Military Student

How to apply

Military applicants who have graduated from highschool and joined the military are considered transfer students and 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.

Connect with us! Sign-up for a one-on-one with Jayne Dowdy, our Transfer and Military Liaison. Learn more about the admissions process and what that means for military students. 

Required for a complete application

  • A complete online application (no application fee required)
  • Official copy of your final high school transcript for purpose of military benefits
  • Official college transcripts*
  • Copy of your DD214 or most current Leave and Earnings Statement (if active duty)
  • Official copy of your Joint Services Transcript and/or Air Force University Transcript
  • 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.


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Joint Service Transcript contacts

COAST GUARD: U.S. Coast Guard Institute

ATT: JST Operations Center
6490 Saufley Field Road
Pensacola, Florida 32509

ARMY: AARTS Operations Center
ATT: JST Operations Center
6490 Saufley Field Road
Pensacola, Florida 32509
Toll-free: 1-888-276-9472
Log in at to order your transcript.

Navy/Marine Corps: Smart Commanding Officer
Center for Personal and Professional Development ATTN: VOLED Detachment (Navy College Center)
6490 Saufley Field Rd
Pensacola, FL 32509-5204
FAX TO: (850) 452-1281 or (850) 452-1051
DSN FAX: 922-1281 or 922-1051; SMART Request Form

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. 

We are proud of the hard work and dedication that has gone into App State to earn these designations.

Accolades won by App State for their Military Efforts

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.

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

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

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 Program Director 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.

Helpful resources

The Student Veterans of Appalachian are Mountaineers who have served our nation honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States and now are serving as students and faculty of Appalachian.

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

Off-Campus Relations will point you to local, reasonable housing options in Boone and the surrounding area, as well as off-campus transportation and parking availability.

This resource guide is produced and published by the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and The Department of Commerce to assist and educate veterans in learning about state and federal veteran benefits.

Complete your admissions applications by Feb. 15 to be eligible for other scholarships opportunities.  Learn more and apply!

Frequently asked questions

Check our list of frequently asked questions. You can also contact our office to speak with an admission counselor!

Contact information

Jayne Dowdy, Associate Director of Transfer & Military Recruitment

Jennifer Coffey, Program Director of Student Veteran Services & VA Education Benefit Processing

Michelle Bowers, Veterans Academic Advisor