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Freshman Applicants

You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA).

Applicants must successfully complete 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 2.5 in any subject area. Most competencies may also be met by test scores or college courses.

  • English - 4 years (composition/literature based)
  • Math - 4 years - Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and one course requiring Algebra II as a prerequisite.
  • Laboratory Science - 3 years total (1 year each from any of the following areas are accepted: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Integrated Sciences, and Physics)
  • Social Science - 2 years (including one year American History)
  • Foreign Language - 2 years (same language)
  • Fine Arts - 1 year


Applicants must also meet at least one of the following:

  • Top 25% in high school graduating class
  • 3.0 GPA in competency courses (4.0 = A)
  • ACT 22 (24 nonresidents)*
  • SAT Reasoning 1040 (1110 nonresidents)*


*ASU does not require the writing portion of these tests.

Individual Review

All students who don’t meet the above standards will be evaluated through a process called Individual Review. Through this process Undergraduate Admissions 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.