Transfer Admissions

Appalachian encourages students to consider completing a degree with us after starting their college career at another institution. See information for transfer students on the Admissions site.

Early College High School

Early College High School students are considered first-year students and should be advised to apply as such. See information for first-year requirements on the Admissions site. Below are a few advising tips for Early College students.

  • Completion of an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science (AA/AS) from a North Carolina Community College with a grade of "C" or above in ALL of the core coursework assures students will meet the lower level division general education requirements at Appalachian. This will allow them to move smoothly into their major coursework. First Year Seminar (UCO 1200) at Appalachian is not required for these students.
  • If a student does not complete the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree, they will need to complete Appalachian's General Education Program (see below). First Year Seminar (UCO 1200) will be required at Appalachian.
  • Official transcripts must be received from both the high school AND the community college. College credit cannot be applied if the official community college transcript is not received.

Career and College Promise

Advise students to follow one of the Career and College Promise transfer pathways to ensure transferability of college credit completed while in high school.

Information about Majors

Known for leading small classes and using innovative, interdisciplinary and integrative curriculum, Appalachian faculty are dedicated to research and student mentorship and invested in new strategies and technologies. Learn more about our undergraduate program areas and majors


Universal General Education Transfer Component courses are guaranteed to transfer to any UNC system school, up to 30 hours, and be applied to general education curriculum. Students must achieve a C or better for the course to transfer. 

  • The UGETC guide (PDF, 183KB) will provide a quick reference for UGETC courses.

NCCC Transfer Guides

Transfer Guides are designed to assist transfer students with choosing appropriate coursework to meet both general education and major requirements at Appalachian.

General Education Program

In fall 2015 Appalachian implemented a new general education curriculum.

Reverse Transfer

North Carolina's Reverse Transfer Program is a state initiative in which students are rewarded for 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.  NOTE: If students are awarded the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree through the Reverse Transfer program, Appalachian will honor the degree to meet our General Education requirements. Advisors at Appalachian can only advise students on Appalachian’s degree requirements. It is the student's responsibility to understand their community college requirements for completing an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.

AP/IB/CLEP/Cambridge AS & A Level scores

Appalachian accepts Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College-Level Examination Program and Cambridge International AS & A Level exam scores. Please reference our current test credit policies to assist students in determining what credit they may be awarded at Appalachian. 

UC Advising

Academic Advising at Appalachian will challenge and support students who have not yet declared a major in the identification and achievement of their educational goals, as well as in their development as independent thinkers and learners.