Global Freshman Academy

Arizona State University and edX, leaders in providing unprecedented access to education, have joined forces to create the Global Freshman Academy (GFA), a cost-effective way for students to achieve a quality education.


In an increasingly competitive knowledge-based economy, earning a degree has never been more necessary to success. It has also never been less affordable. As today’s learners confront new barriers to higher education access, the need for a reimagined framework has escalated.

Global Freshman Academy - Arizona State University and edX


Arizona State University and edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, have united to create the Global Freshman Academy, a first of its kind collaboration offering first year college-level courses for academic credit on the edX platform. Through Global Freshman Academy, we’re changing the higher education paradigm by significantly reducing the financial risk students undertake when they enroll in a college-level course.

The Story

The partnership has created a truly transformative model for higher education and marks the first time the edX platform will be harnessed to help students earn credit on a global scale. GFA students will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to complete their first year of university coursework risk free and pay for credit only after they’ve passed the course.
  • Instant enrollment with no application or transcripts required.
  • The ability to get a jumpstart on their college education and work through their entire freshman year at their own pace.
  • Access to world-class faculty and state-of-the-art classrooms from anywhere in the world.

Education is a right. Our mission is to dramatically increase access to education for students all over the world.

- Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX


Key Insights

Arizona State University and edX are aligned in the shared mission to provide quality higher education that is accessible and affordable to everyone around the world. Partnering with edX will also provide ASU with a cutting-edge learning platform to deliver education to a global learner population. ASU and edX’s partnership to create Global Freshman Academy has shaped one of the most affordable and streamlined options for students to earn college level freshman year credit.

Global Freshman Academy How To - Arizona State University and edX