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Barrett, The Honors College, offers academically high-achieving, well-rounded 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 not available to students pursuing an ASU degree at the Lake Havasu City campus or through ASU Online.

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 the articulated 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: Friday, November 1, 2019 | 11:59 PM
Student Notification: Friday, December 20, 2019 | 5 PM
All prospective students are strongly encouraged to have a complete Barrett application on file by the Early Action deadline to put themselves in the best possible position for a positive decision.

Regular Decision
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 11:59 PM
Student Notification: Friday, February 28, 2020 | 5 PM

Late Consideration
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 11:59 PM
Student Notification: Friday, April 17, 2020 | 5 PM

UPDATE: Late Consideration decisions will be released on Friday, April 10, at 5 PM!

Late Consideration II
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 11:59 PM
Student Notification: Friday, May 15, 2020 | 5 PM

UPDATE: Late Consideration II decisions will be released on Friday, April 24, at 5 PM!

An ASURITE ID and password are required to begin a Barrett admissions application. These items are provided by the university once an ASU Application has been submitted.  Only one Barrett application will be accepted for any given semester. 

A Barrett application may be started and submitted before Arizona State University admission is conferred.  However, a Barrett application cannot move to committee review until ASU acceptance is formally awarded.  For this reason, all ASU application materials - including the submission of ACT and/or SAT results to the central ASU Admission Services office - should be addressed 4-6 weeks ahead of the Barrett deadline for which a prospective student is applying. We strongly encourage high school students to self-report their grades on the ASU application for a faster university decision.

For a Barrett application to be evaluated in a specific pool, it must be complete by the articulated deadline, not simply submitted.  Incomplete files are remanded to the next pool for review. If you have not already done so, review the "Fall 2020 Deadlines" tab.

3/25/2020 UPDATE: In light of the many current high school closures, we recognize high school seniors applying for our April 1 Late Consideration II deadline may have difficulty connecting with their teachers. For this reason, we are temporarily modifying our two letters of recommendation policy and will review Late Consideration II applications with only one recommendation and without penalty. The letter must be academic in nature. Prospective students must still identify two recommenders on their application.


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