We understand that with the unpredictability of the next several months, your graduating seniors may be apprehensive about enrolling in fall classes at Arizona State University, and your rising juniors and seniors have many questions about what the college search and application processes will look like for them. We understand, and we want to assure you that there is no school more prepared than ASU to adapt to unforeseen changes that may arise. We have a plan in place for your students that is adaptable and flexible as the next several weeks unfold, and no matter what the circumstances are when the fall semester begins.
Examples of what ASU has done so far to ensure our students continue learning include:
- Moving our on-campus classes to a remote learning format using tools such as Zoom so nearly 100,000 students can continue their education.
- Changing our campus visit and orientation programs to live-hosted, interactive virtual experiences.
- To date, we have hosted 14 virtual orientation programs with more than 2,000 students successfully registering for the fall 2020 term.
- Making education resources available to learners at all stages.
- Ensuring students who call ASU home have a safe place to stay and eat on campus.
We will continue offering these resources and create new ones as needed.
Take a moment to learn about ASU’s mindset through this interview with President Crow, in partnership with University Innovation Alliance, on how we can think about our work ahead.
Here are some important updates to help you and your students.
Enrollment deposit updates
We are excited to share that all admitted students from Arizona with a FAFSA on file at ASU will be able to delay payment of their enrollment deposit. Eligible students will see this as an option in My ASU. Students who select this option will delay payment of the $300 until their financial aid is disbursed.
We will continue to accept deposits after May 1. This includes deposits for Barrett, The Honors College. We know each student has individual needs and circumstances regarding their college decision, and we want to work with them to design a customized plan, rather than a blanket policy that only delays students from taking critical next steps.
- Students are still encouraged to pay the enrollment deposit by May 1 to ensure they are able to select an orientation date, as well as their housing and dining preferences.
- If their circumstances change, they can get a full refund of the enrollment deposit (minus the $25 cancelation fee) if they cancel by June 1.
- They can also cancel their housing by May 31 with no financial penalty.
Virtual admitted student programs
We have launched more than 60 virtual admitted student programs for the fall 2020 class that are hosted by every college, including Barrett, The Honors College. Students and families can learn more here.
In addition to our admitted student programs and virtual orientations, we are creating a series of virtual events through our Countdown to ASU series. In addition to providing timely information in the lead up to the start of the fall semester, there are virtual events for students to learn about health and wellness, joining clubs and organizations, housing, and more. Please use our Countdown to ASU website as a resource for you and your students.
Virtual programming for rising high school juniors and seniors
We know that the search process for students applying for the fall 2021 and fall 2022 classes has been disrupted. We are designing a series of virtual events for your rising juniors and seniors to help guide their college search in the months of May and June, which will provide all the information they need to know about admission, financial aid and scholarship eligibility, test taking, and academic programs. We will be sharing these plans with you in the next few weeks.
Virtual college fair for high school juniors
ASU, along with many other institutions across the country, will be participating in Strive Scan’s Virtual College Exploration Week, from April 20 through 23. Students and counselors can register in advance here.
College Signing Day
National College Signing Day on May 1 is just two weeks away, and we are hard at work planning something special to help your students celebrate their accomplishments and plans to attend ASU.
Starting now, your students can submit their #CollegeSigningDay footage. Encourage them to send us their best photos or videos showing off their Sun Devil status for a chance to be featured on our Future Sun Devil Instagram account. They’ll also be entered into a drawing to win some ASU swag.
The entire ASU community is activated to help support your students in making the best decisions about their college plans.
Thank you for being a guiding light and advocate in all your students’ postsecondary pursuits.
Associate Director of School Relations
Director, First-Year Recruitment and Admission
Director, West Campus New Student Enrollment and
University Financial Aid Outreach Initiatives