First-year student admission requirements
ASU application for first-year students
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
Review competency requirements
To be admitted to ASU, you must hold a high school diploma or equivalent and have completed at least 14 of the following courses.
- Four years of math.
- Four years of English (non-ESL/ELL courses).
- Three years of lab sciences (One year each from biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences or physics).
- Two years of social sciences (including one year American history).
- Two years of the same second language.
- One year of fine arts or career and technical education.
Note: You cannot have course deficiencies in both math and lab sciences competencies.
Review other admission requirements
First-year applicants must meet at least one of the following:
- Top 25% in your high school graduating class.
- 3.00 GPA in competency courses (4.00 = A).
- ACT score of 22 for Arizona residents (24 nonresidents) or SAT Reasoning score of 1120 for Arizona residents (1180 nonresidents).*
*Additional information about ACT / SAT:
- ASU doesn’t require the writing portion of these tests.
- ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission but may be submitted for ASU course placement.
Don’t meet admission requirements?
You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.
To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.
Note: Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.
Complete online application
You're almost there! Complete the undergraduate admission application online. You will be required to submit a nonrefundable application fee.
- $70: ASU Online programs.
File your FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can help you find federal student aid. Submit the FAFSA online. ASU’s Federal School Code is 001081.
Depending on when you start classes, you may need to complete one or two FAFSAs. Explore this page to determine which FAFSA you need to complete.
Request ACT or SAT scores
Request your ACT or SAT scores be sent directly to ASU from ACT or from the College Board, for SAT scores.
ACT or SAT scores are required for merit scholarship consideration and for ASU course placement.
Send in your transcripts
For first-year admission, request to have your transcripts sent directly to ASU from each educational institution you attended. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to Admission Services by the records office of the issuing institution. ASU does not accept transcripts transmitted by fax. High school transcripts must show GPA and date of graduation. ASU requires an English translation of all foreign language transcripts.
If sending by stamped mail:
Admission Services Applicant Processing
Arizona State University
PO Box 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287
If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Arizona State University Admission Services Applicant Processing
1150 E. University Drive Building C, Room 226
Tempe, AZ 85281
Check application status
Once your scores, transcripts and all other materials have been submitted to ASU, your application will be reviewed.
To see if you have any missing items and to view your admission status, sign in at My ASU using your ASURITE User ID, which is sent to you after you apply for first-year admission.