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New Student: WUE Eligibility Requirements

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be a permanent resident of Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
  • Students must apply to one of the ASU WUE-eligible majors/programs.

First-time Freshmen

  • First-time freshmen must have a high school GPA of 3.00 or higher in competency courses (this is known as the ABOR GPA) or have an SAT of 1180/ACT of 24 (not including the writing portion of these exams) or higher.
  • First-time freshmen are expected to live in an ASU residence hall during their freshman year. Please see for more information.
  • WUE freshmen may be eligible for an ASU non-resident merit-based WUE scholarship. ASU will notify qualified admitted freshmen in writing of this award.

Transfer Students

  • Transfer students must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.00 scale in all transferable coursework.
  • Transfer students must have less than 120 transferable semester credits.
  • Community college transfer students must have a minimum of an associate degree or 60 transferable semester credits (90 quarter credits are needed for students transferring from a community college on the quarter system).
  • BAS degree programs are only open to students who have an AAS or equivalent degree.
  • No individual review conducted for transfer students.

Individual Review

All students who don’t meet the above standards will be considered for the WUE program 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.

Application Procedures

No separate application is required. All applicants meeting eligibility requirements will automatically receive the WUE rate.  Applicants must:

  • Submit an application for admission including all required supporting documents to Admission Services by the preferential application date (Freshman, Transfer.) Note that after the published dates, some ASU colleges and schools may limit admission to their program. ASU encourages you to submit your application and all supporting materials well before these dates.
  • Indicate an intended major/program on the admissions program that is one of the ASU WUE-eligible programs.
  • Meet all other applicable ASU admission requirements.

ASU notifies students in writing if they are eligible for and placed into WUE. This process occurs after a student's admission to ASU.

Financial Aid

Once placed into WUE, the student's financial aid budget will be adjusted to reflect the cost of attendance calculated with the WUE tuition rate. WUE students are not eligible for ASU nonresident merit-based scholarships or grants. (The only exception is the WUE merit scholarship for freshmen.)