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ASU Direct Path

The ASU Direct Path program is an alternative admission program designed to offer freshmen academic support through a partnership between Howard College (Howard County Junior College District) and Angelo State University. Students will also live in a residence hall at ASU while taking courses at Howard College.

If you are a freshman applicant and are denied admission to ASU and meet the test score requirements, you can then apply to Howard College and subsequently the Direct Path program. Within one semester, you can become eligible to transfer to ASU with a minimum of 18 transferable credit hours and a 2.0 GPA.

ASU provides transfer application fee waivers for all Direct Path participants once they become transfer eligible. The Direct Path program will then automatically transfer you to ASU for the following semester.  

Notice:Only freshman applicants are eligible for the Direct Path program. Transfer students are not eligible for Direct Path. If at any time you are admitted to ASU either through internal file review, or through the appeal process, you no longer qualify for participation in the Direct Path program.

  • Direct Path Benefits

    As an ASU Direct Path program participant, you will have the opportunity to live on ASU’s campus in a learning community in a residence hall and take advantage of ASU student life and services while attending Howard College. 

    You will be a part of a learning community while living at ASU. National research shows that students who live in learning communities tend to have higher GPAs and transition easier from high school to college. The Direct Path learning community will give you opportunities to:

    • Access on-campus student activities
    • Learn about campus and community resources to help you succeed
    • Establish relationships with other Direct Path students
    • Create study groups and motivate each other to go to class and complete assignments  

    ASU will provide transfer application fee waivers for all Direct Path participants once they become transfer eligible. 

  • Program Requirements

    In order to participate in the Direct Path program, students are required to:

    • Meet the minimum test scores below and be in the top three-quarters of your graduating class.
      • ACT: 15 (Composite Score)
      • New SAT: 830 (evidence-based reading & writing and math)
      • SAT: 740 (combined critical reading and math)
    • Live in the ASU residence hall for the duration of their participation in the Direct Path program. Students are responsible for payment of housing.
    • Attend regular meetings with the Transfer Academic Advisor.
    • Attend a Howard College orientation.
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Application

    Apply by August 1st, for the fall term or January 1st for the spring term. Request a Direct Path application today. Students must agree to all terms and conditions.

  • Financial Aid

    Apply for financial aid and pay all outstanding balances through Howard College.

  • Advising and Orientation

    Once accepted, you need to get advised and registered for classes at Howard College. Prior to the first day of classes and moving into the residence hall, an orientation specifically for Direct Path students will be held. More information will be sent to you about the orientation.  

  • Housing and Student Life

    Even though classes are administered through Howard College and you will be considered a Howard College student, as a Direct Path participant you will live on ASU’s campus in a learning community in a residence hall, eat in the ASU Food Service Center, obtain an ASU mailbox, access ASU’s health clinic services and take advantage of ASU campus social activities. You can also elect to access other services, such as University Recreation, campus parking and athletic events.