NC Community College Advisor Resources

Welcome!  This page is designed for North Carolina community college advisors as an advising resource hub.  The goal is to offer advisors a place they can go to find all their advising needs, when working with students hoping to transfer to Appalachian.  

Application & Admission

Minimum Transfer Requirements:

  • 24 transferable credits (completed and in progress)
  • 2.25 cumulative GPA

When to Apply: 
Appalachian has rolling admission and will admit students until the class is full.  Dates below are only SUGGESTED dates; however, we recommend transfer students apply at least four months prior to start of their intended term for access to scholarship opportunities, on-campus housing, class registration and more:

Suggested Dates


Summer / Fall

Decision Timeframes

Main Campus

Oct. 15

Feb. 15

2-4 weeks

App State Online

Final Dec. 5

Final July 1

4-8 weeks

 How to apply:

Advising Tips for the Top Transfer Majors

Accounting                                         Exercise Science                   RN to BSN 

Biology                                                Management

Building Sciences                              Marketing

Criminal Justice                                  Nursing

Elementary Education                      Psychology

Meeting General Education at Appalachian 

If a student is NOT completing an AA or AS degree, the student should be advised to take courses that will contribute to Appalahcian’s general education requirements.  

Advising for Appalachian's General Education Curriculum

NCCCS Cross-referenced General Education checksheet

Transfer Equivalency Course Search 

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Transfer Guides/BDPs

Transfer Guides/BDPs have been created for each major at Appalachian and are intended as an example of how a North Carolina community college student could complete an AA or AS transfer degree and then trnasfer. 

Tips for utilizing the transfer guides:

  • Some majors encourage students to transfer for the summer term and students should be advised to apply accordingly when compelting the  admission application.
    • Summer start majors:  Actuarial Science; Apparel Design & Merchandising; Chemistry, Secondary Education; Child Development, Birth - Kindergarten; Commercial Photography;  all Communication majors;  Computer Science; Graphic Design; Health & PE Education; Industrial Design; Interior Design;  Nursing; Special Education; Studio Art; Sustainable Technology; Theatre Education. 
  • Due to course sequencing, some majors encourage students to complete 30 hours of coursework and then transfer.  If the two year transfer degree is completed, the time to graduation will be extended.  
    • Transfer after 30 hours majors:  Apparel Design & Merchandising; Art Education; Elementary Education, depending on the Second Academic Concentration; Graphic Design; Health & PE Education; Industrial Design; Interior Design; Music; Studio Art
  • If a specific course is not indicated, students are welcome to choose any course that meets their community college's transfer degree requirements.
  • Major curriculums do change and students should refer back to the transfer guides/BDPs oftern to review any updates.
  • After transferring to Appalachian, students will work with an Appalachian advisor to develop an individual graduation plan.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities documenting the transfer policies for a specific academic program or degree in general.  

Tips for asssitng students completing aa AAS/AFA degree under an articualtion agreement:

  • Generally, articualtion agreements DO NOT meet general education requirements.
  • Refer to the agreement's course croswalk to determine what courses will transfer to meet Appalachian's degree requirements (page 1 of the crosswalk) and what will need to be completed on Appalachian's  campus (page 2 of the crosswalk).
  • Due to University graduation requirements, students should only complete the courses in the AAS/AFA degree.  All other courses, including general education, should be completed at Appalachian.
  • It is the student's responsibility to inform Appalachian they are completing a degree under an articualtion agreement, prior to transferring.  

Reverse Transfer

North Carolina's Reverse Transfer Program is a state initiative in which students are awarded credit they have already earned or will earn at the four year university. The program is designed to award an associate degree to students who previously attended a North Carolina Community College and fulfilled the associate degree requirements while working towards a bachelor’s degree at a North Carolina university. 

  • Appalachian advisors WILL NOT advise a student what classes they should take to complete another institution's degree requirements.
  • Reverse Transfer is meant to award the two-year transfer degree, not complete general education requirements.
  • Eligible students will receive a pop-up requesting participation when logging into their Appalnet account .  Students will receive the pop-up three times before being force to either opt-in or not.
  • Students should understand tranfer credit information is not sent automatically when the semester ends, but rather during scheduled down-laods throughout the year.
  • Often times, students are informed they have complete their transfer degree before Appalachian is notified.