ASU Online Student FAQs
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Will I get done with my degree faster if I take online courses?
That depends on how many courses you take throughout the academic year. You are allowed to enroll in up to 18 credits hours (or 19 for programs within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering) for spring and fall semesters and 7 credits for each summer session.
Will my diploma and transcript say "Arizona State University" or "Arizona State University Online"?
Your diploma and transcript will say “Arizona State University.”
Are all ASU Online credits transferable to other 4 year universities?
ASU Online credits are no different than credits earned at our campuses and transcripts do not distinguish between online or on-campus courses. When transferring credits, it is always up to the receiving institution to determine transfer eligibility and how transfer credits may apply to a specific program of interest.
How do I access my online course?
- Login to: My ASU
- Enter your ASURITE ID and password
- You should see your classes listed on the "My Classes" tab
- Click on the link for your class
How do I find and enroll in classes?
- Login to: My ASU
- Enter your ASURITE ID and password
- Locate the 'Class Search' at the bottom of the 'My Classes' box
- Choose a subject and the online campus
- Once you find your class click 'Add' to the far right
- Follow the enrollments steps
How do I find my advisor?
- Login to: My ASU
- Enter your ASURITE ID and password
- Once in the page you will see your degree program in the right hand corner with 'Advising' underneath in red
- Click 'Advising' and you will be shown your advisor's name and phone number
I completed the undergraduate admission process, when will I be able to register?
You will receive an ASUrite ID and activation code via email after you submit your application for admission. The ASUrite allows you to check your admission status online through My ASU. Once you are admitted, you can check your eligibility to register. You may see one or more “Holds” on your record, which must be cleared before you can register for classes. Once all registration “Holds” are cleared from your record, you will be able to register on or after the assigned enrollment appointment (date and time) shown on your My ASU page.
Can I take online courses for personal enrichment, as a non-degree student?
Yes, students can attend Arizona State University as a non-degree student in order to take individual courses as prerequisites for a desired program, to transfer to another institution or for personal experience instead of applying and pursuing a full degree program. Students will need to apply to ASU and be admitted as an ASU student. All classes taken as a non-degree student will be for earned credit and will be listed on an official ASU transcript with grade earned. Learn more about non-degree options.
Can I take some classes on campus but most online?
ASU Online degree programs are 100% online. If you wish to take courses on campus, then you will need to enroll as a campus-based student.
Does ASU accept a GED?
ASU Online requires either a high school diploma or a GED for admission. Review freshman admission requirements.
Does ASU need anything besides my application?
Your application is complete once you pay the application fee and ASU receives all of your required transcripts. If you haven’t completed an Associate of Arts degree have your high school transcript sent as well. Please have you transcripts sent to:
Arizona State University
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
Don’t meet admission requirements?
You can still earn your way into ASU through the Earned Admission Track. To begin, submit an undergraduate application to ASU. If Earned Admission is right for you, an enrollment advisor will reach out with more details.
Is this an accredited school?
Arizona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally-recognized body provides assurance to students, parents and all stakeholders that ASU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance, http://www.ncahlc.org/. In addition to ASU's Higher Learning Commission accreditation, many of ASU's academic programs carry specialized accreditation specific to the field. View a list of ASU programs with specialized accreditation at https://asuonline.asu.edu/about-us/state-regulatory-authorizations.
What is Earned Admission?
Earned Admission is a performance-based pathway that allows you to gain admission into ASU by taking and passing 12 or 24 credit hours of first-year ASU courses.
Will all of my college credits transfer?
In general, transfer credit is awarded for courses meeting all of the following requirements:
- Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a scale of 4.0)
- Completed at a regionally accredited postsecondary institution in the United States
- Course is considered to be college-level (not remedial) and is not highly technical/vocational
- A maximum of 64 community college credits may be transferred to ASU
Do you have international credits? http://global.asu.edu/future/undergrad
There isn’t an "expiration date" for transfer credits that meet the eligibility requirements, although some courses (eg. Computers and Economics) may need to be retaken depending on their relevancy to today's courses.
Certain types of credit cannot be transferred to ASU, including credit awarded by postsecondary institutions for life experience, workshops, and seminars. Military (JST) transcripts will be reviewed post-admission by the program advisor and college. Learn more here.
Your academic advisor will tell you exactly how your transfer credits fit into your degree program.
Paying for Your Education
Are scholarships available?
There are a variety of scholarships available and more information can be found at: http://students.asu.edu/scholarships
What about financial aid?
Students admitted into a degree program may be eligible for financial aid if they meet the eligibility criteria.
For more information regarding Financial Aid at ASU, please visit the website http://students.asu.edu/financial-aid
What is the cost?
When attending Arizona State University and studying online, the tuition is the same no matter where you live within the US or internationally. To view current tuition rates and fees go to: http://students.asu.edu/tuitionandbilling
The Online Student Experience
Are online programs comparable in quality to on-campus programs?
Yes. The same faculty and instructors that teach on the ASU campuses teach ASU Online courses. This means that the rigor and quality of the content, as well as the course load is the same as the on-campus classes.
Can I attend graduation on campus?
Yes! ASU Online students are encouraged to participate in university graduation ceremonies. More information can be found on the University Ceremonies website.
Can online students get a student ID card?
Yes. Online students can order a Sun Card, ASU’s official student ID, by completing the following steps: Submit your ID photo and identification verification online. Once you receive a photo approval email, you must complete the Sun Card Request form. A $25 fee will be posted to your student account. Please allow 10 working days for delivery by United States Postal Service.
Can online students live on campus, join clubs and attend campus events?
Online students have the opportunity to join ASU clubs and attend campus events. However, dorms are reserved for on-ground students only. Learn more about online clubs and #SunDevilNation.
Can you tell me about the "classroom" experience?
ASU instructors and faculty use a variety of methods to share materials, have students interact, and monitor student’s progress throughout the course.
One of the benefits of completing your degree online is flexibility. A few courses may require specific log-on times for certain activities or assignments, but most courses have assignments and due dates. Some assignments and tests may only be available for a limited time (such as a 48-hour period), so they must be completed at some point within the designated time.
Do I have to attend any on-campus classes?
The majority of our degree programs are offered entirely online with no campus visits required; however, there are a couple of programs that require occasional campus attendance. Your success coach or academic advisor will let you know if this is a requirement for your program.
Do I have to be a techie to take online classes?
It's helpful to be good with computers. If you plan to take all of your courses online, you should be technologically savvy—able to send and receive information, research, and communicate with others.
At minimum, you need a computer that can access the Internet, preferably with a high-speed connection. You should have access to email, productivity software like Microsoft Office, and other applications needed to perform a variety of educational functions. ASU offers Microsoft 365 to currently enrolled students free of charge. Learn more here.
If you get stuck, ASU has a 24/7 help desk that can answer questions and help resolve problems. Call 855.278.5080 (toll-free) or use the Help Desk Chat.
What tools do I need to successfully participate in online classes?
ASU Online courses are taught using the learning management system Blackboard and include a variety of multimedia tools and resources. To ensure you can successfully access the multimedia tools in your courses, ASU Online recommends you use a standard PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, headset and microphone. Mobile devices such as a cell phone, Google Chromebook or tablet computer (Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface) will not provide the access and functionality necessary for ASU Online courses and are not recommended.
Courses are best viewed using a high-speed Internet connection and the browsers Firefox or Chrome, which can be downloaded for free online. Linux is not supported. Run this browser check to ensure the learning platform will support your browser and operating system.
When are classes offered?
ASU Online offers six start times every year. There are two starts during the spring semester, two during fall and two over the summer. Check the academic calendar for specific dates: http://students.asu.edu/academic-calendar
ASU Email Basics
How do I check my ASU email?
ASU provides an email account to all students. It is university policy that an ASU email account be the official channel of email communication.
ASU email for students is provided through Gmail. An ASU Gmail account is different from a personal Gmail account. Through your Gmail for ASU account, you have special access to Google tools for ASU such as My Apps and My Files.
To finish the process of setting up your ASU email, ensure Gmail for ASU is selected.
To access your Gmail for ASU account, sign into My ASU using your ASURITE user ID and password. Click on the My Gmail link located in the left side-bar.
Please note: Your ASU email address is considered directory information and will appear in ASU's electronic directories. If you'd like to have your information hidden from the directory, please submit the Withhold Directory Information Request form to University Registrar Services.
For more information about the policies governing email use at ASU, please review ACD 125: Computer, Internet, and Electronic Communications Information Management Policy.
If you're not sure what your official ASU email address is, please follow these steps:
- Sign into My ASU.
- Click on the Profile tab.
- Locate the Contact Details box.
- Locate the ASU Email Forwarding link and you'll see your primary email address.