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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can apply to be part of RiSE?

A: RiSE exists to support first year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) students. At this time, RiSE supports the following disciplines—Engineering, School of Computing, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Genetics & Biochemistry, and Earth Sciences.


Q: How do I apply to RiSE?

A: You can apply to the RiSE program by selecting RiSE as your first choice on your housing application.


Q: Will I get to register for Housing early?

A: Yes. If you choose to live in a living-learning community, like RiSE, you will be able register for housing before students not selecting a living-learning community on the housing application. 2016-2017 Housing Application dates can be found here.


Q: How does my application date to the university impact my acceptance to RiSE?

A: Your Housing priority is established by the date you submitted your application to the University for admission. Students are encouraged to apply to RiSE upon acceptance to their program of study.


Q: What about roommates?

A: You may select another freshman as a roommate. If you request a specific roommate, your housing priority will be determined by the earliest admission app date.


Q: Who can help answer questions I have about the Housing process?

A: University Housing & Dining staff can be reached at 864-656-2295. You can also find more information about Fall 2016 housing rates, assignments, and contracts here.


Q: Does RiSE help support my social transition to campus?

A: Yes. Academics are critical to your success, and so is fun! Trivia nights, game nights, tailgates, intramural teams are just a few ways RiSE students have fun and engage with their fellow peers!


Q: Can I be in both Honors and RiSE?

A: Yes. Honors students can participate in RiSE as a first-time freshman. If you choose to be a RiSE student you will live in Byrnes or Lever Hall in the Bryan Mall area. You will have the added benefit of having access to both Honors and RiSE program services, events, and activities.


Q: Do students in RiSE participate in other clubs and activities?

A: Yes. You can find RiSE students in organizations all across campus—from athletics to orchestra to discipline specific honors societies.


Q: What does the RiSE fee cover?

A: RiSE offers a unique range of services and events. The fee helps cover the cost of in-hall tutoring services, workshops, industry tours and events, leadership development opportunities, special course offerings, faculty partnerships and support staff. The $500 one-time fee is an all-inclusive fee for participation in the program.


Q: Are there needs-based scholarships available?

A: Yes. RiSE is dedicated to supporting all students. Needs-based scholarships are available for eligible applicants. To learn more please e-mail

Other Questions?

If you have other questions specific to the RiSE program please email

If you have questions related to Housing & Dining please call 864-656-2295.