Kick Off Your Experience!

Admitted Transfer Student Webinar  

Understanding your Transfer Credit is a one hour, on-line webinar designed to provide newly admitted transfer students with the information necessary to accurately understand how their credits have transferred and next steps in the Appalachian registration process.  

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding your Credit Evaluation & DegreeWorks audit

  • Early Registration Advising (ERA)

  • Orientation procedures

  • Helpful Resources

There will be time at the end of the webinar to ask questions pertaining to individual student concerns, as they relate to the transfer of credit and Appalachian advising processes.

Participation is completely free but students must register to participate. 

All students who attend a webinar will be entered to win a FREE Appalachian t-shirt; one winner per webinar!

Webinar dates have past; please review the webinar recording.  

PLEASE NOTE:  This webinar is specific to transfer credit and will NOT cover topics such as housing, student employment, financial aid, and immunization records.  

Facebook Live Sessions

Join @appstatetransfers on Facebook Live for information and Q&A sessions on the following topics. Can't attend live? You'll be able to view the recorded session afterward on our Facebook page!

Housing  (On & Off Campus) - Monday, February 17 at 3pm EST
Financial Aid - Thursday, March 5 at  1pm EST
Jobs in Boone - Tuesday, April 7 at 2pm EST
Involvement at App - Wednesday, April 22 at 4pm EST

T-POP: Transfer Pre-Orientation Program

T-POP is a day of activities designed to help newly admitted Appalachian transfer students find the answers to all of their questions and prepare for their upcoming Orientation session. A typical day involves sessions on financial aid, transfer of credit, advising and involvement in campus life. We also have a Q&A session with the transfer student mentors.

Participation in this program is completely free! As an incentive to participate in this day-long workshop, Admissions is willing to defer your enrollment "advanced payment" or deposit when you complete your acceptance agreement.

Due to the coronavirus, Spring 2020 sessions will be held virtually. The dates for Summer/Fall 2020 entry are Friday, April 17; Tuesday, April 21; and Monday, April 27.

Transfer Orientation

Orientation is required for all students and allows new students to get a feel for campus, meet with an academic advisor and other faculty, and finalize their first semester class schedules. Follow these steps to register for orientation, complete Early Registration Advising, and register for classes.

Welcome Weekend/Activities

Our goal during Welcome Weekend is for you to become more comfortable at Appalachian, to make new friends, to have fun, and to start weaving yourself into the fabric of student life at Appalachian. Welcome Weekend activities serve as an extension of your summer orientation. Take advantage of Welcome Weekend and Welcome to APP events throughout your first semester to ensure a great start at Appalachian! View the entire transfer Welcome to App schedule!

First Ascent

First Ascent is a four-day backpacking adventure in the North Carolina Mountains where small groups of students develop bonds that will last throughout their college experience as they travel, camp, and laugh together through the rugged landscape of the High Country. Students will explore nearby forests, experience unmatched views and find crystal-clear swimming holes just when they need them most. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and closures to trails and roads managed by the National Forest Service, First Ascent will not run in 2020. For more information or to register visit

Trailhead Experience

The Trailhead Experience is a program for 150 new Appalachian State students (first-years and transfers) who are looking to make friends, learn about leadership, and get acclimated to campus and the Boone area before classes begin. Taking place from August 10-13, 2020 first on campus and then at a retreat center in Black Mountain, NC, Trailhead engages students in small- and large-group activities led by undergraduate peer facilitators and university faculty/staff members. Despite its name, this is not an outdoor-based program. Transfer students living off campus should note that Trailhead provides program housing only on August 11 and 12. For students whose leases begin after these dates, we cannot guarantee that rental companies will allow early move-in. Interested students should check with their rental company to be sure early move-in is possible or make other housing arrangements for the evening of August 10. Registration closes on July 17 or earlier if at capacity.


The ASCEND Program is an engaging, intentional, high-impact supplemental orientation program* targeting first time Appalachian State University students from marginalized and historically underrepresented backgrounds. The ASCEND Program is based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and establishes a solid foundation for new students to feel a sense of belonging and community, be empowered to succeed with knowledge, connections and resources, and to explore and give back to their new home-away-from-home.