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Rising Scholars Programs

Terry Piatz, Director



1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-7197

E-mail: Terry Piatz

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Rising Scholars Program at NSU
"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.
Northern offers two other dual-credit programs: the High School Dual Credit Program and the E-Learning Dual Credit Program

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.


To register

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.


Registration Form


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
Art 121 - Design I 2D - 3 credits
BIOL 151 - General Biology I - 4 credits
BIOL 151L - Biology Lab - 0 credits
BIOL 153 - General Biology II -4 credits
BIOL 153L - Biology II Lab - 0 credits
CHEM 106 - Chemistry Survey - 3 credits
CHEM 106L - Chemistry Survey Lab - 1 credit
ENGL 101 - Composition I - 3 credits
ENGL 210 - Introduction to Literature -3 credits
HIST 121 - Western Civilization I - 3 credits
HIST 122 - Western Civilization II - 3 credits
HIST 151 - U.S. History I - 3 credits
HIST 152 - U.S. History II - 3 credits
Math 102  - College Algebra - 3 credits
Math 123 - Calculus I - 4 credits
SPCM 101 - Fundamentals of Speech - 3 credits
Rising Scholars students have all rights and responsibilities of NSU students. To learn about student conduct, academic integrity, grading, course cancellations, credit transfer and more, visit Student Rights and Responsibilities and consult the NSU Student Handbook.
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 final course grade will appear on an NSU transcript. Students can request a transcript at NSU Transcripts and Diplomas or through WebAdvisor.
The Rising Scholars Program is not associated with the Advanced Placement (AP) program or the NSU Center for Statewide E-Learning.