SPIRIT — Student Preparedness Initiative: Readiness Inspired by Tradition

A two-week program that helps first-year indigenous students adjust to campus life, build friendships and identify mentors.

SPIRIT: American Indian Student Support Services

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.

Registration for 2020 has closed. Contact us for any questions. 

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.

How to register

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.

March –July

Attend New Student Orientation

Make sure to register for and attend an orientation between March and July. During orientation, you will:

  • Meet an advisor.

  • Register for classes.

  • Arrange for housing.

See details at eoss.asu.edu/orientation

Aug 3

SPIRIT begins!

Enjoy an engaging two weeks of getting oriented to life at ASU, and for making deep connections with your peers and mentors! 

Financial aid

If you are in need of financial aid, make sure to file your FAFSA at students.asu.edu/financialaid/apply.

Daily Schedule

  • 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.

Frequently asked questions

What is SPIRIT | Student Preparedness Initiative Readiness Inspired by Tradition?

SPIRIT is a free two­ - week program that provides incoming first time students a head start at Arizona State University (ASU). Students identify resources and participate in workshops which include financial and scholarships, time management, and culturally based activities. Programming includes guest speakers, presentations by ASU staff and faculty, including deans,  peers and campus resource representatives. SPIRIT is meant to help students make friends, adjust to campus life and meet support staff. 

Can students attend SPIRIT and other University Summer programs (i.e. E 2 , W. P. Carey)? 

Yes. Students must inform AISSS staff of other university programs they are planning to attend. 

Will students move into fall housing?

Unfortunately, due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases students will be unable to move into fall housing early. Arizona State University and AISSS are taking all the necessary precautions to keep students, faculty and staff safe.  

Applying for housing?

For instructions on applying for housing at Arizona State University, visit https://housing.asu.edu

What is a peer ambassador? 

A SPIRIT peer ambassador is a current ASU student and possibly a program alumnus. The peer ambassadors are your mentors for the entirety of the program. Peer ambassadors are there to answer any questions, share there ­perspectives, help students navigate campus, and help students connect with support services. 

Is a laptop needed? 

Yes. Computer access is needed to connect via Zoom. Other devices may be used as well i.e. tablet, cell phone. 

What is the purpose of an ASU ID card?

The Pitchfork ID Mastercard® Check Card or the ASU ID may be required for some services in residence halls and other areas around campus. It is the students responsibility to carry their Pitchfork ID Mastercard® Check Card or ASU ID at all times. If card is damaged, missing or stolen, students MUST report it to cardservices.asu.edu and to their hall front desk immediately. The missing card will be deactivated and the student must obtain a new Pitchfork ID Mastercard® Check Card or ASU ID at the ASU Sun Card Office. Students are responsible for a $25 replacement card fee.