Future Students

Why App?

Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina and the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

You can find more information about Appalachian and the many opportunities for both academic and personal growth by visiting the Office of Admissions webpage, found here.  

Admissions Process

We are excited you are considering Appalachian!  Please refer to the How do I transfer to Appalachian page for more information.

Pathway Programs to Appalachian

Bridge to Appalachian: An invitation only, one-year pathway for students who were denied admissions as a first-year student and enroll at a North Carolina community college before they complete their degree at App State. 

Aspire Appalachian: A seamless two-year pathway for students enrolled at partner community colleges to complete their degree at App State.

Resources to Assist You When Transferring

Dedicated Advisor:  Our Transfer Admission Counselors assist prospective transfer students by advising for general education and major requirements while you are still at your community college or previous institution.

Transfer Equivalency Course Search:  The Transfer Equivalency Course Search is used to determine how courses completed at other institutions may transfer to Appalachian State University.  Please review Appalachian's transfer credit policies for more information.

Early College Graduates: Any student who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for admission to Appalachian has the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student. More information is available here. Early College graduates who are less than one year out of high school when they start at Appalachian are required to live on-campus. Early College graduates who have been out of high school for one year or more, however, are not guaranteed on-campus housing.

Transfer Housing: Transfer students who have been out of high school for one year or more are not guaranteed on-campus housing. The off-campus housing market in Boone is competitive so transfer students are encouraged to start looking for housing as early as possible!

Transferring CLEP, AP, IB and Cambridge Credits:  Visit our Credit by Exam policies to see how your test scores transfer to Appalachian.

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. Please  below for specific agreements with Appalachian.

Mentors: We have both Transfer Student Mentors (current students who have been through the transfer process themselves!) and Faculty Transfer Mentors dedicated to help students through the transfer process -  from the very beginning of applying for admissions all the way through to graduation!

Transitional Support: Transfer Admissions and Engagement can answer your questions and provide support as you make the move to Boone, Hickory, or online.  

Non-Traditional Students: Our resources for non-traditional students assists this population transition to Appalachian.