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HOW IT WORKS

What is Ascend Semester?

Ascend Semester is a remote project-based education and Christian leadership semester program that teaches students to translate their academic and nonacademic studies into practical, actionable steps that equip them for life.

HOW IT WORKS

What is Ascend Semester?

Ascend Semester is a remote project-based education and Christian leadership semester program that teaches students to translate their academic and nonacademic studies into practical, actionable steps that equip them for life.

1

Join Your Ascend Team

1

Join Your Ascend Team

Your Ascend Team will be comprised of 5-10 other Ascend students and will meet once a month for coaching, support, and accountability. Each team is led by . . . click here to keep reading.
an Ascend Team Leader (ATL). ATL's are Ascend alumni who have been intensively trained in coaching, leadership, and academic support.
Your Ascend Team will be comprised of 5-10 other Ascend students and will meet once a month for coaching, support, and accountability. Each team is led by . . . click here to keep reading.
an Ascend Team Leader (ATL). ATL's are Ascend alumni who have been intensively trained in coaching, leadership, and academic support.

2

Attend Monthly Webinars

2

Attend Monthly Webinars

Each month in Ascend you will attend an Expert-Led Webinar in addition to your Ascend Team meeting. These webinars give you a chance to hear from intentionally. . . click here to keep reading.
selected field experts and see how what you are learning is realistically and successfully applied in the real world.
Each month in Ascend you will attend an Expert-Led Webinar in addition to your Ascend Team meeting. These webinars give you a chance to hear from intentionally. . . click here to keep reading.
selected field experts and see how what you are learning is realistically and successfully applied in the real world.

3

Attend the Basecamp Event

3

Attend the Basecamp Event

The Ascend Semester will kick off with Basecamp: our life skills intensive event held on the Gulf Shores of Alabama January 19th-23rd. This event focuses on key personal . . . click here to keep reading.
and professional skills. You will learn to strategically manage your time and tasks, form exceptional relationship skills, and challenge your existing idea of resiliency. 
The Ascend Semester will kick off with Basecamp: our life skills intensive event held on the Gulf Shores of Alabama January 19th-23rd. This event focuses on key personal . . . click here to keep reading.
and professional skills. You will learn to strategically manage your time and tasks, form exceptional relationship skills, and challenge your existing idea of resiliency. 

4

Begin Your Online Courses

4

Begin Your Online Courses

Ascend Semester includes two online courses. The first is a nonaccredited life purpose and decision-making course called Navigate. The second is a 3-credit . . . click here to keep reading.
Christian leadership course taught by Dr. Jeff Myers, President of Summit Ministries, called Leadership Theory and Practice. Both courses are 16 weeks long.
Ascend Semester includes two online courses. The first is a nonaccredited life purpose and decision-making course called Navigate. The second is a 3-credit . . . click here to keep reading.
Christian leadership course taught by Dr. Jeff Myers, President of Summit Ministries, called Leadership Theory and Practice. Both courses are 16 weeks long.

5

Complete Your Project

5

Complete Your Project

During the first 8-weeks of Ascend Semester you will brainstorm ideas for your Ascend Project and submit final ideas to your ATL at the end of February. During the second 8-weeks . . . click here to keep reading.
you will begin executing your project, submitting status updates to your ATL along the way for feedback. At the end of April, you will submit your final, completed project to your ATL.
During the first 8-weeks of Ascend Semester you will brainstorm ideas for your Ascend Project and submit final ideas to your ATL at the end of February. During the second 8-weeks . . . click here to keep reading.
you will begin executing your project, submitting status updates to your ATL along the way for feedback. At the end of April, you will submit your final, completed project to your ATL.

1

Join Your Ascend Team

Your Ascend Team will be comprised of 5-10 other Ascend students and will meet once a month for coaching, support, and accountability. Each team is led by . . . click here to keep reading.
an Ascend Team Leader (ATL). ATL's are Ascend alumni who have been intensively trained in coaching, leadership, and academic support.

2

Attend Monthly Webinars

Each month in Ascend you will attend an Expert-Led Webinar in addition to your Ascend Team meeting. These webinars give you a chance to hear from intentionally. . . click here to keep reading.
selected field experts and see how what you are learning is realistically and successfully applied in the real world.

3

Attend the Basecamp Event

The Ascend Semester will kick off with Basecamp: our life skills intensive event held on the Gulf Shores of Alabama January 19th-23rd. This event focuses on key personal . . . click here to keep reading.
and professional skills. You will learn to strategically manage your time and tasks, form exceptional relationship skills, and challenge your existing idea of resiliency. 

4

Begin Your Online Courses

Ascend Semester includes two online courses. The first is a nonaccredited life purpose and decision-making course called Navigate. The second is a 3-credit . . . click here to keep reading.
Christian leadership course taught by Dr. Jeff Myers, President of Summit Ministries, called Leadership Theory and Practice. Both courses are 16 weeks long.

5

Complete Your Project

During the first 8-weeks of Ascend Semester you will brainstorm ideas for your Ascend Project and submit final ideas to your ATL at the end of February. During the second 8-weeks . . . click here to keep reading.
you will begin executing your project, submitting status updates to your ATL along the way for feedback. At the end of April, you will submit your final, completed project to your ATL.

REVIEWS

What Parents Just Like You Say

Ascend was the perfect program for our daughter who wanted to earn college credit, seek leadership opportunities, and be immersed in a community which espoused a Christian worldview. I have enjoyed seeing my daughter build lifelong friendships while gaining self confidence and discovering new gifts.

Nicholas C.,

Student Parent

As the parent. . . I can honestly say this community has been life changing for my son and our family. . . No matter who you are you will find friends and support in this group. And you will receive a fantastic education in both academics and life.

Rebecca L.,

Student Parent

I love when my girls talk about what they’re experiencing and I also enjoy overhearing the teaching! (huge Dr Myers fan!) The result of being challenged in a Christ-focused direction has great value. Love the leadership, thoughts and relationships cultivated.

Dawn S.,

Student(s) Parent

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What Students Just Like Yours Say

I’ve realized what leadership actually means, and I have been able to gain confidence in my ability to plan, coordinate, and execute projects. It’s an amazing program that teaches real-life skills that you won’t learn anywhere else.

Faith S.,

Ascend Student

Ascend is a program where you learn to have a question-based mindset, where you learn to ask questions and grow more in your understanding. Ascend has helped me realize that in order to be extraordinary at the ordinary, I need to learn to seek discomfort to grow, learn to ask questions to further my understanding and knowledge.

Andrew C.,

Ascend Student

Ascend has helped me to come out of my shell and not be as afraid to try new things. This is a place where you can be yourself and almost always find someone to laugh with you. They challenge you to do things that grow you and challenge you in new ways. It's also a great way to make friends and build connections.

Alexandra F.,

Ascend Student

I chose Ascend because it sounded like it incorporated an in-person community. . . and had much more of a life application emphasis than other programs. Connecting with people from around the country gave me a much higher motivation and encouragement than I would have otherwise. Also the leadership courses had a ton of impactful reading and discussing it with the others was very thought provoking and developed how I see and move in the world.

Jesse K.,

Ascend Student

Ascend has introduced me to some of the most extraordinary people in the world. The friendships I made in this past year are not fleeting or superficial; but rooted in a love for Jesus and passion for living life which promises longevity. I couldn't be more grateful.

Briley C.,

Ascend Student

Ascend changed the way I view my abilities. . . the way I view leadership, and the way I view time management. You seriously need to do Ascend, it'll change you for the better in many ways, and you'll never find a better community.

Colton J.,

Ascend Student

Ascend has pushed me outside of my comfort zone within a supportive network of friends. My critical thinking skills have improved and the relationships in my life have flourished because I have been given tools that have grown my character.

Tim F.,

Ascend Alumnus

The Ascend program has been a great fit for me. Ascend is not just a typical online college program. The community involved with the program is supportive and helpful! Ascend has been beneficial for me where I am right now and for the future. You're not just a number, you're a part of a community!

Madison T.,

Ascend Alumna

The Ascend program was an awesome experience! Not only was the content from the webinars amazing, but the in-person events were so valuable! The students on my team and in the whole class are still some of my closest friends. It was an honor to graduate alongside such genuine, intelligent, and exceptional people.

Tamma P.,

Ascend Alumna

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition starts at $3,500 if you pay in full or $4,500 if you choose a payment plan. Tuition covers your student’s Ascend Team, Ascend Project, monthly coaching and webinars, registration to the Basecamp event in January, access to the online Navigate life purpose course, registration for the online accredited Leadership Theory & Practice course taught by Dr. Jeff Myers, and daily access to their coach, teammates, fellow students, and program staff via Slack. 

Yes. This program is intended for students to complete alongside their other commitments. Each team meeting is scheduled based on what works best for the group, monthly webinars are held in the evenings to make them more conducive to busy schedules, courses are either completely self-paced or come with weekend deadlines so students can set their own weekday schedules, and our events are held over weekends to limit the number of weekdays students need to take off from work or school. 

Nope! Ascend Semester is a great option for students in their Junior or Senior year of high school who are thinking about what comes next after graduation and looking for ways to build relevant skill and experience in preparation for the next season of their life. 

Yes! We offer payment plans that allow you to pay for Ascend Semester in eight, seven, or six monthly installments, depending on how early you enroll.

While ultimately it comes down to each individual student and their schedule, the vast majority of Ascend students work part or full time while completing the college semester program. 

Nope! Ascend is a remote Christian leadership semester program that give students the opportunity to build a network and form connections across the country while continuing to invest in their local communities, families, and churches.

There is! Ascend Semester is a 16-week version of our full 3-year Ascend program. The full program runs for 10 months each year, includes two additional live events, an option to earn a full college degree without debt, certificates for Christian leadership and professional development, and increasingly challenging projects each year. 

Each Ascend Semester Team includes 8-10 students and one Ascend Team Leader.

Just one: that your student wants to enroll. It’s very important that each student who enrolls in Ascend Semester wants to be here. We tell all students that their experience in Ascend is very likely to be extraordinary, but whether or not that happens is up to them and their willingness to show up and invest. 

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