Early Start

You can learn to thrive with our Early Start program

While you might be eager to transition from high school to college, it’s not always easy. That’s why we encourage you to attend the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Early Start program. For two weeks, you’ll join fellow students and learn what it takes to conquer your coursework, tackle your exams and achieve academic success at Arizona State University. Plus, you get to move to campus early and earn three elective credits for free.

During the program, you’ll learn how to:

build support networks
connect with faculty
excel in your courses

 

 

 

find support services
navigate the campus
succeed in your major

 

 

 

Only a limited number of spots are available!

Participation is by invitation only, space is limited. RSVP here to secure your spot.

Already received your invitation, but still have questions? Contact ashley.r.white@asu.edu for support.

Learn more about Early Start

College is said to be the best time of your life, so why wouldn’t you want to get a head start? The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers 11 different, major-specific Early Start programs to give you the tools you need to be successful at ASU, all at no cost to you! Each program is designed to create an immersive, integrated experience of college life where you’ll learn what to expect for the upcoming fall semester.

Sunday, Aug. 4
through
Friday, Aug. 16
All meals included

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This program is designed to keep you busy throughout its entirety. You’ll be fully immersed in Sun Devil life for two weeks, working with faculty and peer mentors from your major. From getting a taste of scientific research, to engaging with innovators in the humanities and social sciences, you’ll learn how to be a successful student and prepare for your upcoming courses.

You’ll also enjoy social and academic activities tailored to your major, including: 

  • Touring research labs and networking with scientists
  • Discovering the social behavior of primates at the Phoenix Zoo
  • Working with scientific data to explore how planets are discovered
  • Exploring campus and surrounding cities during First Friday art walks and other events
  • Taking a look at the power of stories through movies, local artists, guest speakers and more
  • Going on field trips to the Arizona State Capitol, the Phoenix Art Museum and other local sites

If you're majoring in:

Your program is:

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Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology

BioBridge Early Start

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Psychology

Psychology Early Start

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Actuarial Sciences, Computational Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics

School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Early Start

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Biochemistry, Chemistry

School of Molecular Sciences Early Start

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Biophysics, Physics

Earth and Environmental Studies, Earth and Space Exploration

Sundial Early Start

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Political Science

School of Politics and Global Studies Early Start

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Justice Studies, Women and Gender Studies

School of Social Transformation Early Start

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Family and Human Development, Sociology

The Sanford School Early Start

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Communication

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Early Start

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Anthropology, Global Health, Applied Mathematics for Life and Social Sciences

School of Human Evolution and Social Change Early Start

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English, Film and Media Studies

Asia Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Asian Languages, French, German, International Letters and Cultures, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Humanities Early Start

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Browse some frequently asked questions

How will I know if I’m invited to participate in the Early Start program?
Eligible students will be invited by email and will also receive a postcard in the mail.
 
I’d like to participate, but I didn’t receive an invitation. Can I still participate?
Unfortunately, participation is limited for the Early Start program.
 
How much does it cost to attend the Early Start program?
There is no cost for you to attend, as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences covers the cost of instruction, your room and all meals during the two-week program. However, if you’re unable to complete the program, you’ll be responsible for your housing cost if you continue to live on campus during the Early Start period.
 
What is the daily schedule?
You can expect to be busy from early morning until the evening. There are also activities scheduled on Saturday and Sunday. Exact hours may vary depending on your specific program.  

Can I still work during the program?
No, you will not be able to work during the program. The Early Start schedule is very time intensive, and you can expect to be busy all day and into the evening throughout the entirety of the program.
 
I need to miss some of the activities – is that okay?
The Early Start program is designed to maximize your success at ASU, so your attendance at all scheduled activities is required.
 
Where will I live during the program?
If you have a fall housing assignment, you’ll be able to live on campus during Early Start. You will need to complete an ‘Early Arrival’ request in the Housing application (found through My ASU). We try to accommodate all students to move directly into their room for the fall, but some students may have a temporary room assignment during Early Start.
 
If I’m living off campus, can I still participate in the Early Start program?
Yes, students who will be commuting can participate in Early Start.