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Barrett, The Honors College, offers academically high-achieving and 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. (At present, Barrett enrollment is not available to students pursuing a solely online degree or in a major at the ASU Lake Havasu City campus.)

Barrett students go on to attend the best graduate schools and have great success finding excellent jobs in their field.

International students already enrolled in a degree program at ASU who are interested in joining Barrett should review the information here. International students who are currently studying at another college or university who are considering transferring to ASU and are interested in joining Barrett should review the information here.

The areas below are for international students currently enrolled in high school, either in the United States or abroad, who are looking to enroll at ASU as new freshmen in the fall of 2019. 

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International students receive myriad benefits by joining Barrett, The Honors College at ASU.  These include:

  • Priority registration for classes and extended library privileges
  • An honors academic advisor, whose job is to assist international students in navigating their honors college requirements
  • Housing within a unique, four-year residential college community of other honors students
  • Honors-only research, internship, and employment opportunities
  • Tutoring services offered through Barrett that are designed to help international students excel in their honors coursework
  • An International Barrett Student Orientation, where new students become better acquainted with the resources, programs, and activities provided by the honors college
  • A Barrett International Student Mentoring Program, which pairs incoming students with faculty and current students to assist in their transition to life at college
  • Social and academic events, such as lectures from leading researchers, only available to honors students



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.

Most ASU degree programs are 120 credit hours.  Barrett students complete 36 of the 120 credit hours to satisfy their honors requirements.  All Barrett freshmen 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.



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.

For ASU admission purposes, international students are defined as "students who wish to pursue undergraduate degrees at ASU but are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, nor are they refugees in the USA."  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.

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.