Rising
Scholars

ACU’s Premier Pre-College Experiences

You don’t have to wait for college to enrich your academic profile! This is your opportunity to earn college credit in another country or within the United States before you even graduate from high school. If you’re a high school freshman, sophomore or junior looking for a new kind of opportunity, explore London, Paris, Leipzig, Santa Fe and Oxford with Abilene Christian University.

 

You don’t have to wait for college to enrich your academic profile! This is your opportunity to earn college credit in another country or within the United States before you even graduate from high school. If you’re a high school freshman, sophomore or junior looking for a new kind of opportunity, explore London, Paris, Leipzig, Santa Fe and Oxford with Abilene Christian University.

 

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International
Application Closes

February 1

U.S. Locations
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March 1

Acceptance
Notifications

February 15 (International)
March 15 (U.S.)

The Experience

Pursue New Opportunity

ACU continues to lead Texas universities in key student success areas, as nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. We provide world-class academics and life-changing student experiences inspired by our Christian values. 

Select Your On-Campus Experience

Truly participate in the ACU college life through Rising Scholars on Campus, our residential experience. Students stay in our new Freshman Village, study in Brown Library, eat in the World Famous Bean, take in Abilene’s local charm and more, all while earning college credit. Discover why ACU feels like home and gain a jumpstart on your college education.

Learn More about On-Campus Experiences

June 25 – July 1, 2023

Choose one of these courses to earn 1 credit hour:

  • PHYS 140: Introduction to Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing
  • CHEM 140: The Chemistry of Color 
  • BIBL 140: Jesus and the Marginalized: Service in an Urban Setting

June 28 – July 1, 2023

All-State Choir Camp

More information coming soon…

Students learning in the research lab, an academic facility

July 9-15, 2023

Choose one of these courses to earn 1 credit hour:

  • ENGL 140: The Book was Better
  • ENTR 140: Startup Sprint in Entrepreneurship
  • JMC 140: Darkroom to Digital – An Adventure in Photography
  • DET 140: Virtual Reality Game Development

 

Select Your Destination Experience

Combine your passion with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Admire art at a world-renowned museum in London, study at a cafe in Oxford, consider lasting impacts in Germany or even challenge yourself in New Mexico’s wonderful outdoors. When you travel with Abilene Christian University, you make lasting memories through immersive learning experiences. 

“This program was the highlight of my summer! The experience taught me how rewarding it is to get out of your comfort zone, experience a new culture and make new friends who are from different places and different backgrounds.” – Hailey, 2022 Rising Scholar

London and Paris

June 10-17, 2023

 

  • ENGL 140: Artists and Authors of the Modern World (1 hour credit)
Oxford England Bridge of Sighs

Oxford and London

June 10-17, 2023

 

  • ENGL 140: Travel and Food Writing (1 hour credit)
Students looking at statue in Leipzig

Germany

July 15-22, 2023

 

  • PLAW 140: Law, Justice and the Holocaust (1 hour credit)

Santa Fe, New Mexico

July 16-22, 2023

  • MGMT 140: Exploring Leadership (1 hour credit)

or

July 23-29, 2023

  • BIBM 140: GLIMPSE: God Lives in My Present Surroundings: Enchantment  (1 hour credit)

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Application Requirements

  • Students must be current high school freshmen, sophomores or juniors.
  • Submit the application with personal statements and one letter of recommendation from a current high school teacher or administrator.
Lee Mason

Rachel Goodman

Executive Director of Rising Scholars

 

Email: risingscholars@acu.edu
Phone: 325-674-2695

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