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ASU Barrett Honors College

greenteazgreenteaz Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
I am a current student (will be a sophomore in the fall) at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU with a GPA of 3.72. In high school I doubted my academic potential and have since been working really hard to succeed academically. I've had an internship and am involved in several clubs. My question is should I apply to the Honors College, and if so what are my chances of acceptance? How is the Barrett Honors College different from the regular curriculum? I want to go to graduate school at NYU and know that a degree from Barrett would prepare for it. I am extremely ambitious and prefer to hang out with more intellectually stimulating people. Even though I am a current student at ASU and have researched the website, I would like the information from a student, or somebody who knows a lot about Barrett. Thanks a lot!
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  • christalena2christalena2 Registered User Posts: 1,667 Senior Member
    Yes yes yes you should definitely apply! The opportunities in Barrett are endless, and having it on your app for NYU is worth the few extra classes. Plus, the honors classes give me so much more than the standard ones. If I do an honors contract with one of my regular classes, I get to know the professor and get involved with the class a lot more.
    You can apply to join Barrett in the spring because the fall 2008 application period is already closed. You could also join Barett your junior year. In order to transfer, you need to have at least 60 credits left to take at the university (meaning you can't transfer in as a junior, and graduate a year early).

    Here's information about applying: Barrett, The Honors College - Arizona State University

    So, if you join in the spring of your sophomore year, you have to take the human event (HON 171 and 272) before you reach 45 credits. If you join your junior year, you don't need to take human event, but you do have to take a 300-level seminar (I would go to the class search and type in HON for course prefix and show all classes instead of open classes to see the types of seminars that are available. There are so many!) Also, what's cool about joining your junior year is that instead of the standard 36 honors credit required, you'll only need to take 21. In either case, you still have to write an honors thesis.

    I would check out this: Barrett, The Honors College - Arizona State University

    It shows general Barrett requirements.

    Plus, you can join any Barrett organization and come to any Barrett event, which can bring you around a lot more intellectually stimulating people. The advantages of being an honors student are amazing. You get priority registration, so you can get in any class you want before regular university students register. You can take graduate classes as a junior or senior (which most students do not get to do). There are study abroad trips specifically made for honors students, and some internships are only advertised to us as well. There's so much more, it's hard to keep track.

    Good luck!
  • greenteazgreenteaz Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Thank you so much! I have already contacted an advisor at the Honors College to help me with admissions and everything. I hope everything works out!
  • cathymeecathymee Registered User Posts: 2,384 Senior Member
    From a Mom ..my D is a Barrett's grad who is currently in a PhD program at a top 25 University in the midwest.Her experience was stellar.The Honor's Thesis you need to write and defend to get that Honors Distinction on your diploma formed the basis of her writing sample she needed for her graduate school apps. The defending experience prepared her for admissions committee interviews.Her friends had very successful professional and grad school admission outcomes (med school,law school,dental,physical therapy,music therapy,pharmacy,MBA,etc).She loved those Human Event classes,though was originally skeptical of them. Plus you get a nifty extra graduation ceremony!!
    Good luck!
  • greenteazgreenteaz Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Wow. That sounds amazing. I am eager to join such a prestigious group of students!
  • broetchenbroetchen Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    What is the acceptance rate at Barrett's?
  • hawaiiboy15hawaiiboy15 Registered User Posts: 935 Member
    Wait, you get to write a thesis if you're in BHC?

    And for OOS people to keep their scholarships and stay in BHC, they need to maintain a 3.5, right?
  • BusinessGuyBusinessGuy Registered User Posts: 551 Member
    Yes to thesis, and 3.25 GPA requirement to stay in BHC and keep scholarships.
  • broetchenbroetchen Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    Do get priority reg on all classes and through all 4 years?
    What would you say the minimum SAT or ACT score with very good GPA, great recs, ecs etc. (OOS) would be to give you a real good shot at Barrett's?
  • christalena2christalena2 Registered User Posts: 1,667 Senior Member
    Yes, you get priority registration on all classes through all 4 years. The only other students allowed to register when honors students do are student athletes.
    I would say an SAT number to shoot around with what you listed would be 1200 (old) or 1900-2000 (new). I've heard about others with less, so it depends. That gives you a decent shot.
  • broetchenbroetchen Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    Thanks, christalena2. Any other perks or benefits that one should know about that aren't featured on the website?
  • christalena2christalena2 Registered User Posts: 1,667 Senior Member
    Well, I don't really know what is spotlighted on the website, but I would really look at the new dorms that are being built. They open next year and they are going to be beautiful. There will be a cafeteria only for honors students, and professors are being given stipends to eat there, so you really will be eating with your professors. Personally, I think that's awesome. You can look on the website for more of the details about them, but I am very excited for next year.

    Dean Jacobs is amazing. We signed up for the new dorms, and he was there helping the students pick their rooms. He recognizes honors students throughout the campus. If you stay involved, or even just go to some honors events, he'll know you. At such a large campus, that's always a benefit.

    Barrett is what you make of it. If you go into it, breeze through the classes, avoid what it offers, act indifferent, then you won't get much out of it. If you take advantage of all that it offers, open your mind to new ways of thinking and doing, then it can change your life.
  • broetchenbroetchen Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    love your advice, christa. Will definitely check out Barrett's , thanks.
  • traviithethinkertraviithethinker Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Barrett students can also check books and resources out from the libraries for longer periods of time. Typical undergraduate students can check books out for 14 days. Barrett students can check them out for 30 days (same amount of time as graduate students).

    Additionally there are some scholarships (offered by local, state, college, and national institutions) that only Barrett students are eligible to compete for.
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