Parents and families of ASU students

Parents and families
of ASU students

Welcome to the ASU family

This is an exciting time for your entire family and one to celebrate as you look ahead to your student’s bright future.

At Arizona State University, we know how important you are to your student’s academic success. Your student's success is our number one priority, as well. We are excited to welcome your family into the ASU community.

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Next steps for admitted students

Once your student is admitted, review his or her next steps for enrollment:

Freshman Transfer International

My ASU Parent Guest Access

My ASU has everything your student will need — next steps and to-do items for enrollment, financial and account information, class schedule, and more. Your student can share this important information with you through My ASU Parent Guest Access.

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Parent and family resources

Housing

ASU focuses on a residential college model of housing where students live with peers from their college, and are near faculty and staff dedicated to helping them achieve their goals and start successful careers. Living on an ASU campus is comfortable, convenient and safe. Most students live on campus during their first year at ASU.

About housing

Financial aid

ASU is committed to offering students a top quality education that provides the most value for their investment and prepares them for a lifetime of success. Learn more about how to pay for college, tuition and cost of attendance, scholarship deadlines, and applying for aid.About financial aid

On-campus employment

Did you know that ASU employs more than 10,000 students? An on-campus job is a great way to earn extra money that helps pay for college and allows students to gain valuable experience in a professional setting that can relate to their career interests.

Student employment

Health

Many ASU students are at a point in their lives where they are learning how to access and receive health care on their own without the help of family members. ASU understands this and has designed a full suite of health and wellness services that are easy for students to use when they need them.

Health resources

Safety

We take seriously the safety of your student. Through resources such as secure residence halls staffed day and night, a full-service university police force, call boxes throughout campus that connect directly to police, safety escorts, emergency text alerts and more, we offer a safe campus environment for students.

About safety

Community service

Did you know that ASU students contributed more than 1.8 million hours of service to the community last year? We are proud that our student population is making a significant impact in the local and global communities. At ASU, your student will have opportunities to volunteer through large scale events and everyday service, both on campus and throughout metro Phoenix.

How to serve

Student veterans and dependents

ASU is grateful for the service of our military veterans and their families. If your student is active military, a veteran, a spouse or dependent, and a newly admitted freshman, transfer or graduate student at ASU, the Pat Tillman Veterans Center is here to help you and your student with next steps toward using benefits at ASU.

Veteran benefits

Visiting ASU

Schedule a campus tour to see ASU in person, take a virtual tour of campus locations, or check out the schedule of upcoming events with ASU representatives.

Schedule a visit

Academic calendar

Check the academic calendar for important dates during ASU’s fall, spring and summer terms.

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Culture at ASU

Arizona State University is and always will be a university that measures itself by whom we include and how they succeed. We believe in this so much that we put it in our university charter.

Marching from California to ASU

Hear from a California family whose son is majoring in justice studies and is a member of the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band. His parents are confident in his decision to attend ASU, where he has access to the faculty, staff and resources he needs to be successful.

Welcoming families to ASU

Arizona State University knows the importance of family and support systems when making the decision to attend a university. We invite you to watch this video to learn more about what parents and family members of our newest class have to say about their experience with ASU.

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Catalyst

Watch Catalyst — an Arizona PBS prime-time series that explores cutting-edge research at ASU and its potential impact on the world. The program is produced by students at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and tells the stories of people behind the research and their groundbreaking discoveries. Learn more about Catalyst

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Get the inside view

Hear real ASU students talk about things all new Sun Devils should know before starting their ASU adventure. Check out the Inside ASU podcast — and the episode about ASU parents.

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Discover Phoenix

As the fifth-largest city in the nation, Phoenix has something for everyone. Beautiful weather and a bustling metropolis offer Sun Devils plenty of career opportunities, places to eat and hangout, and nearly endless outdoor activities.

Learn more about Arizona

ASU programs for parents and families

New Student and Family Programs

We are committed to helping you participate in your student’s experience at ASU by keeping you informed and engaged. Whether you are sending your first student to ASU or are preparing for your student to graduate and get a first job, the resources offered by New Student and Family Programs will help and support you.

About the programs 

Sun Devil Family Association

The Sun Devil Family Association is committed to providing parents the information they need to stay informed of university happenings and to help their students through their college years. The association coordinates a variety of programs and fund numerous resources that benefit all students. Gifts to the Sun Devil Family Association Fund support scholarships, free tutoring, a free Thanksgiving dinner, an emergency crisis fund and much more.

About the association 

Frequently asked questions by parents about ASU

When is the best time to visit and tour ASU?

ASU offers campus visit tours almost every day. We recommend that you and your student visit ASU as early in the college decision-making process as possible as there are benefits to choosing a college early. You should also keep in mind the season — summers get hot in the Phoenix area, sometimes excessively hot, so it’s recommended that you make your visit plans for the fall, winter or spring.

How safe are ASU campuses?

ASU makes safety one of our top priorities. We offer many safety services and resources to students including secure residence halls staffed around the clock; a full-time, full-service university police force; safety escorts; emergency call boxes located throughout all ASU campuses and parking garages, which connect directly to the police department; an alert system to immediately contact students with information in the event of a campus emergency; and a safety smartphone app called LiveSafe.

What financial aid options are available to parents for students?

To help your student pay for college, you can apply for a Parent PLUS Loan. You must have good credit history to apply for this loan, which is offered by the federal government. Additionally, if you are an active duty member or veteran of the U.S. military, your student could be eligible for tuition benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

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