Future Sun Devil Families Day opens doors to college

Free workshops share how to prepare for success at ASU


November 5, 2015

Arizona State University is hosting Future Sun Devil Families (FSDF) Day this Saturday. This free half-day college workshop event is open to the public. ASU welcomes families, middle school and high school students to experience the campus together.

FSDF Day will equip each attendee with critical information about pursuing a higher education and achieving college success. Future Sun Devil Families Day welcomes middle school and high school students. Photo by Arizona Board of Regents

“It is our hope that families will leave with a greater understanding of what it takes for their students to be college ready,” said Lorenzo Chavez, director of family initiatives. “We want families to know that college is attainable, and it is not too early to start planning and preparing for success at ASU.”

In a series of fun, interactive workshops, FSDF Day staff will address such questions as financial aid, admission requirements and the steps students should take during high school to be better prepared to succeed in college.

“The impact of Future Sun Devil Families Day goes far beyond this event,” Chavez said. “Families receive and share college information and resources with neighbors, friends, family members and the larger community.”

Future Sun Devil Family Day

What: Free workshops to help students and parents be better prepared for college, as well as advice from current students and campus tours.

When: 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 7. 

Where: Arizona Ballroom in the Memorial Union, ASU Tempe campus. Parking will be free in the Apache Parking Structure at Lemon Street and Apache Boulevard. Find an interactive map here.

Details: For more information or to register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-sun-devil-families-day-tickets-18912511832.

Future Sun Devil Families program prepares high school students for college


August 21, 2014

Arizona State University is accepting registrations this month for students and families to participate in the Future Sun Devil Families program. The program guides students and parents through the college preparation process at no cost.

More than 350 Arizona students and their families participated in in the inaugural 9th grade program last year. Classes are taught at local high schools across the Phoenix area. The goal of ASU’s Future Sun Devil Families program is to arm more Arizona students and families with the knowledge they will need to enroll and succeed at a university. Future Sun Devil Families logo Download Full Image

During the five-week sessions, students and their families learn what high school classes are needed for university admission, good study techniques and success tips from current college students, how to create a college portfolio and how to apply for scholarships. Interactive activities guide students and families through the following topics:

• identifying themselves as a college-bound student

• how to make college affordable using scholarships and grants

• taking the right classes in high school to prepare for college

• understanding and equipping themselves for college entrance exams

• how and when to apply for college and for financial aid

• selecting a career path and corresponding college major

Participating schools and start dates
(classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m.)

Mesa Public Schools

Dobson High School – Sept. 2, 2014

Skyline High School, Sept. 2

Phoenix Union High School District

Alhambra High School, Oct. 14

Carl Hayden High School, Oct. 16

North High School, Oct. 16

Trevor G. Browne High School, Oct. 15

Tempe High School District

McClintock High School, Sept. 16

Marcos de Niza High School, Sept. 17

Tolleson Union High School District

Tolleson High School, spring 2015

Westview High School, spring 2015

La Joya High School, spring 2015

Copper Canyon High School, spring 2015

Sierra Linda High School, spring 2015

ASU Preparatory Academies

Polytechnic campus, Sept. 4

Downtown Phoenix campus, Sept. 2

During its first year, Future Sun Devil Families offered the curriculum to 9th grade students and their parents, with plans to add additional grades each year. This year, both 9th and 10th grade curriculum is being offered. Students and at least one parent or adult who supports their goal of acquiring a university education are encouraged to attend the workshops at local high schools.

“Future Sun Devil Families illustrates ASU and President Crow's vision to measure the success of our university not by who we exclude, but by who we include and how they succeed,” said Sylvia Symonds, assistant vice president of educational outreach at ASU.

Future Sun Devil Families workshops are taught in English and Spanish, take place during the academic year and are available at no cost to families. Workshops are designed to guide students and parents through the college preparation process in an interactive, co-learning environment.

For more information and to register, visit: asu.edu/futuresundevils.