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The information presented on this page is specific to Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. It is
current as of September 2020 and will be updated following the 21st day of the fall 2021 semester. To review facts
about ASU, visit https://facts.asu.edu.

Quick Facts
A short overview of the highest
ranked honors college in
Students enrolled in
Barrett across all
4 ASU Campuses
Average incoming freshman
GPA (unweighted)
15 to
Average student faculty
ratio for honors classes
Total National Hispanic and Merit Scholars


Downtown campus 579
Polytechnic campus 323
Tempe campus 5,757
West campus 327
Total Barrett enrollment (all four campuses) 6,986
Incoming Freshman Student Profile (fall 2020)
Average unweighted GPA 3.81
Average SAT 1347
Average ACT 29.2
Female/Male 54.8% / 45.2%
Class size (all four campuses) 1,890
Academic Profile
Student to faculty ratio in classes taught by Honors College faculty 15 to 1
Number of incoming National Scholars (fall 2020) 91 National Merit Finalists
130 National Hispanic Scholars
Number of National Merit Scholars total in Barrett 389
Number of National Hispanic Scholars total in Barrett 429
Geographic Profile
Incoming In-State / Out-of-State students (fall 2020) 69%/31%
Top 5 state of origin - outside of Arizona total in Barrett California (464)
Texas (174)
Illinois (166)
Colorado (120)
New Mexico (112)
Top 5 countries of origin - other than US total in Barrett India (73)
Mexico (24)
China (21)
Canada (21)
South Korea (10)


Notes of Distinction

At Barrett, students feel they have the “Best of Both Worlds.” They enjoy all that a Research I, Pac-12 environment has to offer while having the advantage of living in a community of motivated students. Barrett graduates attend the best graduate and professional schools in the nation, a 23-to-1 student faculty/ratio gives students the opportunity to form outstanding relationships with their instructors.  Read more below of what others are saying about the Barrett experience.


Fulbright badge 2017-18Arizona State University is among the top producers of U.S. Fulbright student scholarship winners who will teach and study abroad next year. ASU is tied at fifth place in the nation with Yale University and University of California at Berkeley among research institutions. The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide. The awards, funded by Congress, were founded to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Fulbrights are awarded based on academic and leadership potential, providing the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. ASU submitted 58 Fulbright applications and 23 applicants received the award, resulting in a significant success rate higher than universities such as Harvard, Brown, and Yale. Arizona State University is also notable in that its student success rate of those applying to the university is 40 percent. The average percent accepted as a Fulbright from the top 40 research universities is 25 percent, making ASU the university with the highest student success rate of all top research universities.

USA TodayUSA Today named ASU one of the 100 Best Value Colleges for 2010 and specifically cited Barrett as a factor in the recognition, identifying the honors college as “outstanding.”

Reader's DigestNamed “Best Honors College” in the nation in 2005 by Reader’s Digest, Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University continues to set the standard for the country’s top honors experience. Barrett tops Stanford, MIT and Duke in the number of National Merit scholars recruited to the university and enrolls more National Hispanic scholars than any other institution.

FulbrightNamed by The Chronicle for Higher Education as a top producer of Fulbright award winners, ASU leads the nation among public universities and often ranks in the top ten of all institutions in the number of nationally-competed fellowships won by students thanks to the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement (LWFONSA). The office, housed at the Barrett campus, helps students secure awards such as the Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, Udall, Goldwater, NSEP and Fulbright scholarships. The majority of these students are from Barrett. In state, the university recruits the highest number of Flinn scholars; these are among the best students in the state of Arizona.

American Campus CommunitiesBecause Barrett, the Honors College at ASU is so widely recognized for its national success in providing students with university resources that make the honors experience unique and exceptional, the nation’s largest developer of residential communities, American Campus Communities invested 140 million dollars to build the country’s first comprehensive four-year residential honors college campus in a top-tier Research 1 university. The new Tempe Barrett honors campus at ASU opened in 2009. It was designed by students, faculty and staff and the eight acre honors complex includes: 1700 beds in a variety of units, 12 classrooms, an honors community center (with student lounges, activity rooms, computer and writing labs and a fitness center); a multi-room dining center which features a beautiful refectory modeled after the British university dining hall, and all Faculty Fellow and Barrett administration offices. This is the nation’s premier honors facility and a topic of great interest at National Collegiate Honors Council conferences.

A New American UniversityBarrett students at the nation’s premier undergraduate honors college benefit from the vast resources and opportunities at ASU, the nation’s largest Research I institution which resides in the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States and boasts an enrollment of over 70,000 students studying in more than 277 fields of academic inquiry. Barrett takes that strong foundation and enhances the undergraduate honors community environment in a number of ways. Honors students are members of a small community of scholars who benefit from the personalized attention, dedication and access to our deans, roughly twenty-five faculty fellows and approximately twenty-five staff whose focus is on each individual. In addition to these full-time honors college personnel there are more than 1200 university faculty who teach and mentor Barrett students across all four ASU campuses.