Fall 2018 applicants
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.
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 fall or summer 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 (through the CFNC application or the Common 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 does not require or recommend letters of recommendation 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.
Essay and interest statement
Your essay and interest statement give 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 list of activities in the Common App or your MyMountaineer portal.
Hard copies and documents sent via email are not accepted.
The deadline to apply for merit scholarships, the Honors College and Watauga Residential College for fall 2018 has passed. The deadline for fall 2019 applicants is November 15, 2018. Learn more about scholarships.
Additional requirements and info
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.
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.
Transfer applicants have taken college courses after graduating from a high school or early/middle college.
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.