Aspire Appalachian

Aspire Appalachian Pathway Program

Aspire Appalachian = peace of mind that you are guaranteed admission to Appalachian after you complete your Associate degree!

Aspire Appalachian is a seamless pathway for students enrolled at partner community colleges to complete their degree at Appalachian. Students participating will receive dedicated advising assistance from both their community college and Appalachian, and access to special webinars, events, and newsletters.


  • Guaranteed admission to Appalachian
  • Access to academic advising by Appalachian
  • Access to admission counseling for assistance through the entire admission process
  • Assigned advisor from the community college
  • Access to financial aid advising and planning to aid students in maximizing their aid and minimizing student debt
  • Priority consideration for a select number of the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship (AES) for students who have completed summer/fall applications by February 1st
  • Invitation to special webinars, events, and newsletters designed to help you successfully transfer to and succeed at Appalachian

How to Apply

  • Complete the Aspire Appalachian intent form (see link below).
  • Once accepted, students will be contacted by their college's Appalachian admissions contact. If students have any questions prior to that contact, please email
  • One semester prior to the last semester at their community college students will apply to Appalachian.

Who Can Apply?

Students who:

  • Are continuously enrolled (fall and spring semesters) at the community college
  • Are on track toward completion of an eligible two-year associate degree transfer programs (approved programs include Associate of Arts [AA], Associate of Science [AS], Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation [AATP], Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation [ASTP], or Associate in Applied Science [AAS] degrees through an institutional or state-wide articulation agreement).

* Note: Early College/Innovative High School students are eligible to participate. Students in the Career & College Promise transfer pathway are not eligible to apply while still enrolled in high school. Students who graduate from high school and then continue at the community college will then become eligible.

App State's Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete an eligible associate degree program.
  • Graduate from their community college with 2.25 GPA or higher.

**All transfer applicants must meet a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA in all college coursework and be in good standing academically and disciplinarily.