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Barrett, The Honors College, offers academically high-achieving, well-rounded undergraduate students unique opportunities designed to maximize their time at Arizona State University. The Barrett student body reflects intellectual and social interests covering the entire spectrum of degree programs available at the four metropolitan Phoenix campuses of ASU.

Barrett enrollment is only available to students pursuing an ASU degree at the Downtown, Polytechnic, Tempe, and West campuses.

There is no single type of Barrett student and no “typical” honors experience. Instead, students are given great freedom and support to explore, create, and pursue their own distinctive education inside and outside the classroom. For their first two years, Barrett students live in the honors community at the ASU campus of their major, though many choose to stay all four years to take advantage of the amenities and convenience, and during their first year Barrett students take the 6-credit course sequence called The Human Event. ASU graduates with Barrett distinction attend the best graduate schools and have great success finding jobs in their field.

Students interested in Barrett must first apply to Arizona State University and then may begin the separate Barrett application. Prospective honors college students should be mindful of deadlines and work to ensure that a complete Barrett application, not one that is simply submitted, is on file by the appropriate date.

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High school seniors considering enrollment as first-time college students at Arizona State University should apply for Barrett Lower Division consideration.  The Lower Division honors curriculum is designed for completion over four academic years at ASU.

Students who took time off after high school, did not attend another college or university, and are entering ASU for the first time should also consider themselves eligible for Lower Division enrollment.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to the questions we most often receive from prospective students and their parents.

For a Barrett application to be evaluated, it must be complete by a deadline, not simply submitted. Incomplete files are remanded to the next pool for review. All Barrett acceptance decisions are non-binding.

Early Action
Application Deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2020 | 11:59 PM
Student Notification: Friday, December 18, 2020 | 5 PM
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to have a complete Barrett application on file for Early Action to put themselves in the best possible position for a positive decision.

Regular Decision
Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021 | 11:59 PM
Student Notification: Friday, March 5, 2021 | 5 PM

Late Consideration
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 7, 2021 | 11:59 PM
Student Notification: Friday, April 16, 2021 | 5 PM

Late Consideration II
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 4, 2021 | 11:59 PM
Student Notification: Friday, May 14, 2021 | 5 PM

The final Barrett Lower Division application deadline for fall 2020 was Wednesday, April 1.

The Barrett application for spring and fall 2021 will open at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 9. The 2021 Barrett essay prompts are available on our FAQs page.

The Arizona State University application is open, and prospective students are encouraged to move forward with applying for 2021. Students may also apply to ASU through the Common App and the Coalition App.