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.

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. 

  • Must have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all college work (as computed by Appalachian), but a 2.25 is needed to be competitive for admission. 

Please note that admission can be competitive, and although the University requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, the middle 50% of admitted transfer applicants have a cumulative transfer GPA (as calculated by Appalachian's Office of Admissions) of 2.7-3.5. 

You are a freshmen applicant if you 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. Early college students apply as freshmen and will receive transfer credit once a transcript evaluation has been completed.

Transfer Track Visit Sessions

Transfer Track sessions are campus tours designed specifically for transfer students who are considering Appalachian. The sessions include workshops with representatives from Admissions, the Office of Transfer Services, and Academic Advising. These sessions are designed to allow prospective transfer students to “get a taste of life of a transfer student” at Appalachian.

Please register now for one of our spring 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 instuctions on how to use the tools available.  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.

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.
  • High School Equivalency 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 21

Transfer students who do not meet MCRs and are under the age of 21 must complete at least 30 transferable hours of credit with a grade of "C" or better and a cumulative transfer GPA of a 2.25 in order to be considered for admission.

Students who are 21 years of age or older

Students who are at least 21 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

After you have earned a full semester of college credit, you may submit an application.  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.  Remember to apply early for the best chance of admission.

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 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.


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