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Preparing for college

It’s never too early to prepare for college

Whether your student is in high school, middle school or elementary school, Access ASU believes their path to academic success is already in progress. Special events, summer programs and engagement in traditions are a few ways to foster a college-going mindset. Regardless of circumstance, college attainment is possible.

4-3-2-1: Countdown to admission

To be admitted to ASU, you will need to graduate high school with having completed:
4 years of math and English (non-ESL/ELL courses)
3 years of lab sciences
2 years of social sciences and the same second language
1 year of fine arts or career and technical education

Aptitude requirements

In addition to the 16 core competency requirements, to be admitted to ASU, you will need to meet one of the following:
Top 25% in high school graduating class
3.00 GPA in competency courses (4.00 = "A")
ACT: 22 (24 nonresidents)
SAT: 1120 (1180 nonresidents)

Start with a visit

Exploring one of the ASU campus locations is a great way to introduce Future Sun Devils of any age to the university. The Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West campuses each have their own identity, so we encourage you to explore each one.



Sample high school academic plan

Algebra 1
Integrated sciences
Fine arts elective

World history
Career and Technical education elective

Algebra 2
American History
Second language elective

U.S. Government
Fine arts elective

Prepare financially

In addition to meeting the admission requirements, part of preparing for college includes earning merit and need-based scholarships. Volunteering at school and in the community can help students meet specific scholarship requirements. The ASU Scholarship Portal is a good place to start looking for aid. It’s also important that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year beginning in 12th grade. The FAFSA will help the university determine a student’s financial need for the following academic year.