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Jump Start Your College Career

A&M-Commerce presents the Rising Lion Program, an exciting summer opportunity that prepares incoming freshmen for academic success.

This structured academic program provides resources and support that will help you smoothly transition into college life. As a participant, you can jump-start your education by taking two classes during the summer. You will also benefit from a personal mentor, small classes, mandatory study times on Monday through Thursday and daily routines to ensure your academic success.

Additionally, you will enjoy a housing fee waiver, the opportunity to choose your resident hall for your entire freshmen year, a free book voucher for two classes, and fun and engaging activities across campus.

We are selecting approximately 250 students to participate in the Rising Lion Program during Summer 2020. For eligibility, you must be accepted to A&M-Commerce.


Rising Lion Program :: Benefits

The Rising Lion Program helps ease your transition from high school to college by providing:

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Job Opportunities

Receive job opportunities just for Rising Lion participants prior to the start of the school year.

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Housing Choices

Choose your residence hall room for the entire year.

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Free Textbooks

Receive a voucher to pay for textbooks for the first six college credit hours of the summer term.

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A Head Start

Begin taking college classes during the summer term (July). Complete two classes for a total of six credit hours.

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Rely on guidance from advisors, mentors and faculty who care about your success.

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Meet new friends, join student organizations and get comfortable before the start of the fall semester.

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is available if you meet specific qualifications. The program covers the remaining balance on any tuition for the first term that is not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits and/or waiver programs you receive.


Review our frequently asked questions.

Contact Us

[email protected]

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Rising Lion Program :: deadlines

Program sign-up deadlines

Tuition Assistance

Must have a completed FAFSA/TASFA on file by January 15 and meet the deadlines in subsequent semesters for renewal purposes.

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Rising Lion FAQs

Who decides which two courses I will enroll in?

Your academic advisor will choose your two courses based on your major, TSI status and dual credit hours. If you have dual credit hours, please email your transcript of dual credit classes [email protected] immediately after you apply.

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Where will I live on campus?

You will have the option to choose between three residence halls on campus: Whitley Hall, Pride Rock and Phase 3. You will choose your residents hall when you have been admitted to the Rising Lion Program. The room you choose will be the room you will stay in for the duration of your freshmen year.

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When does the Rising Lion Program begin and end?

Move-in will be July 2, 2020 with classes starting July 6. Classes will end August 5 with finals occurring August 6.

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What if I have vacation plans, family reunion etc. during the time of the Rising Lion Program?

Due to the time length of the program, missing just one class could be detrimental to your success in the program. We suggest you plan your vacations around the dates of classes which are July 6 -August 6

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What if I have TASFA, can I participate in the program?

Yes, we accept all TASFA students as well.

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What classes will I take during the program?

The course offered will be a part of the A&M-Commerce general education core curriculum. Example classes include math, science, English and history. For those who have dual credit, an elective and our signature course will be offered which is part of our core curriculum to graduate.

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What are the minimum requirements to apply for the program?

The requirements for the Rising Lion Program are the same as the criteria for acceptance into A&M–Commerce.

  • Rank in the top 30 percent of your graduating class
  • Have a composite ACT score (composite) of 21 or better
  • Minimum combined SAT of 1060
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How much does it cost to participate in the Rising Lion Program?

The cost range is $500 to $1250 depending on your parent’s income listed on the FAFSA 2019-2020.

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Are their job opportunities available on campus?

There are select jobs on campus that are saved just for participants in the Rising Lion Program.

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