Applying to ARISE

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    Before you begin

    Before you begin your ARISE application, carefully review our website and FAQ to learn more information about the program, scholar advantage, eligibility, and requirements. Call us at 217-300-3675 if you have any questions!

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    To Apply

    Start your application. You can save your progress and come back at any time. Application deadline has been extended to April 11th at 11:59 PM.

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    Complete your placement exam

    You must also take your ALEKS Math Placement  exam by April 11th to be considered for ARISE. This is an ONLINE placement exam that can be found here:  Email your scores to us at

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    Interview and Acceptance

    Interviews for ARISE will be held in April. After interviews if invited to participate in ARISE, you will be asked to submit a confirmation of participation form to formally accept the offer by May 1st.

“Being a part of the ARISE program has been beyond amazing for me. Through ARISE, I was given an opportunity to realize my potential and follow through with my dream of studying in the College of Engineering."

Oscar Zepeda

“ARISE encourages me to develop academically and personally. Being in ARISE has helped me step out of my comfort zone and I am grateful for the mentors around me that I can go to if I have any questions.”

Vanessa Blas

“Originally, I was hesitant to add a year to my studies; but ARISE's 5-year structure has helped build a strong foundation for the classes I'll take in the future. I'm glad that I didn't deny this blessing because of that requirement."

Cornell Horne

“College was my next big step in life and ARISE helped lighten the pressure I was feeling. ARISE offers helpful study groups and the community of a lifetime, I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.”

Noe Cervantes


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