First-year experience

Learn to thrive with our Sun Devil guide to success

Start the path to graduation

You need 120 credit hours to graduate from Arizona State University, and the courses you pick for your first semester form the path to success. Your academic advisor will help you pick the right courses so you stay on track for the rest of your college experience. Your first semester will include a mix of critical courses, general studies and student success courses that will help you get acclimated to college life and ready for your next four years. 


The College Blocks

The College Blocks are a great way to meet people and improve study habits. You’ll join a group of freshmen with a pre-set schedule, including critical courses, general studies and your success seminar. These blocks will help you adjust to the university both academically and socially with students who share your academic interests.

The ASU Experience

Our ASU Experience course, LIA101, introduces you to our college, as well as transitioning to ASU and your new major. These small courses focus on key topics for incoming freshmen, including academic success, integrity and student engagement. Your instructor will also be your assigned advisor in your first year.

Discovery Seminars

If you’re interested in meeting new friends and exploring a unique topic that complements your field, you should consider signing up for a Discovery Seminar – a small, one-credit course exclusively for first-year students. Some course topics include the history of football, social embeddedness and your future in medicine. Learn more.

Excel in your classes

The first step to achieving academic success as a student in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is learning how to excel in your classes at the university. The difference from high school homework to college-level coursework can be significant and may require an increased time commitment. From participating in discussions to allotting time for studying, these strategies will help you tackle your first year with ease.

Participate in classroom discussion

Meet with professors during office hours

Plan 30 hours a week for coursework and studying

Gain valuable experience

You’ll open the door to a host of possibilities when you complement your academic studies with real-world experience through research, study abroad and professional internships. From exploring your interests in one of our college’s innovative research centers to discovering a new culture in a different country, you’ll enhance your resume and become a competitive applicant for employment or graduate school after graduation.

Engage with your community

Join a club or organization

Student clubs and organizations are a great way to meet new friends and develop leadership skills – all while having fun exploring your individual interests. With more than 800 clubs and organizations to join, there’s something for everyone at ASU. If you can’t find something to peak your interest, we encourage you to start your own.

Clubs and organizations

Volunteer and make a difference

If you’re passionate about social justice and want to make a difference in the world through community service, you should consider getting involved with Changemaker Central at ASU. You can volunteer at a variety of different community service project with like-minded students who are leading social change locally and internationally.

Changemaker Central

Get involved in your residential college

Your residential college is more than your home away from home – it’s also a place where you can get involved with service projects, attend lectures by our faculty fellows or plan fun events for your peers. You’ll feel a sense of community while making lasting connections. Contact our residential college team for additional information about community involvement.

Learn more about housing

Learn how to succeed your first year with our Class Blocks

Offered in the fall semester, Class Blocks are a great way to meet people and improve study habits. Groups of 19 first-semester freshmen are clustered together in a common block schedule. Students register for a pre-set schedule that includes critical courses, general studies classes and a student success seminar.


  • adjust to the university, socially and academically
  • recieve academic support and join study groups
  • attend structured review sessions for large lecture courses
  • find a success cluster for your major or professional interests

Student Success Seminar

  • capped at 19 students
  • introduces students to our college and academic departments
  • focuses on academic success, integrity and student engagement
  • Taught by faculty, academic advisors and talented upperclassmen