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#AppSaidYes! 2015 New Student Guidebook Your guide to becoming a Mountaineer Share the moment with family and friends! #AppSaidYes!

Congratulations on your acceptance into

Appalachian State University! Welcome to your Mountains of Opportunity. This 2015 New Student Guidebook introduces you to the many opportunities at Appalachian and gives you all the details you’ll need to reserve your place as a Mountaineer. 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 as a Mountaineer. 1. Submit your advance payment deposit. 2. Register for Orientation. 3. Sign up for housing (required for freshmen, optional for transfer students). 4. Apply for financial aid, as needed. Details about these steps and other important information begin on page 10.

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Go out and make friends, get involved, and you will have the best years of your life. – Dylan McNeilly ’14

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 welcomes your student with open arms and is ready to assist with the adjustment process from high school to college.

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More great reasons to choose this top-ranked university

12 Orientation 17 Parent and Family Orientation 21 Immunizations and Health Insurance 22 Housing 26 Financial Aid and Tuition

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The most striking thing about Appalachian is the faculty. I’ve been blown away by how much time and help my professors are willing to give. – Carys Kunze ’14

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.

Inside the Department of Chemistry

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 26 students Close, personal interaction – The student/faculty ratio is 16-to-1, which means it’s easy to seek help outside of class, ask questions, and find opportunities to conduct research alongside your professors.

Accolades: U.S. News and World Report’s “2015 America’s Best Colleges Guide” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2014 The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” for 2015 Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges 2014” “Community Engagement” classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching SIERRA Magazine’s list of “Coolest Schools”

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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, become familiar with campus resources, plan next semester goals, and explore majors.

First Year Seminar – This course, for freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 hours of credit, introduces you to the rigor of academic study and helps you connect to faculty, the university and the local community. Writing Across the Curriculum – Our

nationally acclaimed writing programs provide continued support for writing effectively, from the freshman through senior years.

University Writing Center – Writing experts can assist you with term papers, essays and other writing projects. Tutoring Services – Our Learning Assistance Program provides services to students which include tutoring in introductory level courses, supplemental instruction in partnership with certain sections of Biology and Chemistry, and learning skills courses and consultations. Career Development Center – Your go-to office for learning how to write a resumé, apply for jobs and internships, ace an interview and more. Office of Transfer Services – Your onestop shop for transfer student support and resources.

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 enriching 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 former 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.

My experience in the Edible Schoolyard during First Year Seminar reminded me that gardening is more than just pulling weeds and putting a shrub in the ground. Gardening allows you to flourish as an individual within a well-rooted community. As blossoming students, we are all gardeners who have the ability to plant seeds of change. - Sierra Santos ’16 Active learning in campus’s Edible Schoolyard

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One of about 50 student floats in the annual Homecoming parade

Life-changing Involvement 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 EXPO Aug. 16. 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 1.

Residential Learning Communities Active Living – explores physical fitness and personal wellness while building strength and character. Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) – for students preparing for a career in any discipline related to K-12 education. Art Haus – for students interested in all areas of performing and fine arts. ASUnity – a supportive environment where students can learn about diverse gender identities and sexualities. Black and Gold – for those with school spirit and Appalachian pride! Members attend sporting events together. Brain Matters – a psychology community that explores why people act, think and feel the way they do. Business Exploration – for students considering a business major. Explore all areas of business and understand how they work together. Exploring Health Sciences – for students interested in nursing, health care management, social work, communication science and other health disciplines. GUIDE – for first-year students as they manage one of the most exciting yet challenging transitions in their life – college! Language and Culture – for students who want to expand their knowledge of the global community. Living Free – for students who choose to live alcohol and drug free.

A New State of Mind – for out-of-state students who want to get connected to Appalachian, Boone and beautiful North Carolina while still celebrating their home state. Outdoor – for students interested in developing outdoor leadership skills. No previous experience required! ROTC – for students interested in military leadership, esprit de corps among cadets, a support network for academic classes, and physical fitness training. Transfer Teacher Educators – for transfer students who are preparing for a career in K-12 education. Transfer – assists students with the transition to Appalachian. Members receive academic and community support services often underutilized by transfer students. Watauga Residential College – for students who love to learn, especially when it challenges what they already know.

Honors and Engagement Community Freshman Honors/Upperclass Honors – for students seeking international fellowships and graduate education. Requires an additional application process through The Honors College. Service and Leadership – for students interested in further developing their leadership skills and pursuing opportunities for community service. Sophomore Year Experience – for second-year students who are examining majors and career options.

Living Green – for students interested in sustainability and living in an environmentally responsible community.

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First Ascent wilderness orientation, Little Lost Cove Cliffs

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 participating in the university’s commitment to Zero Waste and Renewable Energy Initiatives. Find out about the student run green fund, REI club, at and learn how to live as a sustainable citizen in the Sustainable Living Guide available at sustain. Enroll in one of our many academic programs that connect to the area, such as Appalachian studies, environmental science, sustainable development, or recreation management. See a complete list of sustainability related disciplines at 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 about 17,000 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.

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 secure your space in the incoming class, 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

Website/Contact Deadline

Confirm your attendance by submitting the Acceptance Agreement Form and the Advance Payment.*

May 1 (or as stated in acceptance

Register for Orientation.*

July 1 (available Feb. 2)

Parents should register for Parent and Family Orientation.

July 1

Submit application for housing (or request an exemption).*

July 1 (available Feb. 2)

Complete the Early Registration Advising (pre-Orientation) course and begin registering for classes.

Must be completed prior to your Orientation session.

Take the Math and/or Language Placement Test

July 1 (available April 1)

Submit Medical History/Immunization Record 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 28608-2004

Aug. 1 or prior to your Orientation session


(Note: this must be completed before additional steps are accessible.)

Register after you make your advance payment. Choose several date options in case your first choice is full. Register early for the best date selection. (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.)

(All freshmen are required to live on campus or submit a formal request for exception to the housing rule; transfers can apply for housing on a space-available basis.)

(available May 4)

(if required).

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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.

Immediately after submitting advanced payment

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. 14-17

For transfer students (and freshmen with college credit) • Stay informed about transfer resources at • Check your transfer course evaluation at Appalachian State University 11

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). Please register by May 20 to help us prepare. The absolute deadline to either have attended or be registered for the August session is July 1. 2. Complete Early Registration Advising (ERA). After you register for Orientation, complete the ERA course on your myApp checklist. The course and quiz are available May 6 and must be completed prior to attending your Orientation session. or 3. Complete online placement testing (if needed). Determine if you need to take the online Math or Language Placement. Make sure to complete these prior to your Orientation session. 4. Register for classes. After completing ERA (and passing the quiz at the end!), you will receive an email with registration information including your Registration PIN (personal identification number). You must begin class registration prior to attending Orientation. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to access registration support in the ERA process. If you have transfer credit, review your transcript evaluation at 5. Attend Orientation. During your 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 Common Reading Program book (see page 16).

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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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 and Family Orientation. Parents and families register for Orientation separately at parents.

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 2015, you are considered a freshman no matter how many transfer credits you bring in.

TRANSFER STUDENT TIP: Have questions about transferring your credit, applying for financial aid or knowing what courses to take? Register for the Transfer PreOrientation Program (TPOP). Get your questions answered and meet other new transfer students during this fun (and free!) program.


Appalachian offers 21 degrees related to sustainability, plus one sustainablityfocused minor.

Getting to know campus with an Orientation group

2015 Orientation Dates Freshman Students:

Summer Sessions

May 28 and 29

June 18 and 19

June 1 and 2

June 22 and 23

June 4 and 5

June 25 and 26

June 8 and 9

Aug. 13 and 14

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 term, which is REQUIRED for new students attending in the summer.

June 15 and 16

Transfer Students: May 25

May 25 for students admitted for 1st Summer Session June 29 for students admitted for 2nd Summer Session

June 12 June 29 Aug. 12*

International Students: Aug. 10-14 *Students should make every effort to attend an earlier Orientation and reserve the August date for others with exceptional circumstances.

Attend Welcome Weekend Aug. 14-17 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, there is a special series of activities designed for your Transfer Welcome Weekend. You’ll be emailed more information closer to the date.

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Freshman Orientation

Transfer Student 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.

Transfer Orientation is a required one-day program for all new transfers. We will also be sending you emails about additional 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 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. See page 17 for information about Parent and Family Orientation.

Orientation check-in and parking Starting at 8:30 a.m., males check in at Lovill Residence Hall; females check in at Cone 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 and families 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 your assigned hall. 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 The Orientation charge includes one night’s accommodations, linens, meals, an academic planner, Common 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.

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.

International Student Orientation International Orientation is required for all international degree-seeking students (both students on an F1 visa status and those who have never attended a U.S. university). Students should attend both international and new student orientation programs.

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

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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Placement testing

What to bring to Orientation

You may have to take placement tests (math or language) prior to Orientation. Be sure to check orientation.appstate. edu/placement-testing to determine your next steps.

• Informal clothing and comfortable walking shoes

Getting credit where credit is due

• Immunization information (if not already completed and returned)

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 Services in 130 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

• 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 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 how your credits transfer to Appalachian. Log into to view your transfer credit evaluation. If you have any questions about how your credits transferred, contact the Office of Transfer Services ( or 828-262-7877). If you have questions about how your credits fit into your major or course choices for registration, contact Academic Advising (

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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

Common Reading Program Rock climbing with the First Ascent program

Special summer options for freshmen 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- and five-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: May 5, 2015.


Appalachian offers 40 student clubs that include sustainability in their mission.

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Be prepared to start your academic experience early! Each year, Appalachian selects a book by a contemporary author that features themes that span several academic disciplines. This type of “common reading” and discussion builds community and launches you on your intellectual path at Appalachian. You will receive a copy of this year’s book at Orientation. Transfers who will be using the book in their classes can purchase a copy from the University Bookstore. Please make sure 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. 3, when the author will speak.

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 the fall.

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 and Family Orientation Fees The Parent and Family Orientation charge includes a meal, a detailed resource 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: Parents and families register for Orientation separately at

• Parents and family of freshmen attend a two-day orientation session and parents and family of transfer students attend a one-day orientation session. Visit 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 as they will not be able to 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 Howard’s Knob, this peak 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.

Grab your Plem

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.

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 – or an off-campus apartment if you’re a transfer student – 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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Student Safety and Health in our Campus Community A safe community Boone is ranked the 10th safest place in North Carolina by based on FBI crime report data, and our University Police officers patrol by car, on foot and by bike to help keep our campus safe.

University Police 828-262-2150

Counseling Center

Accountability and expectations

All students are encouraged to play a role in their own well-being by taking responsibility for their actions and looking out for others. However, an important fact is that students are more likely to suffer interpersonal violence at the hands of someone they know than from a stranger. At Appalachian, we expect you to treat yourself and others with respect. This means those unwilling to live by a code of mutual consent, respect and concern are not welcome in the Mountaineer community.


A community that cares At Appalachian, you will not be alone in navigating the challenges of contemporary student life. An “AppCares� website ( and mobile application provide resources and contacts if you or a friend need assistance related to student health and safety.

Resources for our students In an emergency, call University Police at 262-8000. If you feel unsafe at any time, go to one of the 80 emergency Blue Light Telephones throughout campus. Push one button and you will be connected to University Police. Safe and secure transportation is provided by Safe Ride each evening, in addition to the regular AppalCART public transportation routes.

Resources for parents and families Sign up to receive information about student health, safety and more at The Counseling Center also offers resources for parents and families to assist their students at

Equity, Diversity & Compliance/ Title IX This office ensures that the dignity of students, employees and campus visitors is upheld through equal access to education and employment, respectful treatment and an appreciation of differences. 828-262-2144

University Ombuds Office This office provides an independent, confidential environment for members of the Appalachian community to discuss campus related concerns or problems.

Code of Student Conduct Be sure to read and understand this before arriving on campus.

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Immunizations The deadline to submit a report of Medical History/Immunization Record is July 1. If you do not provide proof of the required immunizations, you will be unable to start classes and will be withdrawn from university housing.

Here is what you must do: 1. Complete the Medical History/Immunization Record 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 University Post Office).

Health insurance Students are required to have health insurance to attend a UNC system school. You must enroll in or waive the mandatory health insurance each semester by the posted deadline. 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 healthservices. or

Miles Annas Student Support Building 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.

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A room inside Cone Residence Hall

Sign Up for Housing How to apply Once you accept your offer of admission and submit your 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, University 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 20 residence halls on campus with 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.

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, housing is not guaranteed. Off-Campus Community Relations offers resources to help you find an apartment or home to rent near campus.

Housing costs

What will my room look like? View the floor plans and amenities for each hall at Then, check out photos of real rooms on asuhousing. Some items you may want to bring include:

On-Campus housing rates for the 2014-15 academic year are listed below. The rates cover rent and utilities, including basic cable. Rates are updated at when they are finalized each year.

• Belk, Bowie, Coltrane, Eggers and Gardner halls: $2,062.50/semester, $4,125/ academic year • East and Justice halls: $2,130/semester, $4,260/academic year

• Personal computer, with Ethernet cord

• Cannon, Cone, Doughton, Frank, Hoey, Lovill and White halls: $2,285/semester, $4,570/academic year

• Alarm clock

• LLC, Newland and Summit halls: $2,350/semester, $4,900/academic year

• Trash can

• Appalachian Heights, Mountaineer Hall, Appalachian Panhellenic Hall: $2,450/ semester, $4,900/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

Off-campus housing costs vary depending on your selection. The average monthly rent for sharing an apartment or house is $450-550. Some apartment rents cover utilities, others do not. Be sure to check!

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 lifeoncampus.


Appalachian has three LEED® certified residence halls – Frank Hall, Mountaineer Hall and Cone Hall.

LAUNDRY TIP: Save time by going to before hauling your clothes down the hall. The website will show you an animated layout of your residence hall’s laundry room so you can monitor whether there is an open machine.

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Mealtime at Roess Dining Hall

Meal Accounts On-campus students are required to purchase a Meal Account. Students living off campus may choose to purchase one. The options are as follows:

Super: $1,755/semester, $3,550/academic year High: $1,455/semester, $2,910/academic year

What are you hungry for?

Standard: $1,255/semester, $2,510/academic year

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

After their freshman year, students can opt for Low: $1,005 /semester $2,010/academic year Prices subject to change. Current prices are available at students/meal-accounts.

Having a Meal Account allows you to purchase any on-campus food and food-related item. Because pricing is based on à la carte service rather than a set number of meals each day, you have complete flexibility of how, when and where to use your funds. Individual meal patterns will determine the most appropriate option. Meal Accounts operate on a declining balance system 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 (including franchises), 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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Read details on your culinary choices at


14.6 percent of food served at Appalachian is locally sourced.

Parking and transportation Students may bring a car to campus but parking is limited. New students will have to park in a satellite area and take a shuttle bus to the main campus. If you plan to bring a car, register for a parking permit in July via your AppalNet portal.

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:

Most students ride AppalCART, the free local bus service throughout campus and Boone. For trips home, there is a shuttle service to Charlotte and Greensboro with stops in between.

• Meal Plan Accounts

Two other services can help you leave your car at home: Zimride, a ridesharing online social network, and CarShare, a car checkout service. Zimride lets you find others who want to share commutes or one-time rides, while the CarShare partnership keeps three fuel-efficient cars on campus for rent by the hour or day.

• Recreation facilities

Postal service and telephone In August, each student is assigned a post office box at the University 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.

• Express Accounts • Health Service • Library checkouts • Residence halls • Intercollegiate events • Many other services offered by Appalachian

Express Account The Express Account is an optional account that may be set up for your convenience. It is separate from the Meal Account but is accessed by your AppCard. With an Express Account, you or your family can deposit funds that can then be used to purchase goods and services all across campus, including the University Bookstore, Health Services and the Student Union for ticket sales. It works just like a debit card with a declining balance system; however, an Express Account cannot be used off campus and funds cannot be withdrawn as cash. 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 students living on campus! 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. Don’t miss out! Visit AppalNet regularly to stay up to date. If you have trouble logging in, visit or contact Tech Support at 828-262-6266.

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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 2015-16 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 FSA ID at You’ll use this ID 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 FSA ID at FSA ID at

When to complete the FAFSA Complete it as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2015, 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 2014 income taxes, you can use the IRS data retrieval tool when filling out the FAFSA to automatically populate the income questions with your IRS tax return information. If you haven’t filed yet, use estimates. Once you file your return, make sure you go back to to update the information by using the IRS data retrieval tool.

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 plan to utilize VA education benefits, contact our Veterans Affairs Coordinator 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: The scholarship process at Appalachian is very competitive. Appalachian awards scholarships based on your academic achievement, demonstrated leadership abilities and financial need. If you missed the deadline or were not awarded a scholarship, there may be other scholarships available in your hometown, or found on If you do receive any kind of

outside aid, you must report it to the Office of Student Financial Aid as required by federal regulations. Once you declare a major, check with the department’s main office to find out about departmental scholarships.

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 828-262-3053.

Student Support Services The federally funded Student Support Services Program supports low income and/or first generation college students. Services include long-term academic and personal advising, priority tutoring, freshman mentoring, help with financial aid and financial management, career development, and a scholarship program for freshmen and sophomores who qualify for the federal Pell Grant. 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.

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

Federal Work-Study and student jobs 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. The money earned can be used at your discretion on educational expenses. 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 a Master Promissory Note and loan entrance counseling. Your parents may also be required to complete a Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan. These steps are completed online. 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 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. Visit the net price calculator to receive an estimate of how much students similar to you paid to attend Appalachian.

Tuition and fees In-State Out-Of-State (per year) (per year) Tuition and fees1 $6,803 $19,970 Standard Residence Hall1 $4,125 $4,125 (some rooms are more expensive) Standard Meal Option1 $2,510 $2,510 (High and Super are more expensive)

Total2 $13,438 $26,605 Amounts are for 2014-15 and subject to change for Fall 2015. Tuition and fees are updated at when they are finalized each year. 2 A required health services fee of $268 is included in the fees above. For optional health insurance , add $1,604. 1

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 to the student’s Appalachian email address 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? Email us at or 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.

Buying a computer or software? While it is not required for students to have their own computer, it is strongly recommended. IT Support Services works closely with the University Bookstore to configure Apple and Dell computers that have been selected to meet the needs of Appalachian students. Educational discounts are available. 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). *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.

Tech Support Appalachian’s Tech Support provides help for students with Apple and Dell computers. If you run into a problem with your computer, visit support., call 828-262-8324 (TECH), or stop by our Technology Support Center located in Anne Belk Hall room 140.

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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.

Fans at Kidd Brewer Stadium

Looking ahead… Early August: Fall semester tuition and fees due. Aug. 11: Move-In Day for transfers living on campus attending Aug. 12 final transfer Orientation (move-in time is noon-5 p.m.)

Aug. 12: Move-In Day for freshmen attending Aug. 13-14 final freshmen Orientation (move-in time is noon-7 p.m.) Aug. 14: 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. 14-17: Welcome Weekend and Transfer Welcome Weekend Aug. 15: Shop The BIG Sale, where you can buy gently used items – from carpet to shelves to shower caddies – at rock-bottom prices. Proceeds benefit local charities. (8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Legends)

Aug. 16: Explore nearly 300 extracurricular activities at THE EXPO.

Aug. 17: Classes begin Aug. 19: Learn about University Recreation opportunities during UREC Fest Sept. 3: Fall Convocation Sept./Oct.: Family Weekend Oct. 15-16: Fall Break Dec. 3: Last formal day of classes Dec. 7-11: Final exams

I’ve truly fallen in love with Appalachian and the surrounding community. My first Boone summer allowed me to discover my love for adventure and being outdoors. – Emilee King ’17

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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.


Food Services 828-262-2120 828-262-3061

General Education

Academic Advising 828-262-2028 828-262-2167

Health Services

Appalachian Cares (info and updates related to student health and safety) 828-262-2144

AppalCART (bus service) 828-264-2278 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

AppalNet (computer network) and search for “The Honors College” 828-262-2083 (click on “AppalNet”) 828-262-6266

Information/campus directory

AppCard/Meal Card 828-262-6141

Bookstore 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”

Center for Student Involvement and Leadership

Multicultural Student Development 828-262-6252 828-262-6158

Counseling and Psychological Services Center

Office of Disability Services 828-262-3180 828-262-3056

Financial Aid

Office of International Education and Development 828-262-2190 828-262-2046

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

Inside Belk Library and Information Commons

Office of Student Research

Registrar’s Office 828-262-7655 828-262-2050

Office of Sustainability 828-262-2659

Office of Transfer Services

Be prepared 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 emergency. AppStateALERT 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

Appalachian Cares This website offers information and updates related to student health and safety. 828-262-7877

Orientation, Freshman and Transfer 828-262-2167

Orientation, Parent and Family 828-262-8284

Orientation Welcome Weekend 828-262-2167

Outdoor Programs - First Ascent 828-262-4077

Parking and Traffic Department 828-262-2878

Post Office 828-262-2242

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

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

University Housing 828-262-2160

University Police 828-262-2150

Watauga Residential College 828-262-2417

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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 Building: John E. Thomas Hall, home to offices such as admissions, housing, financial aid and more; named for a former chancellor

East Side, West Side: terms used to Inside the student-designed biodiesel research lab

describe which side of Rivers Street your residence hall is located

The Rock: Appalachian’s football stadium

Get the facts (Fall 2014 statistics)

Eno-ing: the act of setting up nylon

Total enrollment: 18,062 (3,033 new freshmen and 1,148 new transfer students)

hammocks between trees, named after the popular brand Eno

Average class size: 26 students Student/faculty ratio: 16-to-1 Elevation: 3,333 feet Most popular shoes: hiking sandals, duck boots 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

“Up hill both ways”: how students describe their walk to class in a mountain town Raley: the parking lot and traffic circle beside Peacock Hall, formerly known as Raley Hall

Rough Ridge: Not just a room in Plemmons Student Union but also a popular hiking destination near Grandfather Mountain

Where to go for a cheap date: I.G. Greer Movie Theatre, $2 Closest off-campus spot for coffee and hanging out: King and Howard streets Most famous score: Mountaineer football’s 34-32 win over Michigan

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Club Expo: a must-go-to event for discovering how to get involved on campus

A sunny day on Sanford Mall

Don’t forget...

The following steps must be completed to secure your place as a Mountaineer. 1. Submit your advance payment deposit. 2. Register for Orientation. 3. Sign up for housing (required for freshmen, optional for transfer students). 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. 11,000 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of 11,526.00 or $1.04 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. ©2015 Appalachian State University

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New Student Guidebook 2015  

Appalachian's guidebook for newly admitted students.

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