Barrett Online: The #1 honors college in the nation for online students

August 16, 2022 · 2 min read · By ASU Online
Arizona State University's honors college is excited to welcome its second-ever cohort of online students for the fall 2022 semester — giving you access to the same resources and learning opportunities as your in-person counterparts. Barrett Online offers honors tracks for all ASU Online undergraduate degree programs. Once you choose your degree program, you’ll work with your Barrett advisor to add honors experiences to satisfy your online honors degree requirements.

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.

Everything you need to know about ASU Online classes and degree programs

We’ve compiled what you need to know about online classes and degree programs at Arizona State University. Read on to learn all about what to expect from the ASU Online learning experience.


About ASU Online

Earn your degree completely online from the nation's most innovative university. ASU Online offers more than 300 degree programs and certificates in high-demand areas such as nursing, engineering, business, education and more. Explore all of our areas of study.

Our offerings include:

  • Elite expertise and research.
  • Innovative curriculum design.
  • Superior student support services.

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