So, you’re thinking about applying to Arizona State University (more often referred to simply as 'ASU'), and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 83%, admission to ASU is somewhat competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 25.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at ASU admission statistics.
ASU Admissions Statistics
ASU’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 83%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 25,380 applicants, ASU admitted about 21,042. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.49, the average ACT score was 25, and the average SAT score was 1210.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 23, and the 75th percentile score was 28.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1110. The 75th percentile score was 1340.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to ASU is moderately competitive. Even if ASU is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at ASU’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
ASU Application Requirements
To apply to ASU, you’ll need to fill out the official ASU Online App or Common App, pay the $70 application fee ($50 in-state), submit an ACT or SAT score, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by November 15th for Early Action, and February 1st for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the official ASU Online App or Common App
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Pay the $70 application fee ($50 in-state)
- Submit your high school transcript
The application deadline is November 15th for Early Action and February 1st for Regular Decision. January 1st is the financial aid application deadline.
Have you been admitted to ASU? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
ASU Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at ASU, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 57% are male and 43% are female
- 12.6% of students are international
ASU has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 12.6%
- Underrepresented minority: 0.8%
- Two or more races: 4.6%
- White: 58.2%
What do these admitted students plan to study? ASU offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Social Sciences
- Visual and Performing Arts
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
ASU Tuition Figures
At $42,363, ASU’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $10,823.
Here’s a fuller look at ASU tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $42,363
- Average financial aid package: $10,823
- The average student debt of an ASU graduate is $22,903
Now, what is life like at ASU? Let’s take a look.
ASU's main campus is located in Tempe, Arizona.
The main campus' Gammage Hall was designed by none other than famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Remember, you’re going to ASU for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
ASU has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Design and Applied Arts
- Film/Video and Photographic Arts
- Graphic Design
- Industrial Engineering
- Kinesiology and Exercise Science
- Materials Engineering
- Music Theory and Composition
- Speech Communication and Rhetoric
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Women's Studies
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at ASU.
Student Life at ASU
ASU has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of ASU’s student activities:
- ASU Outdoors Club
- 942 Crew
- The Underground Foundation
- Dumbledore's Army
- Sun Devil Quidditch
- ASU Cycling
- Programming and Activities Board
- ASU Ultimate Frisbee
- Devil DanceSport
- Hip-Hop Coalition
- ASU eSports Association
- ASU Sci-Fan
- ASU Cos Club
Are you an athlete? ASU’s got plenty of options for you.
ASU offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
ASU’s sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
Who might you become with an ASU degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
ASU has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos
- Fashion designer Kate Spade
- Lionsgate vice chairman Michael R. Burns
- Comedian Steve Allen
- Actress Lynda Carter
- Musician Roger Clyne
- TV host Jimmy Kimmel
- Actor Nick Nolte
- Autism advocate Temple Grandin
- MLB player Barry Bonds
- MMA fighter Cain Velasquez
- Sportscaster Al Michaels
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into ASU is moderately competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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