- Save money - up to 88 percent of self-support tuition
- Get an early start on college courses while in high school
- Graduate from college earlier
- College-level courses in many disciplines are available through Rising Scholars, including mathematics, English, history, biology, chemistry, art, management information systems and speech communications.
NSU and high school Rising Scholars instructors will meet regularly and work collaboratively to develop and implement curriculum. NSU faculty also support and evaluate the high school Rising Scholars instructors. Rising Scholars Program instructors also complete annual discipline-specific professional development.
Credits are Transferable
RSP credits are accepted by all South Dakota regental universities and most institutions outside the state. Students are responsible for consulting with the institution of their choice regarding transferability of credits earned. The final course grade will appear on an NSU transcript. Students can request an official transcript at Transcripts and Diplomas or print an unofficial transcript through WebAdvisor.
Students may choose to take the AP exam in addition to receiving college credit from NSU.
Qualified students should follow these easy steps to register:
- Complete and submit the NSU Rising Scholars Registration Form. Upon submission, a confirmation message will be sent to the email address listed in the K12.sd.us email address field.
- Print the registration form, sign, get a parent/guardian signature, and deliver to your high school Rising Scholars teacher/coordinator. The high school is responsible for submitting the registration form to NSU.
For more information or help with registration, contact NSU Rising Scholars Director Terry Piatz or a participating high school.
Speech & Communication 101 (SPCM 101) - Fundamentals of Speech - 3 credits
Introduces the study of speech fundamentals and critical thinking through frequent public speaking practice, including setting, purpose, audience, and subject.
A Rising Scholars-eligible student must be a:
High school junior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota who meets one of the following requirements:
- Has achieved an ACT composite score of 24 reflective of the 70% percentile; or
- Ranks in upper one-third of their graduating class; or
- Has earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale;
High school senior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota who meets one of the following requirements:
- Has achieved an ACT composite score of 21 reflective of the 50% percentile; or
- Ranks in the upper one-half of their graduating class; or
- Has earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale;
Must have taken one of the assessments below and achieved the required score(s):
- 10th Grade ACT Aspire Summative Assessment - (score 434 or higher)
- ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills - (Score 86 or higher AND elementary algebra Score 76 or higher)
Registration in English and math courses will require placement according to ACT/SAT/ACCUPLACER/SmarterBalance test scores.
Rights and responsibilities
For direct access to detailed information, see the topic links below:
- Academic Advising
- Academic Grievance
- Academic Integrity
- Academic Load (Course Load)
- Consequences of Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty
- Grading Standards
- Non-Academic Complaint Policy
Cost and Payment
Students are responsible for paying tuition for Rising Scholar courses. Rising Scholars students pay $40 per credit hour ($120 for a 3-credit course and $160 for a 4-credit course). Tuition payments are due no later than published fall/spring census dates. Payments may be submitted via SDePay (electronic check or credit card) in a student's WebAdvisor account, or mailed to NSU Finance Office: 1200 S. Jay St., Aberdeen, S.D. 57401.
Students/high schools are responsible for textbook and lab costs.
Rising Scholars Program Evaluation
Participating students may provide feedback on the Rising Scholars courses and program. Student feedback is crucial to help ensure the program meets participating students' educational needs. When you receive the notification to participate in the evaluations below, please respond.
1. A student evaluation is available for every course. The course evaluations are administered by participating high school administrators.
2. High school graduates who participated in Rising Scholars courses will receive a survey within one year after high school graduation. The survey will be announced via email to the personal email address provided on the Rising Scholars registration form. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey provides feedback critical to guiding Rising Scholars program improvement, and assesses student satisfaction with the program.
3. Randomly selected Rising Scholars students will receive a survey four years after high school graduation. The four-year survey feedback is needed to evaluate long-term benefits to Rising Scholars participants.
Course Cancellation and Enrollment Levels
Rising Scholars classes may be cancelled prior to the individual Rising Scholars course established Census Date. More than 50 percent of the students enrolled in the high school class must be registered for college credit. Classes are subject to minimum enrollments (eight students).
Individual high schools participating in the NSU Rising Scholars program are responsible for providing disability services required by students enrolled in Rising Scholars Courses. Students will need to follow their high school's disability services policy.