Staying at the forefront of innovation
As many ASU students began to transition their studies online during the COVID-19 pandemic, Barrett, The Honors College and ASU Online moved quickly to create Barrett Online. This exciting new opportunity allows students to pursue a 100% online honors degree with the same rigor, resources and support as the traditional model.
The first cohort of Barrett Online students enrolled in fall 2021, providing the group an elevated learning experience with access to honors-only research, internships, lectures and events. Due to its early success and strong student testimonials, Barrett Online is looking for ways to thoughtfully expand and provide even greater access moving forward, starting with a fall 2022 enrollment roughly double in size to the first cohort.
A look into Barrett, The Honors College
In 1988, the Arizona Board of Regents authorized the creation of the University Honors College at ASU — the first four-year honors residential college in the U.S. Later renamed to honor former U.S. Air Force secretary and Intel CEO, Barbara and Craig Barrett, Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University gives students the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.
With first-year student applications quadrupling from 2007 to 2021 and enrollment continuing to increase, Barrett offers more opportunities than ever, including The Human Event, workshops, speaker events and unique study abroad experiences.
Now, extending the honors experience to virtual learners, Barrett is widening their audience, allowing high-achieving online students to get the most out of their undergraduate education.
Why should students apply to Barrett Online?
Barrett Online offers students unique opportunities in research, internships and more. Graduates of Barrett attend some of the best graduate schools and often find employment immediately after graduation. Dedicated advisors and honors faculty are available to empower students to succeed, ensuring a supportive environment for all.
As part of the required honors curriculum, Barrett Online students complete History of Ideas, an honors seminar that includes live, synchronous discussions with their honors peers and faculty. Along with taking signature Barrett courses, students earn honors credits in their major courses and electives by completing honors-exclusive activities, including research, projects and service learning. Honors credits give students the opportunity to expand on topics of interest, strengthening their knowledge and allowing them to collaborate with faculty members.
How do students apply to Barrett Online?
Now in the second phase of the online honors college, Barrett will run two small cohorts in the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters. While the application has closed for fall 2022, Barrett will soon begin accepting students for the spring 2023 semester. The application will be open from September to October 2022. Interested students are encouraged to apply for the spring semester no matter their academic background or major.
Offering unique learning opportunities for all virtual learners, ASU Online empowers your success. Learn more about Barrett Online and be a part of the first ever online honors college for undergraduate students.