Military Students

Since 2010, Appalachian has been designated a Military Friendly School® by Victory Media for embracing America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensuring their success on campus.

Appalachian recognizes your dedication as a military service member and is committed to assisting you as you pursue higher education. Our military liaisons will guide you through the admissions and financial aid processes, and we offer additional resources to help you along the way. 

Contact Information

Admission for Military Service Members and Veterans

  • Apply online as a transfer student. Complete the application and pay the $55 application fee.
  • Request official final high school and any college transcripts to be sent to Appalachian State University, Office of Admissions, ASU Box 32004, Boone, NC 28607.
  • Request the appropriate military transcript be sent to the address above.
    department of the air foce united states of america AIR FORCE: Community College of the Air Force CCAF/DFRS
    100 South Turner Blvd
    Gunter Annex AL 36114-3011
    united states coast guard COAST GUARD: U.S. Coast Guard Institute
    5900 SW 64th Street, Room 235
    Oklahoma City, OK 73169-6990
    (405) 954-7236
    department of the army united states of america ARMY: AARTS AARTS Operations Center
    415 McPherson Avenue
    Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-1373
    1-866-297-4427 (913) 684-3269
    FAX (913) 684-2011 or DSN 552-2011
    department of the navy united states of america NAVY/MARINE CORPS: SMART COMMANDING OFFICER
    Center for Personal and Professional Development ATTN: VOLED Detachment (Navy College Center)
    6490 Saufley Field Rd
    Pensacola, FL 32509-5204
    FAX TO: (850) 452-1281 or (850) 452-1051
    DSN FAX: 922-1281 or 922-1051; SMART Request Form
  • We encourage you to send a copy of your DD214 long form to the address above, or fax a copy to 828-262-3296. Depending on your needs, we can award up to six hours of "military science" credit and two hours of General Education Wellness Literacy credit.
  • Please direct any admission questions to Jayne Dowdy, military liaison in Admissions, at 828-262-2120 or

Military Dependent Applicants

Please apply as a freshman or transfer student, depending on your educational background. The information below will help you determine which category applies to you:

  • Freshman requirements: Freshman applicants are either currently attending or have graduated from high school. If graduated from high school, the student would not have completed any college-level coursework since high school graduation. Perspective freshmen are required to submit SAT or ACT scores, including the writing portion. Students at least 24 years old may be exempt from score requirements. Learn more.
  • Transfer requirements: Transfer applicants have graduated from high school and attended, or are currently enrolled in, a two- or four-year college, and wish to transfer in order to earn a bachelor's degree. Students can transfer with 30 transferable hours, if they met minimum course requirements in high school. If those requirements were not met, a specific set of classes will be required for transfer. Standardize test scores are not required. Learn more.

Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits

The Office of Student Financial Aid administers VA Education Benefits at Appalachian State University. It is our goal to assist you in receiving an exceptional education while attending Appalachian, and our VA coordinator will help you navigate the process. For more information, please visit Veterans/Military Education.


The North Carolina General Statutes provides a military tuition rate to qualified members of the U.S. armed forces and their qualified dependents that is less than the non-resident tuition rate. Applicants must meet the criteria established for qualification in order to be eligible. Learn more.

Student Involvement

student veterans of appalachian Student Veterans of Appalachian - Mountaineers who have served our nation honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States and now are serving as students and faculty of Appalachian.
transfer yosef Transfer Yosef (Facebook group) - A transfer student club designed to acclimate transfer students to the Appalachian campus.
appalachian army rotc Appalachian Army ROTC

Transfer Credit

The awarding of credit varies from college to college, depending on how similar the class curriculum at the respective college is to the curriculum at Appalachian. To determine if your college and or university classes will transfer, please use the transfer course search. If you don't find your course(s) on the transfer course search, that doesn't mean they don't transfer. Please contact Admissions if you have any questions about courses that are not listed on the course search.

Depending on your needs, we can award up to six hours of "military science" credit and two hours of General Education Wellness Literacy credit.

We also accept and review transfer credit from Army/American Council on Education and SMART transcripts, and will award any transferable credit to the student's record. We follow the recommendation for ACE for upper division level credit.

To learn more, visit the Office of Transfer Articulation.

Distance Education

Appalachian offers a wide variety of transfer distance education degree programs at the undergraduate level and both degree and certificate programs at the graduate level. Programs are offered at sites/locations across western North Carolina and online.

Please note that all of Appalachian's undergraduate distance education programs offer only the upper division coursework, so prospective applicants should insure that they have completed the required minimum lower division coursework at one or more regionally accredited institutions before seeking admission. Learn more.