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How and when to apply for freshman admission

ASU welcomes applications from students with diverse academic backgrounds and interests. Freshman applicants who possess a high school diploma and meet the following requirements will be admitted to ASU.
  • English - 4 years (composition/literature based)
  • Math - 4 years (algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite)
  • Laboratory Science - 3 years total (1 year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences and physics)
  • Social Science - 2 years (including 1 year American history)
  • Foreign Language - 2 years (same language)
  • Fine Arts - 1 year
Applicants must also meet at least one of the following:
  • Top 25% in high school graduating class
  • 3.00 GPA in competency courses (4.00 = "A")
  • ACT 22 (24 nonresidents)*
  • SAT Reasoning 1040 (1110 nonresidents)*

*ASU does not require the writing portion of these tests.

Applicants must successfully complete the ASU competency requirement. Admission may be granted with one deficiency in no more than two competency areas. Deficiencies cannot be in both math and laboratory science. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 in any subject area. Most competencies may also be met by test scores or college courses. See Detailed Competency Requirements for more information.

Higher Requirements for Some ASU Schools and Colleges Some schools and colleges have higher requirements for admission to their majors. To learn more about admission requirements, find the major of your interest at Degree Search. You should select a second major on your application if your first choice has higher admission requirements.

Individual Review All students who don't meet the above standards will be evaluated through a process called Individual Review. Through this process Admission Services will review all available information about a student's application, carefully considering all aspects of a student's academic background and accomplishments. Submission of an ACT or SAT test score is highly recommended. In some cases, additional information might be requested.

Home School Applicants ASU welcomes home school students and recognizes the unique academic experiences they contribute to our rich community of scholars. Please read additional admission information specifically for home school students.

General Educational Development Students may also meet admission requirements by submitting an official GED score of 500 or above for tests taken before January 2014 or a GED score of 170 or above for tests taken after January 2014.

June 15, 2014 – Application for admission is available

The freshman application for fall 2015 is available.

Nov. 1, 2014 – VIP admission date

Complete your application for admission by this date (including official high school transcripts and application fee) to receive these select benefits: expedited admission and scholarship decisions, priority access to ASU New Student Orientation and housing registration, and exclusive event invites and campus visit offers.

Jan. 1, 2015 – Submit your FAFSA

Starting Jan. 1, you can file your FAFSA with ASU (Federal School Code 001081) to find out what financial aid you might be eligible for. Students may submit the FAFSA to ASU prior to applying and admission to the university; however, only students admitted into ASU degree-seeking programs will be reviewed for and offered financial aid.

Feb. 1, 2015 – Priority admission date

Complete your application for admission by this date to ensure you're considered for the maximum amount of scholarship opportunities. Late applicants will be considered for university admission and financial aid, but ASU programs with higher admission standards will give priority consideration to applications submitted by this date.

March 1, 2015 – FAFSA priority deadline

File your FAFSA to ASU by this date to maximize the amount of financial aid you could qualify for. Eligible students who apply by this date have a greater chance of receiving need-based aid. We encourage you to submit your FAFSA even if the priority filing date has passed.

May 1, 2015 – Enrollment deposit date

Submit your enrollment deposit to ASU to become an official Sun Devil and secure your spot in our fall 2015 incoming class. After you submit your enrollment deposit, you can register for your orientation date and submit your campus housing preferences.

March 1, 2015 – FAFSA priority deadline

File your FAFSA to ASU by this date to maximize the amount of financial aid you could qualify for. Eligible students who apply by this date have a greater chance of receiving need-based aid. We encourage you to submit your FAFSA even if the priority filing date has passed.

December 1, 2015 – Enrollment deposit date

Submit your enrollment deposit to ASU to become an official Sun Devil and secure your spot in our spring 2016 incoming class. After you submit your enrollment deposit, you can register for your orientation date and submit your campus housing preferences.

Jan. 1, 2016 – Submit your FAFSA

Starting Jan. 1, you can file your FAFSA with ASU (Federal School Code 001081) to find out what financial aid you might be eligible for. Students may submit the FAFSA to ASU prior to applying and admission to the university; however, only students admitted into ASU degree-seeking programs will be reviewed for and offered financial aid.

July 1, 2015 – Application for admission is available

The freshman application for fall 2016 is available.

Nov. 1, 2015 – VIP admission date

Complete your application for admission by this date (including official high school transcripts and application fee) to receive these select benefits: expedited admission and scholarship decisions, priority access to ASU New Student Orientation and housing registration, and exclusive event invites and campus visit offers.

Jan. 1, 2016 – Submit your FAFSA

Starting Jan. 1, you can file your FAFSA with ASU (Federal School Code 001081) to find out what financial aid you might be eligible for. Students may submit the FAFSA to ASU prior to applying and admission to the university; however, only students admitted into ASU degree-seeking programs will be reviewed for and offered financial aid.

Feb. 1, 2016 – Priority admission date

Complete your application for admission by this date to ensure you're considered for the maximum amount of scholarship opportunities. Late applicants will be considered for university admission and financial aid, but ASU programs with higher admission standards will give priority consideration to applications submitted by this date.

March 1, 2016 – FAFSA priority deadline

File your FAFSA to ASU by this date to maximize the amount of financial aid you could qualify for. Eligible students who apply by this date have a greater chance of receiving need-based aid. We encourage you to submit your FAFSA even if the priority filing date has passed.

May 1, 2016 – Enrollment deposit date

Submit your enrollment deposit to ASU to become an official Sun Devil and secure your spot in our fall 2016 incoming class. After you submit your enrollment deposit, you can register for your orientation date and submit your campus housing preferences.

  1. Complete an undergraduate admission application. ASU prefers that you apply online.
  2. Submit the nonrefundable application fee. The application fee is not a processing fee, as it is required of all students and is nonrefundable under any circumstances.
    • Arizona residents - $50
    • Nonresidents - $65
  3. Request to have your ACT or SAT scores sent directly to ASU from ACT or College Board. ACT or SAT scores are required for merit scholarship consideration and for ASU course placement. It is also required for some majors and can be helpful in the general admission process.
  4. Request transcripts from each educational institution attended. Official transcripts must be mailed or sent electronically directly to Admission Services by the records office of the issuing institution. Transcripts delivered by hand will only be accepted if they are sealed in the original high school envelope. ASU does not accept transcripts transmitted by fax. High school transcripts must show GPA and date of graduation. ASU requires an English translation of all foreign-language transcripts.
ASU will review your application file once you have submitted all materials.

To see if you have any missing items and to view your admission status, sign in at My ASU using your ASURITE UserID, which is sent to you after you apply for admission.

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Tempe, AZ 85287-0112


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