Transfer Students

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Appalachian encourages students to consider completing a degree with us after starting their college career at another institution.  You are considered a transfer student if:

  • you graduated from high school at least one year prior to beginning at Appalachian AND
  • have completed or are in progress of completing at least 30 hours of transferable coursework at another accredited college/university

Please note that AP and IB credits do not count toward transferable hours of credit for admission purposes.  Credit for these courses is availble with appropriate scores.  Review placement requirements here. 

You are a freshmen applicant if you graduated from high school less than a year prior to your intended entry term to Appalachian. Early college students apply as freshmen and will receive transfer credit once a transcript evaluation has been completed.

How to Apply

A reviewable application includes the following items:

  • A completed online application.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $55.  Appalachian accepts the Official National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Application Fee Waiver.  Additional documentation is required; see page two of the fee waiver for Option 1 (only first page of SAR is required) or Option 2.
  • Official final high school transcript if you will be under the age of 21 at the time of your enrollment or have less than 30 hours of transferable credit.
  • SAT or ACT scores are also required if you will be under the age of 21 at the time of your enrollment or have less than 30 hours of transferable credit.
  • Official college transcript(s) with at least 30 hours of transferable credit and a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25
    • A “C” or better is required for all transfer coursework. Please note that any courses with a grade of “C-“ or below will not transfer.
    • Students with fewer than 30 hours of transferable credit will be reviewed based on their high school GPA, completion of the NC High School Minimum Course Requirements (if under the age of 21), college GPA if applicable, as well as SAT or ACT scores (if available) to make a decision.  If you feel this is applicable to you, we recommend you send us your official SAT or ACT scores and your Official High School transcript for consideration.

If applicable, you may be required to submit a "Criminal Background Check" as required by the UNC system which may delay the processing of your application.  Notifications will be available in your myAPP portal after you apply and you will also receive email notifications.  Your application may go to Conduct Review.

Official application materials can be submitted by the institution or counselor electronically to or mailed to the address below.

The Office of Admissions
Appalachian State University 
A.S.U. Box 32004
Boone, NC 28608-2004

When to Apply

Once your term is available in our online application we encourage you to start the application process.  Your application for admission will not be reviewed until all required documents have been received and a decision will not be made until we can see that you have at least 12 hours of transferable credit completed on your college transcript.  We have rolling admission, which means that we admit students until the class is full.  You will hear from us within 2-4 weeks after your application is complete.

Schedule a campus tour

Transfer Track Visit Sessions

Learn what its like to be an Appalachian transfer student--both in and outside the classroom. The one hour and a half campus visit includes information about the transfer admissions process and a walking tour of campus, led by an Student Ambassador and Transfer Student Mentor.

Please register now for one of our transfer track sessions!

Helpful Tools

The Office of Transfer Services website is a great resource for reviewing transferable credit at a variety of institutions and locating four-year guides for each major, which outlines how the major can be completed in a span of four years.  Go to the Prospective Student link and select the transfer senario that fits you best for step by step instructions on how to use the tools available.  If you are a community college student, be sure to review the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) guide, which includes community college courses guaranteed to transfer. These valuable resources help insure that the courses you take will benefit you if and when you enroll at Appalachian.

General Education requirements will be changing in fall of 2015. Be sure to review these revisions to see how your transfer credit may be affected.

Housing Options

On-campus housing options are limited for incoming transfer students and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, it is important that admitted transfer students who want to live on campus confirm their intent to enroll and complete the housing application as soon as possible. While, in certain cases, some transfer students may be required to live on campus, we advise all transfer students to have an off-campus housing option in case on-campus housing is unavailable.

Students are encouraged to use university resources such as in order to find trusted property management companies, rooms and subleases for rent, and roommate searches. You can also contact University Housing with any on-campus housing questions, including availability and transfer housing requirements.

There are several unique opportunities for transfer housing on campus, including a Residential Learning Community (RLC) just for incoming transfer students and the Transfer Educators RLC for students majoring in Education.  Both RLCs are first-come, first-served, and space remains limited.

Track Your Application Status


Once you have applied, login to MyAPP to track your application status and see if you are missing any items.


Additional Questions? Complete the following form to have your questions answered. Transfer Admission Inquiry Form