Frequently Asked Questions

Rising Scholars Online Pre-College Program

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Course Questions

Q: Who is eligible to enroll in Rising Scholars Online Courses?


Rising sophomores through incoming college freshmen are invited to enroll in PSYC 120 and HIST 131. Rising seniors and incoming freshmen are eligible for MUSM 240. You do not need any previous college experience or credits to enroll.

Q: How will I pay for the course?


When you complete your course registration, you will receive a payment link for the $795 course fee. Your course fee must be paid in full a week prior to your course start date.

Q: Can I enroll in both courses?


You can enroll in multiple courses, but make sure you have the time to commit to taking multiple college courses at one time.

Q: Can I withdraw from the course?


Any withdrawal from a course that occurs on the first day of the course or after, is considered to be a course withdrawal. A course withdrawal will result in a grade of “W” (withdrawal) for the course and will appear on the transcript. Summer 2024 Withdraw dates:

  • PSYC 120: July 18, 2024
  • MUSM 240: July 18, 2024
  • HIST 131: June 24, 2024

Q: How long will I have access to my course?


The Rising Scholars courses are conducted over four-seven weeks depending on the course. You’ll want to keep a consistent pace to keep up with the community discussions and ongoing course activities. Additionally, you’ll have access to the course materials for 30 days after the course end date.

Q: Are Rising Scholars courses eligible for federal financial aid?


Rising Scholars Online courses are not eligible for federal financial aid or scholarships. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours and be a full-time student to receive aid.

Technology Questions

Q: What are the technology requirements?


This is a list of basic computer system requirements for the Canvas Learning Management System, ACU’s Rising Scholars course hosting platforms. It’s always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions of operating systems and have a reliable internet connection. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you may experience slower loading times. Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.
To ensure you have the smoothest experience possible, we have a list of technology requirements and specifications.

Required Technology

  • Laptop, Desktop Computer, or Tablet
    Use a computer 5 years old or newer, when possible
  • Minimum of 1GB of RAM
  • Minimum of 2GHz processor
  • Regular Access to High Speed Internet (At least 5 times per week)
    Minimum of 512kbps

Permitted Browsers

  • Chrome (ACU’s preferred browser; download here)
  • Internet Explorer and Edge
  • Safari
  • Firefox (Extended Releases are not supported)

Operating Systems

  • Windows XP SP3 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer

Q: I’m having trouble logging in. What should I do?


Ensure your device has no firewall restrictions. Clear your cache and cookies, then try logging into Canvas on a supported browser.

How do I clear my browser cache on a PC?
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Q: I didn’t receive a confirmation email after signing up. What should I do?


Please check your spam and junk folders first. If you cannot locate the email, please try signing up again using the same email. If you are still encountering issues, please email