Early Start Program

Your college career begins now

We’re excited to welcome you to your new academic home in the School of Politics and Global Studies in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University!

Our number one priority is your success so we hope you'll join us for our free, two-week immersion program. You’ll join fellow SPGS majors as you embark on a journey to prepare for your transition to ASU. From notable guest speakers to visiting the AZ State Capital, you’ll experience a lively, engaging and thought-provoking program designed to create a pathway to success for you.

Explore your major in depth

Political Science (BA)
Political Science (BS)
Global Studies (BA)
Politics & the Economy (BS)

About our program

Wouldn’t it be great to get a head start on college life and your major before the semester begins? As you prepare for your transition to ASU, you are invited to join some of your incoming classmates and participate in the two-week Early Start program. This exciting program is designed to prepare you as a Political Science, Global Studies, or Politics and the Economy major for the fall semester and beyond.

Here are some of the highlights of the School of Politics and Global Studies Early Start program:

  • College classes are different from high school; Early Start will help you learn new strategies for succeeding in college.
  • Connect with faculty, academic mentors, tutors, and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Become familiar with resources available on campus before other students arrive.
  • Get a sneak peek at what to expect from your college courses and the study skills you’ll need to get a head start.
  • Move into your residence hall early at no cost—if you have a housing assignment.
  • Get to know your classmates over free lunch and dinner Monday through Friday.
  • Join in fun social and academic activities with your new friends at ASU, such as political movie nights and eye opening/behind the scenes, field trip to the AZ State Capitol

Our Early Start team

During Early Start, you’ll work with dedicated faculty members and advisors who are eager to help you succeed at ASU. You’ll get to know your professors and mentors on a personal and professional level so you’ll be more confident asking for help during the school year.

Dr. Magda Hinojosa

Director of the School of Politics and Global Studies
Professor of Political Science

Dr. Gina Woodall

Senior Lecturer
Political Science


During Early Start, you can expect to be busy each day throughout the entirety of the program.
And we promise — you won’t be sitting and falling asleep in a classroom all day!

Saturday, August 6
Sunday, August 14
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Evening activities through the program
For summer 2022, there will be additional required fall activities/meetings, dates TBD
All meals included

Join us

Participation in the School of Politics and Global Studies Early Start program is by special invitation only.
Space is limited so we encourage you to register early!

Questions? Email Gina.Woodall@asu.edu

Register now