First-year Student

Are you ready to be a Mountaineer? We can't wait to learn more about you, your goals and how App State can help get you there.

You are considered a first-year student if you are a high school senior, in early college, or haven't attended college since graduating high school.


  • November 1 – early action (submit all supporting materials by Nov. 15; decision by Jan. 25)
  • February 1 – regular decision (submit all supporting materials by Feb. 15; decision by March 15)

Application Requirements

We want to learn about who you are, what you are passionate about and how App State can help make your ambitions a reality.

  1. Complete an application (apply using the Common Application)
  2. Provide your official high school transcript(s)
  3. Provide your official or unofficial college transcript(s) for any completed college coursework*
  4. Submit $65 application fee (or approved fee waiver)
  5. Submit official or self-reported SAT (school code: 5010) or ACT (school code: 3062) scores (or apply with a test waiver)
  6. Complete your FAFSA (application opens Oct. 1; school code: 002906)

*Official transcripts sent directly from the institution to App State and unofficial transcripts or student copies are accepted. If you are unable to get a copy of your transcripts, a screenshot may be accepted that includes: student name, school name, grades, gpa, and term. College courses listed on your high school transcript will not be accepted.

Recommended Materials

In addition to your application, you have the opportunity to provide an interest statement and list of activities to help us get to know you beyond your grades. Submit these materials in the Common Application or your MyMountaineer Portal.

  • Interest Statement
  • List of Activities

Additional Action Items

The following items may be requested by the Office of Admissions once your application is submitted.

Other ways to become a Mountaineer

Bridge to Appalachian

Bridge to Appalachian is an invitation only, one-year pathway for students who were denied admissions as a first-year student and enroll at a North Carolina community college before they complete their degree at App State.

Aspire Appalachian

Aspire Appalachian is a seamless two-year pathway for students enrolled at partner community colleges to complete their degree at App State.

GEAR UP Guarantee

GEAR UP is a guaranteed admissions program for students currently attending a GEAR UP high school. To qualify, students must meet the admission requirements and application deadlines. Learn more today!



Each year, App State awards more than $4 million to students based on need and academic achievement and enrolls hundreds of students into Selective Academic Programs. Scholarships are available to new, transfer and returning students and provide varying awards ranging from partial to full institutional costs.

  • November 1: Submit an application for admission
  • November 15: Submit an application for signature scholarships and selective academic programs in your MyMountaineer Portal

The scholarship application is now open to 2022 applicants!

Options for Submitting Materials

MyMountaineer Portal

All applicants will have access to the MyMountaineer Portal once your application is submitted. This is where you will receive information regarding your application, including any missing application materials and your admission decision.



The Office of Admissions
Appalachian State University
PO Box 32004
Boone, NC 28608-2004

Early College Graduates

Graduates from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools have an important decision to make when seeking admission to App State. According to House Bill 97 Section 11.16. (a) “any student who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for admission to the constituent institution has the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student.” You can see if your early college qualifies by reviewing the list of Cooperative Innovative High School Programs (PDF).

If you meet the criteria listed above, please consider the following information when selecting which applicant status you would like to be evaluated for in the admissions process.

Important Note: Cooperative Innovative Graduates will still be submitting a first-year application, but will be given a prompt in their MyMountaineer Portal to select how they would prefer to be evaluated either with (first-year) or without (transfer) minimum admission requirements.

  • First-year criteria includes an evaluation of all high school coursework, test scores (if applicable), as well as your college coursework. We will weigh both as we make an admission decision.
  • Transfer criteria includes an evaluation of all college coursework; however, we still require applicants to submit high school transcripts and test scores (if applicable).
  • Regardless of what criteria you select, you will still be bound by the freshman residency requirements as well as be required to attend all freshman orientation activities.

If you have any questions about which applicant status to select, please call our office at 828-262-2120 before submitting your application.