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International freshman and transfer undergraduate admission FAQs

Before Application

Arizona State University ranks highly compared to other universities, and many ASU programs rank highly compared to other university programs. ASU has been named #1 in the U.S. for innovation for the third consecutive year according to the U.S. News & World Report. ASU is one of the top 100 universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Center for World University Rankings. ASU is also the top public university chosen by international students. See a complete list of ASU rankings:

ASU has a comprehensive career services department that helps students become well-prepared for the job market upon graduation. Learn more about ASU’s career services department and career opportunities here.

Along with your application for admission, you must include your application fee, all official transcripts (sent to ASU by the schools you attended) and proof of English proficiency.

ASU strives to keep class sizes as small as possible. The student-to-faculty ratio at ASU is 22-to-1.

ASU’s four campuses in metropolitan Phoenix are home to 71,946 students as of Fall 2016.

The cost of attendance varies from student to student. You can see the standard cost of attendance here:

International freshman and transfer F-1 students may be considered for the New American University Scholarship, which helps with college expenses. Learn more about the New American University Scholarship.

ASU may offer conditional admission to international applicants who meet the academic (aptitude) requirement but who are not proficient in English. Conditional admission gives international F-1 students three semesters to submit a passing TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score, or to successfully graduate from ASU Global Launch to be fully admitted to the university.

Each year, the deadline to apply for spring admission is Nov. 1 and for fall admission, the deadline is May 1. For summer admission, the deadline is Feb. 1.

ASU is located in Arizona, in the southwest region of the United States. The university is about a six-hour drive (or one-hour flight) from Los Angeles and five-hour drive (or 50-minute flight) to Las Vegas.

During Application

Once we have received a complete application, including paid application fee and official transcripts, students should receive an admission decision in about four weeks. Depending on the volume of student applications, processing times may vary. In some instances, admission decisions can be made is as quickly as five business days.

Along with your application for admission, you must include your application fee, all official transcripts and proof of English proficiency (U.S. school transcripts are required to be sent to ASU directly by the school. Foreign school transcripts can be sent by the student as long as they are official and original documents).

It is not uncommon for students to change their majors after they start classes at ASU. To change your major, log in to My ASU, click Change My Major and follow the steps from there.

To see your application status, log in to My ASU and click My Application Status.

Once you are admitted, please work with your academic advisor and review your DARS (Degree Audit Report System) to see which credits apply to you major.

The English proficiency requirement depends on your major. ASU accepts passing scores on the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exams. Contact International Admission Services for more information at 480-965-2437 or

ASU offers several English proficiency exemptions. They include:

  • applicants who have completed their junior and senior years in a U.S. high school with an SAT EBRW score of 580 taken after April 2016 (SAT Verbal score of 550 if taken prior to May 2016) or an ACT English score of 23.
  • applicants who have completed a minimum of 48 transferable semester credits including six credits of freshman English composition at a U.S. college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • applicants holding a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university
  • applicants who have completed four years of high school in a U.S. high school — these applicants are subject to high school competency requirements
  • applicants who have successfully completed Advanced 2 level of Global Launch at ASU

No, a financial guarantee is not necessary for an admission decision to ASU.

ASU offers credit for AP, IB and CLEP. See more information here:

TOEFL: 4007

SAT: 4007

ACT: 0088

After Full Admission

You can expect to receive your letter five to seven business days after admission.

To receive your I-20, you must submit:

  • I-20 delivery option
  • financial guarantee form
  • financial document (bank statement or financial support letter)
  • foreign SEVIS address
  • copy of passport
  • SEVIS transfer form (if applicable)

Be sure to choose your preferred I-20 delivery option. All the items above will show up on My ASU after you are fully admitted.

To register for classes, you must submit your enrollment deposit (if applicable) and your MMR immunization form. Check My ASU to make sure you don’t have any holds, and make an appointment with your academic advisor who can help you register for classes. (Your advisor’s contact information is in My ASU in the Academic Support Team box.)

You are not required to live on campus. However, ASU recommends that all students live in a residence hall, as research shows that students who live on campus tend to do better academically and are more likely to graduate than students who live off campus.

You can submit your MMR immunization documentation to ASU Health Services at this link.

You can pay your tuition online by going to My ASU and choosing the Finances tab.

Generally, 12 or more credit hours per semester is considered full time for international students. Contact ASU’s International Students and Scholars Center at 480-727-4776 for more information or to discuss your particular circumstances.

Online credits are credits received for classes taken remotely from your computer. On-campus credits are credits received for classes taken in-person on an ASU campus. As an international student, you are required to take a certain number of credits at an on-campus location.

You can find your advisor’s contact information in My ASU in the Academic Support Team box.