SUCCEED is a post-secondary program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 18 through 25 years. Program participants can earn a Chancellor’s Certificate by completing the two year residential program.

Designed to encourage and develop pathways toward independence, SUCCEED offers an individualized approach to career development and transition toward degree-seeking programs. The curriculum, learning activities, and internships are structured around social interaction, personal development, independent living skills, preparation for employment and/or preparation for a degree-seeking program. 

SUCCEED students live on campus, engage in classes that promote their individual strengths, participate in student life, and experience internship opportunities with local employers.

The program offers specialized core classes that emphasize life and social skills, independent living, academic enrichment, career development, career counseling and field placements to help students focus on employment that matches their skills and interests. Students will live on campus supported by trained Residential Assistants to fully integrate into the residential, social and community life at UMSL. St. Louis Arc will provide ongoing support to campus staff and faculty to ensure the highest quality services.


To provide an opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop the skills necessary to become participating members of their community through full inclusion in university life and, in so doing, to enrich the diversity of the University.