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Can you imagine a world where everyone has access to higher education?


Higher education is often marked by its exclusivity. But this model of exclusion will not scale to meet the demands of the 21st century and beyond. At ASU, we are known for who we include, not who we exclude. At it’s core, inclusion and opportunity is what drives the vision of Global Freshman Academy.



College should be open to everyone with the ability and desire to succeed.


Students should be able to approach college without risking their future.


Educators should design courses to ignite a lifelong passion for learning.

Global Freshman Academy Leadership Video



Breaking educational barriers

GFA is the result of a powerful alliance between Arizona State University and edX. When you combine ASU’s passionate faculty with edX’s cutting-edge technology you get a digitally enhanced learning experience that is second to none. Our world is rapidly changing, and it’s our responsibility at ASU to help lead this change.

By combining powerful technology with the best educational principles, Global Freshman Academy is seeking to lead us as an interconnected global community into a new era of education. One that’s marked by mutual learning, understanding, and prosperity. Global Freshman Academy demolishes the standard barriers to higher education by providing a way that anybody, anywhere can start college and continue on to graduation.

All are welcome to GFA classes no matter transcripts, test scores or GPA.