Non-degree seeking students are individuals who do not plan to receive a degree from Appalachian. The coursework cannot be used for admission to undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Applicants who are not accepted as a degree-seeking first-year, transfer or graduate students are not eligible for non-degree status. Non-degree students may take a maximum of 18 hours each semester. Because this classification is designed for students taking courses purely for their edification, academic advisors are not assigned.
Any students who wish to take courses at Appalachian concurrently with their high school courses must also submit additional approvals from your high school administrator, the faculty member teaching the course and from your parent/guardian at the time of their application.
Non-degree applicants can apply to Appalachian via the non-degree application. After submitting an application, applicants will receive an email with login information for the MyMountaineer portal during the next business day. Non-degree applicants are accepted on a space-available basis so are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
If interested in taking a course that requires a pre-requisite, allow adequate time for a decision to be processed and course registration to be available. If the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day.
If you would like to take graduate-level courses, but not complete a full graduate degree or graduate certificate program, please visit our Graduate Non-Degree Seeking website.
New to Appalachian
- complete the application
- pay a non-refundable application fee of $65
- submit an official copy of your high school transcript (if you are unable to provide an official high school transcript, an official transcript from another college/university is acceptable)
- complete conduct review (if selected)
Submit an electronic official transcript to email@example.com or you can send physical official copies to ASU Box 32004 Boone, NC 28608.
Returning to Appalachian
- complete Application for Readmission
Senior citizen (ages 65+) tuition benefit waiver
Effective fall 2017, the General Assembly authorized the Board of Governors to enact legislation permitting those who have attained 65 years of age or older and who meet applicable admission standards to audit courses tuition-free on a space available basis. Learn more.
- Students wishing to gain a teaching licensure should contact the Appalachian Transition to Teaching Program.
- Many courses require departmental permission and/or pre-requisites and as such you may also be required to provide transcripts, course descriptions, and/or syllabi to the department. You are eligible to register if there is space available, and it is your responsibility to submit a transcript to the Dean’s office prior to your registration.
- Keep in mind that when you apply close to the start of the term, you may not have time to submit the pre-req documentation. Please allow adequate time for a decision to be processed and course registration to be available. If the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day.
- If you are currently enrolled in high school, you must provide the appropriate permissions from the high school counselor, a parent/guardian, AND faculty member from course(s) for which you seek to register.
- If you are seeking joint enrollment, you must provide approval to attend Appalachian and proof of good standing in writing from your home institution.
- Feel free to contact an admissions counselor if you have questions.
To learn more about courses offered at Appalachian, review our course catalog for a comprehensive list with descriptions.
Next Steps for Admitted Non-Degree Seeking Students
- Establish App State credentials using the assigned student ID and username
- Register for courses during the assigned registration window through AppalNet. This step-by-step instructions guide will show you how to begin searching for classes.
- Students are eligible to register if there is space available in the course.
- If the course has a prerequisite, it is the student's responsibility to submit a transcript to the Dean's Office to gain approval to register for the course. Keep in mind that students who apply close to the start of the term may not have time to submit the prerequisite documentation.
- Students can register for a maximum of 18 credit hours each term.
After registration, billing notifications will be available in the AppalNet portal.
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.