Rising Scholars Program

Through NSU's Rising Scholars program, high school students can earn credit toward high school graduation and a college degree at the same time!
  • 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 available, including:
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Communication Studies (Speech)
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Management Information Systems
    • Mathematics
    • Music

Many Rising Scholars courses are part of the NSU College of Arts and Sciences - learn more about arts and sciences degree programs HERE.



classes taught on-site at participating high schools

Rising Scholars classes are taught by qualified high school instructors who also are adjunct faculty members at Northern.



Become a Rising Scholars Instructor

To qualify, instructors must have a master's degree in the course discipline or a master's degree plus 18 graduate credits in the course discipline.


If you'd like to become a Rising Scholars instructor, please contact Terry Piatz and be prepared to provide a current CV and official transcript.



AccreditationNational Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

The NSU Rising Scholars Program is the only such program in South Dakota that is accredited by the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).  The Rising Scholars Program has met NACEP standards designed to ensure quality in the areas of curriculum, faculty, student services, assessment and evaluation.  Visit www.nacep.org for more information.



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.


Students may choose to take the AP exam in addition to receiving college credit from NSU.



earn a college scholarship

You can earn an NSU scholarship for taking NSU Rising Scholars courses! Learn how HERE.




The Rising Scholars Program is not associated with the Advanced Placement (AP) program or the NSU Center for Statewide E-Learning.