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e m o c l e W pp! A to 2012 New Student Guidebook What’s inside? More great reasons to choose Appalachian Your nex t steps in joining the Class of 2016 How to register for orientation and housing How to apply for financial aid

R e a d t h is book . H ere’s why… Congratulations on being accepted into Appalachian State University! Your Mountains of Opportunity start now. This 2012 New Student Guidebook introduces you to the many opportunities at Appalachian and gives you all the details you’ll need to reserve your place in the Class of 2016. Follow the instructions in this book and soon you will be on your way to taking advantage of all that Appalachian has to offer – challenging academics, life-changing involvement, and breathtaking location. To secure your place in Appalachian’s Class of 2016, be sure to follow these enrollment steps, which are outlined beginning on page 12: 1. Submit your advance payment (deposit). 2. Register for Orientation. (Watch for an email with registration instructions after you submit your advance payment.) 3. Sign up for Housing. 4. Complete the FAFSA. 2

Welcome to your Mountains of Opportunity. Are you ready to… ...have your professor know your name? ...realize new talents and passions? ...walk along King Street with a view of the mountains? ...breathe the mountain air? ...challenge your perceptions and beliefs? ...hear the roar of Mountaineer fans at “The Rock”? in a hammock? ...make new discoveries and share your research findings? ...create important social and environmental change? ...make friends you’ll keep for life? ...get an outstanding education that will take you far in life?

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For parents… This is an exciting time in your student’s life, but we know this final stage of the college selection process also can be mixed with anxiety for your family. Relax, we’ve got you covered! This New Student Guidebook provides what you need to know, what you need to do and when you need to do it. We make it easy. Appalachian has open arms and the resources to help your student adjust.

“Go out and make friends, get involved, and you will have the best four years of your life.” – Dylan McNeilly ’13


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“The greatest thing I have done in college is get to know my professors. Your teachers and mentors support your academic endeavors, and become excited about what they see in your future, even when you do not have a clear vision of it yourself.” – L. Grant Canipe ’13

C h a l l e n ging Acad e mics Appalachian’s learning environment feels like that of a smaller school, but it offers 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Originally founded as a teachers college, the university built its early reputation preparing skilled educators. Now it also cultivates leaders in business, science, the arts, communication, music, health sciences, energy-focused green technology and other fields.


Your academic major is just one part of your Appalachian education. All students also complete the General Education Program, a series of courses from across the university. These courses allow you to explore connections among academic disciplines throughout your college career. Accomplished faculty – 99 percent of full-time faculty hold the doctorate or other terminal degree in their field. They include Fulbright scholars, stellar researchers and expert teachers who love to arouse curiosity in their students. Small classes – average class size is 25 students Close, personal interaction – The student/faculty ratio is 17:1, which means it’s easy to seek help outside of class, ask questions, and have opportunities to conduct research alongside your professors.

Accolades: U.S. News and World Report’s “2012 America’s Best Colleges Guide” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2012 The Princeton Review’s “The Best 373 Colleges” Consumer Digest’s “Top Five Values in Public Colleges and Universities” “Community Engagement” classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

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Support along the way Part of what makes Appalachian feel like a smaller-sized campus is the support you can access throughout your college career. Academic Advising – advisors can help you schedule courses and select a major. First Year Seminar – this course introduces you to the rigor of academic study and helps you connect to faculty, the university and local community. Writing Across the Curriculum – our nationally acclaimed writing programs provide continued support for writing effectively, from the freshman through senior year. University Writing Center – writing experts can assist you with term papers, essays and other writing projects. Tutoring Services – for when you need a little extra help with your coursework. Career Development Center – your go-to office for learning how to write a resume, apply for jobs and internships, ace an interview and more.

We challenge you to… Earn a 3.5 grade point average or better your first semester and enroll in the Honors College for an even more enriched academic experience. Learn ecotoxicology with Dr. Shea Tuberty, who gained national media attention while analyzing the impact of the largest industrial spill in U.S. history. 5

Analyze ancient volcanic ash with geologist Dr. Cindy Liutkus, who found the oldest known Homo sapiens footprints in East Africa, and present your research findings at a professional meeting. Stand on the very floorboards where Shakespeare performed while you study overseas. Study creative writing with National Book Award nominee Joseph Bathanti. Explore human consciousness in your First Year Seminar course. Or, how about human’s relationship to nature, the literary and historical worlds of Harry Potter or the dozens of other intriguing First Year Seminar topics from which you can choose? Become the best teacher you can be with Dr. Ken McEwin, one of the nation’s pioneers in middle grades education. Enliven your academic preparation and expand your skills with an internship. Serve and learn from your community in new ways.

“I took some of my General Education requirements on a special study abroad program to Costa Rica. It was the most amazing experience of my college career thus far. My eyes were opened to a whole other culture full of history and tradition. There is a whole world out there! Go beyond your textbook and explore!” – Allyson Pollock ’14 2012 New Student Guidebook

Li fe - Changing I nvo lvem ent Research shows that if you get involved on campus outside of your classes – whether it’s through sports, community service or student clubs and organizations – you’ll feel more connected and actually do better academically.


We challenge you to… Never be bored. Appalachian has nearly 300 student organizations in sports/activities/fitness, service and special interest, academics and the arts. Find out what interests you at the Club Expo and Resource Fair Aug. 20. Develop important leadership skills so you’re ready when it’s your time to lead others. Embrace diversity in all forms. Cheer the Mountaineers! Stay fit and healthy at one of three workout facilities. Take in a film, concert, visual arts exhibit, play or other cultural event. There’s something happening almost every night of the week. Play an intramural sport. It’s great exercise and a quick way to make friends.

Army Reserve Officers Training Program Appalachian offers one of the nation’s premier Army Reserve Officers Training (ROTC) programs. ROTC students leave Appalachian with a guaranteed job placement in any of 16 different management leadership branches in the Army, Army Reserve or National Guard. The program includes opportunities to travel abroad and to attend the U.S. Army Airborne and Air Assault Schools during the summer. After your initial obligation, you may choose to stay in and make the military a career or pursue a civilian career. ROTC is a Residential Learning Community at Appalachian. Read ROTC alumni profiles at For more info visit or

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Campus life A residence hall is more than just a place to lay your head at night. It’s a place to meet friends, build community and develop leadership skills. An increasingly popular housing option is our Residential Learning Communities, where students who share a similar academic or non-academic interest live together on the same floor or in the same residence hall. All RLCs have a linked course designed to allow students within a community to take a class together. Students in our RLCs find that they typically build friendships more easily, achieve higher grade point averages and feel a greater connection to the campus community. To apply for an RLC, complete the RLC application in the Online Housing Application (see page 22 for instructions). The deadline to apply is June 15. Visit for full descriptions.

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Active Living – Hoey Hall

Outdoor – Cannon Hall

Art Haus – Eggers Hall

ROTC – Justice Hall

Black and Gold – Bowie Hall

Sisterhood Experience – White Hall

Brain Matters – East Hall

Sophomore Year Experience – Newland Hall

Business Exploration – East Hall

Transfer Teacher Educators – Doughton Hall

Future Educators – Doughton Hall

Transfer – Newland Hall

Language and Culture – Living Learning Center

The Ultimate Man – Lovill Hall

Living Free – Coltrane Hall

Watauga Global Community – Living Learning Center

Living Green – Frank Hall

Honors and Engagement Village Freshman Honors – Cone Hall Service and Leadership – Cannon Hall Upperclass Honors – Summit Hall

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B re a t h tak ing Locat ion We love to live and play in the mountains, and to be good stewards of the natural beauty that surrounds us.

We challenge you to… Hike, backpack, paddle, climb and explore the world with Outdoor Programs (OP). In addition to planning and leading trips, OP offers rental equipment so you can take off on your own. Protect the natural beauty by supporting renewable energy projects on campus and participating in the university’s commitment to compost, recycle, turn off lights, use green cleaning products and build energy-efficient buildings. Enroll in one of our many academic programs that connect to the area, such as Appalachian studies, environmental science, sustainable development, or recreation management. Grab some friends to tube down the New River, camp at Wilson Creek, jump boulders at Hebron Colony Falls, or watch a sunset from the top of Rough Ridge. As an Appalachian student, it’s all yours to enjoy.

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Boone and beyond The town of Boone, where Appalachian is located, has 15,000 residents and stunning views of the mountains. Named one of “The Best Small Towns” in America by Outside magazine, Boone is a great mix of the mainstream, the outdoorsy, the stylish and the eclectic. The area has activities for all ages, from a thriving live music scene to annual festivals, like Banner Elk’s Wooly Worm Festival, that celebrate the mountain culture. Boone is hip enough to keep you captivated, and small enough to prevent you from getting lost. The Appalachian campus is at the highest elevation of any university east of the Mississippi River. It is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so called because in a certain light, they look downright blue – and beautiful. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest and world-class mountain biking, trout fishing, rock climbing and paddling attract people from all over the world.

Things to do outdoors


Weather With an elevation of 3,333 feet, Boone tends to be a little cooler than other places in North Carolina. The winter weather brings an average of three feet of snow (but not all at once!). The coldest month is January, which has an average high temperature in the upper 30s. Summers are great, with low humidity and average highs in the mid70s. The best way to dress in Boone is in layers. You’ll need a winter coat by midOctober. Other necessary gear includes umbrella and rain boots, snow boots and a hat. To check the weather, visit

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Go to the top: Hike to Calloway Peak on Grandfather Mountain, the roof of the Blue Ridge chain of mountains at 5,964 feet. Now a state park, Grandfather Mountain can be accessed in as little as a 20-minute drive from Boone. Home to the Mile-High Swinging Bridge, Grandfather gets its name from the profile of an old man’s face visible on its northern slopes. Go ‘wow!’: Known as the Grand Canyon of the East, Linville Gorge is the deepest and longest gorge in the eastern U.S. With its source high on Grandfather Mountain, the Linville River bisects this amazing wilderness from 2,000 feet below the tallest peaks. Go whoosh: With four winter resorts in the area (Appalachian Ski Mountain, Hawksnest, Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain), the closest one only eight miles from campus, it’s easy to speed down the side of a mountain by skis, snowboard or tube. Appalachian and Beech Mountain ski resorts also have outdoor skating rinks. For sledding, upperclassmen can tell you the best spots on campus. Go drive: Appalachian is about seven miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the country’s most beautiful highways and the most visited national park. Its 496 miles of roadway through Virginia and North Carolina connect people to the Southeast’s unique natural and cultural heritage. Go hike: There is no better way to explore the windswept ridges, sheltered coves, and rivers and creeks of the High Country than by foot. Many hiking trails are accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the nation’s best known hiking trail – the Appalachian Trail – can be accessed within a 25-mile drive from campus. The trail runs 2,174 miles from Georgia to Maine, but you can do a portion as a quick jaunt, day hike or backpacking adventure.

Breathe the mountain air! Known as “the top of Boone,” Howard Knob is a great place for a picnic and breathtaking views. Many famous bands and comedians played their early gigs in Legends, a showcase nightclub on Appalachian’s campus. What great act will you discover?

King Street is the main route for Appalachian’s Homecoming parade, as well as a downtown thoroughfare of eclectic shops and restaurants.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts features stunning work by artists of regional, national and international acclaim. Take an art course to learn more about them or stop by on your own.


Looking to exercise? The Student Recreation Center features a 50-foot climbing wall, a cardio theater, a weight room area, an indoor walking/ running track, a 50-meter swimming pool and two gymnasiums. The SRC also houses Outdoor Programs.

Got an entrepreneurial spirit? Get help starting your own business at Appalachian’s Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship, named for the company of a successful young alumnus.

Take an astronomy course and study the heavens from the silver dome of Rankin Science Observatory. The university operates its premier research facility, Dark Sky Observatory, off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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This way to Blowing Rock, Appalachian Ski Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway and dozens of hiking trails, including Rough Ridge.

b a cup of coffee with r professor after class in mmons Student Union.

This way to Hebron Colony Falls, a cascade of ancient boulders in the Watauga River.

Sanford Mall is the place to be in warm weather. Its grassy lawn is where students come to play, stretch out in the sun or perform a flash mob as part of a dance class.

11 Watch the Mountaineers play basketball and volleyball in Holmes Convocation Center. This is also where you’ll walk across the stage at graduation.

Each February, more than 200 students jump into the Duck Pond’s frigid waters to raise money for Special Olympics. The Polar Plunge has become an Appalachian tradition.

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Establish your independence! One of our 22 residence halls will soon become your new home.

Home to Mountaineer football, field hockey, and track and field, Kidd Brewer Stadium is “The Rock.”

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Like what you see at Appalachian? Can’t wait to move in? That’s the Mountaineer spirit! This second section of the New Student Guidebook outlines all the necessary steps to securing your space in the Class of 2016, beginning with submission of your Acceptance Agreement Form and the advance payment of $200. Pay attention to deadlines related to each step – they’re very important! *Required steps are in green. Deadline

Enrollment Step

March 1

Apply for Financial Aid by filling out your FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2012. The priority deadline is March 1. See page 26.

Early April

Students with complete FAFSA applications should receive notification of financial aid awards through their Appalachian email account.

April 30

Deadline for freshmen to apply for Trailhead Academy.

May 1* (or as stated in acceptance letter)

Confirm your attendance by submitting the Acceptance Agreement Form and the $200 advance payment. Note: This step is critical. You can’t “pass go” until this is completed by deadline.

May 1

Deadline to apply to the Academy of Science Summer Bridge program.

June 15

Deadline to apply for Residential Learning Communities.

June 30

Deadline for roommate request and changes to housing application.

July 1* (available after Feb. 15)

Register for Orientation, which is required for all new students. Parents: You can register for Parent Orientation (an optional but highly recommended program) at

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Enrollment Step

July 1 (or prior to your Orientation session)

Complete the Early Registration Advising (ERA) course. Available after April 2.

July 1 (or prior to your Orientation session)

Take the Math and/or Foreign Language Placement Test (if required). Available after April 2.

July 1* (available after Feb. 15)

Sign up for Housing.

July 1

Submit immunization record and report of medical history.

July 1

Enroll in or waive the mandatory health insurance. See page 21.

July 1

Submit final transcripts (high school and/or college). Mail to: Admissions, ASU Box 32004, Boone, NC 28608

July 1 (or prior to your Orientation session)

Request all Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores be sent to Admissions.


Students will receive an account statement by email (Appalachian does not send bills by U.S. Mail) listing how much is owed in tuition and fees and when payment is due.


Housing assignments emailed to students.

Early August

Payment of fall semester tuition and fees is due by the date on the bill.

Aug. 17-20

Attend Welcome Weekend.


Sign in to AppalNet to update contact information for your parents or guardians and with any email, personal mailing address or telephone number changes.

Dates Vary

Check for additional admission/enrollment steps for selected majors: • Art (portfolio required) • Music (audition required) • Interior Design

*Missing the deadline is grounds for having your admission rescinded.

Don’t miss any enrollment steps! Scan this code to view them online.

For transfer students (and freshmen with college credit) • Stay informed about transfer resources at • Check your transfer course evaluation at

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R e gi s ter for Or ie nta tion We’re looking forward to welcoming you to campus! Your next arrival will be for Orientation, a required program for all new freshmen and transfer students. This event allows you to get a feel for campus, meet faculty and an academic advisor, and finalize your first semester classes. Orientation sessions take place during May and June, with a final session in August.

Here is the order of required steps for Freshman and Transfer Student Orientation: 1. Register for Orientation. After you make your advance payment, you will receive an email confirming your payment and information about registering for Orientation. Make sure you have two or three date options in case you are not able to get your first choice (see next page for dates). Register early because sessions fill up fast. The preliminary deadline to register is May 20. The final deadline to have attended Orientation or registered for the final August session is July 1.


2. Complete Early Registration Advising (ERA). After you register for Orientation, you need to review the ERA course on your First Connections checklist. This online pre-orientation course is available in April and must be completed prior to attending your Orientation session. or 3. Complete online placement testing (if needed). You may have to take an online Math or Foreign Language placement test prior to your Orientation session.

FAQs Is Orientation necessary? How do I change my Orientation session date? I have questions about my transcript – who should I contact? When will I register for classes? So many questions! Read the answers to these and more at TIP: If you’re worried about not knowing anybody at Appalachian, remember there are hundreds of new students who won’t know anyone either. You’ll have the opportunity to make friends during Orientation and Welcome Weekend, when student leaders help you get to know other students. Set your inhibitions aside and walk up to other people to introduce yourself or start making small talk. You’ll feel connected in no time! PARENT TIP: Refer to page 19 for information about Parent Orientation.

4. Register for classes. After completing ERA (and passing the quiz at the end!), register for your first semester classes. You will receive an email with registration information including your registration PIN and registration time. If you have transfer credit, review your transcript evaluation at 5. Attend Orientation. During the required on-campus Orientation, you will have a chance to work with your academic advisor to review and, if necessary, adjust your class schedule. Freshmen will also receive a copy of the Summer Reading Program book (see page 18). TIP: If you need accommodations during Orientation due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks in advance. 828-262-3056 or

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Freshman vs. Transfer Confused about whether you are a transfer student or a freshman because of the transfer hours you bring to Appalachian? If you graduated from high school in spring/summer 2012, you are considered a freshman no matter how many transfer credits you bring in.

2 0 1 2 Or ie ntation D ates Freshmen: May 28 and 29

Summer School:

May 31 and June 1

Some students choose to start at Appalachian during a summer session rather than in the fall. A special Orientation session is offered prior to each summer school term, which is REQUIRED for new students attending summer school.

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June 14 and 15 June 18 and 19 June 21 and 22 June 25 and 26 Aug. 16 and 17*

Transfer Students: June 8 June 29 Aug. 15* *Final orientation session offered only for students with exceptional circumstances who cannot attend Orientation in the summer.

Attend Welcome Weekend Aug. 17-20 This event incorporates Move-In Day and all the activities and information you need to settle in to campus life! Freshmen, you’ll get a complete schedule of activities on Move-In Day. Transfer students, you’ll be emailed more information about your Welcome Weekend events.

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May 21 – for students admitted for 1st Session Summer School June 29 – for students admitted for 2nd Session Summer School

Freshman Orientation Freshman Orientation is a required two-day program for all new freshmen to get a feel for campus, meet faculty and an academic advisor, and finalize your first semester classes. An overnight stay in the residence hall is a REQUIRED part of Orientation for all freshmen. All sessions are mandatory unless otherwise noted on your schedule. Students will receive detailed check-in information about a week prior to their Orientation session via their Appalachian email (AppalNet) address. See page 19 for information about Parent Orientation. Orientation check-in and parking 16

Students will be provided parking accommodations for one vehicle during Orientation. After you check in at your residence hall, look for the yellow Orientation Parking signs on Rivers Street to direct you to parking. Freshman Orientation cost The Orientation charge includes one night’s accommodations, linens, meals, an academic planner, Summer Reading book and program materials and programming expenses. The estimated charge of $160 will be listed when you register and applied to your student account after you attend your Orientation session. Once you have attended Orientation, this fee is non-refundable.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., males check in at Hoey Residence Hall; females check in at Cannon Residence Hall. Students who identify as transgender may contact the Orientation Office at 828-262-3870 for housing arrangements. Students wishing to room together at Orientation should check-in together that morning; Orientation housing assignments are made at the point of check-in. Students will then take a quick campus tour and get their AppCards (see page 20). Parents will be directed to drop off their student and follow signs to Orientation parking. Students traveling alone to Orientation should park temporarily and check in at Hoey or Cannon. Orientation leaders will then direct you to Orientation parking and the AppCard Office (student ID center).

Transfer Student Orientation

If you are traveling a long distance, students can arrive the night before, check in to the residence hall from 7-9 p.m., and stay an extra night in a residence hall for an additional charge. Just select the “Early Arrival” option when you register.

Orientation check-in and parking

Transfer Orientation is a required one-day program for all new transfers. You’ve probably already experienced orientation at another college or university, but Appalachian is a new school for you. It makes sense to learn as much as you can about Appalachian so you can make the most of everything here. Although you may finish earlier, some transfer students may not be finished with Orientation until 5 p.m. Please plan accordingly. Students will receive detailed check-in information about a week prior to their Orientation session via their Appalachian email (AppalNet) address.

You’ll find a campus map and directions at appstate. edu/maps. Students will be provided parking accommodations during the on-campus Orientation session. Follow the Orientation parking signs to the

FRESHMAN NOTE: If you are attending one of the Summer School Orientations or the final session in August, an overnight stay in a residence hall is not included in your experience. You will move into your permanent residence hall the day before your Orientation session. View the schedule at

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Rivers Street Parking Deck when you arrive on campus and look for our Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) to guide you. Transfer Orientation cost Orientation charges include programming expenses, an academic planner and lunch. The $90 charge will be applied to your student account after you attend Orientation. Once you have attended Orientation, this fee is non-refundable.

4. You may already have credits – or could earn credits through a special exam – that can count toward your Appalachian degree. To learn more about Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP), go to

What to bring to Orientation


• Informal clothing and comfortable walking shoes

You’ll receive a detailed schedule at check-in on the first day of your session. You can view a tentative schedule at

• Rain gear and sweater or jacket

Placement testing You may have to take placement tests prior to Orientation for math, calculus and foreign languages. Be sure to check to determine your next steps. 17

John Thomas Building or Call 828262-7877 with questions.

Getting credit where credit is due Registering for classes will be much easier if you know how your credits have transferred. Your schedule will be reviewed by your advisor at Orientation. 1. Review your transfer credit evaluation at 2. See how transfer credits fit into Appalachian’s General Education curriculum (does not apply to students who have completed General Education requirements). 3. Begin the “Petition” process if applicable. Students who receive elective credit can request a review of coursework to be applied in the major or as a general education credit. You can obtain the Petition form at All forms should be submitted to the Office of Transfer Articulation in 134

• Backpack and water bottle • Immunization information (if not already completed and returned) • Copy of Advanced Placement scores and/or International Baccalaureate scores, if available • If you are transferring credits from another institution, an evaluation will be available in your First Connections account or bring an unofficial copy of your transcript. • Your parents or guardians (make sure they register at • Your questions and concerns • Personal hygiene items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, alarm clock, extra towel, etc.), an extra blanket or pillow for comfort (freshmen only) • Linens including sheets, a pillow, a towel and a light blanket are provided in the residence hall (freshmen only) What NOT to bring • Uncomfortable clothes or shoes • Friends or family members not registered for Orientation • Pets

TRANSFER TIP: Make every effort to understand your transfer evaluation and communicate early with the Office of Transfer Articulation if you have any questions about how your credits transferred. If you have questions about how your credits fit into your major or course choices for registration, contact Academic Advising. A little work on the front end can help make the registration process go smoothly. For more information, contact the Office of Transfer Articulation ( or 828-262-7877) or Academic Advising ( or 828-262-2167). 2012 New Student Guidebook

“I did Trailhead Academy not knowing what to expect and came out of it confident that I had a support system to keep me accountable and help me find my way. I met new friends, made memories, and gained confidence – all of which I will take with me throughout my years at Appalachian.” - Stephanie Teal ’15

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Orientation covers the basics of what you need to know. These optional programs let you enrich or get a jump on some aspects of your Appalachian experience. They also allow you to make new friends before classes start. First Ascent – As Appalachian’s wilderness orientation program for new students, First Ascent offers challenge, leadership development, and personal connections with other students who share your interest in the outdoors. The program’s four-day sessions go out weekly through July and August. Visit and click on First Ascent for more information or to sign up. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and typically fills by early June. and search for “Outdoor Programs App State” Trailhead Academy – This is the event for you if you’re interested in developing leadership skills and learning how to make a real impact at Appalachian. Trailhead is a four-day session for some of the strongest students in the incoming freshman class. Application deadline: April 30, 2012. Academy of Science Summer Bridge Program – This opportunity helps you gain the skills you need to succeed in math and science majors. Along the way, you’ll also meet faculty and other new students. This free program takes place during the second summer session, giving you a jump start at Appalachian. Incoming freshman chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, and physics and astronomy majors are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: May 1, 2012.

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Be prepared to start your academic experience early! Each year, Appalachian selects a book by a contemporary author whose characters confront issues that Appalachian readers can identify with and whose themes span several academic disciplines. A common reading and discussion builds community and launches the intellectual experience. The 2012 selection is “Farm City” by Novella Carpenter, and freshmen will receive a copy at Orientation. Transfers who will be using the book in their classes can purchase a copy from the University Bookstore. Plan to read the book before Welcome Weekend, at which time you’ll take part in discussions about the book. During fall semester, the book will be required reading in some classes, and there will be related events and activities, including Fall Convocation on Sept. 6, when the author will speak.

For Paren ts: Paren t and Fam ily Or ien tation You’re invited to join your student on campus during Orientation, meet faculty members and administrators, and attend sessions especially for parents and families that cover topics from residence halls to academics to campus life. We want to provide the knowledge you need to empower your child to become a problem-solver on his or her own.

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Parent and Family Association As a parent (or person who serves in that role) of an Appalachian student, you’re automatically considered a member of the Parent and Family Association. It’s free; there are no membership fees. Since 1988, Appalachian’s Parent and Family Association has involved parents and families in the life of the university. Find out more during Orientation and Family Weekend in September.

Go to to register for your Parent and Family Orientation session. Choose the most convenient session for both you and your student. For dates, see page 15. Register early because sessions fill up fast! Your child must register first, then you may register for the same date. There is a fee, which includes all materials and a meal. Important: • If you can’t make it to Orientation, please don’t send a friend or sibling with your child. We won’t be able to accommodate them in the residence hall and they can’t take part in Orientation activities. • Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer childcare services during Orientation. We can’t accommodate children of any age; so if you bring children with you, please plan to provide other activities for them. If you’re a parent or guardian of a transfer student, transfer students attend a one-day orientation session. Visit to register and view the schedule. Accommodations As a parent or guardian, you may choose to stay overnight at one of our partner hotels or any other hotel in Boone or the surrounding area. PARENT TIP: Be sure to attend Parent Orientation with your student. It’s a great program to help you support your child.

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Safety on campus Officers patrol by car, on foot, and by bike to keep our campus safe. If you feel unsafe at any time, go to one of the more than 75 emergency Blue Light Telephones throughout campus. Push one button and you’ll be connected to the University Police. Mountaineer Safe Ride offers safe and secure transportation between campus parking lots, residence halls, and academic buildings each evening until 1:45 a.m. 828-262-RIDE.

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Getting your AppCard … the most important thing in your wallet Having an AppCard, your multifunction photo ID card, is all you need to identify yourself as a member of the Appalachian community. You will receive your AppCard at Orientation. Remember to bring it back to campus in the fall or you will be charged for a replacement. The AppCard provides access to: • Meal Plan Accounts • Express Accounts • Health Service • Library checkouts • Residence halls • Recreation facilities • Intercollegiate events • Many other services offered by Appalachian See page 24 for information on Meal Accounts and Express Accounts.

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As a new student, you can have a car on campus – but be aware that parking is limited. Actually, you’ll have to park in a satellite area away from the main campus and take a shuttle bus. If you want to bring a car, you should register for a parking permit during Orientation. Most students ride AppalCART, the local transit authority for free bus service throughout campus and Boone and free shuttle service during home football games. For trips home, there is a shuttle service to Charlotte and Greensboro with stops in between. You also will be able to rent by the hour or day one of three fuel-efficient cars kept on campus through a new partnership between Appalachian and UHaulCarShare. There’s also a website to help people share commutes or onetime rides.

To Yo u r He al th Immunizations If you do not receive and provide proof of the required immunizations, you will be unable to start classes and will be withdrawn from university housing. The deadline to submit a Report of Medical History/ Immunization Record is July 1. Here is what you must do: 1. Complete the Immunization Record/Medical History Forms. These forms and the mailing instructions can be found at 2. Mail these completed forms, preferably before your summer Orientation session, no later than July 1. You may bring your forms to Orientation and submit them to Mary S. Shook Student Health Service (located in the Miles Annas Student Support Building, above the student post office).

Health insurance You must enroll in or waive the mandatory health insurance by July 1. Students are automatically charged for the Student Health Insurance Plan when they register for classes and must provide proof of insurance online in order to reverse the cost. To provide proof of insurance online or enroll into the UNC System Health Insurance Plan, visit


Miles Annas Student Support Building All health and well-being issues may be addressed in the Miles Annas Student Support Building, which houses the Mary S. Shook Student Health Service, Wellness Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services. Your AppCard is required for use of these services.

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How to apply Once you accept your offer of admission and submit your nonrefundable advance payment, you can apply for housing online. Applications must be submitted by July 1. Here is what to do: 1. Go to Click on “Residence Hall License Contract.” This includes all the important policies and regulations you need to know about living here. Please read this carefully. You do not need to return anything. Then, click on “Online Housing Application” and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to find your own roommate by building a profile and reviewing other prospective student profiles. You will also agree to the policies of the Residence Hall License Contract here. 2. You can make changes to your housing application online by re-entering the Online Housing Application. Changes must be received by June 30. In mid- to late July, Housing will email your housing assignment for the fall semester. Keep in mind, it is possible your room assignment could change. If there are withdrawals or changes in enrollment, we may have to rearrange the housing assignments. If that happens, we will let you know as soon as possible via email. When you get your housing assignment, you will also get contact information for your roommate.

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Housing options Appalachian has 21 residence halls on campus for nearly 6,000 residents. When completing your Online Housing Application, you will be able to indicate preferences of co-ed or single gender hall, roommate, and Residential Learning Community. If you do not choose to live with someone you know or select someone from the online student profiles, you will be paired with a roommate who closely matches the preferences you selected on your Online Housing Application. NOTE FOR FRESHMEN: All new freshmen are required to live on campus with the exception of students who are married, parents, veterans, age 25 or older, or living with their parents or guardians within a 30-mile commuting distance (this requires permission from University Housing). Students who fall into one of these categories and who request an assignment are bound by the housing contract once an assignment is made. NOTE FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS: Transfer students who are interested in living on campus are encouraged to apply. However, transfer students are not required to live on campus and are not guaranteed housing.

Housing costs Housing rates for the 2012-13 academic year are listed below. The rates cover rent and utilities, including basic cable. • Belk, Bowie, Coltrane, Eggers and Gardner Halls: $1,950/semester, $3,900/academic year • East and Justice Halls: $2,000/semester, $4,000/academic year

What will my room look like?

• Cannon, Cone, Doughton, Frank, Hoey, Lovill and White Halls: $2,150/semester, $4,300/academic year

When you receive your room assignment, you can view pictures and videos of rooms within your residence hall at by clicking on “Residence Halls.” Some items you may want to bring include:

• Appalachian Heights, Mountaineer Hall, Appalachian Panhellenic Hall: $2,300/semester, $4,600/academic year

• Personal computer • Alarm Clock • Trash can (fireproof ) • Dry-Erase message board • Shower shoes

• LLC, Newland and Summit Halls: $2,200/semester, $4,400/academic year

• Winkler Hall: $2,675/semester, $5,350/academic year FAQs How long does the housing contract last? Can freshmen request a specific residence hall? How do I request a roommate? Can transfer students live on campus? So many questions! Read the answers to these and more at

•23Stereo/Radio/CD Player • Cable-ready television • Desk lamp • Bed linens, pillow, blankets • Clothes hangers • Free-standing fan • Free-standing bookshelf

“ is a life-saver. Check the animated layout of your laundry room before hauling your clothes to the lobby to make sure there are open machines. Who knew laundry could be fun?” – Bradley Thrasher ’12

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Start your countdown!

Add a move-in countdown to your phone.

M e a l Plans All freshmen are required to purchase a meal plan, with the following options: Prices subject to change. Current prices are available at appcard/meal-plans.

Super: $1,580/semester, $3,160/academic year High: $1,295/semester, $2,590/academic year 24

Standard: $1,120/semester, $2,240/academic year

What are you hungry for?

After their freshman year, students can opt for Low: $895 /semester $1,790/academic year

Appalachian Food Services operates a diverse selection of dining options located in the Central Dining Hall, Trivette Hall and the Plemmons Student Union as well as campus convenience stores and vending machines. We also operate a full-service catering kitchen and bake shop for your special events.

All Meal Account options are based on an a la carte service (priced separately). Individual meal patterns will determine the most appropriate option. Your Meal Account works just like a debit card, with funds deducted from your balance each time your card is swiped. Balances on Meal Accounts carry over from fall to spring semester. But at the end of spring semester, eat up – any balance you have is nonrefundable and won’t carry over. Meal Accounts can be used in all Food Services locations, The Bake Shop, Catering, The Markets (campus convenience stores), Crossroads Coffee House, The Wired Scholar Cafe, vending machines and concession stands at sporting events.

Express Account The Appalachian Express Account allows you or your family to deposit funds which can then be accessed by the AppCard in specific campus locations like the University Bookstore and dining halls. It works just like a debit card, and you can deposit additional funds at any time either in the AppCard Office or online. It’s convenient, you don’t have to carry cash, and it may help you budget for the semester. The Express Account DOES NOT REPLACE the Meal Account for oncampus students! However, this is a great option for transfer students living off campus and eating on campus. Go to and see details under “AppCard.” 2012 New Student Guidebook

Read details on your culinary choices at

U se r n a me s and Passwords You’ll need two different student accounts, with two different usernames and passwords, as you become an official Appalachian student. Here’s how to keep them straight. 1. First Connections username and password: Unless you’ve changed it, use the username and password that were assigned to you when you applied for admission. If you’ve forgotten them, DO NOT create a new First Connections account. Go to and click on “Forgot your username or password?” 2. Appalachian email account (AppalNet) username: Each student will receive an email address soon after being accepted into the university. This is how you will receive important updates on Orientation, your enrollment status, Housing information, and financial aid updates. Be sure to get into the habit of checking your account every day. Your official Appalachian username should be your last name and first and middle initials. For the password, a random number is initially assigned. You are required to change the password when you first log in. If you forget, you can reset your password at Use your Appalachian email account username and password for: • Math Placement Test • Online housing application • Access to AppalNet, the university-wide network 25

AppalNet: your source for email, news, and more AppalNet, Appalachian’s university-wide network, provides access to your email and campus news. You can also check your registration and financial aid status, class schedule, academic transcripts, grade reports, and account balances. Check your AppalNet account regularly for important announcements. Go to and click on AppalNet at the top right of the page. Trouble with AppalNet? Email Tech Support at techsupport@ or call 828-262-6266.

Postal service and telephone In August, each student is assigned a post office box at the Campus Post Office, which you will keep until you graduate as long as you are continuously enrolled during fall and spring semesters. Telephone service is not provided in the residence hall rooms unless specifically requested.

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Fi n a n c ial Aid and Tuition Here’s the thing about financial aid. Yes, you will need to complete the paperwork and the online applications. But, it makes your education more affordable. If it saves you and your family money, isn’t it worth the time to apply? More than half of all Appalachian students receive some kind of financial assistance. You can help out by working part time and being smart with your money.

How to apply for financial aid Step 1.

Complete the 2012-13 FAFSA by March 1. (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

This is the most important step. If you don’t fill out the FAFSA, you can’t be considered for most types of aid.


Before you fill out the FAFSA Get a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN) at You’ll use this PIN to provide electronic signatures, review the status of your FAFSA, learn more about federal grants and loans you receive at the National Student Loan Data System (, reapply for financial aid each year, and more. If you are providing parent information on the FAFSA, one parent must also obtain a PIN at

Important financial aid contacts

When to complete the FAFSA Complete it as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2012, and before Appalachian’s priority filing date of March 1. The earlier you submit the FAFSA, the better your chances that more funds will be available, (especially if you’re a North Carolina resident) because in some cases, it’s first come, first served. And if you miss the deadline, your financial aid may not be finalized by the time classes start in the fall.

MAILING ADDRESS Office of Student Financial Aid Appalachian State University John E. Thomas Hall ASU Box 32059 Boone, NC 28608-2059

Taxes If you’ve filed your 2011 income taxes, you’ll use those figures when you fill out the FAFSA. If you haven’t filed yet, use estimates. Once you file your return, make sure you go back to to correct or update any information.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS (for FedEx or UPS) Office of Student Financial Aid Appalachian State University John E. Thomas Hall 287 Rivers St. Room 265 Boone, NC 28608

Include Appalachian List Appalachian as a school to receive the FAFSA results. Appalachian’s Federal School Code is 002906. Check back It’s up to you to go back to the FAFSA website to check the status of your application and to see if there are any processing problems. No one will contact you directly if there are issues you need to resolve, and you don’t want your processing to be delayed.

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OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID Phone: 828-262-2190 Fax: 828-262-2585

FEDERAL SCHOOL CODE 002906 FEDERAL STUDENT AID INFORMATION CENTER 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243) TTY: 800-730-8913 or 319-337-5665

Step 2.

Review the Student Aid Report (SAR) Two weeks after you submit the FAFSA, you should receive the Electronic Student Aid Report (ESAR) via email. If you didn’t provide an email address on the FAFSA, you’ll receive the report by postal mail. Check the report and make sure it’s accurate and complete. If there are mistakes, make corrections. If you don’t receive the report within two weeks of submitting the FAFSA, check on the status of your application at or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-4-FEDAID (800-433-3243) or TTY (text telephone device for the deaf ) at 800-730-8913 or 319-337-5665.

Step 3.

Deal with Verification (if necessary) If your application is selected by the U.S. Department of Education for federal verification, Appalachian’s Office of Student Financial Aid will request documents from you and/or your parent(s). The verification requirements can be viewed on your AppalNet account. 27

Financial aid: A refresher course Financial assistance helps you pay for your college education. It comes in three forms: • Scholarships and Grants: These don’t have to be repaid. • Loans: You and/or your parent borrow money and pay it back. • Work: You take on part-time jobs through Federal Work-Study to earn money toward expenses besides tuition and fees, room and board – such as books, supplies, transportation, etc. NOTE: If you’re in the military or you’re a veteran, contact our Veterans Affairs Coordinator about veterans and military education benefits at 828-262-2190.

Scholarships and grants Grants: Most federal, state and institutional grants are awarded based on your family’s financial need. The grant amounts vary each year. Apply by filling out the FAFSA (see page 26). Scholarships: Appalachian awards scholarships based on your academic achievement, demonstrated leadership

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abilities, and financial aid. The scholarship process at Appalachian is very competitive. If you missed the deadline or were not awarded a scholarship, there may be other scholarships available in your hometown or found through a web search at Once you declare a major, check with the department’s main office to find out about departmental scholarships. If you do receive any kind of outside aid, you must report it to the Office of Student Financial Aid (required by federal regulations). ACCESS If your family has a low income and you are a North Carolina resident, you may qualify for Appalachian’s ACCESS program. The ACCESS program gives such students the opportunity to attend Appalachian debt free. For more information, visit welcome-access or call 828-262-2291. Additional scholarship links

Loans The major federal loans include the Federal Perkins Loan (based on need), Federal Direct Loans (subsidized based on need, unsubsidized open to all), and Federal Direct PLUS Loan (federal loan program for parents). Each loan varies as to interest rate, amount, and guidelines. You can apply by submitting the FAFSA (see page 26). On some loans, you might not have to make payments while you’re a full-time student; instead, you start repaying after you graduate or fall below half-time enrollment status. Other loans suggest you pay the interest while still in school. If you qualify for a federal loan (you’ll find out when you receive your award information on your AppalNet account) and you want to accept the offer, you’ll have additional forms to complete. The award information will include details.

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One way to help offset your educational expenses is to work part time at a campus job while you take classes. If you submit the FAFSA and you qualify for the Federal Work-Study Program, your award information will include a maximum amount you can earn through the Federal Work-Study Program, which translates to about 10 to 12 work hours per week. It’s up to you to make sure that money goes to good use – for instance, for textbooks instead of for video games. Appalachian’s Student Employment Office will arrange your job. For a list of current work-study openings, contact Student Employment at 828-262-4099. If possible, choose an assignment in something related to your major or your interests – it’s a great opportunity to gain experience. If you don’t qualify for work-study but still want to work, Appalachian’s Student Temporary Employment has an online job board. Go to and click on “Find a Job.” There’s even an odd jobs listserv with one-time projects like moving or yard work at tux. TIP: No matter what kind of job you have while in college, we suggest working no more than 20 hours a week when classes are in session. TIP: If you plan to work on campus, bring either your original passport or your Social Security card or birth certificate. You’ll have to show one of these, along with your student ID, within your first three days of work.

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FOR DETAILS ON GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, LOANS, AND WORK-STUDY, go to and click on “Types of Aid.” Receiving your financial aid You’ve completed all the FAFSA online and you’ve received your award notice. But wait, you may not be done quite yet: • If you’ve never received a Federal Direct Loan before, you will need to complete entrance counseling online. This outlines the loan details and your responsibility. Go to and click on “Entrance Counseling.” Then go to your AppalNet account to confirm that the Office of Student Financial Aid knows that you completed the counseling. • If this is the first time you have borrowed a Federal Direct Loan, you will also need to complete and submit a Master Promissory Note. Your parents may also be required to complete one for the Federal Direct Plus Loan. The official Federal Direct Loan website is • If you have been awarded and have accepted a Federal Perkins Loan, you must complete Federal Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note, Data Sheet, and Federal Perkins Loan Entrance Counseling. You may complete the Federal Perking Loan Entrance Counseling online at by clicking on “Entrance Counseling.”

Keeping informed on financial aid Appalachian’s Office of Student Financial Aid will send you important updates and information either to your AppalNet or your Appalachian email account. So, check both of these at least twice a week to avoid jeopardizing your financial aid. Set your AppalNet personal announcements to receive financial aid information. It’s also a good idea to keep up on financial aid-related news by reviewing the financial aid web site at IMPORTANT NOTE: Financial aid is not automatically renewed or guaranteed from one year to the next. You must reapply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA each year as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Questions? Check out a list of FAQs online at

Value and affordability Repeatedly cited as a best value by The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and other publications, Appalachian offers an outstanding education at a great price. Our out-of-state rates are comparable with many states’ in-state tuition rates. Fall 2011 tuition and fees (Subject to change for Fall 2012. Tuition and fees are updated at when they are finalized each year.)


In-State Out-Of-State (per year) (per year) Tuition and fees $5,746 $17,794 Standard Residence Hall $3,900 $3,900 (some rooms are more expensive) Standard Meal Option $2,240 $2,240 (High and Super are more expensive) Total (fall semester 2011) $11,886* $23,934* * For optional health insurance , add $794 Rent your books You can save hundreds of dollars through the University Bookstore’s textbook rental system. This program covers one book per course for most courses taught on campus for undergraduate students during the regular academic year and summer sessions. Additional textbooks must be purchased. bookstore.appstate. edu/textbooks

Paying tuition In mid-July, Appalachian will send an account statement by email with how much you owe in tuition and fees for fall semester early registration activity. Payment is due the first week of August (check “Important Dates” on the Student Accounts website for the exact payment deadline). If you pay your bill late you will incur a late fee and your class schedule may be deleted. Your Orientation cost will be billed separately. The following spring semester account statement will be emailed in November with payment due in midDecember. You can view and pay your student account as well as your financial aid award status through AppalNet. Questions about your bill? Call the Office of Student Accounts at 828-262-2113. For methods of payment, visit

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Co m pu te rs With our extensive resources and computer experts, we’ll have you up and running in no time. Bringing a computer? Yes, you can bring a computer from home. If you do, it has to meet minimum requirements so you can access Appalachian’s network. Go to for answers to all your technology-related questions (even the ones you didn’t know you had). 30

*The Department of Technology has its own set of computer recommendations for students in its programs. Not bringing a computer? Appalachian has 2,500 public computer workstations throughout campus, as well as laptops for check out in Belk Library and Information Commons. These Windows and Apple computers have a variety of word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, presentation and statistical software. Buying a computer or software? While it is not required for students to have their own computer, it is strongly recommended. The University Bookstore sells Apple, Dell and Lenovo computers that have been selected to meet the needs of Appalachian students. Educational discounts are available.

Tech Support Appalachian’s Tech Support provides help for students with Apple, Dell and Lenovo computers. If you run into a problem with your computer, visit or call 828-262-8324(TECH).

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Love Yosef What’s the story behind our mascot, Yosef the Mountaineer? Was there some heroic tale that inspired the bearded figure with suspenders and black hat? Well, no. In the early 1940s, the yearbook staff was struggling to fill an empty space at the end of the freshman class photos. Someone suggested, “Why don’t you just include a picture of yourself?” Instead, the space was filled with a sketch and the name Dan’l Boone Yoseff. Over the years, the name evolved into Yosef.

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Aug. 14: Move-In Day for transfers living on campus attending Aug. 15 final transfer Orientation (move-in time is noon-5 p.m.) Aug. 15: Move-In Day for freshmen attending Aug. 16-17 final freshmen Orientation (move-in time is noon-7 p.m.) Aug. 17-20: Welcome Weekend Aug. 18: Shop The BIG Sale, where you can buy gently used items – from carpet to shelves to shower caddies – for rock-bottom prices. Proceeds benefit local charities. (8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Legends) Aug. 17: Move-In Day for all freshmen and on-campus transfers who attended Orientation in May or June (specific move-in times will be assigned) Aug. 20: Explore nearly 300 extracurricular activities at the Club Expo and Resource Fair. Aug. 21: Classes begin Aug. 22: Learn about University Recreation opportunities during UREC Fest Sept. 6: Fall Convocation Sept. 28-30: Family Weekend Oct. 11-12: Fall Break Dec. 7: Last formal day of classes Dec. 10-14: Final exams

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“Boone is definitely the place to be on the weekends. There is always something affordable and fun to do up here, and that is when the best memories are made.” – Janea Brown ’14

G e t t i n g in tou ch Did this book answer all your questions? If not, we’ve put together a list of phone numbers, Facebook pages and websites you might find helpful.

Admissions 828-262-2120 Academic Advising 828-262-2167 AppalCART (bus service) 828-264-2278


AppalNet (computer network) (click on “AppalNet”) 828-262-6266 AppCard/Meal Card 828-262-6141 Bookstore 828-262-3070 1-800-ASU-WEAR (1-800-278-9327) Counseling and Psychological Services Center 828-262-3180 Disability Services 828-262-3056 Financial Aid 828-262-2190 Food Services 828-262-3061

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General Education 828-262-2028 Health Services After-hours nurse: 828-262-3100 Appointments: 828-262-6577 Insurance: 828-262-7463 Main number: 828-262-3100 Medical Records: 828-262-6578 Honors College 828-262-2083 and search for “The Honors College” Information/campus directory campus switchboard 828-262-2000 Library and Information Commons 828-262-2186 and search for “Belk Library@ Appalachian State University” Office of International Education and Development 828-262-2046 Office of Student Research 828-262-7655 Office of Transfer Articulation 828-262-6820 Orientation, Freshman and Transfer 828-262-2167

Orientation, Parent 828-262-7398

University Housing 828-262-2160

Orientation Welcome Weekend 828-262-2167

University Police 828-262-2150

Fire, Police, and Ambulance 911 (from off campus) or 9-911 (from on campus)

Parking and Traffic Department 828-262-2878

University Police Emergency: 828-262-8000 Non-Emergency: 828-262-2150

Post Office 828-262-2242

Weather in Boone Live Weather Cam –

Emergency Notifications During a campus emergency, all emergency notifications and updates will be posted at

Registrar’s Office 828-262-2050

Be prepared

Student Accounts (Billing/Cashier) 828-262-2113

Emergency Contacts


Sign up for AppState-ALERT voice and text alerts and talk with your family about how you will communicate with them in a campus emergency. Students should register their cell phone at appstate-alert. AppState-ALERT also incorporates a siren warning system, desktop alerts, email and web technologies. Campus Security and Fire Safety Annual Report This report and related policies are available at

Student Conduct 828-262-2704 Student Employment Office 828-262-4099 Tech Support 828-262-TECH (8324) Testing Services 828-262-6801 828-262-7660

Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees. 10,500 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $9,875.00 or $0.94 per copy. This publication produced by University Communications, Appalachian State University.

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App lingo dictionary Spend some time learning these terms and you’ll sound like a seasoned Mountaineer! Yosef: the university’s beloved mascot, found anywhere there’s Mountaineer pride The JET: John E. Thomas Hall, home to offices such as admissions, housing, financial aid and more; named for a former chancellor The Caf: Central Dining Hall

Get the facts

East Side, West Side: terms used to describe which side of Rivers Street your residence hall is located

Total enrollment: about 17,300 (2,972 new freshmen, 903 new transfer students)

The Rock: Appalachian’s football stadium


Average class size: about 25 students Student/faculty ratio: 17-to-1 Size of freshman class: about 2,900 Elevation: 3,333 feet Most popular shoes: Chaco, TOMS Shoes Favorite activities on Sanford Mall: studying in hammocks, slacklining, Frisbee throwing Best way to dress: in layers Average time to walk from your residence hall to class: 10 minutes Where to go for a cheap date: I.G. Greer Movie Theatre, $1 Closest off-campus spot for coffee and hanging out: King Street Most famous score: Mountaineer football’s 34-32 win over Michigan

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The Mall: Sanford Mall, the grassy area in the middle of campus; named for North Carolina’s 65th governor, Terry Sanford Durham Park: the park near the intersection of Rivers Street and Hwy. 321; named for former provost Dr. Harvey R. Durham Plemmons: the student union; named for Appalachian’s second president, Dr. William H. Plemmons Club Expo: a must-go-to event for discovering how to get involved on campus Freshman 15: those extra pounds you’ll keep off by working out in Appalachian’s three fitness centers

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D on’t forget. . . To secure your place in Appalachian’s Class of 2016, be sure to: 1. Submit your advance payment (deposit). 2. Register for Orientation. (Watch for an email with registration instructions after you submit your advance payment.) 3. Sign up for Housing. 4. Complete the FAFSA.

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