Transfer Students

How to apply

Learn the admission process and how to apply as a transfer student at Appalachian. You can see the requirements for all applicants, as well as additional requirements for transfer students.

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!

Planning to transfer

  • Applicants that have at least 30 hours of transferable credit must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25 in all attempted coursework.
  • Applicants with fewer than 30 hours of transferable credit will be reviewed based on high school GPA, 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.



Transfer Track is an opportunity to participate in workshops with representatives from Admissions and Transfer Services. Learn more and register. If you can’t make it to campus, check out the virtual tour below.

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 (PDF, 425KB), which includes community college courses guaranteed to transfer.

On-campus housing is required for students that graduated from high school less than one year prior to enrolling and priority is given to first-year students. 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.

Jayne Dowdy is the transfer admission counselor at Appalachian. Jayne will be glad to help you plan your transfer to Appalachian and will help answer any questions you may have.

Transfer types

You are a traditional transfer student if you are a high school graduate who took 30 or more credit hours at another two- or four-year collegiate institution. 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 students if you are interested in applying to Appalachian and are not from the United States. If you require a visa to study in the United States, you are considered an international student. 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.

Transfer resources and ways to get involved

The Office of Transfer Services 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. OTS also has a Q&A session with the transfer student mentors and a tour of the campus.

Jump Start Appalachian is a program designed to help transfer students transition smoothly to Appalachian State University by getting them information and support necessary.

Transfer RLCs are residential living communities where you are living side-by-side with other transfer students. These are a great way to get involved in a community of other students who transferred.

Appalachian has nearly 500 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
Transferring into Professional Success
Tau Sigma Transfer Honor Society

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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.