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Arizona State University - Kaplan International

United States


Kaplan International helps international students access a wide range of study options at Arizona State University. ASU is a top ten U.S. university as chosen by overseas learners.

Arizona State University

ASU is in the southwest of the USA in the state of Arizona, home to the Grand Canyon. The university is based in Phoenix, the fifth-largest city in the U.S. Phoenix sees the most sunshine of any major city in the world. Students enjoy a warm subtropical desert climate, scenery, and lots to do.

The university is widely recognized for its achievements, including:

  • Number one in the USA for innovation for six years (U.S. News & World Report, 2016–2021)
  • 3rd in the world for student-employer connections (QS World Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)
  • 5th in the world for UN sustainability goals (Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings, 2020)
  • Top ten university chosen by international students (Institute of International Education, 2020)

Kaplan International

Kaplan helps students apply to an undergraduate or graduate degree at ASU. International applicants who don't meet the entry requirements can start with an undergraduate pathway or English preparation program, leading to a bachelor's degree program.

Kaplan offers many study options with over 40 partner universities around the world. It aims to give international students a life-changing education that sets them up for success.

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What's new

What's new

Supporting healthy campuses

ASU has worked tirelessly to ensure the well-being of all students during the Covid-19 pandemic. ASU implemented hybrid and fully digital classroom options to promote a healthy campus environment, and to accommodate students who weren't able to join ASU for in-person classes. Students can check for the latest updates on the ASU website.

ASU's own Biodesign Institute created a saliva-based Covid-19 test that is available at no cost to students, faculty, staff and community members. At the start of the fall 2020 semester, all students were provided Community of Care kits, which contained sanitizing supplies, a thermometer and face masks. ASU also developed a smartphone app, enabling all students, faculty and staff to submit a daily health check.

Accelerate ASU

International students can earn university credit while still in high school with ASU's unique Accelerate program. They'll be able to complete five online undergraduate courses and earn 15 university credits, the equivalent of one semester of bachelor's degree study. This means students could complete a U.S. bachelor's degree in three and a half years rather than four, saving time and money.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Top research university

Arizona State University is one of the fastest-growing research universities in the U.S., with USD 640 million in research funding. Research is in areas such as space exploration, robotics, sustainability, and electron microscopy.

ASU is number six for total research expenditure among U.S. universities without a medical school, and number three in the U.S. for NASA funding (Higher Education Research and Development Rankings, 2019). This places ASU ahead of Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton and the University of Georgia.

Award-winning faculty

There are more than 4,700 members of faculty at ASU, many of whom have won prestigious prizes. These include:

  1. Five Nobel laureates
  2. Seven Pulitzer Prize winners
  3. 37 Guggenheim Fellows
  4. 250 Fulbright U.S. scholars
  5. Nine National Academy of Engineering members.

Expert teaching

ASU's teaching methods are developed using the latest learning techniques. Knowledge delivery goes beyond traditional methods, putting students in the middle of active learning experiences. Courses emphasize universally sought 21st-century skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. Many students also have opportunities to work with professors as team members on significant research projects. ASU is ranked 16th in the USA for undergraduate teaching (U.S. News & World Report 2021).

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Department structure

Department structure

Through Kaplan, students can apply directly to a degree program in one of 13 academic colleges at ASU. If they have already started their degree, they apply for transfer admission to complete their studies at ASU. Education advisors know exactly how the admission process works and are on hand to provide expert support.

There are more than 350 bachelor's and nearly 200 master's degree options available in disciplines such as:

  • Art and design
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Performing arts
  • Business and finance
  • Computing
  • Education and teaching
  • Marketing and media

Students who don't meet the entry requirements can start with an undergraduate academic pathway or English preparation program through ASU's Global Launch. These courses help international students improve their study skills, academic performance and English proficiency.

After a student successfully completes their program, Global Launch will support them in progressing to a full degree.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic criteria

For most undergraduate degrees, students need a minimum high school GPA of 3.00, or, to be in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class. Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 from their college or university. For most graduate degrees, students need the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree with minimum GPA of 3.00.

Some degrees require higher grades, including BSN Nursing, BS majors in the W.P. Carey School of Business, and MS/MCS Computer Science.

Undergraduate students with a GPA between 2.00 and 2.99 can join a pathway program, leading to selected bachelor's degrees.

English language criteria

Undergraduate international applicants must meet one of the following test score requirements:

  • IELTS overall 6.0
  • TOEFL/iBT 61
  • PTE 53
  • Duolingo English Test 95
  • An accepted equivalent

Some bachelor's degrees require higher scores. These include BSN Nursing, some engineering programs, computer science degrees, and majors from Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Graduate international applicants must meet one of the following test score requirements:

  • IELTS overall 6.5
  • TOEFL/iBT 80
  • PTE 60
  • Duolingo English Test 105
  • An accepted equivalent

Some master's degrees require higher scores. These include global management, computer science, some engineering programs, robotics, biology, and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

All students are encouraged to check the entry requirements for their chosen degree. Undergraduate applicants with a lower level of English are given conditional admission and can choose to join a pathway program or English preparation program. Master's applicants with a lower level of English may be admitted through a Graduate English Language program.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

ASU equips students with the tools they need to get closer to their dream career. The university ranks third globally for student-employer connections (QS World Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).

Graduate success

In 2018-19, 89 percent of all undergraduates and 93 percent of graduate students indicated that they were either in employment, had started their own business, or received a job offer within six months of graduating. The median full-time salary for ASU's bachelor's degree graduates is USD 54,000.

ASU ranks in the top ten in the USA for the number of graduates hired by Silicon Valley employers, above all Ivy League institutions (HiringSolved, 2017). In 2020, the talent company SHL used LinkedIn to survey the educational background of over 800,000 employees. The analysis showed ASU is number six in the USA for technology-sector hires and the number one public university for hiring by banks.

Careers support

Helpful career services staff are available to help guide students planning their professional careers. Services include one-on-one mentorship, resume workshops, interview skills practice, and business networking.

OPT employers of ASU international students include Amazon, American Express, Apple, Boeing, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, PayPal, Starbucks and Visa.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Arizona State University offers tuition scholarships. International students don't need to make a formal application for all awards. For many scholarship awards, students are automatically considered when they make an application for admission.

Undergraduate merit scholarships

High-achieving international students may be eligible for the following:

  • Year 1 admission to a Phoenix area campus up to USD 15,500 per year
  • Year 1 admission to Lake Havasu up to USD 5,100 per year
  • Year 2/3 transfer admission to a Phoenix area campus up to USD 10,000 per year
  • Year 2/3 transfer admission to Lake Havasu up to USD 3,300 per year

Master's degree scholarships

International students applying for a master's degree with a GPA of 3.50+ may be eligible for the following tuition awards:

  • W. P. Carey School of Business USD 2,500
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management up to USD 10,000
  • Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering up to USD 10,000
  • Several other master's degrees USD 5,000.

Thunderbird School of Global Management scholarship

Students applying for a master's degree in global management can apply for an additional award. It's for eligible high achievers and is worth on average USD 30,000. Students must submit a separate scholarship request form when applying for admission to the school.

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