Visiting Coursework

Students may request to take courses away from Appalachian. Failure to request prior permission could result in course(s) not being accepted.

If you require credit for courses at the 3000 level or above, you must receive written approval from the departmental chairperson BEFORE submitting your request. Departmental approvals should be sent to Transfer Admissions and Engagement at transfer@appstate.edu.

UNC Online: Students seeking UNC Online courses at another UNC School should use the link provided to search for courses. https://online.northcarolina.edu

Please read the following information regarding Visiting Coursework:

  • An Appalachian student who wishes to take coursework at another collegiate institution must receive approval from Appalachian State University PRIOR to enrollment at the other institution. Failure to secure prior approval may result in the coursework being deemed unacceptable for transfer.

  • An Appalachian student must be in academic “good standing” (they cannot be on academic probation).

  • Coursework at the lower division level (1000/2000) is evaluated by Transfer Admissions & Engagement; coursework at the upper division level (3000/4000) is evaluated by the appropriate academic department. To request permission for upper division coursework, the student may work directly with the appropriate departmental chairperson (be sure to forward an approval from the chair to transfer@appstate.edu) or they may submit the Petition for Credit form to Transfer Admissions & Engagement at transfer@appstate.edu. If using the Petition process, please indicate to Transfer Admissions and Engagement that your request is for an upcoming Visiting Course. If approved by the department, complete the process by logging into Appalnet and submitting the request.

  • If a student wishes to take coursework at another collegiate institution while concurrently enrolled at Appalachian, the combined total of credit hours should not exceed 18 semester hours.

  • If the requested course is offered at Appalachian State, approval will be required. It is strongly recommended that students check the current Schedule of Classes to determine if a course is available at App State for them.

  • Grades earned at another collegiate institution will not be computed in or allowed to affect grade-point-average at Appalachian.

  • To graduate from Appalachian, a student must complete the following in residence:

    • A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours in the major and (if applicable) nine (9) semester hours in the minor; and

    • At least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree

  • A minimum of 50 hours from a “senior” institution (i.e., a four-year institution) is required for a baccalaureate degree

Visiting Coursework Request Instructions

  1. Login to your AppalNet account (select Log Into AppalNet Self Service), then click Student tab, scroll to locate and select Visiting Coursework or use this direct link to the Visiting Coursework request portal.

  2. Review Student Responsibilities and agree to the terms and conditions.

  3. Select the appropriate term, state, and school.

  4. Use the search tool on the Transfer Course List to determine how the course(s) you plan to take will transfer back to Appalachian. To determine if courses are applicable to General Education requirements, hover over the ASU TITLE. A window will appear, indicating if the course applies to General Education.

  5. If the course you wish to take is not found on the Transfer Course List, email the course description to Transfer Admissions and Engagement at transfer@appstate.edu. We will review the course information and reply, indicating if/how the course may transfer to Appalachian.

  6. Upper division coursework (3000/4000 level) must be approved by the appropriate departmental chairperson prior to submitting the Visiting Coursework request in Appalnet. Students may submit the Petition for Credit form to Transfer Admissions & Engagement at transfer@appstate.edu, who will route the request to the department. Or they may forward an approval from the chairperson to transfer@appstate.edu. If using the Petition process, please indicate to Transfer Admissions & Engagement that your request is for an upcoming Visiting Course. NOTE: If approved by the department, be sure to complete the process by logging into Appalnet and submitting the request.

  7. Review the schedule of classes from the school you wish to attend and verify the course(s) is offered at the institution.

  8. When you are ready to select the course(s) you plan to take, click ADD. A window will appear, allowing you to select your reason(s) for taking the course. The course(s) will appear at the bottom of the screen. If you have credit for a course, the system will not allow you to add it. Contact us (828-262-7877 or transfer@appstate.edu), if you have questions.

  9. Review the list of courses you have chosen. If there are course(s) that you do not wish to submit, click REMOVE to delete the course(s). A window will appear to verify the deletion.

  10. Once submitted, your request(s) will be forwarded to the appropriate dean's office for review.

  11. You will be notified via your AppState email account after a decision is made. If approved, a letter will be attached to the email that you can provide to the visiting institution (Transient Approval Form).

  12. Upon completion of the coursework, the student must submit a final official transcript to Transfer Admissions and Engagement.

Students may also complete the hard copy Visiting Course Request Form but should only use this method to make a request if the course that they would like to take does not show up in the AppalNet Self-Service course search. In these instances, email the request to transfer@appstate.edu or deliver it to 130 John E. Thomas Hall.

Student Responsibilities

  • It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with their advisor to determine how the course meets degree requirements.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to follow the admission requirements, registration procedures, and prerequisites at the visiting collegiate institution.

  • If the student requires credit for courses at the 3000 level or above, they must receive approval from the appropriate departmental chairperson prior to submitting the Visiting Coursework request in Appalnet. To receive permission, students may submit the Petition for Credit form to Transfer Admissions & Engagement at transfer@appstate.edu, who will route to the department for review. Or they may work with the department directly and forward an approval from the chairperson to transfer@appstate.edu. If using the Petition process, please indicate to Transfer Admissions and Engagement that your request is for an upcoming Visiting Course. NOTE: If approved by the department, the student must return to Appalnet and complete the process by submitting the Visiting request.

  • Upon completion of the coursework, the student must submit a final official transcript to Transfer Admissions and Engagement at Appalachian.

  • A student will not receive transfer credit for any course with a grade lower than “C” (2.0). Grades of “C-“ (1.7) and below will not transfer.

  • A student cannot repeat a course at another institution in order to remove a low grade earned in a course taken at Appalachian. Grades earned at another collegiate institution will not be computed in or allowed to affect the grade-point-average at Appalachian.

  • The approval is only valid for the term indicated. 

  • Failure to request prior permission may result in the course(s) not being accepted.