What is RISE Academy

RiseNot too long ago Andra Day won a Grammy for her inspirational song, “Rise up!” Now, this is YOUR time to Rise up to pursue higher education at Chicago State University. Through Rise Academy’s program, you can achieve a tuition-free education at Chicago State University for your first academic year!

 We launched the RISE Academy because, let’s face it, you have all endured so much in these difficult times! The world is constantly changing and is in turmoil, but you rose above it all and took the next step in your life regardless of potential roadblocks. You want to better yourself, create a better future for yourself and your family and you are doing it right, the next step is college! With the Rise program we are saying that “We are here for you!”. We have launched this program not only to help you in your unique situation but to also to help close the Latinx/a/o and African American wealth gap in Illinois.

 Rise Academy is a invigorating pre-semester program designed to kick off your freshman year at Chicago State University by offering you all the tools you will need to succeed in your first year of college, including a strong community of classmates, professors, and advisors. The Academy starts with a five-week intensive program before you even begin your first semester. This means that with this program you will earn 3 college credits before your semester even starts! You will get to know your professors and freshmen classmates; discover how different college majors lead to career paths and which is right for you; and explore the Chicago State campus and student resources.

rise bannerThe Rise Academy’s 5-week program begins in intervals before each Spring and Fall Semester. Dates and deadlines can be found on our Rise page. The course includes instruction in the morning, Monday - Thursday and workshops in the early afternoon, Monday - Friday.

This program is for all students in the United States, first-time freshman and first-time transfer students with under 24 transferable credit hours.

As a Rise scholar you get amazing benefits!

  • The Rise Tuition Free First Year: Rise Scholars receive a full-tuition and fee scholarship for their first academic year. The Rise scholarship will apply after all state and federal aid is applied. Textbooks and the campus health care plan are included.
  • Personal laptop: Chicago State will provide each student with a personal loaner laptop to use during their undergraduate years. Internet access is also covered. 
  • College community: Spend time getting to know your college classmates, your professors, and advisors and other people on campus who can help support your college journey. We are excited to get to know you and welcome you into your Chicago State University family!
  • Advising and workshops: Rise Scholars will stay on track with ongoing individual advising appointments and academic skills and career workshops through each semester. No Rise Scholar is alone: your advisor is there for all of your challenges and concerns. 

How do I become a Rise Scholar?

  1. You must apply to Chicago State University and first receive an offer of admission.
  2. Confirm your admission to Chicago State University and attend your Rise Orientation!

We can’t wait for you to be part of this program! We hope you are excited about it as we are. Remember, you rose above it all and are taking the next step in your life. We are proud of you and we are here for you! If you have additional questions on the Rise Academy please email ug-admisisons@csu.edu.