ASU Online Student FAQs

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Common questions about ASU Online

  • Is Arizona State University online accredited?

    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, 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

  • What are the reviews and ranking for ASU Online?
    See our students' reviews about ASU Online programs and faculty reviews of the online programs on our What Sun Devils Say page. ASU Online holds several rankings for our online undergraduate and graduate level programs, including bachelors programs, master level program and PhD programs online. ASU is ranked #1 in the U.S. for Innovation, by U.S News and World Report. Our innovative online programs, taught by the same faulty who teach our on-ground degrees, give students access and flexibility they need to a degree, with the same academic rigor.
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  • 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 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

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Application/admission process

  • I completed ASU Online admissions 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.

  • Does the ASU Online admissions process require anything aside from an 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:

    Admission Services
    Arizona State University
    PO Box 870112
    Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

  • 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.

  • What are the ASU transfer requirements?

    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?

    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.

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Paying for your education

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The online student experience

  • 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 need to be computer savvy to take classes at ASU Online?

    Because all of ASU Online classes are completely online, it's helpful to be good with computers when taking classes at ASU Online. 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. Many classes that require advanced or special applications offer tutorials, or tutorials are made available at ASU to ensure you are able to perform required tasks online.

    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.

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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.

    If you have more questions on ASU Gmail, your My ASU account has additional information.

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