Global Freshman Academy is now Earned Admission

A new and improved experience for trying college courses online


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What is Earned Admission?

Global Freshman Academy was launched in 2015 in partnership with edx. We saw over 230,000 students enroll from more than 180 countries. In 2017, the EdPlus team at Arizona State University set out to improve the product — to keep the best parts of Global Freshman Academy, while improving the experience. The result of that effort was Earned Admission. Through Earned Admission, you have all of the great benefits of Global Freshman Academy, like:

Begin now

You can begin taking ASU classes online today; no application or transcripts required.

Try before you buy

Pay for your courses at the end of the term, only if you’re happy with the grade you have received and would like to get academic credit.

Earn university credit

Same courses, same faculty, same credit. Use the credit at ASU or another university.


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Greater variety
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A more seamless

College designed for you

I'm still in high school

Get a head start on earning ASU credit

Whether you're a homeschooled student or part of a large high school, Earned Admission is the perfect way for you to begin earning real college credit while still in high school. Unlike most standard AP classes, Earned Admission can replace your entire first year of college and actually help you achieve progress toward graduating from college. In fact, ASU sees the credit you earn through Earned Admission as the exact same as any other ASU course. 

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I'm entering college

Give college a try without risking your GPA

GFA is the perfect way to jumpstart college. Perhaps you are unsure if college is the right fit for you, or maybe you don't know how you will perform in a college class. With GFA, you can begin taking real college courses and pay tuition after you pass. In other words, you can "try college on for size" while still making progress toward graduation.

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I'm going back to college

Earn your second chance at a degree

Do you deserve a second chance at college? Does your GPA anchor you to your past life and prevent you from attending the university of your choice? The people behind GFA believe that you absolutely deserve a second chance, and a third, and a fourth. In fact, GFA was designed to help you earn your way back into college. Leave your transcripts at home and begin passing college courses today. 

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Same courses, same faculty, same credit

Start college before ever setting foot on campus. Make progress toward a degree, at ASU or another university.

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Arizona State University

#1 in the U.S. for innovation

ASU is ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation ahead of Stanford and MIT by U.S. News & World Report. ASU intends to create a new reality for higher education that better serves the demands of the 21st century and beyond. ASU is a leader in student entrepreneurship, knowledge delivery and student support services, and is continually offering degrees in emerging fields.

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