technology), International Business, Music Performance, Public Health Education, and Theatre & Performance Studies

    These majors do not have room for the required KSU 1101 course or have their own first-semester requirements that conflict with Thrive requirements.


    African American Male Initiative (AAMI), College of Science and Mathematics Advanced Majors Program (AMP), Global Fellows, and Honors. 

    Each of these programs has requirements that may duplicate or conflict with Thrive during the first semester. Students who join one of these programs should not apply to Thrive.


    Please note that students enrolling in the Summer 2020 semester, as well as students planning to transfer to another school, are not eligible.