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Welcome to App! 2013 New Student Guidebook What’s inside? • More great reasons to choose this top-ranked school Pages 3-9 • Your next steps in joining the Class of 2017 Pages 10-17 • How to register for orientation and housing Pages 12 and 22 • How to apply for financial aid Page 26

Congratulations on your acceptance into

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Welcome to your Mountains of Opportunity. This 2013 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 2017. 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.

The following steps must be completed to secure your place in Appalachian’s Class of 2017. 1. Submit your advance payment (deposit). 2. Register for Orientation. 3. Sign up for Housing. 4. Apply for financial aid, as needed. Details on these steps and other important information can be found starting on page 10.

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

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.


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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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 Inside the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis

Challenging Academics Appalachian’s learning environment feels like that of a smaller school, but it offers 150 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 about 25 students Close, personal interaction – The student/faculty ratio is 16:1, 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 “2013 America’s Best Colleges Guide” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2013 The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” Forbes magazine’s “100 Best College Buys” “Community Engagement” classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching SIERRA Magazine’s top 10 list of “Coolest Schools”

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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 – advising is a

collaboration between student and advisor that helps students develop academic and career goals. Advisors help students understand academic policies and procedures, be familiar with campus resources, plan next semester goals, and explore majors.

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.

Study abroad in Cuba

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. Analyze ancient volcanic ash with geologist Dr. Cindy Liutkus-Pierce, 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 and N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti. Explore human consciousness in your First Year Seminar course. Or, how about humanity’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. Tracy Smith, a national leader 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

Study abroad in Costa Rica

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One of about 50 student floats in the annual Homecoming parade

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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. 19. 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 offers 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. Most RLCs have a First Year Seminar or other linked course designed to allow students within the 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 portion of the Online Housing Application (see page 22 for instructions). The deadline to apply is June 15.

Residential Learning Communities


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Breathtaking Location 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 nationally recognized Outdoor Programs. Your first chance to participate is the First Ascent wilderness orientation program. 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 energyefficient 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 worldclass mountain biking, trout fishing, rock climbing and paddling attract people from all over the world.

Creek crossing at First Ascent Wilderness Orientation

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. 9

Weather With an elevation of 3,333 feet, Boone tends to be a little cooler than other places in North Carolina. The best way to dress in Boone is in layers and you’ll need a winter coat by mid-October. Other necessary gear includes an umbrella and rain boots, snow boots and a hat. Be aware that wind chill factors can make it feel much colder than the average winter temperature.
















Average winter snow amount is 41.8”

Whitewater kayaking with Outdoor Programs

Go play: With four winter resorts in the area, it’s easy to learn to ski, snowboard, tube or ice skate while you’re a student at Appalachian. Other must-visit destinations are Grandfather Mountain and its Mile-High Swinging Bridge; Linville Gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of the East; the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the country’s most beautiful roadways and most visited national park; and the paddle-worthy New River and Watauga River.

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Relaxing between classes in Plemmons Student Union

Enrollment steps 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 2017, 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 Enrollment Steps




Confirm your attendance by submitting the Acceptance Agreement Form and the Advance Payment.* (Note: this must be completed before additional

May 1 (or as stated in acceptance

Register for Orientation.*

July 1 (or prior to your Orientation session) (available Feb. 1)

Parents should register for Parent Orientation.

July 1

Submit application for housing (or request an exemption).* (All freshmen are required to live on campus

July 1 (available Feb. 1)

Complete the Early Registration Advising (ERA) course to start your class registration process before Orientation.

July 1 (or prior to your Orientation session) (available April 15)

Take the Math and/or Foreign Language Placement Test (if required).

July 1 (available April 3)

Submit Immunization Record/Medical History Form.

July 1

Select your health insurance option.

July 1

Submit final transcripts (high school and/or college).

Office of Admissions ASU Box 32004, Boone, NC 28608

July 1


steps are accessible.)

(Note: Orientation is required for all new students.)

(Note: Parent Orientation is recommended for all parents and families of new/incoming students and has a separate registration process.)

or submit a formal request for exception to the housing rule; transfers can apply for housing on a space-available basis.)

*Failure to complete these steps by the deadline is grounds for having your offer of admission rescinded. 2013 New Student Guidebook

Fans at Kidd Brewer Stadium

Other Enrollment Steps



Financial Aid – Apply for financial aid. You may still complete the FAFSA after the priority deadline but funds may be limited. File the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1. or

The priority deadline is March 1. (Apply as soon as

• If you have finalized all financial aid requirements by March 1, you should receive notification of your financial aid award.

Early April

• Check on your financial aid requirements. Submit any outstanding requirements including the completion of a Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note for a student and/or parent loan.

Early April to mid-July

AppalNet – Our primary way to contact you with important dates and information is through AppalNet. Activate your account and update contact information for your parents or with your e-mail, mailing address, and phone number.

July 1

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

July 1(or prior to your

Verify your intended major, as listed on your acceptance letter; if you want to change majors, please update your profile at myAPP or contact the Admissions Office.

July 1 (or prior to your Orientation session)

Check for additional admission/enrollment steps for select majors:

possible after Jan.1.)


Orientation session)

Varies (see website for


• Art (portfolio required)

• Music (audition required)

• Interior Design

Pay your fall semester tuition and fees.

Early August

Attend Welcome Weekend.

Aug. 16-19

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

Register for Orientation 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 can register for Orientation at Make sure you have two or three date options in case your first choice is full. The earlier you register the more likely you will get your first choice date (see next page for dates). The preliminary deadline to register is May 20, but the absolute deadline to either have attended or registered for the final August Orientation is July 1.


2. Complete Early Registration Advising (ERA). After you register for Orientation, you need to review the ERA course on your myApp 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 the online Math or Foreign Language Placement Test prior to your Orientation session. 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 16).

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 orientation.

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 17 for information about Parent Orientation. Parents register for Orientation separately at

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 graduate from high school in spring/ summer 2013, you are considered a freshman no matter how many transfer credits you bring in.

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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Getting to know campus with an Orientation group

2013 Orientation Dates Freshmen:

Summer School:

May 27 and 28

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.

May 30 and May 31 June 3 and 4 June 10 and 11 June 13 and 14 June 17 and 18 June 20 and 21 June 24 and 25

May 20 for students admitted for 1st Session Summer School


June 28 for students admitted for 2nd Session Summer School

Aug. 15 and 16*

Transfer Students: June 7 June 28 Aug. 14* *Students should make every effort to attend an earlier Orientation and reserve the August date for others with exceptional circumstances.

Attend Welcome Weekend Aug. 16-19 Welcome Weekend incorporates four days of activities and information you need to settle in to campus life! Appalachian’s traditional Black & Gold Ceremony is the official kick-off for the weekend’s events. 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. Appalachian State University

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 17 for information about Parent Orientation.

Orientation check-in and parking


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). If you are traveling a long distance, students may 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. Students will be provided parking accommodations for one vehicle during Orientation. Fees will be charged for additional vehicles. 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

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.

Transfer Student Orientation Transfer Orientation is a required one-day program for all new transfers. We will also be sending you emails about optional programming that may enhance your transition to Appalachian. 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 student 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.

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

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

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

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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Studying on Sanford Mall, Appalachian’s central green space and gathering spot

Placement testing

What to bring to Orientation

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.

• Informal clothing and comfortable walking shoes

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 John E. Thomas Hall or Call 828-262-7877 with questions. 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

• Backpack and water bottle • Rain gear and sweater or jacket • 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 on 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)

What NOT to bring • Linens (sheets, a pillow, a towel and a light blanket are provided in the residence hall for freshmen) • 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 (ota@ or 828-262-7877) or Academic Advising ( or 828-262-2167).

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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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Rock climbing with the First Ascent program

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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 wish to explore the area’s stunning natural environment. The program’s four-day sessions go out weekly through July and August. Visit and go to First Ascent for more information or to register. Registration is on a first-come basis and sessions typically fill by May. 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, 2013. 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, 2013. (This offering depends on available funding.)

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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 2013 selection is “American Dervish” by Ayad Akhtar, 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. Please 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. 10, when the author will speak.


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A professor and student in the Department of Theatre and Dance

For Parents: Parent and Family Orientation Trailhead Academy activity

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.

Register: 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 13. Register early because sessions fill up fast! Your child must register first, then you may register for the same date. Parents must register separately from students. There is a fee, which includes all materials and a meal, that is separate from your student’s orientation fee.


Parent Orientation Fees The Parent Orientation charge includes a meal, a Parent Connections book, program materials, and all programming expenses. The charge for the first parent/family member of a freshman is $60 and the second parent/family member is $40. The charge for the first parent/family member of a transfer student is $45 and $40 for the second parent/family member.


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. It’s a great program to help you support your child.

• Parents of freshmen attend a two-day orientation session and parents of transfer students attend a one-day orientation session. Visit parents. to register and view the schedule. • 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.

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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.

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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 a successful and generous company.

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.

19 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.

Establish your independence! One of our 20 residence halls may 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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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 80 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.

Inside a Sanford Hall classroom

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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 have an opportunity to get 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.

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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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 one-time rides.

To Your Health 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.,,


Medical Records Students with ongoing conditions and medications should have their specialist send a summary to Student Health Service for completeness of records.

An exercise class in Mt. Mitchell Fitness Center Appalachian State University

A room inside Cone Residence Hall


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get your housing assignment, you will also get contact information for your roommate.

How to apply

Housing options

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:

Appalachian has 20 residence halls on campus for nearly 5,700 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.

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

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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.

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

Housing costs Housing rates for the 2013-14 academic year are listed below. The rates cover rent and utilities, including basic cable. • Belk, Bowie, Coltrane, Eggers and Gardner halls: $2,000/semester, $4,000/ academic year • East and Justice halls: $2,050/semester, $4,100/academic year

• Personal computer, with Ethernet cord

• Cannon, Cone, Doughton, Frank, Hoey, Lovill and White halls: $2,200/ semester, $4,400/academic year

• Alarm clock

• LLC, Newland and Summit halls: $2,250/semester, $4,500/academic year

• Trash can (fireproof )

• Appalachian Heights, Mountaineer Hall, Appalachian Panhellenic Hall: $2,350/semester, $4,700/academic year

• Dry-Erase message board • Shower shoes • Stereo/radio/CD player • Cable-ready television • Desk lamp • Bed linens, pillow, blankets • Clothes hangers • Free-standing fan • Free-standing bookshelf

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



Appalachian has two LEED® certified residence halls – Frank Hall and Mountaineer Hall. 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

A room inside Bowie Residence Hall Appalachian State University

Mealtime at Central Dining Hall


Meal Accounts All freshmen are required to purchase a meal plan, with the following options: Prices subject to change. Current prices are available at foodservices.appstate. edu/appcard/meal-accounts.

Super: $1,580/semester, $3,160/academic year High: $1,295/semester, $2,590/academic year Standard: $1,120/semester, $2,240/academic year After their freshman year, students can opt for Low: $895 /semester $1,790/academic year 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 football games.

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What are you hungry for? 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. Read details on your culinary choices at


Ten percent of food served at Appalachian is locally sourced.

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 on-campus students! However, this is a great option for transfer students living off campus and eating on campus. Go to

AppalNet: your source for email, news and more All new students are given an AppalNet account. AppalNet provides access to your student email, important messages and campus news. It is also where you can view your registration and financial aid status, class schedules, academic transcripts, grade reports and account balances. Log in with your myAPP username and password. Then, check the myAPP tab for important updates on Orientation, your enrollment status and Housing. Don’t miss out! Visit AppalNet regularly to stay up to date. If you have questions, contact 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.

Catching up with friends in Crossroads Coffee House Appalachian State University

Financial 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 2013-14 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

When to complete the FAFSA Complete it as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2013, 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.

Taxes If you’ve filed your 2012 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.

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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View from Belk Library and Information Commons

Important financial aid contacts OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID Phone: 828-262-2190 Fax: 828-262-2585

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

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


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 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-FED-AID (800-433-3243) or TTY (text telephone device for the deaf ) at 800-730-8913 or 319337-5665.

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.

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 WorkStudy 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).

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 or call 828-262-2291.

Search 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.

Scholarships: Appalachian awards scholarships based on your academic achievement, demonstrated leadership abilities, and financial aid. The scholarship process at Appalachian is very competitive. If you missed the deadline

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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 onetime projects like moving or yard work at mailman/listinfo/oddjobs.

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 and Exit 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 accepted a Federal Perkins Loan, you must complete Federal Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note and Federal Perkins Loan Entrance Counseling. You will receive an email directing you to complete the Perkins Loan MPN and Entrance Counseling electronically. You will need to click on the link provided in the email and follow the instructions given. Be sure to complete and submit all sections until you see “Electronic Signature Accepted - You have successfully signed your promissory note.”

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 2012 tuition and fees (Subject to change for Fall 2013. Tuition and fees are updated at when they are finalized each year.)

In-State Out-Of-State (per year) (per year) Tuition and fees $6,289 $18,337 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 (2012) $12,429* $24,477* *A required health services fee of $134 is included in the fees above. For optional health insurance , add $1,418.

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.

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 early January. 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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The Solarium inside Plemmons Student Union

Computers With our extensive resources and computer experts, we’ll have you up and running in no time.

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do, it has to meet minimum requirements so you can access Appalachian’s network. Go to for answers to all your technologyrelated questions (even the ones you didn’t know you had). *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.

Zimride (ridesharing) and UHaulCarShare (car checkout service) allow you to get around without bringing a car to campus.

Game day at Kidd Brewer Stadium

Looking ahead… Early August: Fall semester tuition and fees due. Aug. 13: Move-In Day for transfers living on campus attending Aug. 14 final transfer Orientation (move-in time is


noon-5 p.m.)

Aug. 14: Move-In Day for freshmen attending Aug. 15-16 final freshmen Orientation (move-in time is noon-7 p.m.) Aug. 16: 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. 16-19: Welcome Weekend Aug. 17: 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. 19: Explore nearly 300 extracurricular activities at the Club Expo and Resource Fair.

Aug. 20: Classes begin Aug. 21: Learn about University Recreation opportunities during UREC Fest Sept. 10: Fall Convocation Mid-September: Family Weekend Oct. 17-18: Fall Break Dec. 6: Last formal day of classes Dec. 9-13: Final exams

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

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Getting in touch 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.


General Education 828-262-2120 828-262-2028

AppalCART (bus service) After-hours nurse: 828-262-3100 Appointments: 828-262-6577 Insurance: 828-262-7463 Main number: 828-262-3100 Medical Records: 828-262-6578 828-264-2278

Honors College

Academic Advising 828-262-2167

AppalNet (computer network) (click on “AppalNet”) 828-262-6266 32

Health Services

AppCard/Meal Card 828-262-2083 and search for “The Honors College”

Information/campus directory 828-262-6141 campus switchboard 828-262-2000


Library and Information Commons 828-262-3070 1-800-ASU-WEAR (1-800-278-9327) 828-262-2186 and search for “Belk Library@Appalachian State University”

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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Office of International Education and Development 828-262-2046

Office of Student Research 828-262-7655

Office of Transfer Articulation 828-262-7877

Orientation, Freshman and Transfer 828-262-2167

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

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

Emergency Notifications

Inside Belk Library and Information Commons

Orientation, Parent

Student Conduct 828-262-7398 828-262-2704

Orientation Welcome Weekend

Student Employment Office 828-262-2167 828-262-4099

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 emergency. AppStateALERT also incorporates a siren warning system, desktop alerts, email and web technologies.

Outdoor Programs - First Ascent

Tech Support 828-262-4077 828-262-TECH (8324)

Parking and Traffic Department 828-262-2878 828-262-6801 828-262-7660

Campus Security and Fire Safety Annual Report

Post Office

University Housing 828-262-2242 828-262-2160

Registrar’s Office

University Police 828-262-2050 828-262-2150

Student Accounts (Billing/Cashier) Live Weather Cam –

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

Be prepared Sign up for AppState-ALERT voice and

This report and related policies are available at 828-262-2113


Testing Services

Weather in Boone

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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

Central: Central Dining Hall Inside the student-designed biodiesel research lab 34

Get the facts (Fall 2012 statistics) Total enrollment: about 17,500 (3,028 new freshmen, 943 new transfer students) Average class size: about 25 students Student/faculty ratio: 16-to-1 Elevation: 3,333 feet Most popular shoes: Chaco, TOMS 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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East Side, West Side: terms used to describe which side of Rivers Street your residence hall is located

The Rock: Appalachian’s football stadium 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

35 A sunny day on Sanford Mall

Don’t forget...

The following steps must be completed to secure your place in Appalachian’s Class of 2017. 1. Submit your advance payment (deposit). 2. Register for Orientation. 3. Sign up for Housing. 4. Apply for financial aid, as needed. 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 $6,955.00 or $0.66 per copy. The New Student Guidebook was produced using Sappi Flo paper which features FSC® and SFI® Chain of Custody certifications, is Lacey Act compliant, and 100% of the electricity used to manufacture Flo sheets is generated with Green-e® certified renewable energy. As an eco-paper, 10% of the fiber in Flo sheets is derived from Post Consumer Waste (PCW). This publication was produced by University Communications, Appalachian State University. ©2013 Appalachian State University

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