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Access ASU Impact

ASU is committed to increasing college degree attainment within Arizona

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed. Access ASU programs and initiatives empower students and families through scholarships, college-readiness programming and academic enrichment opportunities.

Many students in our public and charter high schools do not have the information they need to pursue higher education.

51% of all children in Arizona live in low-income households. (2013)

High income students are 7x more likely to earn a college degree than low income students

29% of Arizona children from low-income families went to college. (2013)

68% of Arizona jobs will require a post-secondary education by 2020.


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Serving Arizona students, parents and families

ASU embraces its responsibility to help all members of our community make informed decisions about their college and career preparation.

41,000 Arizona K-12 students and 7,000 parents were served through Access ASU programs in 2014-2015.

18,300 students visited ASU through campus visit programming.

33,000 parents and students have been served through the American Dream Academy since the program’s inception in 2006.


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Increasing student enrollment and degree completion at ASU

Access ASU programs and services support students, parents, families, K-12 schools and the local community to ensure broader access and capacity for ASU readiness and success.

99% of Barrett Summer Scholars alumni, who applied with a completed application, were admitted to ASU.

94% of students felt that they were more prepared for college after participating in the Future Sun Devil Families program.

50 students jump started their futures by earning college-credit prior to high school graduation through the Collegiate Scholars Academy in 2015.

Awarding an additional 500 new bachelor’s degrees will add $1,122,244 to Arizona's tax revenue per year.


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Strategic K-12 Partnerships

Access ASU supports and helps to equip K-12 educators with the tools and resources needed to increase college-going rates and ensure all students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college through strategic partnerships with six Phoenix area school districts.

  • ASU Preparatory Academy Charter Schools
  • Glendale Union High School District
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • Phoenix Union High School District
  • Tempe Union High School District
  • Tolleson Union High School District


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Investing in the future of Arizona

“To remain globally competitive the United States must vastly increase the number of college graduates it produces and the biggest obstacle to college attendance in America is not lack of academic ability but rather insufficient family income."

Michael M. Crow
ASU President


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Access ASU strives to ensure qualifying students receive the support they need to make their goals a reality.

$6.5 million in college scholarships have been awarded to students who demonstrated financial need through ASU Earn to Learn.

$245,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to academically talented students participating in the Barrett Summer Scholars programs.

$95,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to ASU students who have participated in Access ASU programs and services.