How to apply
All active duty, national guard, reservists, veterans and retired military should apply online as a transfer student. We are still accepting applications for transfer students – apply now!
Military Friendly School
Thank you for your interest in Appalachian State University, a designated a military-friendly school since 2010. We are committed to the educational success of service-members, veterans, and their dependents. Appalachian continues to be recognized as a Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, which compiles the annual Military Friendly Schools list.
Benefits and financial aid
The Office of Student Financial Aid administers VA Education Benefits at Appalachian State University. While attending Appalachian, a VA benefits specialist will help you navigate the process. For more information, please visit Veterans/Military Education.
The North Carolina Military and Veterans Affairs also offers North Carolina Veterans and Dependents Scholarships.
Contact a local VSO
As a veteran, there are education benefits available that you may use for a wide variety of approved education and training programs, including: apprenticeship and on-the-job training, college degree and certificate programs, flight training, and correspondence courses. In addition, there are many different types of scholarships available to veterans and family members. Locate a Veterans Service Officer near you to help explain these benefits.
Student Veteran Resource Center
Student Veteran Services at Appalachian is here to help provide a smooth transition for student veterans and their families as they are moving from the military mindset to a higher education setting. Student Veteran Services provides information for on- and off-campus resources within the Major General Edward M. Reeder, Jr. Student Veteran Resource Center, located in Plemmons Student Union, Suite 251. The Coordinator for Student Veteran Services facilitates many of the programs on campus for the student veterans, and is also the advisor for the Student Veterans Association. Learn more about the resources for student veterans, from Orientation sessions for veterans to priority course registration to exclusive honor cords at graduation.
Residency for military
The North Carolina General Statutes provides a military tuition rate to qualified service members of the U.S. armed forces and their qualified dependents that is less than the non-resident tuition rate. Applicants must meet the criteria established for qualification in order to be eligible. Learn more (PDF, 96KB).
Additionally, veterans and dependents may qualify for in-state residency after initial classification of out-of-state by providing additional information through Section 702 of the Choice Act. To qualify under this act, the student must be a veteran or dependent of veteran; must enroll in an institution of higher learning within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more and be eligible for and receiving the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill. Finally, the student must reside in North Carolina while enrolled in courses. Learn more.
Through the classes and field training with Appalachian Army ROTC, you will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life
Frequently asked questions
Check our list of frequently asked questions. You can also contact our office to speak with an admission counselor!
Jayne Dowdy, Admissions, admission and transfer credit
Jennifer Coffey, Financial Aid, veteran benefits
Bob Gibbard, Veterans Academic Advisor
Eric Gormly, Student Veteran Services Coordinator