Appalachian State University Application Essay Questions

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 (, Educational Credential Evaluators (, Global Credential Evaluators (, National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( or Josef Silny ( 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.

How do I schedule a visit with an academic department?

At this time, Admissions doesn't coordinate meetings with academic departments. We recommend coming to events that include departmental visits like Open House. Otherwise, to schedule a visit with an academic department, you will need to contact the department directly. You can view our department directory for contact information for all departments on campus.

Can I defer my acceptance for a year or a semester? Would I have to reapply?

Students admitted to Appalachian may request an admission deferral of up to one year (fall to fall, spring to spring, etc.) should they wish to pursue enriching experiences outside of postsecondary education before enrolling at Appalachian. Requests should be submitted in writing to your admission counselor for review and approval. If the defer is approved, you are required to submit an application for the appropriate future term for re-processing.

Can I receive credit for AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge International or college courses?

You can receive credit for AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge International and college courses. In order to receive credit, you must take the exam and have your scores sent to Appalachian. Your score on the exam will determine if you are awarded credit for the course. You can view our AP, IB, CLEP,  and Cambridge Interantional policy to determine the score that you need to have to be awarded credit.

The Cambridge International A-AS level exams now count as transfer credit for many courses at Appalachian. Students entering with this coursework will be articulated in the same way as AP and IB scores are considered. The Cambridge curriculum, similar in concept to the IB curriculum, is offered in many high schools throughout the country as well as internationally. Learn more about the curriculum and course offerings. 

What does one calendar year mean with respect to semesters?

One calendar year means 365 days beyond the last day of class in the last semester in which a student receives grades for a course at Appalachian. For example, a student who is last enrolled in the spring semester won't be eligible to apply for re-entry on one year forgiveness until the summer term of the following year.

Do you accept equivalencies to a high school diploma?

In North Carolina, we are approved to accept the HiSET and GED exams. Beyond these exams, however, you must still meet UNC Minimum Course Requirements (either from partial high school transcripts or college courses). You are exempt from UNC MCRs if you are at least 21 years of age or have 30 transferable college hours.

Will disciplinary action on my student record negatively affect my application?

University of North Carolina System policy requires prospective students to disclose if they were found responsible for academic or behavioral misconduct at any educational institution. The same policy requires that we consider this information during the admissions process. Prospective students are offered the opportunity to explain the circumstances and reflect on lessons learned from such experiences. We carefully consider the information in every student’s application. It is important to note that Appalachian values civic engagement and will not reject the applications of students solely on the basis of disciplinary action resulting from peacefully exercising their rights under the First Amendment.

What is the application deadline?

We have three rounds of admission deadlines for freshmen in the fall. These deadlines are November 15, February 1 and March 15. Admission for spring semesters and for transfer students in the fall is offered on a rolling basis until the class is full. We recommend applying as early as possible for best likelihood of admission.

Should I apply as a first-year or transfer student?

If you've attempted college coursework after you graduated from high school or if you have military services, you'll apply as a transfer student. Otherwise, you'll apply as a first-year student. Early college students apply as first-year students and will receive transfer credit once a transcript evaluation has been completed.

Do you superscore test scores?

Yes, Appalachian calculates a new total ACT or total SAT based on the highest section scores or subscores from each exam. With the SAT, old SAT section scores are concorded individually before superscoring. The College Board provides a tool for converting section scores.

What is the minimum GPA/SAT or ACT required to get in?

Admission to Appalachian is competitive, so there isn't one GPA or test score that will guarantee admission. Our profile fluctuates slightly each year – see our Admissions Process page for our most recent profile. Transfer students with at least 30 hours should have at least a 2.25 college GPA.

Where can I send application materials (i.e. transcripts and test scores)?

All application materials can be submitted electronically to or mailed to the address following address: Appalachian State University, Office of Admissions, Appalachian Box 32004 Boone, NC 28608. If mailing application materials via FedEx, UPS, or another shipping service, please mail to: Appalachian State University, Office of Admissions, 287 Rivers Street, RM 165, Boone, NC 28608.

What is the advanced non-refundable payment?

To secure a position at Appalachian after being accepted, all students must make an advanced non-refundable payment of $200. As a courtesy, we ask that you submit the advanced non-refundable payment only if Appalachian is your school of choice for enrollment.

What is CFNC?

College Foundation of North Carolina. A website where students and their parents plan, apply and pay for college. Visit for further information.

What are the decision types?

Accept – Offered a space (for a particular term) to become a student at Appalachian. Student must continue to meet eligibility requirements as presented by the Office of Admissions.

Spring offer – Unfortunately, we don't have enough room for every qualified student to start as a Mountaineer in the fall. Due to this, we offer a few spots for students who apply for fall to start their career as a Mountaineer in the spring. For more information, please see our FAQs.

Deny – Not eligible for admission to Appalachian at this time. Students are encouraged to attend or continue attending another accredited institution and apply for a later term. Contact your admission counselor for more information.

Rescind – Administrative withdrawal of an applicant who, as determined by the Office of Admissions, does not continue to meet eligibility requirements or standards.

What is dual enrollment?

Simultaneous enrollment at a high school and an appropriately accredited college or university.

What is rolling admission?

An admission decision program that allows for a student's application to be considered when all of the required credentials have been submitted. Applicants are notified of admissions continuously throughout the enrollment period. Completed applications usually take four to six weeks to process. Appalachian only reviews transfer applicants and spring applicants through the rolling admissions process.

What does a spring offer mean?

Unfortunately, we don't have enough room for every qualified student to start as a Mountaineer in the fall. Due to this, we offer a few spots for students to start their career as a Mountaineer in the spring. You have until August 1 to commit via the reply form and must pay your $200 deposit before September 15. Not meeting any of these deadlines will result in the withdrawal of your application. Admission to the spring class is competitive and new applications will be considered accordingly. Guidance and next steps like transfer credit guidance, orientation, and enrollment steps will be available by May 1 for student who have accepted the offer of admission. 

Is it possible to still be admitted for fall? If so, when will I know?

Yes. Any student who applies for fall and is offered spring admission who does not withdraw their application will continue to be reviewed for fall admission if space becomes available. All students offered spring admission will receive a final notification about fall availability electronically and via mail by the end of May. Students offered positions for the fall will have until May 1 or one calendar week, whichever is longer, to accept the offer. In the last few years, anywhere from 10-20% of students in this situation were offered places in the fall class. 


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What are my options for earning credit in the fall?

You can attend any institution that you'd like as degree-seeking or non-degree seeking. If you do enroll, however, you should take care to meet the institution's definitions of 'good standing' or your enrollment at Appalachian in the spring could be affected. Our Office of Transfer Services is available for questions that you have about how coursework at another institution will affect your degree plan at Appalachian. We will provide general guidance on this in your acceptance packet.


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What are my housing options?

On-campus housing for first-year students as well as any student who begins coursework at Appalachian within one year of graduating from high school is required and guaranteed. New incoming students are not able to submit housing preferences. For fall, all roommate preferences must be submitted via the housing application by June 1. For spring, roommate preferences are not available. If you graduated more than one year prior to your beginning coursework at Appalachian, you are not required to live on campus. 


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How will my financial aid be affected?

Your financial aid package often depends on the date that you submit your FAFSA and has little to do with the date that you are admitted. Please contact our Office of Student Financial Aid for further questions.


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Am I eligible for scholarships?

Unfortunately, you are no longer being considered for institutional scholarships but may still qualify for financial aid via completing the FAFSA. At times, we do have scholarships available to students beginning in the spring term and will notify you if any of these become available for application.


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