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In 2015, Claire Moen and her brothers Grant and Anders were looking for a university where they could make connections within a close-knit intellectual community but still have the opportunities, academic rigor and resources of a top-tier school.
The triplets, who are originally from Arizona but spent most of their lives in Arkansas, were preparing to graduate from Harmony Grove High School in Benton, Arkansas, where their graduating class was less than 100 students.
Their father Todd had gotten a job in the Phoenix area and a few relatives had attended Arizona State University, so the siblings agreed to check out ASU, particularly the West campus. They heard that ASU West offered a smaller environment but still with the presence of Barrett, The Honors College.
“Being from a small town, we weren’t sure how we’d do at a large university. We were looking for a place where we could feel comfortable,” Claire said.
That is exactly what they found at ASU West, where she and her brothers enrolled as honors students, each with a New American University Scholarship.
Claire decided to double major in biology and psychology while Grant majored in biology with a minor in political science and Anders majored in political science. All were in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and Barrett, The Honors College.
The trio will receive their undergraduate degrees from ASU this spring. They are among the 1,250 students who will participate in the Barrett convocation on May 4. It is the largest graduating class in the honors college’s 30-year history. Read more about the Moens here.