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Barrett Honors College

AbdallahAbdallah Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
edited March 2011 in Arizona State University
I've heard a lot of good stuff about this honors college at ASU, mostly about the many perks that it offers to it's students like first priority when signing up for classes. And I'm pretty sure that the undergrad you go to will influence where you get into for grad school.

I wanna eventually get to med school, so will going to Barrett instead of ASU even help get into med school. Like will the med schools like the fact that I wasn't just in ASU, I was in their honors college. Because I know ASU is not exactly a school with a top-notch reputation

And do you think I'd have a good chance at getting admittance into Barrett with these stats.

Incoming senior
GPA- 3.89 (unweighted)
SAT- 2060 (1400 M+WR)
Top 10% of class
5 on AP Psychology

NHS, key club (not that active), volunteered at hospital, shadowed doctor, president of msa.
Not a whole lot of ECs lol.
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Replies to: Barrett Honors College

  • dollyllamaadollyllamaa Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I would say that Barrett would certainly better your chance for med school compared to a basic ASU student. For instance, you have to do extra work to graduate with an honors degree from Barrett: write an honors thesis, accomplish 36 honors credits in eight terms and some other stuff as well.

    As for your chances of getting into Barrett, I'd say you have a solid shot. The average 1600-scale SAT score for Barrett is a 1323, which you are above. The average GPA is 3.86, again you are above.

    I'm going to be a freshman at Barrett next year and I've found that Barrett mostly focuses on GPA and test scores. You have some extracurriculars, you're doing fine there even though it isn't much. And I don't think AP test scores matter at all so don't stress about those.

    Best of luck.
  • mmmcdowemmmcdowe Registered User Posts: 2,353 Senior Member
    Barrett focuses on GPA and Test Scores only when you have good ones. When you might be a little on the low side, that's when the other things come into play.

    As a recent graduate of Barrett on my way to medical school, I'd be more than happy to send you a message detailing my experiences there. Just PM me if you want it.

    As far as undergraduate affecting your medical school, that really isn't true so long as you go to a school with enough opportunities for you to excel. What you do is always more important than where you go when you are in a meritocracy like medicine. You will find that the benefits that Barrett gives students at ASU is an enormous competitive advantage in the medical application cycle. In my medical school interviews, a few schools were interested in the BHC, but most of the focus was on what I had done. How the BHC helped me do it was of interest only to the point that I could make comparisons between my love of Barrett and my desire to go to the school in question.

    Also, here is my blog (which doesn't discuss my BHC life). If you go back to the original posts you will find a lot of helpful hints and tips

    Med School for Dummies
  • bird rockbird rock Registered User Posts: 869 Member
    As a recent graduate of Barrett on my way to medical school, I'd be more than happy to send you a message detailing my experiences there. Just PM me if you want it.

    Any chance you could pass that on to all of us via this thread? Or PM me also? Thanks.
  • broetchenbroetchen Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    The average 1600-scale SAT score for Barrett is a 1323, which you are above. The average GPA is 3.86, again you are above.
    where is this info available? I have looked and could not find any stats for Barrett's.
    What about ACT, any one know the breakdown on those scores?
  • dollyllamaadollyllamaa Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Barrett, The Honors College - Arizona State University

    That link has all that you asked for, broetchen.
  • broetchenbroetchen Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    Thanks, dolly.
    I was hoping that I could find some further breakdowns, i.e. top and bottom 25%s etc.
    Hoping that a 31 ACT will be competitive.
  • mmmcdowemmmcdowe Registered User Posts: 2,353 Senior Member
    A 31 ACT will be competitive. I believe the average is a tad below that.
  • pdxjanpdxjan Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I just went to a Barrett event. The avg ACT for incoming freshmen is 29. Students tend to be in the top 10 percent of their class. The dean, who is terrific, presented a bunch of other statistics, including statistics about admissions to graduate, law and medical schools, and they were very strong. He said the thesis impresses post-graduate programs.
    I bet if you contact the Barrett office, they can send you the info if it's not posted online.
  • asyouusasyouus Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    I have a few friends in the Barrett program that find it hard to keep up on human event and their daily classwork at the same time. I'd just like to warn people that if you aren't willing to work your hardest, it won't be worth it. It's just like in high school; whatever is better on a transcript. A "B" in honors English, or an "A" in normal English?
    I mean, we went our separate ways, they opted for Barrett, and I just for the Fulton School of Engineering. I figured I really didn't want to take human event; it seemed to have nothing to do with my degree of choice.

    Anywho, the perfect, straight A students couldn't keep up with their work, and everything going on in college at the same time, and aren't doing so hot (like a 3 point GPA in their first semester). A lot of "normal" ASU kids are going to surpass these people, and graduating with an honors degree isn't going to matter a whole bunch then.

    Moral of the story: Just keep up with your work. If you graduate with honors, make sure you really graduate with honors.

    A forum for ASU Students.
  • christalena2christalena2 Registered User Posts: 1,667 Senior Member
    Barrett is more than just the Human Event class. Being afraid of taking a class because it's difficult or stressful means maybe you aren't meant to be in the program. Honors is about students who take those risks, and the ones who succeed pull ahead. It's not difficult to keep up with the work, as long as you learn how to balance your life.

    College is so different than high school, Barrett or not. Students who struggle in Barrett are struggling with college on the whole...no more homework to plush your grade, late nights, early mornings, stacked exams, socializing pressure, bad eating habits, clubs and events...etc. Just figure out what is important, know what you need to do to get where you want to be, and work hard to get there. Goals.
  • GomezGomez Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
    Why do they call it "Barrett, The Honors College", instead of just
    ... "The Barrett Honors College"?

    Are they gonna call ASU

    "Arizona, The State University"

    instead of just "Arizona State University"?
  • AledrellAledrell Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    After looking at the requirements for graduating with honors at ASU, even as a transfer student it seems quite intense. Can some explain the benefits of doing so? I would need to justify the hard work it seems to require.
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