It may take up to one week after submitting your application for your MyMountaineer portal to become available.
Your MyApp portal/MyMountaineer portal is used to track the status of your application once you submit an application. You can view what documents are missing, what has been received, view your test scores and submit your résumé and/or essay and interest statement to be evaluated holistically.
Your admission counselor is your personal contact at Appalachian throughout your college search and application process. Contact your counselor if you have any questions about Appalachian or how to apply.
At this time, Admissions doesn't coordinate meetings with academic departments. We recommend coming to events that include departmental visits like Open House. Otherwise, to schedule a visit with an academic department, you will need to contact the department directly. You can view our directory of majors for contact information.
Unfortunately, we currently do not have the capacity to grant discounts for children of alumni, faculty or staff of Appalachian.
Students admitted to Appalachian may request an admission deferral of up to one year (fall to fall, spring to spring, etc.) should they wish to pursue enriching experiences outside of postsecondary education before enrolling at Appalachian. Requests should be submitted in writing to your admission counselor for review and approval. If the defer is approved, you are required to submit an application for the appropriate future term for re-processing.
Yes, Appalachian accepts applications for the spring semester for first-year and transfer students.
You can receive credit for AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge International and college courses. In order to receive credit, you must take the exam and have your scores sent to Appalachian. Your score on the exam will determine if you are awarded credit for the course. You can view our AP, IB, CLEP, and Cambridge Interantional policy to determine the score that you need to have to be awarded credit.
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.
We do not participate in free college application week, however, we do accept fee waivers for certain circumstances.
One calendar year means 365 days beyond the last day of class in the last semester in which a student receives grades for a course at Appalachian. For example, a student who is last enrolled in the spring semester won't be eligible to apply for re-entry on one year forgiveness until the summer term of the following year.
Application and admission questions
In North Carolina, we are approved to accept the HiSET and GED exams. Beyond these exams, however, you must still meet UNC Minimum Course Requirements (either from partial high school transcripts or college courses). You are exempt from UNC MCRs if you are at least 21 years of age or have 30 transferable college hours.
University of North Carolina System policy requires prospective students to disclose if they were found responsible for academic or behavioral misconduct at any educational institution. The same policy requires that we consider this information during the admissions process. Prospective students are offered the opportunity to explain the circumstances and reflect on lessons learned from such experiences. We carefully consider the information in every student’s application. It is important to note that Appalachian values civic engagement and will not reject the applications of students solely on the basis of disciplinary action resulting from peacefully exercising their rights under the First Amendment.
We have three rounds of admission deadlines for freshmen in the fall. These deadlines are November 15, February 1 and March 15. Admission for spring semesters and for transfer students in the fall is offered on a rolling basis until the class is full. We recommend applying as early as possible for best likelihood of admission.
If you've attempted college coursework after you graduated from high school or if you have military services, you'll apply as a transfer student. Otherwise, you'll apply as a first-year student. Early college students apply as first-year students and will receive transfer credit once a transcript evaluation has been completed.
You can update your social security number in your MyMountaineer portal.
SAT Code: 5010, ACT Code: 3062
We do not require or recommend the submission of letters of recommendation for the admission application.
Yes, Appalachian calculates a new total ACT or total SAT based on the highest section scores or subscores from each exam. With the SAT, old SAT section scores are concorded individually before superscoring. The College Board provides a tool for converting section scores.
Admission to Appalachian is competitive, so there isn't one GPA or test score that will guarantee admission. Our profile fluctuates slightly each year – see our Admissions Process page for our most recent profile. Transfer students with at least 30 hours should have at least a 2.25 college GPA.
No difference here. Although, because we don't have any history with your school, we strongly recommend you submit a résumé, essay and interest statement to give us the most information about you.
Our most recent acceptance rate is 64%.
While we will accept your application materials at any time in any order, we encourage you to submit your application first.
Be sure to check your portal often.
All application materials can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the address following address: Appalachian State University, Office of Admissions, Appalachian Box 32004 Boone, NC 28608. If mailing application materials via FedEx, UPS, or another shipping service, please mail to: Appalachian State University, Office of Admissions, 287 Rivers Street, RM 165, Boone, NC 28608.
We will update your MyMountaineer portal with your decision.
These documents are only required if you are under 21 and have less than 30 transferable hours by the time you intend to enroll at Appalachian. If you are unsure how many of your hours will transfer, please go ahead and submit these items.
The minimum scores are 75 for TOEFL and 5.5 for IELTS.
You should apply as a non-degree seeking student and have letters or emails of permission from a parent, professor of the course you wish to take, and your high school guidance counselor or principal sent to our office.
To secure a position at Appalachian after being accepted, all students must make an advanced non-refundable payment of $200. As a courtesy, we ask that you submit the advanced non-refundable payment only if Appalachian is your school of choice for enrollment.
Accept – Offered a space (for a particular term) to become a student at Appalachian. Student must continue to meet eligibility requirements as presented by the Office of Admissions.
Spring offer – Unfortunately, we don't have enough room for every qualified student to start as a Mountaineer in the fall. Due to this, we offer a few spots for students who apply for fall to start their career as a Mountaineer in the spring. For more information, please see our FAQs.
Deny – Not eligible for admission to Appalachian at this time. Students are encouraged to attend or continue attending another accredited institution and apply for a later term. Contact your admission counselor for more information.
Rescind – Administrative withdrawal of an applicant who, as determined by the Office of Admissions, does not continue to meet eligibility requirements or standards.
Simultaneous enrollment at a high school and an appropriately accredited college or university.
An admission decision program that allows for a student's application to be considered when all of the required credentials have been submitted. Applicants are notified of admissions continuously throughout the enrollment period. Completed applications usually take four to six weeks to process. Appalachian only reviews transfer applicants and spring applicants through the rolling admissions process.
You can use our Transfer Equivalency Course Search to determine if your coursework will transfer to Appalachian. Though all of your coursework will be used in the consideration of your application for admission, only courses with a grade of "C" or better will transfer to Appalachian.
You will need to have at least 30 credit hours of transferable coursework and at least 12 of those hours graded and on a transcript for admission review. You can be in progress of the remaining credits.
See the answer to this question in the Military section.
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 classes will transfer, please see the Transfer Equivalency Course Search. Please contact the Office of Transfer Services if you have any questions about courses that are not listed on the equivalency search.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents, as well as holders of certain VISA types (e.g. H-4) may apply for North Carolina residency. F-1 student VISA holders do not qualify for North Carolina residency. For more information, please visit the Residency page.
Appropriate tuition charges are determined centrally by North Carolina's Residency Determination Service (RDS) and rest upon whether a student is or is not a resident for tuition purposes. Special rates are available for active-duty military and veterans. See an overview of this process on the Residency page.
If you are active duty at the time of applying, we will waive your application fee with the receipt of your Leave Earnings Statement. If you are not active duty, we will require a $65 processing fee that can be paid online with a credit card near the end of the online application. You may also send a check or money order (please include your full name and date of birth) to the Office of Admissions.
You can call toll free 1-888-442-4551 (1-888 GIBILL1) 24 hours a day and seven days a week. This automated system provides a wide array of information about VA educational benefits including details about individual accounts. You can also go to the GI Bill website.
Yes, with the submission of your Joint Services transcript (JST), which is required as part of your application, we will award up to eight hours of military elective credit, two of which can be applied toward PE credit. Credit may be awarded optionally, depending on whether it benefits the student. We will also review other credit on your JST to see if additional credit may be awarded.
Appalachian does not currently participate in the program, but there are a variety of benefits available for military members and their dependents and or spouses. For more information, please see the Financial Aid Veterans/Military Education page.
NC provides a military tuition rate to qualified service 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 (PDF, 96KB)
Spring offer questions: I applied for fall but was offered a place in the following spring class.
Students admitted for the spring term will attend an Orientation session in January 2019. Registration will open in November, and dates for spring 2019 are available here.
Students initially offered spring admission who are later admitted for summer/fall will attend an Orientation session over the summer. If your desired Orientation date is no longer available, don't panic! We guarantee spaces during the August Orientation session. Regardless of your Orientation session, as soon as you complete early registration advising (ERA), you will be able to register for your first semester courses.
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Unfortunately, we don't have enough room for every qualified student to start as a Mountaineer in the fall. Due to this, we offer a few spots for students to start their career as a Mountaineer in the spring. You have until August 1 to commit via the reply form and must pay your $200 deposit before September 15. Not meeting any of these deadlines will result in the withdrawal of your application. Admission to the spring class is competitive and new applications will be considered accordingly. Guidance and next steps like transfer credit guidance, orientation, and enrollment steps will be available by May 1 for student who have accepted the offer of admission.
Yes. Any student who applies for fall and is offered spring admission who does not withdraw their application will continue to be reviewed for fall admission if space becomes available. All students offered spring admission will receive a final notification about fall availability electronically and via mail by the end of May. Students offered positions for the fall will have until May 1 or one calendar week, whichever is longer, to accept the offer. In the last few years, anywhere from 10-20% of students in this situation were offered places in the fall class.
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Yes. Accepting your spring offer means you intend to enroll for the spring semester, and you will also continue to be considered for fall if space becomes available.
No. Submitting any new information (transcripts with any updated grades, new test scores, or a résumé and essays if not previously submitted) can improve your chance of being admitted for fall if space becomes available.
You can attend any institution that you'd like as degree-seeking or non-degree seeking. If you do enroll, however, you should maintain at least a 2.0 GPA or your enrollment at Appalachian in the spring could be affected. Our Office of Transfer Services is available for questions that you have about how coursework at another institution will affect your degree plan at Appalachian. Here is some general guidance on enrolling at another institution.
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On-campus housing for first-year students as well as any student who begins coursework at Appalachian within one year of graduating from high school is required and guaranteed. New incoming students are not able to submit residence hall preferences.
For spring, roommate preferences are not available. If you graduated more than one year prior to your beginning coursework at Appalachian, you are not required to live on campus.
Those admitted for fall: all roommate preferences must be submitted via the housing application by June 1.
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Your financial aid package often depends on the date that you submit your FAFSA and has little to do with the date that you are admitted. Please contact our Office of Student Financial Aid for further questions.
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Unfortunately, you are no longer being considered for institutional scholarships but may still qualify for financial aid via completing the FAFSA. At times, we do have scholarships available to students beginning in the spring term and will notify you if any of these become available for application.
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Cost and aid questions
Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, tuition rates at all UNC institutions will be fixed for eight consecutive semesters for all resident bachelor’s degree-seeking freshmen. Tuition rates for other currently enrolled resident undergraduates and eligible transfer students will be fixed for an appropriate number of consecutive semesters. Learn more.
Typically no, but a few of Appalachian's scholarship programs do waive out-of-state tuition.
Appalachian is known for its affordability. We encourage you to apply for financial aid as early as possible to see what state and federal financial aid is available to you.
Anyone who is not related to you that can speak to your special gifts and qualities that would make you a great fit at Appalachian. Teachers, coaches, employers, church or community leaders make great recommenders.
A unit of measurement used in determining the quantity of work in an academic course. Each credit hour is roughly equivalent to one hour of class time per week.