The Admission Process


Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Office of Admissions furthers this mission by recruiting, admitting and enrolling a diverse and competitive body of undergraduate students whose experiences and talents benefit the Appalachian community. As the front door to Appalachian, our leadership in service and collaboration with campus partners sets the tone for the unique experience awaiting future Mountaineers.

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Holistic review

At Appalachian, you are more than the sum of your GPA and test scores – we want to learn about who you are, what you are passionate about and what you can contribute to the Appalachian Community.

Submitting your résumé and personal statements gives us this opportunity. Although not required, we encourage all first-year applicants to submit these to improve chances of admission.

The middle 50%

The GPA/test score ranges of the middle 50% of first-year admits:

  • Weighted GPA: 3.94–4.48
  • SAT (old – critical reading and math only): 1040–1220 
  • SAT (new – evidence-based reading and writing and math): 1120–1290
  • ACT (composite): 23–28

The cumulative GPA range of admitted transfer students: 2.70–3.50

Minimum requirements

All state institutions in North Carolina have minimum course requirements and admission requirements as established by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Students under the age of 21 with less than 30 transferable hours must have taken the following courses and meet UNC System minimum admission requirements. Students graduating from a NC Cooperative Innovative or Early College High School with a completed associates degree may be exempt from these requirements. For questions regarding waivers of any of these requirements, please contact your admissions counselor.

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • Four English courses;
  • Four mathematics courses, including Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, a higher level mathematics course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite; or any one of the following courses: AP Calculus, AP Statistics, Pre-Calculus (formerly Advanced Math), Discrete Mathematics, IB Mathematics Level II, Integrated Mathematics IV and Advanced Functions and Modeling. See a list of approved high school and community college courses that fulfill the fourth math requirement;
  • Three science courses, including at least one in a life or biological science (biology); at least one course in a physical science (physical science, chemistry, physics) and at least one laboratory course;
  • Two courses in social studies including one in US history; and
  • Two units of a second language

College timeline

It's never too early to plan for college. Here’s a timeline to help you get started.

  • students at Appalachian have a rich collection of coursework, find out which courses we recommend and talk with your guidance counselor
  • test scores are an important part of your college application, start practicing for college entrance exams now at Khan Academy or
  • one of the most intriguing aspects of Appalachian is the diversity of campus life so make time for extracurricular interests such as dance, community service, technology, music, sports or other clubs
  • explore majors
  • take a virtual tour of Appalachian!
  • admission counselors at Appalachian are super helpful, connect with yours now!
  • research our scholarships and talk with your guidance counselor about local scholarships
  • take the PSAT in October – Appalachian is home to many National Merit Scholars-
  • meet a representative of Appalachian at a college fair or financial aid workshop near you
  • Appalachian is a beautiful and friendly place – schedule a visit to see for yourself at
  • take the SAT and/or the ACT in the spring to see how you might line up to Appalachian’s academic profile
  • look up application and scholarship deadlines and requirements
  • take the SAT or ACT again – nearly all students at Appalachian take these more than once
  • talk to your family about completing the FAFSA– most Appalachian students receive financial aid
  • submit your Appalachian application for admission at starting in August!-
  • begin admission and scholarship essays early to allow time for proofing
  • request letters of recommendation for scholarships early
  • complete the FAFSA as early as October
  • plan for spring event dates at Appalachian
  • update Appalachian with any changes to your coursework and keep your grades up
  • discuss your financial aid package with family and Appalachian’s financial aid staff
  • once admitted, submit your enrollment deposit acceptance agreement!
  • make sure that Appalachian has received your latest official high school and college transcripts
  • log in to student status page to follow your next steps as a Mountaineer!

To learn about transferring from a four-year or community college, view the information for transfer students.

Find your counselor

Each North Carolina county and out-of-state region has an admission counselor dedicated to mentoring applicants through the admission process. Find your counselor today!

High school & community college counselors

Check out our counselor resources on our list of frequently asked questions and our forms.

AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge International & college courses

Not only can taking Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB),  The Cambridge International A-AS level exams and dual enrollment courses give you college credit, they can make you more competitive for admission! Appalachian also awards credit for many College Level Entrance Program (CLEP) exams. Find out more about the credit that we offer for these exams and what college courses typically transfer to Appalachian.

The Cambridge International A-AS level exams now count as transfer credit for many courses at Appalachian. Students entering with this coursework will be articulated in the same way as AP and IB scores are considered. The Cambridge curriculum, similar in concept to the IB curriculum, is offered in many high schools throughout the country as well as internationally. Learn more about the curriculum and course offerings.

Learn about unique opportunities


Explore opportunities available to incoming Appalachian students like Student Support Services through our Learning Assistance Program.

Frequently asked questions

Have a question? Check out our list of frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answer there, feel free to contact our office to speak with an admission counselor.