Transfer Student


Transferring to App State  is a chance to discover what community means. Community is at the forefront of the App State experience, and we love to get you involved both socially and academically! No matter where you are in the transfer process, we are here to help! Learn more about App State and when you are ready to apply, check out the application requirements below.

2021-22 Transfer Viewbook

How to apply

Transfer applicants can apply to App State via the transfer application. This application is for students who have never attended App State previously. After submitting an application, applicants will receive an email with login information for the MyMountaineer portal during the next business day.

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Suggested Transfer Deadlines

Transfer decisions release on a rolling basis. Below are just suggested dates to apply:

  • Spring - October 15
  • Summer/Fall - February 1

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Join us for a Virtual Transfer Experience to get you on the right track for admission. Transferring to Appalachian is a chance to discover what community means. Community is at the forefront of the Appalachian experience, and we love to get you involved both socially and academically!

No matter where you are in the transfer process, we are here to help! Sign-up for a one-on-one with our transfer team!

Transfer types

You are a traditional transfer applicant if you have have attempted any college coursework the term following graduation or joined the military after graduating high school. Learn more about applying to Appalachian as a transfer student.

You are a military student if you are active duty, national guard, reservist, veteran or retired. All proceed through the same admission process as transfer students, but may need to submit additional documents. Learn more about applying as a military student or dependent at Appalachian.

You are an international student if you are interested in applying to Appalachian and you require a visa to study in the United States. Learn more about applying as an international student.

You are second-degree tranfer student if you have already earned an undergraduate degree from another accredited institution. If you have previously earned credit at Appalachian, you will need to apply for readmission.

Required for a complete application

  • A complete online application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $65 (USD) – Appalachian accepts Official Application Fee Waivers from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
  • Official college transcripts*
  • Official final high school/secondary school transcript (Required if you have fewer than 24 hours of transferable coursework by the time you want to attend –in progress courses count.)
  • Official test scores (Required if you have fewer than 24 hours of transferable coursework by the time you want to attend–in progress courses count.) Note: Military students with 3 years of active duty and anyone at least 23 years of age are not required to submit ACT/SAT scores.
  • Additional information if requested, upon submission of your application, by the Office of Admissions (This may include submitting a Criminal Background Check and Conduct Review as required by the UNC System.)
  • All applicants claiming to be a resident of North Carolina must request a residency determination through the Residency Determination Service (RDS)

Appalachian neither requires nor recommends letters of recommendation for admission.

*Transcripts are required from each institution at which you have attempted credit. You should continue to send updated transcripts as grades are posted at the end of semesters to keep us up-to-date on transferable coursework.

Planning to transfer

  • Applicants that have at least 24 hours of transferable credit must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25 in all attempted coursework.
  • Applicants with fewer than 24 hours of transferable credit will be reviewed based on competitive high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores, and all attempted college coursework. NC High School Minimum Course Requirements apply if under the age of 21.

Meeting these minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission as admission is only granted until the class is full each year. Additionally, applicants must have earned a C or better in coursework in addition to other requirements for it to be considered transferable.

We understand that the 2020 academic year has brought about unforeseen challenges for all students. As many institutions implement alternative grading options for 2020, below is some additional guidance on how this coursework will be evaluated for students who transfer 2020 credit. This information should be used to help you determine how alternative grading options may impact your admission to the University as well as specific academic majors.  

Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Policy 

Whether you are a  prospective main campus transfers coming from community colleges, four-year institutions, or the military, schedule an info session to learn more about App State! During the different sessions, you will have the opportunity to connect with a counselor and a Transfer Student Mentor.

All transfer guides are examples of how a degree can be completed in four years. Individual guides will be developed for each student in consultation with the academic advisor. Prior credit, course availability, and student needs must be considered in developing the individual guide.

You can look up courses in the course equivalencies database. This information is not comprehensive, however. As new institutions and courses are evaluated, the information will be added to this system. Your official articulation of transfer credit will be evaluated upon admission to Appalachian. If you are a community college student, be sure to review the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) guide, which includes community college courses guaranteed to transfer.  Additionally, you can review our credit by exam policies, if applicable.

On-campus housing is required for students that graduated from high school less than one year prior to enrolling. Housing for transfer students who are not required to live on campus is limited. On-campus housing assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve and space-available basis. Transfer students who wish to live on campus are encouraged to apply as early as possible, and are also encouraged to visit to browse local rental properties.

The application deadline is March 1 for the fall term. Learn more and apply!

Resources and involvement

Transfer Admissions & Engagement is a great resource for any student thinking about transferring to Appalachian State University. Contact them with any questions or concerns about credit hours, on-campus programs and housing.

Transfer Pre-Orientation Program is a day of activities designed to help newly admitted Appalachian transfer students find the answers to all of their questions and prepare for their upcoming Orientation session. A typical day involves sessions on financial aid, transfer of credit, advising and involvement in campus life. Transfer Admissions & Engagement also has a Q&A session with the transfer student mentors and a tour of the campus.

Aspire Appalachian is a seamless pathway for students enrolled at partner community colleges to complete their degree at Appalachian. Students participating will receive dedicated advising assistance from both your community college and Appalachian, Aspire programming and newsletters, and special events.

Appalachian offers transfer students a 248 bed residence hall exclusively for our transfer population where students are surrounded by other transfer students from a range of institutions around the country who will live and experience their new environment together through expanded programming.

Appalachian has more than 400 clubs and organizations to get involved with. Take an opportunity and explore what interests you!

Learn more and check out these groups especially for transfer students:
Transfer Student Organization
Tau Sigma Transfer Honor Society

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities documenting the transfer policies for a specific academic program or degree in general. Check out the agreements with Appalachian to see if this path is right for you! 

Articulation Agreements 

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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.