Prepare for college at ASU

Take the next steps toward preparing and paying for college

High school feels like it just began and already you might be thinking about your future and planning for college. And whether you’re expecting a transformative experience in college or know exactly what you want to do and how to get there, ASU will help you with support and guidance every step of the way.

How you can plan for college

No need to wait until your first day of classes — you can start now.

Discover your career path

Check out ASU’s all-in-one personality quiz and career advisor that can help match your interests to one of ASU’s more than 350 majors. (You can even download it now on your smartphone.)

Find your major

Earn scholarship money

What if we told you that you could earn scholarships for everyday high school activities like getting good grades, attending a college fair, or participating in sports teams and clubs? ASU will reward your accomplishments in high school with scholarships. Create your account today.

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Find the ASU that fits you

ASU’s campus fit quiz can help give you an idea of the right ASU location to meet your interests and academic needs.

Find your campus fit

College life at ASU

ASU takes a students driven approach to innovation, so regardless of your major, you'll learn how to adapt to the unexpected and come out thriving. Here are just a few groundbreaking ways that innovation will be part of your academic life at ASU.

Succeed inside and outside the classroom

As a first-year student, you'll be paired with an upper-division student who can help you through the challenges and obstacles the first year at college can bring.

Learn more about your first year

Graduate in four years (or less)

Monitor your progress toward your degree with eAdvisor™ — an online tool that shows you what classes you need to take and which semester to take them.

Learn about eAdvisor

Double your diplomas

Earn two ASU degrees by creating your own combination of degree programs. With concurrent programs, you aren't limited to choosing one passion over another.

Learn about concurrent degrees

Earn bachelor's and master's degrees at the same time

Accelerated degree programs give you the opportunity to combine undergraduate and graduate coursework — all with the goal of graduating with your bachelor's and master's degrees within five years.

Accelerated degree programs

ASU students look back and help you get ahead

We asked current ASU students, “If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your high school self?”

Going to college

It’s never too soon to start preparing yourself for college. Making good choices now means better academic options later.

Take the ACT or SAT

Good scores on these tests can improve your chances for merit-based scholarships. If you are taking AP classes, sign up to take the AP tests for a chance to earn college credit for your classes.

Complete your applications

Fill out and complete your college applications before the deadlines.

Visit colleges

Plan a visit to the colleges that are on your list so you can envision what your life would be like there.

Do your paperwork

Make sure you understand what documents each of the colleges you apply to needs and how the process works to request transcripts, letters of recommendation and other documents from your high school. Be sure to meet with your counselor or advisor to ensure you're on track.

Finish strong

Finish high school on a good note: stay focused until the very end of the year.

Frequently asked questions about getting started early at ASU

How do I decide what schools I might want to attend?

First you should consider a school’s location. Do you want to go to college nearby or out of state? You should then find out if a school you are interested in offers the degree program you want to study. Also consider what type of financial aid you might expect to receive. Finally, take a tour of the campus to help you decide if the school is a good fit for you.

What questions will the admission application ask?

The ASU admission application asks various questions including your contact information and the major and campus you would like to attend. It also asks you if you will self-report your high school grades. Self-reporting is recommended because it will greatly speed up the time it takes to receive an admission decision. If you are unable or choose not to self-report your grades, you can have your school submit your official transcripts to ASU.

How do I pick a major?

If you know what you want to study, visit ASU’s degree page to see if it’s offered. If you are still figuring out what you want to major in, that’s normal too. Try one of ASU’s exploratory programs, which enable you to explore different academic areas without losing any time or credit toward your degree. You can also take ASU’s major and career quiz, me3®, which can help you narrow down the right major for you. Additionally, try talking to your academic advisor for guidance. And know that you’re not alone — 80 percent of students switch majors at least once.

How important are grades in admission?

ASU has several aptitude requirements for admission, and one requirement that may be considered is your grades. Additionally, some programs require even higher grades than the university does, so meeting grade requirements is an important factor in being admitted. And if you’re interested in applying to Barrett, The Honors College, good grades are important. Though Barrett doesn’t require a minimum GPA, it does take your grades into account and views them as a major factor in deciding on honors college admission.

How many colleges should I apply to?

There is no specific number of colleges you should apply to. It varies by student. But you should consider applying to more than one college. Even if you know exactly which college you want to attend, applying to two or more will give you options if you don’t get admitted to your dream college. But keep in mind, the number of colleges you apply to could be limited by cost as most colleges require an application fee.

When should I take the SAT or ACT?

Most students take the ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year, summer after their junior year or fall of their senior year. You should also consider taking the PSAT in October of your junior year to be considered for National Merit and National Hispanic Recognition Scholarship programs.

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