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Starting a new life at a university as large as Arizona State University can be overwhelming, and every learner experience is unique. If you’re an incoming ASU student with an indigenous background, your journey may hold additional unique experiences and challenges shared by hundreds of other fellow Sun Devils.
The SPIRIT program — Student Preparedness Initiative: Readiness Inspired by Tradition — is designed to help you, alongside other indigenous Sun Devils, make a smooth transition to ASU, and start your university experience off right through prep sessions, scholarship advice, fun social activities and culturally inspired workshops.
SPIRIT begins two weeks before the start of fall semester classes. There is no cost to participate.
Deadline to register: June 30, 2020.
At SPIRIT, you will:
Learn the tools, skills and habits needed to be successful in your academic courses.
Learn about ASU resources — like tutoring, mentoring, health and wellness — that support your success.
Get to know staff and faculty members dedicated to nourishing your sense of purpose.
Make meaningful connections with other indigenous peers — as friends, study buddies and mentors — in traditional and culturally inspired activities.
Tour and become familiar with your new campus and surrounding area.
You will live on ASU’s Tempe campus during SPIRIT.
If you are planning to live on the Tempe campus during the fall semester, you will live in your designated housing during SPIRIT. Please review the housing portal for your specific room assignment.
If you are planning to live on any other campus, or planning to live off campus during the fall semester, ASU will provide temporary housing during SPIRIT. You will receive a room assignment and room access card on the first day of the SPIRIT program.
In order to participate in SPIRIT, you’ll need to have been admitted to ASU, decided to enroll in fall 2020 courses and reserved your spot at ASU by submitting the $300 enrollment deposit. Here’s a handy checklist to help you figure it out:
Before May 1, 2020
If you haven’t already, you will need to pay the $300 enrollment deposit. The deposit date is May 1, 2020, but the earlier you do so, the more options you’ll have for orientation and housing. Remember, the enrollment deposit is needed before you can take any other steps. If you are an Arizona resident who applied for financial aid and received a Pell Grant as part of your award, you can defer your enrollment deposit and apply for on-campus housing and dining for the fall 2020 semester.
You can pay your deposit at my.asu.edu.
Attend New Student Orientation
Make sure to register for and attend an orientation between March and July. During orientation, you will:
See details at eoss.asu.edu/orientation
You made it! Enjoy a two-week immersive experience exploring your new home among friends.
Classes on college academic expectations.
Introduction to academic support resources.
One hour for lunch.
Meetings and activities with peer ambassadors.
Programming with guest speakers, including deans, peers and campus resource representatives.
Traditional and culturally inspired activities.
Dinner and evening programs.