Questions About Transferring


View information on how to transfer to Appalachian. The application opens in August for the subsequent spring, summer and fall semesters.

All transfer applicants are reviewed and receive decisions on a rolling basis, which means that applicants are reviewed and decisioned until the incoming class is full. Transfer students are encouraged to apply early to have the best chance for admission as well as housing and scholarship opportunities.The suggested application deadlines for transfer students are October 15th for those students hoping to begin the following spring term and February 15th for students hoping to begin the following summer or fall terms.

Usually, a decision is available two to four weeks after the application is submitted and all materials have been received by the University. Your MyMountaineer portal is where you'll receive information regarding your application including missing application materials, an admission decision, and where admitted students will confirm their enrollment and complete enrollment steps (registering for orientation, housing, classes, etc.).

The GPA range for transfer students is 2.7 to 3.4, with 3.1 being the average GPA. Transfer students must meet the admissions requirement of a minimum GPA of 2.25

You must have, at minimum, 12 graded transfer hours on a transcript to apply and be in progress of 24 transfer hours. Applicants with fewer than 24 hours of transferable credit will be reviewed based on high school GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and all attempted college coursework. 


Time to graduation is an individual student process, dependent on many factors, such as the major pursuing, the number of credits transferred in, and the course load taken each semester.  Students should work with their Appalachian academic advisor to create a degree plan.

No. Students can apply at any point but are encouraged to be in progress of 24+ transfer hours.  Students can utilize the Course Equivalency Search to see how their courses will transfer.


On campus housing is required for students that have graduated high school within the past year of starting at Appalachian (freshmen or transfer). For transfer students that graduated high school more than a year ago, on campus housing is available on a space available basis. In the past, only 15-20% of new transfer students live on campus.

The University’s off-campus housing database is a great place to start your search for a place to live in Boone and for roommates. In addition, there are several Facebook group pages where students often post housing needs: Appalachian State Transfers (the Facebook page for Onlilne & Transfer Services) and App State Classifieds (not affiliated with the University). Students should use caution & common sense when connecting with other students through websites or social media.


For on-campus housing, offers are made to students who apply early though they may not hear a decision for a few months. The availability is based on what space is open after returning and first-year students are confirmed so notices may go out as late as May/early summer for new fall students and November/December for new spring students. Appalachian does offer a residence hall just for transfer students! All decisions are sent through your Appalachian State email so make sure you check that frequently.

This is dependent on the type of housing you desire. Some complexes offer amenities like swimming pools, clubhouses and fitness rooms which make the properties more expensive. In addition, some rentals include utilities while others do not. Students should make sure they fully understand the costs prior to signing a lease. Costs can range from $400/month to $800+/month depending on the property.

For new students wishing to live on campus, applications open February 1st for fall and September 1st for spring semester. The off-campus market starts leasing as early as late fall for the following fall though you can still find housing throughout the year. There is more off-campus rentals in Boone than needed though certain complexes do fill early. New spring students usually sublease rentals. Visit our transfer housing webpage for more information.

Transfer of Credits

An official credit evaluation is completed two to three weeks after admission to the university.  You will be notified by email once the evaluation is complete.

  • An Associate of Arts or Science from a North Carolina Community College with grades of C or better will complete general education requirements. The degree award date must be posted on the final official transcript for General Education requirements to be met.

  • Students from a North Carolina Community College starting the Associate of Fine Arts in Visual Arts in fall 2017 and forward would have all general education requirements met with a completed AFA degree, if they pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts.  Students starting the Associate of Fine Arts in Music or Theatre in Fall 2018 and beyond would have all general education requirements met with a completed AFA degree if pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre or a Bachelor of Music in Music. The Associate of Fine Arts degree award date must be posted on the final official transcript for General Education requirements to be met.

  • Out of State Associate of Arts or Science degrees must be reviewed by the General Education office to see if general education requirements are met.

  • Associate of Applied Science does NOT complete general education requirements and individual courses will be applied where applicable

You should have an official transcript sent to Appalachian from your current institution. Applicants should send transcripts to the Office of Admissions, ASU Box 32004, Boone, NC 28608. Currently enrolled student should send transcripts to Online & Transfer Services, ASU Box 32166, Boone, NC 28608. 

No. We accept all applicable credit that would apply to a major at Appalachian. Students must meet Appalachian’s residency requirements for degree completion.

An official college transcript is required from your previous institution in order to award credit (we can not transfer in college credit from a high school diploma). 

Please indicate Appalachian as a recipient school when you take the exam or log into and download your Official Score Report then email to

No. In order for transfer credit to be awarded, Appalachian requires an official transcript.

There may be a few reasons why your courses are not showing:

  • The final official college transcript has not been received.
  • The course may not transfer.
  • The institution lacks the appropriate accreditation.
  • The grade is below a “C”.
  • Further questions should be directed to Online & Transfer Services.

Program of Study

Online & Transfer Services has identified 125+ departmental faculty transfer mentors, dedicated to assisting transfer students through the transfer process and through to graduation. Students are welcome to request assistance arranging a departmental visit by contacting your Transfer Admissions Counselor.

That is dependent on your major.  Some majors require that you declare after 30 hours and completion of RC 2001.  Others, such as Nursing, require a separate application process. Students should consult their departmental website for more information on major specific application requirements.

Students officially declare their major after completion of 30 hours and RC 2001. The majority of transfer students declare their major at the time of orientation. Certain majors do require separate admission requirements for departmental acceptance; students should refer to the departmental website for more information.

Students can change their major by:

  • Newly admitted students should email
  • Current students should work with their academic advisor

Yes.  Students can refer to the Undergraduate Programs page, found here, to learn about the various majors offered at Appalachian.  Students coming from a North Carolina Community College can view Transfer Guides to help understand the classes they would take prior to transfer and their remaining required classes once they transfer to Appalachian. 

Many professors will allow prospective students to observe a class.    Students should contact their Transfer Admission Counselor to further inquire.

Cost/Financial Aid

Tuition and fees are set by the North Carolina legislature and specific costs can be found on Student Accounts website.

New students should go into their FAFSA and add Appalachian’s school code of 002906. Your financial aid will then be calculated for the semesters you plan to attend Appalachian after you are admitted to Appalachian.

There are! Scholarships for transfer students are offered for fall start dates and usually require a scholarship application by March 1. Visit our Scholarships webpage for more information. Once students are enrolled at Appalachian they can apply for many departmental scholarship based on their major.

Financial Aid packages are offered after students have been accepted to Appalachian. Students should refer to Financial Aid’s website for information on how to see their award and any outstanding requirements still needed. If you are eligible for a Financial Aid refund they begin processing after classes begin.

If you are eligible for a refund from your Financial Aid package you can use that for off-campus housing. Keep in mind that refunds are not disbursed until after classes begin so be sure you have the funds for the first month.

Student Support

There are over 450+ clubs and organizations to get involved with at Appalachian! Visit Campus Activities for a club directory or AppSync for information on upcoming events! During the beginning of each semester students should plan to attend Club Expo to meet club officers and learn of involvement opportunities.

Online & Transfer Services is your one-stop location for information, referrals, and support. We have Transfer Student Mentors,  Faculty Transfer Mentors, specific transfer events and clubs (Transfer Student Organization and Tau Sigma Honor Society), and a caring staff. Please let us know how we can help!

While we try hard to make it as smooth as possible, transfer students often do experience some academic and social disorientation during their initial transfer. The good news is that usually this doesn’t last long! For a successful transfer transition students are encouraged to get involved early, talk to your faculty, and reach out to campus resources for help when you need it!


Boone has a free public transportation called AppalCart that connects the campus to the town. Many students living off-campus use AppalCart to get to campus since parking on-campus is limited. There are many bus stops throughout campus. In addition, Appalachian offers students a late night transportation service to get around on campus called Safe Ride.

Visit the Honors College website for more information. Students transferring in a large number of credits may find it difficult to fulfill the requirements of the Honors College - instead they may find departmental honors a better option.

Our instititution is more dedicated than ever to helping military-affiliated students thrive on campus and in the community.  This dedication begins during their transition from service to education, and lasts through to graduation and entering the workforce.  Visit the Student Veterans Services website for more information.

Going abroad is an opportunity to do something new and different during your time at Appalachian. Visit the Office of International Education & Development website for more information.

There’s lots to do on and around campus, whether you’re all about the outdoors, love a good concert, are a movie buff or a gamer.

The graduation rate of transfer students (the rate for the Fall 2016 new transfer cohort) was 23% in two years, 59% in three years, and 71% in four years. Transfer students grataduating in 2019-20 had an average GPA of 3.24. In addition, the retention rate (the rate of the Fall 2019 new transfer cohort that returned for Fall 2020 or graduated) was 85%. 

Yes, many students work both on campus and throughout Boone. Some of the larger on-campus employers include Food Services, University Recreation, and the Library. Students should visit Student Employment for current openings.