"I am thrilled to be participating in this program. It opens doors for my students that would otherwise remain shut until after their high school career is over. It has been a learning experience for them and for me. I can't wait to continue this journey with them."
Rising Scholars Instructor
Canton High School
Earn college credit in high school
Why take courses through Northern State University's Rising Scholars Program?
• Simultaneously earn credit toward your high school and college degrees
• Save money
• Get a jump-start on your college courses while in high school
Northern's Rising Scholars Program offers opportunities for qualified high school students to earn college credit while in high school. Take college-level courses in many disciplines including mathematics, English, history, biology, chemistry, art, management information systems and speech communications.
University classes taught at your high school
High school on-site classes are taught by qualified high school instructors who also are qualified as NSU adjunct faculty. Qualified instructors will have a master's degree in the course discipline or a master's degree plus 15 graduate credits in the course's discipline.
Affordable and transferable
High school on-site students pay $40 per credit hour ($120 for a 3-credit course and $160 for a 4-credit course). Students and/or the high school are responsible for lab costs.
Students successfully completing the course will receive college credit for the class. The final course grade will appear on an NSU transcript. College credits will transfer to any South Dakota Regental institution and are likely accepted by most accredited institutions.
Students may still choose (in addition) to take the AP exam.
Qualified high school juniors or seniors are admitted after meeting GPA, ACT score and/or class rank criteria. Minimum ACT and/or Accuplacer placement scores are necessary for math and English courses.
For more information or help with registration, contact NSU Rising Scholars Director Terry Piatz or a participating high school.
High school on-site 2015-16 course offerings
- General Biology I - 4 credits
- Introduction to Literature -3 credits
- Western Civilization I - 3 credits
- Western Civilization II - 3 credits
- Fundamentals of Speech - 3 credits
High school on-site courses will be taught by qualified high school instructors who also are NSU adjunct faculty. Classes will have college-level textbooks, examinations, and grading standards equivalent to those used in classes offered on the NSU campus.
More than 50 percent of the enrolled students must be taking the course for college credit in the Rising Scholars Program.
Classes are subject to minimum enrollments (currently 8 students).
NSU and high school Rising Scholars faculty will meet regularly and work collaboratively to develop and implement curriculum. Northern faculty will support and evaluate the cooperating high school Rising Scholars faculty. Rising Scholars Program teachers also will complete annual discipline-specific professional development.
The Rising Scholars Program is not associated with the Advanced Placement (AP) program or the NSU Center for Statewide E-Learning.