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Arizona State University Online

Arizona State University
Arizona State University (ASU) is nationally acclaimed for its programs, faculty, and students alike. It is one of the top 10 producers of Fulbright scholars in the U.S., and it is ranked as number 132 in the top tier of national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The school also has the largest undergraduate population in the nation and offers them a wide variety of academic and extracurricular options. In all, 275 majors are available across ASU’s four physical campuses at Tempe, West, and Downtown Phoenix, with the Polytechnic campus located in the East Valley. With more than 500 organizations and Division I sports teams, ASU offers students a vibrant campus life.

Programs Offered

ASU Online provides both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The selection of 18 undergraduate programs includes communication, film and media studies, and history. ASU’s list of 26 online graduate programs includes master’s degrees in American media and popular culture, behavioral health, and industrial engineering. In addition, ASU Online offers seven graduate certificates in areas including nuclear power generation and supply chain management. These graduate certificates are geared toward working professionals.

Online programs are taught by the same faculty that teaches on ASU’s campuses. Online students have access to the same facilities and technologies as traditional students, including access to collections from ASU’s eight award-winning libraries. ASU is also a Quality Matters (QM) subscribing institution. QM is a nationally recognized review process used by the university to certify the quality of its online courses. It ensures that online programs incorporate meaningful interaction between students and faculty, and with course content. ASU also offers an online student orientation to familiarize students with the online student environment.


ASU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has been since 1931. It has also received specialized accreditation for specific programs from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, among other institutions.


ASU Online offers six start dates per year so that students can start classes at their convenience. To apply to ASU Online, students must first determine which degree program they wish to complete. They must apply to the specific degree program and submit an official transcript as well as an application fee. Incoming freshmen and students with less than 24 transferable credit hours must fulfill at least one of the following requirements:

  • Top 25% of their high school graduating class
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in competency courses, which include English, math, laboratory science, social science, foreign language, and fine arts. Generally speaking, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all subject areas to apply to ASU, although there are some exceptions
  • A minimum score of 22 on the ACT (24 for nonresidents)
  • A minimum score of 1040 on the SAT (1110 for nonresidents). The writing section is not required

Transfer students must have either completed the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) at an accredited Arizona community college or have received an associate degree or higher.

Admissions Contact

Arizona State University Online
Admissions Office
University Drive and Mill Ave.
Tempe, Ariz. 85287
(480) 965-7788

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