Frequently asked questions
Where are workshops and classes held?
Rising Star students will attend classes in various SCAD facilities depending on the courses in which they've enrolled.
Are there accommodations for disabled students?
Yes. SCAD offers educational services that provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities.
What kinds of activities can I participate in?
A variety of activities are planned to build community among Rising Star participants and help them become familiar with SCAD and community resources. Sample trips include visits to local museums, galleries, movie theaters and the beach. Students may choose to participate in optional off-campus weekend activities for an additional fee.
What is SCAD looking for in an applicant?
SCAD is looking for highly motivated and dedicated rising high school seniors to participate in Rising Star. The program is extremely rigorous and students work at an accelerated pace. Within five weeks, students will have completed two full course workloads, which the regular SCAD student has 10 weeks to complete. Grades for the program are included on a student's official college transcript.
What are the application requirements?
In addition to the completed online application and US$40 nonrefundable application fee, applicants must submit official high school transcripts. For those students whose first language is not English, proof of English proficiency must be provided. Supplemental materials may be submitted, which can include a visual portfolio of at least 10 pieces, a statement of purpose, a list of achievements, one letter of recommendation, or official report of SAT or ACT scores (optional for Rising Star but required for freshman admission)
When is it too late to apply?
The priority deadline for the Rising Star application is May 15. The online application, application fee and all supporting documents are required to complete a file for admission.
When is the program deposit due?
The deadline for the Rising Star program deposit is June 1. You may submit payment online.
When are tuition, housing and meal fees due?
Any remaining balance, including tuition, housing and meal fees, is due June 1.
I attended the program last year. Can I reapply?
Only rising high school seniors can participate in the Rising Star program. The program may not be attended twice.
When will I be notified of an admission decision?
All applicants are notified within four to six weeks after completing the application file.
Are payment plans available?
All payment options can be discussed with the admission adviser assigned upon application.
How much do books and course materials cost?
Supply expenses vary by course. A list of supplies is provided with the course schedule, which will be mailed prior to the start of the program, and supplies may be purchased at the SCAD bookstore upon arrival.
Will participating in Rising Star help me get into SCAD?
Students who satisfactorily complete Rising Star with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher may be automatically admitted to SCAD for further undergraduate study if they have submitted all required first-time freshman application materials (including an official SAT or ACT report).
If I am under 18, may I live in the residence halls?
As long as an applicant qualifies as a rising senior, he or she may reside in the residence hall.
If I am from Savannah/Atlanta or the surrounding area, am I still permitted to live in the residence hall?
Yes. Students are encouraged to live in the residence hall to participate in the full undergraduate experience, including planned activities and extracurricular events.
May I check into the residence hall before the check-in dates?
Early check-in is not permitted. Exceptions may be made for students traveling internationally. Students should call the Rising Star office to confirm availability before any flight arrangements are made.
Are there telephones in the rooms?
All rooms have telephone outlets but students must bring a telephone and cord.
Are sheets, towels, pillows and toilet paper supplied?
No. Students need to bring their own toiletries and linens.
How much supervision is provided?
Several Rising Star assistants and a residence director reside in the residence hall with the students. Rising Star assistants have residence life experience and training. They enforce SCAD policies and assist students during the program.
Is there security in the residence hall?
Security guards are posted at the residence hall entrance 24 hours a day, and at all SCAD buildings when open. A current SCAD ID card is required for access into any SCAD building/residence hall.
Do I need to bring my computer?
Students have access to the computer lab but may also bring a personal computer.
Can I bring my car?
Rising Star students may drive to SCAD in their cars, but use of a car is not permitted during the program. Violation of this rule results in immediate expulsion from the program. Bikes are welcome.
Do I need spending money?
Yes. Each student is responsible for their class supplies and should bring money for activities not included in the program.
Is there a vegetarian meal option?
Yes. The SCAD dining hall offers a variety of food served cafeteria-style, including special dietary options. Students with special dietary needs should alert the Rising Star staff ahead of time so dining services can be advised and plan accordingly.
May I be away from the residence hall overnight?
Students may be checked out of the residence hall by a parent. If someone other than the parent will be checking the student out, the student must alert his or her resident assistant and get written permission from the parent/guardian. Students must notify their resident assistant and residence director at least 24 hours prior to checkout time.
Am I allowed to leave campus for the weekend?
Whether attending Rising Star in Atlanta, Hong Kong or Savannah, all participants use university facilities — from classrooms and computer labs to studios and production suites — in the development and completion of class assignments. SCAD libraries, galleries and other resources are also available. Students participating in the residential program live in a SCAD residence hall, and all students enjoy meals at a SCAD dining facility. Exciting activities each week and weekend build community among participants and help them become familiar with SCAD and unique city attractions in Atlanta, Hong Kong or Savannah. To further help build community among classmates, all residential participants are required to stay on campus each weekend during the program.
Will there be someone to meet me at the airport?
Yes. An admission staff member will be waiting at the airport for all students who have signed up for airport pickup. A resident assistant will ride on the SCAD bus with all students to the residence hall.
If I am late for check-in, where do I go?
A resident assistant will be available to assist with late check-in. Please let the Rising Star office know you will be arriving after regular check-in.
Is there a dress code?
No. Students should keep in mind that buildings are air-conditioned and may be cooler than the temperature outside. Students should also remember that in certain classes they may be working with materials that stain. Many students choose to bring a casual dress outfit (e.g., slacks/skirt and collared shirt, dress, etc.) to wear to the closing exhibition.
Where should people send mail or packages for Rising Star students?
Each student receives a postal box for general mail. Mailbox keys and box assignments are distributed during Rising Star check-in. Students are notified electronically at their SCAD student email address when packages arrive. Hours for pickup are posted in the residence hall.
Mail should be addressed as follows:
For further inquiries
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Atlanta mail (all types):
Student's full name
Spring House, box number
1600 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Student's full name
Oglethorpe House, box number
235 W. Boundary St.
Savannah, GA 31401
Packages and overnight mail:
Student's full name
Weston House Package Center
231 W. Boundary St.
Savannah, GA 31401