Transfer Students

Apply onlineAppalachian considers you to be a transfer student if you graduated from high school at least one year prior to beginning at Appalachian, and if you meet the following criteria:

  • Completed or in progress of completing 30 or more semester hours of transferable coursework at another accredited college/university if minimum course requirements for North Carolina were met in high school.
  • Must have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all college work (as computed by Appalachian).

Freshmen are those who have less than 15 hours of college credit, or if you graduated from high school less than a year prior to your intended entry term.

Transfer Track Sessions

Transfer Track sessions are campus tours designed specifically for transfer students who are considering Appalachian. They are held once a month through fall and spring and select times during the summer. The sessions include workshops with representatives from Admissions, the Office of Transfer Articulation, and Academic Advising. In addition, all visits will include a transfer student panel to allow prospective transfer students to “get a taste of life of a transfer student” at Appalachian.

Summer Transfer Track Sessions

Transferring In

  • 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. 
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 (as calculated by Appalachian) is required to be considered for admission. Due to increased interest, transfer applicants may be subject to a more competitive academic review.
  • GED diplomas do not meet minimum course requirements (MCR's). Adult High School Diplomas may meet minimum course requirements (MCR's) and transcripts for these diplomas are reviewed on a case by case basis.  

Students who meet Minimum Course Requirements

Transfer students who meet Minimum Course Requirments (MCRs) will need 30 semester hours of transferable college credits. Technical, developmental and orientation courses are usually not transferable. You must be in progress of meeting 30 hours, with 12 hours of coursework completed and a transcript for those courses on file.

Students who do not meet Minimum Course Requirements and are under age 24

Transfer students who do not meet MCRs and are under the age of 24 must complete either Option A or B below at an accredited institution. The completion and award of the applicable degree or 44-hour core diploma must be indicated on the official community college transcript in order to be recognized by Appalachian.

  • Option A - Complete an Associate in Arts*, Associate in Science*, Associate in Fine Arts, or Baccalaureate degree
  • Option B - Complete the Transfer Core Diploma (44-hour core) at a NC Community College* or complete 6 semester hours in each of the following college-level areas: English, math, science, foreign language and social sciences.

*Please communicate closely with your advisor at your community college if you intend to complete the Transfer (44 hour) Core Diploma or the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science. Each community college has their own unique requirements for graduation.

Students who are 24 years of age or older

Students who are at least 24 years old are exempt from meeting minimum course requirements and are reviewed on a case by case basis. Please contact your Admission Counselor for more information.

How to Apply

A complete application includes the following items:

  • A completed online application.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $55.
  • Official copy of high school transcripts that includes grades 9 - 12.
  • Official college transcripts submitted directly to Appalachian from each previously attended institution.

You may be asked to submit a "Criminal Background Check" as required by the UNC system. This can take additional time to process. Your application may go to Conduct Review if applicable. 

Official high school and college transcripts should be mailed to:

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

When to Apply

Transfer students are encouraged to apply early; at least six months before the fall semester begins and as soon as possible after the application opens for spring semester in September. The time to apply is dependent upon the number of credit hours that are completed and available for review, along with the term entry. Applications are typically processed within four to six weeks of the application becoming complete. Applicants will be notified in writing of their admissions decision. Appalachian continues to accept applications on a rolling basis until the class is filled. 

Fall Admission Earliest Time to Apply
Students with at least 12 hours of completed credit Apply as early as August for the following fall
Students who will have transferable credit by the end of fall Apply as early as December for the following fall
Spring Admission Earliest Time to Apply
Students with at least 12 hours of completed credit Apply in August for the following spring

Housing Options

On-campus housing opportunities are limited for incoming transfer students.  Housing assignments are based on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, it is important that transfer students apply, commit, and complete the housing application as soon as possible. All students should have an off-campus back-up plan in case on-campus housing is unavailable.

Students are encouraged to use university resources such as offcampushousing.appstate.edu in order to find trusted property management companies, rooms and subleases for rent, and roommate searches.

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

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