First-year Student

Are you ready to be a Mountaineer? The App State Experience — whether it's in Boone, Hickory or online — creates opportunities that last a lifetime. Your future starts at App State. Take the step to become a Mountaineer.

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)

App State will continue to accept applications for the Hickory campus as long as space is still available.

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 in Dec.; 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 an average of $25 million to students based on need, as well as academic and athletic 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 additional prompt(s) in your MyMountaineer Portal for the Chancellor Scholarship (and admission to the Honors College), Beaver College of Health Sciences Scholarships and Reich College of Education Scholarships.

The Hickory First Scholarship is a one-time scholarship that will be given to the first 500 students enrolled at the Hickory campus. This $2,000 award can be used to offset tuition and fees. No scholarship application is required.

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

Graduates of Cooperative Innovative High Schools (Early College)

Graduates of Cooperative Innovative High Schools (Early College)

Graduates from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools will submit a first-year application, but will have a choice in how their application is reviewed. Learn more about our policy.