First-year applicants can apply to Appalachian via the Common Application. After submitting an application, applicants will receive an email with login information for the MyMountaineer portal within 24 hours.
Transfer applicants can apply to Appalachian via the transfer 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 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.
Transfer suggested application dates
Transfer students are encouraged to apply before the suggested dates above to have the best chance for admission as well as numerous housing and scholarship opportunities. All transfer applicants are reviewed and receive decisions on a rolling basis, which means that applicants are reviewed and decisioned until the incoming class is full. It is recommended that transfer students complete applications for admission as early as possible. Transfer admission decisions are typically released within two to four weeks after completing the application.
Transfer applications are only reviewed when all required documents have been received. Students should send transcripts of completed credit and information on courses in progress via the MyMountaineer portal. Admitted students must remain in good standing at their institution to maintain eligibility for admission.
For the next summer or fall term.
For the next spring term.
Checking your application status
Your MyMountaineer portal is where students you'll receive information regarding your application, including missing application materials and an admission decision, and where admitted students will also confirm their enrollment and complete enrollment steps (registering for orientation, housing, classes, etc.).
Required of all applicants for a complete application
- A complete online application
- A non-refundable application fee of $65 (USD) – Appalachian accepts Official Application Fee Waivers from the College Board, ACT and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
- Official high school/secondary school transcript (transfer students, see information below)
- Official test scores (transfer and international students, see information below)
- Official college transcripts
- 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.
First-year applicants haven't taken college courses after graduating high school or early/middle college.
Reading and math without the writing. The writing portion is neither required nor recommended at Appalachian. The Appalachian State University SAT code is: 5010.
Composite. The writing portion is neither required nor recommended at Appalachian. The Appalachian State University ACT code is: 3062.
A transcript for any and all completed college coursework is required. Transcripts for coursework in progress are not required although a listing of courses in progress may be required – please review your checklist to see if you have this specific requirement.
All students applying to Appalachian that have earned or will earn an Associates of Science or Arts degree (AA/AS) upon graduating from a North Carolina cooperative innovative high school (also known as early or middle college) have the choice to be considered exempt from UNC Minimum Admission Requirements (MARs) like a transfer student is evaluated for admission. During your application, you will be asked if you plan on having an AA/AS upon your high school graduation.
If you respond yes to this question, we'll follow up in a few days with an email where you can indicate that you want to be exempt from UNC MARs. This email will explain the consequences of your choice to be considered exempt from UNC MARs or to be evaluated with UNC MARs. There are no consequences to selecting either option with respect to housing options, scholarship eligibility, or any other aspects of your college experience. Please note that you will be asked to submit test scores (ACT/SAT) for course placement purposes or scholarship eligibility, even if these are not used to evaluate you for admission.
Recommended for first-year applicants
List of activities
Your list of activities should include work and volunteer experience, as well as any extracurricular involvement. This can include things like athletics, clubs, arts and other extracurricular activities. You will have the ability to submit your list of activities in the Common App or your MyMountaineer portal.
Your interest statement gives us the ability to get to know you beyond your grades and test scores. Responses are an important factor in distinguishing admissible candidates within the applicant pool. You will have the ability to submit your interest statement in the Common App or your MyMountaineer portal.
Hard copies and documents sent via email are not accepted.
The deadline for fall applicants is November 15. Learn more about scholarships.
How to apply for scholarships
To apply for scholarships, you will need to log in or create a MyMountaineer portal to start your scholarships application. Please be sure to use the same email address for your MyMountaineer login that you use for your admission application. Once you are in your MyMountaineer portal, you will select "Start New Application" and choose "First-Year Academic & Merit Scholarship Opportunities (2019)."
Required by November 15 for scholarship application:
- Complete application for admission
- Two letters of recommendation
- List of activities (see guidance)
- Essays (The number of essays depends on which program you choose to apply for.)
Keep an eye on your email and your MyMountaineer portal for more information.
Transfer & military applicants
Transfer applicants have attempted any college coursework or joined the military after graduating high school.
Official copies of these are required if you have fewer than 30 hours of transferable coursework earned or in progress at the time of your application.
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.
Any active duty, national guard, reservists, veterans and retired military should also submit the following:
- Copy of your DD214 or most current Leave and Earnings Statement (if active duty)
- Official copy of your Joint Services Transcript
- More information for military applicants.
Students who need a visa to be in the United States.
We need all official high school/secondary school transcripts and academic records verifying successful completion of secondary education. If you have not yet graduated at the time of application, please send your most current official transcripts. If you attend(ed) a U.S. high school, the Minimum Course Requirements and other academic requirements of high school students apply. If you attend(ed) a high school outside of the U.S., we will evaluate your transcripts based on your academic competitiveness within your own educational system.
All international applicants must submit final official high school/secondary school transcripts. Students with a high school degree but no university credit will be considered as first-year students, and students with some university coursework will be considered transfer students. You must also submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities (post-secondary institutions) that you attend(ed).
If you are interested in transferring previous course credit from a foreign university to Appalachian, you must submit an international credit evaluation and course descriptions or syllabi (in English) in order to evaluate your credit. The following international credential evaluations are fine: World Education Services (www.wes.org), Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org), Global Credential Evaluators (GCEUS.com), National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (naces.org) or Josef Silny (www.jsilny.com). Transcripts without evaluations and course descriptions or syllabi are acceptable for admission purposes but will not be evaluated for possible transfer credit.
All international documents must be accompanied by official English translations if the originals are in another language (exception – high school transcripts in Spanish are acceptable), and all documents must be original/attested in order to be considered official. Faxes or photocopies are not acceptable unless certified by a Ministry of Education, school, or US embassy official and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Applicants whose first language is not English or whose high school program was not taught in English must provide a TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT score.
Applicants whose first language is English or have attended an English-speaking school must submit an SAT or ACT score.
The minimum TOEFL score needed in order to be considered for admission is 75 on the IBT (internet-based TOEFL), with at least 16 on each individual section, but preference is given to students with 85 and higher. The minimum IELTS score needed in order to be considered for admission is 5.5 on the IELTS, but preference is given to students with 6.0 and higher. Please note that admitted students who score between 75 and 85 on the TOEFL or 5.5 on the IELTS are required to register for LLC 1000 (English for International Students) during their first semester. Please find more information about the TOEFL at www.ets.org/toefl and about the IELTS at www.ielts.org.
SAT – Reading and math without the writing. The writing portion is neither required nor recommended at Appalachian. The Appalachian State University SAT code is: 5010.
ACT – Composite. The writing portion is neither required nor recommended at Appalachian. The Appalachian State University ACT code is: 3062.
Non-resident aliens who hold a current and valid visa which allows them to study at the post-secondary level in the United States must send a copy of their visa and a copy of their passport with their application materials. They do not need to send a financial statement unless they hold an F-1.
Non-resident aliens who hold a current F-1 visa must send a copy of their visa, a copy of their passport, and a financial statement.
Permanent residents of the US who have lived in North Carolina for at least one year must submit a copy of their Green Card (front and back) in order to be eligible for in-state tuition. Please contact our residency officer at email@example.com with questions regarding residency.
Non-resident aliens who need an I-20 form in order to obtain an F‑1 visa to enter and study in the United States must send a copy of their passport and a financial statement to the Office of International Education and Development after they have been admitted. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-262-2046 with questions about the financial statement. The financial statement must include the following:
- a balance in U.S. dollars of at least $35,478.00 in liquid asset form (cash deposits, certificates of deposit, savings accounts, governmental funding, or scholarships);
- the applicant's name and his or her parents' or sponsors' names (whoever is providing the funding);
- an original signature of a bank official (the statement may not be a printout of an online statement);
- it must be on bank letterhead and include the official stamp or seal of the bank; and
- it must be an original document, not a photocopy or fax it must be in the student's name or accompanied by an affidavit of support