500 University Avenue West, Minot, ND


Welcome to ASTEP (Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment  Program)! ASTEP is an inclusive college program for students with intellectual  and developmental (I/DD) disabilities. Located at Minot State University since 2010, ASTEP partners with MSU and Dakota College at Bottineau to provide the only program in North Dakota to support young adults with I/DD to attend college. Twenty students attended annually from all over the state as well as from neighboring states.

In an inclusive and supportive environment, ASTEP students attend college courses with students who don’t have disabilities, earn meaningful credentials, gain employment and learn independent living and social skills. ASTEP’s goal is to make the dream of college a reality for students with I/DD and create quality futures for these individuals to live and work in their communities.

ASTEP is currently accepting student referrals for the upcoming  academic year. Please contact us today or complete the ASTEP Referral Form.

This project is funded in part by the U.S. Dept. of Education Office or Post-Secondary Education, TPSID Grant to NDCPD at Minot State University (#P407A150053)