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MAPP is an acronym that stands for the Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program. This program is designed for students who have selected a major and know what they want to study at ASU. This program outlines the specific courses to take at your community college to prepare for your desired bachelor’s degree at ASU. Sometimes the transfer guides provided for MAPP students are also referred to as “MAPPs,” because like road maps, they guide you on your journey.
There are multiple benefits, but the primary goal of the program is to facilitate your success. Students who complete a MAPP within three years of signing up are guaranteed admission into their chosen ASU degree program. MAPP students have access to special tools and resources, and are invited to special events at ASU. Once your MAPP is complete you can seamlessly transition to ASU as a true junior, without loss of time, money, or credit. This program is especially attractive to military students and federal aid recipients who may have time and dollar limits on completing their degree.
The MAPP is applicable to all of the Maricopa Community Colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. Please be aware that not all MAPP courses are available at every one of the community colleges. Please check with your community college advisor for program and course availability.
Students may take coursework at any ASU campus, however, not all courses or degree programs are offered at each ASU campus. Students should check the Degree Search website to confirm where their desired ASU major is located.
ASU offers an Exploratory Pathway Program that is designed to get you started in general coursework and assist you in selecting a major that matches your personal, educational and career goals. After a year on an Exploratory Pathway, you should be decided on a major and ready to sign-up for a MAPP.
Students may spend different amounts of time finishing their course work at the community college; however, to receive the benefits associated with the MAPP, you must complete your MAPP coursework and any special requirements within three years (or six fall and spring semesters), starting from the semester you sign up.
Yes, students are able to change their MAPP major while at the community college, without resetting the MAPP start date. Please meet with your community college advisor to change your MAPP major.
It is important to read the “Special Requirements” part of your MAPP document so that you are aware of the grade point average you need to achieve and any other special requirements that need to be addressed in order to complete all elements of your MAPP.
If you complete all of the coursework on your pathway and meet all other special requirements specified on the pathway document, you are guaranteed admission into your degree program at ASU. When you sign up for the MAPP, we know you are planning to come to ASU and we plan appropriately to make certain you are admitted and can begin ASU coursework.
Yes, if you are on a MAPP and your desired major is offered through ASU Online, all credits taken for the MAPP will apply to the ASU Online program the same way they would for the on-the-ground program.
Students can find out how ASU will “count” courses taken at other institutions by using the Transfer Credit Guide. So whether you once attended a two-year or four-year, public or private, in-state or out-of-state college or university, you can use the Transfer Credit Guide to see if ASU has course equivalencies for your previous courses or to request a transfer course evaluation.
The MAPP is part of an exclusive partnership between the Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University. Each MAPP major leads to a specific degree at ASU. If you choose to attend a university other than ASU, it is possible that not all of the classes will be applicable.
There is no cost to sign up for the MAPP. While you are at the community college, you will pay community college tuition and fees. After you transition to ASU, you will pay university tuition and fees.
The MAPP is designed to help you reduce the time and costs associated with completion of your associate’s and bachelor’s degrees by providing a clear guide explaining all of the requirements. MAPP students receive reminders about when to apply for admission and financial aid, and other helpful communications about scholarship programs.
It is easy to sign up for the MAPP by completing a brief form (PDF) and then taking the signed form to your Maricopa Community College advisor. Your community college advisor will review the form and let you know if you are a good fit for the program. You will receive confirmation from ASU that you have officially signed up. Then you will receive communications about how to access your MyASU account and other tools and resources to help you succeed.
Students who have previously attended ASU and are now at a Maricopa Community College can sign up for a MAPP, but it is important to note that successful completion of a MAPP will not guarantee admission to readmission students. Readmission students need to follow the guidelines here when they are ready to reapply to ASU.