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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
the nation
Students enrolled in
Barrett across all
4 ASU Campuses
Average incoming freshman
GPA (unweighted)
15 to
Average student-faculty ratio
for honors classes
National Scholars (National Merit and College Board National Recognition Program recipients)


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 2021)

Average unweighted GPA 3.81
Female/Male 54.6% / 45.4%
Class size (all four campuses) 1,994
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 College Board National Recognition recipients
Number of National Merit Scholars total in Barrett 402
Number of College Board National Recognition recipients total in Barrett 392
Geographic Profile
Incoming in-state / out-of-state students (fall 2021) 69%/31%
Top 5 states 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

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University offers students the “best of both worlds,” meaning they can take advantage of all that a Research I, Pac-12 university has to offer while living in a community of motivated students and supportive faculty and staff.

A 15-to-1 student-faculty ratio gives students the opportunity to form helpful relationships with their instructors.

Honors academic advisors provide students with personalized assistance on their honors college journey, including the honors undergraduate thesis.

Student Services staff engage students in programs and activities intentionally designed to enhance their honors college experiences.

A New American University

Barrett 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 119,000 students studying in more than 350 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 community of scholars who benefit from the personalized attention and dedication to teaching of more than 40 Honors Faculty Fellows, direct access to college deans, and assistance from professional staff. In addition to these full-time honors college personnel there are more than 1,800 university faculty who teach and mentor Barrett students across all four ASU campuses.

 Top in national and international scholarships

Fulbright badge 2017-18

Arizona State University is a perennial top-producer of Fulbright recipients. For eleven consecutive years, ASU has been among the top 20 universities in the US for recipients of this prestigious fellowship, and is the second highest-ranking public university. Sponsored by the US Department of State, the Fulbright US Student Program provides full-cost awards to support yearlong post-graduate study, research, artistic, and teaching experiences in over 140 countries.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named ASU as a top producer of Fulbright award winners.

The Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement (ONSA), housed in the Barrett Honors College complex at the ASU Tempe campus, helps students secure nationally-competed scholarships and fellowships, including Fulbright, Truman, Rhodes, Udall, Goldwater and NSEP. Many of the recipients of these prestigious awards are Barrett students and alumni.

ASU and Barrett Honors College recruit the highest number of Flinn Scholars, who are among the best students in the state of Arizona.

American Campus Communities

American Campus Communities, the nation’s largest developer of residential communities, invested $140 million to build the country’s first comprehensive four-year residential honors college campus at a top-tier Research I university.

This intentionally-designed community, Barrett Honors College at the ASU Tempe campus, opened in 2009 and is now recognized nationally for providing students with university resources that make for a unique and exceptional honors experience.

Students, faculty and staff designed the nine-acre honors complex that includes living space for 1,700 students, 12 internet-connected classrooms, meeting rooms, a student lounge, a multi-room dining center featuring a refectory modeled after the Oxford dining hall, and faculty, administration and staff offices.

The design and function of the Barrett Honors College complex has been the topic of discussion at National Collegiate Honors Council conferences.

National accolades

Public University Honors, an online review of honors colleges throughout the nation by John Willingham, rates Barrett Honors College in the top category for its strong honors program, support for students, well-appointed residence halls, and a dean, faculty and staff committed to student success.

PrepScholar ranks Barrett Honors College No. 1 on its list of the best honors colleges in the U.S., citing Barrett’s signature honors courses, opportunities for students to complete honors research and theses, the Barrett Writing Center, honors study abroad and global programs.

In a piece published in The New York Times, columnist Frank Bruni noted that Barrett Honors College is “widely considered the gold standard” of honors institutions and pointed out that Barrett combines an academically distinguished student body with “the scale, eclecticism and sprawling resources of a huge university. It’s two experiences in one.”

Bruni also wrote about ASU and Barrett Honors College in his book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania”.

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 Honors College continues to set the standard for the country’s top honors experience.