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First-year student college admission requirements

We're here to help make each step toward becoming a Sun Devil a smooth experience. Follow the steps below to apply to become a first-year student at ASU. 

Admission requirements

Course competency requirements

To be admitted to ASU, you will need the following:

  • 4 years math
  • 4 years English (non-ESL/ELL courses)
  • 3 years lab sciences (1 year each from biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences or physics)
  • 2 years social sciences (including 1 year American history)
  • 2 years same second language
  • 1 year fine arts or 1 year career and technical education
Detailed course requirements

Aptitude requirements

To be admitted to ASU, you will need 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: 1120 (1180 nonresidents)

These aptitude requirements meet the general university admission requirements. Some degree programs may require higher GPAs in competency courses and/or ACT/SAT scores. To find the requirements for your specific program, please visit ASU’s Degree Search.

Applicants must successfully complete the ASU competency requirements. 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 each subject area. Most competencies may also be met by test scores or college courses. See detailed competency requirements for more information.

How to apply to college at ASU

Step 01

Complete an undergraduate admission application

Apply online with ASU’s Application for Admission, Common Application or the Coalition Application. You need to submit only one application to be considered for admission to ASU.

To expedite the admission decision, self-report your high school grades in the application.

The benefit of using the Common Application is that one application can be submitted to multiple colleges, with an additional supplemental form and fee for each college. ASU does not require an essay or personal statement in any of these options.

ASU’s Application for Admission   Common Application   Coalition Application  

Step 02

Submit the nonrefundable application fee

Arizona residents: $50
Domestic nonresidents: $70

You can pay using a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or eCheck at the time you submit your application or when you log in to My ASU. Or you can mail a check or money order to Admission Services (payable to Arizona State University) at the address below.

Admission Services Applicant Processing
Arizona State University
PO Box 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287-1004

If you applied for admission through the Common Application or Coalition Application, pay the application fee through those applications.

Step 03

Send your transcripts

If you do not self-report your grades in the ASU application, you must have your high school send an official copy of your transcripts to ASU.

An official transcript is required for all students upon graduation from high school indicating their high school graduation date. Otherwise financial aid and scholarship disbursements will be held.

Have your official high school transcripts sent from the issuing institution to the address below.

Admission Services Applicant Processing
Arizona State University
PO Box 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287-1004

Step 04

Request to have your ACT or SAT scores sent directly to ASU

ACT or SAT scores are required for merit scholarship consideration and ASU course placement. They are also required for some majors and can be helpful in the general admission process. Have your scores sent to ASU from ACT or the College Board (SAT) when you register for the test. Learn more about sending your test scores to ASU in our FAQ section.

Step 05

Check application status

Once you’ve completed all these steps, ASU will review your application. To see if you have any missing items and to review your admission status, sign in at My ASU using your ASURITE UserID, which is sent to you after you apply for admission.

Check application status

Step 06

Fill out the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used to award federal grants, loans, work-study and certain scholarships. We encourage you to compare financial aid and college costs. You can file the FAFSA now for the 2020-2021 school year. ASU’s Federal School Code is 001081.

Important Fall 2020 admission and financial aid dates

July 1, 2019
ASU fall admission application opens
Sept. 1, 2019
ASU Scholarship Portal opens
Oct. 1, 2019
2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens
ASU’s Federal School Code is 001081
Nov. 1, 2019
Priority admission deadline
Jan. 15, 2020
ASU's FAFSA priority date
File your FAFSA by this date to maximize the amount of financial aid you could qualify for.
Jan. 15, 2020
Regular admission date
Complete your application for fall admission by this date to ensure you're considered for the maximum amount of scholarship opportunities.
May 1, 2020
Future Sun Devil Day
Secure your spot for fall 2020 by paying the enrollment deposit.
Aug. 22, 2020
First day of fall 2020 classes

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Tips for applying to college 

Higher admission requirements

If your first-choice major has higher requirements, you will be instructed to select a second major without higher requirements.

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Common and Coalition Applications

ASU accepts the Common Application, the Coalition Application and our own online application  for incoming first-year students. Only one application will be accepted, with no preference between the ASU application, the Coalition Application and the Common Application. If two applications are submitted, one will be canceled in our system. Application fees are nonrefundable.

Self-report your grades

ASU accepts self-reported high school grades on the undergraduate admission application. Submission of an ACT or SAT score is highly recommended for merit-based scholarship consideration.

More about self-reporting

Individual review

ASU admission decisions begin the first week of September. Students who do not meet the admission standards will be evaluated through individual review and may experience a longer wait time for an admission decision.

Homeschool students

ASU welcomes applications from home-educated students. You can easily fill out the application and then include additional information to accurately demonstrate your accomplishments.

More about homeschooling

How to apply if you completed a High School Equivalency Diploma

Students may also meet admission requirements by meeting one of the following:

GED battery average score of

  • 50 or above for tests taken between 1998-2001
  • 500 or above for tests taken between 2002-2013
  • 170 or above for tests taken after 2013

HiSet total score of 75

California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)TASC and other high school equivalency diplomas are recognized as a high school diploma but these diplomas will not satisfy course competency and aptitude requirements needed for admission.  Students who complete any of these diplomas should submit the diploma along with any other transcripts showing completed high school work and SAT/ACT test scores for consideration  or consider enrollment through Earned Admission or obtaining 24+ college credits.

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Frequently asked questions about applying to college

When should I apply to college as a first-year student?

The ASU application opens on or around July 1 each year. You are encouraged to apply to ASU as early as possible. Nov. 1 is ASU’s priority admission date, and Feb. 1 is ASU’s regular admission date. The earlier you apply, the earlier you’ll receive an admission decision and the more likely you’ll be to secure the most financial aid possible.

Is it okay to submit applications to several different universities?

Yes, you should apply to all the universities you are interested in possibly attending. Just be aware that universities charge application fees, which can add up. Many universities are part of the Common Application and Coalition Application, including ASU, which can save you time by using the information you enter once for several applications.

Other than the admission application, what information will I need to provide to complete the application process?

In addition to the application, you will need to submit the nonrefundable application fee, as well as self-report your high school grades or have your high school transcripts sent to ASU. You don’t have to submit ACT or SAT scores for admission, but you do need to submit them for merit scholarship consideration and course placement. Some majors do require test scores.

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