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

Historically, the Barrett experience has only been available to ASU undergraduates studying at the Downtown, Polytechnic, Tempe, and West campuses. In the fall of 2021, Barrett welcomed its first ever cohort of ASU Online students as part of an exciting pilot program to explore expanding access to the unique honors curriculum and experience. Barrett Online is currently entering a second phase with plans to enroll small groups in fall 2022 and spring 2023.

There is no single type of Barrett student and no “typical” honors experience. We welcome ASU Online students from all backgrounds, majors, and interests to consider joining Barrett. Honors students seek to challenge themselves, go above and beyond in their academic commitment, and engage with fellow members of the honors community.

We look forward to receiving your application; all confirmed deadlines can be found in the Admissions tab below.

Barrett Online is for students who have met the following criteria:

  1. Earned a minimum of 24 credits post high school graduation before Barrett enrollment

    1. These can include in-progress credits at the time of the application

    2. The 24 credits can be a combination of ASU and transfer units

  2. Completed the ASU 1st year composition requirement before Barrett enrollment

    1. Students may be currently enrolled in 1st year composition classes at the time of their Barrett application; the requirement simply must be satisfied before Barrett enrollment

  3. Have a minimum of 60 credits remaining until intended ASU graduation

Barrett Online students work closely with their Honors Advisor to devise a plan for Barrett graduation that works best with their schedule and educational goals. The 21-credit Barrett Online curriculum includes: HON 370 The History of Ideas, a capstone honors thesis or creative project for up to 6 credits, and an additional 12 upper division honors elective credits.

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The 12 credits not addressed through HON 370 and the thesis/creative project are flexible and integrated into a student’s ASU program of study, allowing them to be completed in a number of ways, including honors sections of university courses, enrichment contracts that create honors experiences out of regular ASU classes, and via internship, research, and study abroad opportunities. 

Graduation from ASU with Barrett distinction requires a 3.25 cumulative university GPA and completion of all university degree expectations, in addition to the Barrett curriculum outlined above.

With each incoming Barrett Online cohort, the honors college admissions committee strives to create a dynamic and well-rounded group of students who will contribute to every aspect of the Barrett Online experience and benefit from this strong community. In addition to their academic record, the admissions committee looks for students who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities, have special talents (e.g. musical, athletic, scientific, artistic), pursue interesting hobbies or avocations, enjoy unique personal achievements, have unusual life experiences, and/or display significant community involvement.

There is no minimum GPA requirement for admission and no single “type” of Barrett Online student. Each cohort has a finite number of enrollment positions, and depending on the number of applications submitted, the admissions process can be competitive. The Barrett application is comprehensive, allowing many different facets of each individual to be considered, and because it is free, we encourage all motivated students to consider applying.

Fall 2022 Application Deadline: June 12, 2022
Decision Notification: July 1, 2022

An ASURITE ID and password are required to begin the admissions application. Prospective students may apply only once to Barrett for any given semester. A denied student may reapply for a future semester, so long as they would still be able to enroll with a minimum of 60 credits remaining in their ASU degree program.

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What are the benefits of Barrett Online?

The honors college is designed to complement, not replace, the already excellent ASU Online experience. Joining Barrett will not extend the time it takes to finish an ASU degree, and it is a terrific option for students looking to further customize and enhance their university program.

Barrett students benefit from distinct honors-only internship, research, and travel opportunities. The unique Barrett Online curriculum integrates seamlessly into ASU degree requirements, while a three-pronged advising system and a dedicated core of honors faculty are in place to ensure a deeply supportive environment.

Barrett uniquely prepares students for a wide variety of future pursuits, including enrollment at top graduate schools, positions with prominent nonprofit and Fortune 500 companies, and placement with groups that promote the welfare of others like the Peace Corps and Teach for America.

Are there any additional costs associated with Barrett Online?

Barrett, The Honors College, provides an exemplary education and unique honors experience for ASU undergraduate students at an affordable cost. Barrett Online students pay the same university tuition as non-honors students in their degree program but have an additional honors college fee.

The fee for Barrett Online students is $111 per credit hour with an expectation that students complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester. Typically Barrett Online students enroll in at least 9 credits a semester though A, B, and C session classes. The resulting $999 fee reflects the maximum possible fee amount for a semester and is equal to the $1000/semester fee for Barrett students at the physical university campuses. Barrett online students who enroll in more than 9 credits for a semester are not charged any additional fees. Currently, the Barrett fee is only charged for the fall and spring semesters, not the summer.

All fee money is invested in bettering the honors experience for Barrett students. The honors college fee supports an extensive array of honors academic projects and activities, ranging from opportunities to present at conferences to bringing in prominent external examiners or persons with expertise to sit on honors thesis committees. The fee also supports summer study abroad scholarships, thesis and academic project reimbursement opportunities, and many other student services and programs.

What can I expect with the required HON 370 History of Ideas course?

The History of Ideas is an advanced and intensive survey of key social and intellectual currents in the development of the human race organized around a specific topic or theme, with an emphasis on critical thinking and argumentative writing that greatly benefits Barrett students in every ASU Online major. In this small seminar, students explore some of the world's greatest texts and think through urgent questions of our times with Barrett faculty fellows who are skilled and committed teachers and respected scholars. In this supportive atmosphere, students bond both in and outside of the classroom, forming an energized and energizing honors cohort. The required HON 370 course must be completed during a student’s first semester in Barrett as a live, synchronous, 15-week class in the Zoom environment. The live nature of the course is a unique aspect of the Barrett Online academic experience.

What are the benefits of the Barrett thesis/creative project?

Completing an honors thesis or creative project is an opportunity to:

  • explore your academic interests with greater depth and focus
  • engage with nationally recognized professors
  • contribute to and advance knowledge in your field

The thesis/creative project allows each Barrett student to compile a writing or research portfolio for graduate school, demonstrate scholarly commitment, and create tangible evidence of research, writing, and creative skills for employers. Successful projects involve two semesters of work, though some may take longer. Prospective Barrett students should not be intimidated by the thesis/creative project -- considerable resources and support are provided by the honors college and university.

For example, all Barrett students launch their thesis/creative project by attending an online or in-person workshop, and a thesis guidebook provides a step-by-step overview of the process. It starts by answering the most basic question (what is a thesis/creative project?) and continues all the way through the final stages, even providing a helpful checklist to stay on track with deadlines.