In 1988, the Arizona Board of Regents created the Honors College at ASU. Among the first honors colleges in the country, the program quickly rose to a position of pre-eminence. Only six years after its inception, Money Magazine named Barrett, the Honors College one of the top eight honors programs in the United States.
Today, Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University is responsible for recruiting academically outstanding undergraduates to ASU. Together, the university and the college provide these students with an intellectually and socially vibrant environment within the context of a larger university. A place where they can benefit from being with others of the same intellectual preparation, but with different talents and interests.
From 1988 through 2003, enrollment in the college increased from 800 students to approximately 2,700 students, majoring in all disciplines throughout the university. Among the recognition and accomplishments of the college:
The cumulative impact of these distinctions received signal recognition from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation in 1996 when it named ASU a Truman Honor Institution for its success in promoting service to the community as a value among undergraduate students.
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