latin verb: present active \ niteo \ bloom or thrive; shine

NITEO is a one-semester (September-December or January-May) program comprised of nine wellness and academic-oriented classes that meet at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation on the Boston University campus three days per week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students also meet weekly with a College Coach for highly intensive, individualized support to identify their strengths and areas of need and learn and practice the tools necessary for a successful return to college and/or work. Students are on-site ~14 hours/week while attending classes and participating in Coaching. Learn more about applying to NITEO.


While students who complete NITEO do not receive college credit, the program is built to support those enrolled in college coursework simultaneously. Approximately one quarter of NITEO students enroll in for-credit coursework during their time in NITEO.

The fee for one semester of NITEO (~14 weeks) wellness and academic classes and College Coaching is $8500. We do not work with insurance companies. Financial assistance, through the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, may be available to students and families based on need.

NITEO Semester Schedule


Example of NITEO Semester Schedule


NITEO Course Descriptions


Career Seminar: An investigation of students’ educational and vocational identity and goals. Students explore college majors and career tracks based on personal values and ambitions.

Wellness Seminar: An exploration of various domains of wellness and resiliency. Emphasis is placed on developing healthy interpersonal skills, stress hardiness, and self-care.

PhotoVoice: An examination of social justice and empowerment through photography. Students construct narratives as young adults living with mental health challenges.

Open Studio: Students practice wellness strategies and interpersonal communication skills through engagement in expressive arts including music production, painting, and photography.

Academic/Advanced Academic Seminar: Through a series of intensive workshops and completion of an on-line college course, students apply and develop their academic skills and executive functioning.

Writing Seminar: Students practice and enhance their critical reading comprehension, expository writing, and time-management skills through weekly discussions and writing exercises.

Developing Mindfulness and Stress Resilience: A survey of mindfulness-based practices and techniques that cultivate hopeful thinking and build resilience and self-compassion.

Ideas Worth Discussing: A series of student-led discussions about current events and topics of interest. Students practice communication and leadership skills through discussion participation and facilitation.

My Boston: A series of student-selected excursions throughout the Boston area to various museums, parks, and events.

Book Club/Writing Seminar: Discuss student-selected books and short stories, and write expository essays on a topic or theme related to the book.

Supported Study Hall (optional): A structured and supported opportunity for students to attend to coursework, NITEO assignments, and college re-entry and employment applications on-site.




The Services Division at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is an inspiring educational environment where persons who have had behavioral health experiences find hope, become empowered by actualizing their dreams through setting goals to live, learn, work and live well in their chosen communities. Participants are “students” who work with faculty and “Coaches” who help them achieve their goals successfully and with satisfaction. Students gain knowledge, skills and supports to live their lives fully. The Center does not provide medical treatment: We do not prescribe or deliver medications or therapy.