SPIRIT: American Indian Student Support Services

American Indian Student Support Services: SPIRIT Program

Why attend?

Student Preparedness Initiative: Readiness Inspired by Tradition

Start your ASU journey with SPIRIT — a free 2-week program that helps first-time freshmen adjust to campus life, connect with friends, and identify mentors. Boost your success with sessions on academic prep and scholarship advice, as well as fun social activities and culturally inspired workshops.

Say “Yes” to SPIRIT!

SPIRIT begins two weeks before the start of fall semester classes. There is no cost to participate.

In SPIRIT, you will:

  • learn about college academic expectations
  • become familiar with campus and the resources available to you
  • get connected with staff and peer success leaders dedicated to your success
  • participate in traditional and culturally-inspired activities
  • make new friends



RSVP - Registration is now open 

The SPIRIT Freshman program begins Sunday, August 4 and ends Thursday, August 15.

There is no cost to participate in the SPIRIT program.

Note: You must be admitted, enrolled or plan to enroll for fall 2019 to register and participate in SPIRIT. 


Next Steps

  • Your college academic advisor will help you register for fall semester classes during Orientation or an advising session.
  • Activate your ASURITE UserID.
  • Pay your enrollment deposit.
  • Select your Orientation date. For information about New Student Orientation, visit eoss.asu.edu/orientation.
  • Confirm your fall housing preference.
  • Submit your FAFSA application for financial aid.



SPIRIT Freshmen will live on campus during the two-week SPIRIT program regardless of your housing preference in the fall.  SPIRIT participants will be housed in Sonora for the 2-week program. Participants will receive room assignment and room access card on July 29, 2018 the first day of the SPIRIT program.

* If your primary campus is Polytechnic, West or Downtown Phoenix, AISSS staff will facilitate your request for the 2-week (August 4 – August 15) residential experience at Sonora on ASU’s Tempe campus.


If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Laura Gonzales-Macias at lauragm@asu.edu.


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 resources representatives
  • traditional and culturally-inspired activities
  • dinner and evening programs
  • View the schedule by clicking on the following link - spirit_tentative_schedule.pdf (schedule is example only)


Important Dates

  • July 1: SPIRIT Registration Deadline (Request for Early https://housing.asu.edu/housing-resources/move-in)
  • August 4: SPIRIT program begins
  • August 15: Last day of SPIRIT programming/activities
  • August 16: Move-out for participants 
  • August 22: ASU classes begin



For additional information, PDF iconspirit_2018-_faqs.pdf