Residency Policy & Credit Limitations

Note: To graduate from Appalachian, an undergraduate student must fulfill the following residency requirements:

  • All baccalaureate degrees granted by Appalachian require the completion of a minimum of 50 semester hours at a senior (4-year) institution. Note that credi awarded for credit by exam, military service, or 'Life Experience' does not count as part fo the required 50 hours.
  • A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours in the major and (if applicable) nine (9) semester hours in the minor (**Walker College of Business majors must complete in residence at least fifty percent of the business coursework required for the BSBA degree); and
  • At least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree.
  • Transfer of Coursework from another collegiate institution: Once an undergraduate student has enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Appalachian, she or he should NOT enroll as a visiting student at another institution unless prior approval has been received from Appalachian. A student who wishes to attend another institution should refer to the Visiting Coursework page of the Office of Transfer Services website. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in the coursework being deemed unacceptable for transfer to Appalachian. 

Please also note that individual academic programs may specify particular course(s) that must be taken in residence. A student who intends to transfer coursework from other collegiate institutions should consult the program of study for her or his intended degree program.

Questions about residency requirements should be directed to the dean of the college/school under which the degree program is offered.

Link to Residency Requirements info. in the Appalachian Bulletin