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Barrett, The Honors College, is a community of high-achieving undergraduate students within Arizona State University who enjoy the considerable resources of a premier university combined with the close, personal attention provided by the staff, faculty, and deans of the highest ranked honors college in the United States.

Barrett students enjoy a number of unique and honors-only benefits, including:

After graduation, Barrett students attend the best graduate schools, have tremendous success in national fellowship competitions, and accept positions with prominent non-profit and Fortune 500 companies.

Barrett offers two enrollment options - Lower Division and Upper Division. Barrett enrollment is not available to students pursuing an ASU degree at the Lake Havasu City campus or through ASU Online.

The Lower Division honors experience is designed for students spending four academic years (8 fall/spring semesters) at ASU. It is possible to complete the Barrett Lower Division curriculum in three and ½ years (7 fall/spring semesters). Students with fewer than three and ½ years remaining at ASU should consider the Barrett Upper Division enrollment option.

Barrett students are given great freedom to explore, create, and pursue their own distinctive education inside and outside the classroom. Most ASU degree programs are 120 credit hours; Barrett students complete 36 of the 120 credit hours for honors, and they have a variety of options to fulfill these requirements.

All Barrett Lower Division students during their first year take the 6-credit course sequence called The Human Event.  During their senior year, honors students complete a thesis/creative project

Barrett students will complete the remainder of the 36 honors credits in a variety of ways, through some combination of special honors sections of classes already needed for their ASU degree, honors contracts which involve extra projects in standard ASU courses that convert them into honors classes, internships, honors-only study abroad programs, and by engaging in research or independent study.

The Upper Division honors experience is designed for students who have completed approximately half of their undergraduate degree program and are looking to enroll in Barrett during the start of what is traditionally considered their third (junior) year.

To apply for Barrett Upper Division admission, both of the following criteria must be met:

1) ALREADY COMPLETED: A minimum of fifty-four (54) credit hours recognized by Arizona State University.

  • At least thirty (30) of the 54 credits must have been earned after high school or home school graduation.
  • Courses in progress at the time of Barrett application review will be counted towards the 54-credit minimum with the expectation that they will be successfully completed.

2) REMAINING AT ASU: At least two academic years - four fall/spring semesters, not including summer sessions - and approximately sixty (60) credit hours at the time of honors enrollment (not at the time of application submission.)

Upper Division Barrett students complete a total of 21 honors credits as follows: the History of Ideas 3-credit class their first semester in the college, 3-6 credits of thesis/creative project their senior year, and 12-15 credit hours of elective honors work through a variety of different options.

Students whose native language is not English must submit the results of an English language proficiency examination to ASU Admissions Services in order to be considered for Barrett admission.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) satisfy this requirement, and Barrett will obtain these scores from ASU for the processing of an international student’s honors college application.

Students interested in Barrett first apply to Arizona State University.  An ASURITE ID and password are required to begin the separate and free Barrett application.  These items are provided by the university shortly after the ASU application is submitted.

Barrett reserves the right to request additional information following the submission of an application. The Barrett international admissions committee reviews complete honors college applications on a rolling basis, with decisions generally released 3-4 weeks after a file becomes complete with all necessary materials.

A limited number of students are admitted to Barrett each year; early application is strongly encouraged.

The application deadline for fall 2020 has passed.

The Barrett application for spring 2021 and fall 2021 will open in early September. Prospective students for 2021 may apply to ASU in July and are encouraged to take advantage of an early university application. The 2021 Barrett essay prompts are available on our FAQs page.