2017 New Student Guidebook Get ready to live and learn like a Mountaineer.
Congratulations on being admitted to Appalachian State University! This book serves as a guide for:
• Next steps to take before enrollment • Tips from current students, faculty and staff for adjusting to campus life • Important information for you and your family about Appalachian
Get ready to live and learn
like a Mountaineer. What’s next? 1. Visit myapp.appstate.edu to: • Submit your advance payment deposit to secure your space • Register for Orientation • Apply for housing (if required – see housing tip to right) 2. Visit fafsa.gov to: • Apply for financial aid
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Tip for financing your education:
Even if you aren’t sure you’ll need it, apply for financial aid. The earlier the better, because state grants and work-study go quickly!
Housing tip: All students classified by Admissions as first-year students are required to live in a residence hall unless an exemption is granted by University Housing. University Housing also requires any student who enrolls at the University who earned a diploma from a high school, early college or middle college less than 12 months prior to their enrollment as a degree-seeking student at the University to live in a residence hall unless an exemption is granted by University Housing.
A note to parents & families:
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.
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Living & learning like a Mountaineer
Enrollment steps checklist
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Important information about immunizations & health insurance
Housing, meals & resources for veterans
Financial support, tuition & fees
Important dates & key contacts
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Tip for success: Familiarize yourself
with the many tools and resources that will support your academic success and individual wellbeing. Your success is up to you, but there’s a lot of help available to you throughout your academic career.
Support & resources: Academic Advising – Advising is a
Are you ready to engage in critical inquiry with a community of scholars? From the moment you join the Appalachian community, you will be challenged to discover why, to thoughtfully consider contexts, and conduct and analyze research in and beyond your area of scholarship. Our low faculty-to-student ratio means your professors will also be your mentors. Through leadership, research, entrepreneurship, service-learning, internships, community service and the arts, Appalachian students actively participate in activities that develop their intellectual, personal and professional growth.
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. advising.appstate.edu
First Year Seminar – This course, for all
first-year students and for those 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. firstyearseminar.appstate.edu
University Writing Center – Writing
• Discover and demonstrate your passion through research or performance
experts can assist you with term papers, essays and other writing projects. writingcenter.appstate.edu
• Travel the nation and the world to learn about yourself and the world around you
Tutoring Services – Our Learning
At Appalachian, you will: • Engage with communities at home and across the world • Create lifelong bonds and friendships with faculty and fellow scholars • Develop a deep and lasting understanding of sustainability • Channel your desire to make a difference into effecting real and lasting change in the world
SIERRA magazine, 2016
Forbes America's Top Colleges 2016 U.S. News & World Report:
top public regional university in the Southeast
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Princeton Review’s 2016 Best in the Southeast
STARS® Gold rating for sustainability achievements
Military Friendly School –Victory Media since 2010
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. lap.appstate.edu
Career Development Center – Your go-to office for learning how to write a résumé, apply for jobs and internships, ace an interview and more. careers.appstate.edu Office of Transfer Services – Your one-
stop shop for transfer student support and resources. transfer.appstate.edu
The Office of Student Success (OSS)
– Committed to improving the undergraduate experience for the students of Appalachian State University. Whether a student is struggling or excelling, OSS is dedicated to helping each student make the most of her/his time as a Mountaineer. studentsuccess.appstate.edu
Do you seek to embrace diversity of thought, belief and perspective? At Appalachian, diversity is recognized as an essential binding agent of the interdisciplinary approach to education, as well as to the greater life experience. Everyone has a story. In seeking to learn about others, we will learn more about ourselves, and become more compassionate and effective contributors to our classrooms, communities, families, businesses and societies. This spirit of inclusion means we embrace the complexities of a rapidly-changing world, ask hard questions and hold one another to high expectations.
Study tip: Appalachian’s University Libraries include many special collections and an extensive music library. Librarians are available for extended one-on-one consultations, quick online chat sessions and everything in between.
It’s hard to believe that students are near-screaming with excitement on the edge of their seats in an 8 a.m. Music Theory class, but that’s what happens. – Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass read more at: appalachianmagazine.org/ stories/id/557
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What’s it really like to be an App student? Whether you want to get involved in Greek life, join the ski team, become a social justice educator, learn or compete in archery or Quidditch, plan a diversity celebration or preserve the Blue Ridge Parkway, sing a cappella, work in the Women’s Center or LGBT Center, join the campus Republicans or Democrats or become part of the Nerd Network, App has more than 400 clubs and organizations for undergraduate and graduate students. Join the community, make friends and get involved. If you don’t see a student club or organization that speaks to you, start one! campusactivites.appstate.edu At Appalachian, campus life amplifies what you learn in the classroom. Hundreds of programs enhance your cultural, intellectual, leadership, personal and professional development. Find your community and get involved. leadership.appstate.edu
Tips from App students: Check out the AppX podcast on iTunes to learn about life at App from App students.
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. For more info visit rotc.appstate.edu.
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Life on campus Peak Residential Curriculum University Housing uses an exciting learning model in the halls that guides how we build community, how you connect with our staff, and what opportunities are offered in our halls. Peak, Appalachian State’s Residential Curriculum, has been built to enhance the powerful learning that occurs by living in a residence hall. What does Peak focus on? There are a wide range of topics that Peak focuses on. We are dedicated to developing successful students by creating a sociallyjust community that cultivates the following learning goals: • Personal development • Responsible citizenship • Student engagement Peak offers a unique residential environment, one that we are excited to offer to you! As you are getting settled and starting to meet other people in your hall, Peak will provide assistance in building those relationships with the people around you. What does Peak mean for me? You get out what you put in! Our staff will work hard for you, but we need you to engage with us, too! This is what Peak offers: • Meetings with your Resident Assistant (RA) to develop your skills • Hall events and programs, both social and with our outstanding campus partners • Student leadership – connect with others and become a leader • Meet faculty and staff who are committed to your success • Make an impact in the community Our goal is to help you develop the skills to be successful. Living with us on campus is the first step of your journey – one we hope that you will make the most of. Appalachian offers opportunities for you to choose a community with which you can live and learn. In residence halls, you will meet friends, build community and develop leadership skills. Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) offer students who share similar interests the opportunity to live together in a community. In order to promote a positive learning environment for all students, University Housing has implemented a residential curriculum model. 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. Below are just a few our RLCs that you may join as a student living on campus. Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (A.C.E.S.) – for students preparing for a career in any discipline related to K-12 education Brain Matters – a psychology community that explores why people act, think and feel the way they do Freshman Honors – for students seeking international fellowships and graduate education; requires an additional application process through the Honors College Transfer RLC – assists students with the transition to Appalachian Transfer Educators – for transfer students who are preparing for a career in K-12 education Watauga Residential College – for students who love to learn, especially when it challenges what they already know; requires a scholarship application through Appalachian’s scholarship portal
Learn more about these and other RLC options. housing.appstate.edu/rlc
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Would you like to live and learn in one of the world’s most stunning environments? Appalachian’s campus is a remarkable place. The stunning beauty of our surroundings, the arts and cultural events and many opportunities for outdoor recreation that make Boone and North Carolina’s High Country a popular vacation destination also make this an amazing location in which to live and learn. A collaborative campus and community environment contributed to Boone being named as one of National Geographic magazine’s Best Places to Live and Play, one of Outside magazine’s top 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. and SafeWise.com’s 20 Safest Cities in North Carolina. App students continually develop new ways to partner with the communities they serve, ensuring the university’s resources promote the public good. Our faculty will challenge you to learn new methods of leadership by participating in small-scale experiences that allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom, seek creative solutions and collaborate with faculty, staff and community leaders. In doing so, you will build skills that will allow you to transform the world.
We are nationally-recognized leaders in academic sustainability initiatives. – Sheri N. Everts, Chancellor more at: sustain.appstate.edu
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The scene & the scenery Downtown Boone is just steps from campus, and is full of locally-owned shops, restaurants and fun places to hang out, listen to great music, or play trivia. You can find a cheap meal made from local ingredients, great gifts, App gear and excellent coffee, all within a five-minute walk from the center of campus. • Boone was named after Daniel Boone • The population is about 18,000. • Boone’s elevation is 3,333, making App’s campus the highest of any university east of the Mississippi. • The Blue Ridge Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for sunsets, hikes or hands-on research. • Boone and Appalachian are a short drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest and the Appalachian Trail, making the area a popular destination for visitors who enjoy worldclass mountain biking, trout fishing, rock climbing, paddling, festivals and fairs, arts and culture, and more.
Tips for Boone weather: Bring a window fan for August and September, rain boots for October and November and windproof and waterproof winter gear for December – March. Be sure to wear layers! The weather in Boone changes quickly!
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more than hiking
trailheads within driving distance of campus
visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway
hop on the Appalachian Trail in just a short 25-mile drive
Average winter snow amount is 41.8” weather.appstate.edu
Go play! With such a beautiful area surrounding campus, here are some of the must-visit locations in the High Country.
walk the swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain paddle or float one of the refreshing rivers that run through Boone – the Watauga River or the New River
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Enrollment steps This 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 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 February 1)
Parents should register for Parent & Family Orientation.
Submit application for housing (or request an exemption).*
July 1 (available February 1)
Complete the Early Registration Advising (pre-Orientation) course and begin registering for classes. For more information,
July or prior to your Orientation session
Take the Math and/or Language Placement Test
July 1 (available April 3)
Submit Medical History/Immunization Record Form.
Select your health insurance option.
Submit final transcripts (high school and/or college).
Office of Admissions ASU Box 32004 Boone, NC 28608-2004
August 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.) For more information, visit orientation.appstate.edu.
(Note: Parent Orientation is recommended for all parents and families of new/incoming students and has a separate registration process.)
(Students less than one year out of high school are required to live on campus – housing for all other students is available on a first-come, first-served basis.) housing.appstate.edu, offcampus.appstate.edu
(available May 2)
*Failure to complete these steps by the deadlines may result in having your offer of admission rescinded.
Enrollment tip: The most critical steps to enrollment are submitting the Acceptance Agreement Form and payment, registering for orientation and submitting a housing application (or exemption request). Make sure you meet these deadlines!
Tips on transferring your courses: If you’re a transfer student or a first-year student with college credit courses, make sure you know what course requirements you may have already met. Find all the information and resources you need at transfer.appstate.edu or myapp.appstate.edu.
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 password.appstate.edu or contact Tech Support at 828-262-6266. support.appstate.edu
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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 October 1, 2016.
financialaid.appstate.edu or fafsa.ed.gov
• If you have finalized all financial aid requirements by March 1, you should receive notification of your financial aid award.
• You will receive an account statement listing how much you owe, including tuition and fees. Pay it by the due date on the bill.
@appstate.edu email Now that you’re admitted, you’ve been assigned an Appalachian email account. Learn how to log in below. Step 1. Reset your password. password.appstate.edu Step 2. Access your Appalachian email Access your Appalachian email via mail.google.com – just enter @appstate.edu after your username. Logged in to another Gmail account? Just click “Add account” in the top right or “Sign in with a different username.” Check your App State email often for notifications from Financial Aid, Housing, Orientation and more. Step 3: Check your MyApp portal An updated status of all of your enrollment steps will always be in your MyApp portal. myapp. appstate.edu
Immediately after submitting advanced payment
Request all Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Cambridge International A-AS level scores be sent to the Appalachian Office of Admissions.
Prior to your Orientation session.
Verify your intended major, as listed on your acceptance letter. If you want to change majors, please update your profile at MyApp or email email@example.com.
July 1 (or prior to your
The priority deadline is March 1, 2017. (Apply as
soon as possible after October 1, 2016.)
Check for additional admission/enrollment steps for select majors. Some of these majors are:
Early April to mid-July
Varies (see departmental website for details)
• Art (portfolio required)
• Music (audition required)
• Interior Design
• Nursing (view pre-requisites)
Pay your fall semester tuition and fees.
Attend Welcome Weekend.
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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 undergraduate students. This event allows you to get a feel for campus, meet faculty and an academic advisor, and finalize your first semester classes. Take a look at your Orientation date options on page 13 and start planning now.
The 6 Orientation steps: 1. Register for Orientation. After you make your advance payment, you can register for Orientation at myapp.appstate.edu. 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 15 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 2 and must be completed prior to attending your Orientation session. myapp.appstate.edu or era.appstate.edu 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. orientation.appstate.edu/placement-testing 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 myapp.appstate.edu. 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. First-year students will also receive a copy of the Common Reading Program book (see page 16). orientation.appstate.edu 6. Attend Welcome Weekend! (See page 15.)
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 ods.appstate.edu.
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Tip on being new in a community: 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!
Orientation tip for parents & families: Parent and families register for orientation separately from parents.appstate.edu.
Orientation tip for early college high school graduates: If you are a first-year student from an Early College high school, you will be prompted to register for one of our Transfer & Early College Orientation sessions. You will have a specifically designed Early College session related to your first-year student needs while getting the same level of class registration support that we provide for our new transfer students.
Orientation tip for transfers: Have questions about transferring your credit, applying for financial aid or knowing what courses to take? Register for the Transfer Pre-Orientation Program (TPOP). Get your questions answered and meet other new transfer students during this fun (and free!) program. orientation.appstate.edu/tpop
Appalachian offers 21 degrees related to sustainability, plus one sustainability-focused minor.
2017 Orientation dates First-year students
May 25 & 26
June 22 & 23
June 5 & 6
June 26 & 27
June 12 & 13
June 29 & 30
June 15 & 16
August 17 & 18
Some students choose to start at Appalachian during a summer session rather than in the fall. Students must attend Orientation prior to their summer term. Students starting in a summer term will be prompted to register for the following sessions:
June 19 & 20
Transfer & Early College students May 29
May 29 for students admitted for 1st summer session July 3 for students admitted for 2nd summer session * Students starting in 2nd summer session should contact 828-262-2167 if they wish to attend an earlier session.
International students August 14-18
First-year student note: Our two-day Orientation sessions for first-year students include a required overnight stay in a residence hall. 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 orientation.appstate.edu.
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How to plan for 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.
Orientation is required and allows new students to get a feel for campus, meet with an academic advisor and other faculty, and finalize their first semester class schedules. Once you have selected your date and registered for Orientation through MyApp, you can find information on how to prepare for orientation including schedules, fees, and check-in details on orientation.appstate.edu. Click on the student type that best describes you; then click on Planning for your Session.
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 myapp.appstate.edu. 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 transfer.appstate.edu/petition. All forms should be submitted to the Office of Transfer Services in 130 John E. Thomas Hall or firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 828-262-7877 with questions. 4. To learn more about Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Cambridge International A-AS level scores, go to testing.appstate.edu
What to bring to Orientation • Informal clothing and comfortable walking shoes • Backpack and water bottle • Rain gear and sweater or jacket • Immunization information (if not already completed and returned) • If you are transferring credits from another institution, an evaluation will be available on myapp.appstate.edu or bring an unofficial copy of your transcript. • Your parents or family (make sure they register at parents. appstate.edu) • Your questions and concerns • First-year students only – linens (a pillow, a towel, a light blanket and XL twin sheets/or a sleeping bag) • First-year students only – personal items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
What not to bring • Uncomfortable clothes or shoes • Friends or family members not registered for Orientation • Pets
Tip for transferring credits: There are many resources available to help you understand how your credits transfer to Appalachian. • Log in to myapp.appstate.edu to view your transfer credit evaluation • Contact the Office of Transfer Services for personalized assistance at email@example.com or 828-262-7877 • Get specific advice about how your transfer credits will fit into your major, or course registration advice and assistance from Academic Advising at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Welcome to App with Welcome Weekend Orientation! Welcome to App begins with Welcome Weekend. Welcome Weekend takes place the weekend before classes start. Our goal during this weekend is for you to become more comfortable at Appalachian, to make new friends, to have fun, and to start weaving yourself into the fabric of student life at Appalachian. Welcome Weekend activities are for both firstyear and transfer students and serve as an extension of your summer orientation. Important events happening during Welcome Weekend include: The Black & Gold Convocation, Club Expo and the Student/Faculty Exchange just to name a few. Take advantage of Welcome Weekend and Welcome to APP events throughout your first semester and youâ€™ll be off to a great start at Appalachian!
Appol Corps Appol Corps (APPalachian Orientation Leader Corps) is a group of more than 200 App State student volunteers who serve the university as orientation leaders during Welcome Weekend. Appol Corps leaders guide new students through the various activities that are offered during Welcome Weekend.
AppSync AppSync is your one-stop connection to engagement and leadership opportunities at Appalachian State. Once you get the hang of it, it may resemble a Facebook atmosphere for your leadership and involvement needs. Be sure to check your Appalachian email during the summer for important AppSync updates and more information about Welcome to App events!
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We all have to get out of our ‘echochambers’ and interact with people we might not normally agree with. That’s one of the great things about students coming to college and living on campus and challenging themselves. They’re thinking about problems and being exposed to new ideas. – Dr. Dinesh Paudel podcast: appstate.edu/listen8
Common Reading Program
Special summer options for new students 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 op.appstate.edu and go to First Ascent for more information or to register. Registration is on a first-come basis and sessions typically fill by May. facebook.com/appstateop
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 new students. Application deadline: May 12, 2017. trailhead.appstate.edu
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 Black & Gold Convocation, when the author will speak. commonreading.appstate.edu
Parent & Family Association As a parent or family member of an Appalachian student, you’re automatically considered a member of the Parent & Family Association. It’s free; there are no membership fees. Since 1988, Appalachian’s Parent & Family Association has involved parents and families in the life of the university. Find out more during Orientation and Family Weekend in the fall. parents.appstate.edu
Parent & Family Orientation
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. parents.appstate.edu
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 student to become a problem-solver on his or her own. Your Parent & Family Orientation session will be separate from your student’s Orientation program, though they will take place during the same time frame.
Tip: If you need accommodations during
Orientation due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to your orientation date. 828-262-3056 or ods.appstate.edu.
Go to parents.appstate.edu to complete a separate registration for your Parent & Family Orientation session. For a list of available dates, see page 13. Your student must register for their Orientation session first, then you may register for Parent & Family Orientation during the same dates. Student Orientation fees are billed to the student’s account, while the fee for Parent & Family Orientation must be paid at the time of registration.
Parent & Family Orientation fees The Parent & Family Orientation charge includes a meal, a detailed resource handbook, program materials, and all programming expenses. • First-year Parent & Family Orientation (two-day session) – $60 for first parent/ family member, and $40 for additional parents/family members • Transfer/Early College Parent & Family Orientation (one-day session) – $45 for first parent/family member, and $40 for additional parents/family members
Important • If you cannot make it to Orientation, please do not send a friend or sibling with your student, as they will not be able to take part in Orientation activities. • Unfortunately, we are unable to offer childcare services during Orientation. We cannot accommodate children of any age; so if you bring children with you, please plan to provide other activities for them. • For a detailed schedule and additional information on Parent & Family Orientation sessions, visit parents.appstate.edu.
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Student wellness, safety & health in our campus community A safe community Boone is ranked the 13th safest place in North Carolina by Movoto.com 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.
Accountability & expectations Are you ready to be an upstander? At Appalachian, we are not a community of bystanders; rather, we stand up to ensure the wellness, health and safety of our students, and of the entire Appalachian community. In a recent nationwide survey, 95% of students indicated they believe something should be done if they witnessed someone in a risky situation. There are many dedicated people and excellent resources available to help Appalachian students. Your role is to be a concerned and compassionate member of this community.
Appalachian Cares Find information, resources and support available for students, faculty and staff regarding student wellness, health and safety at appcares.appstate.edu.
University Police police.appstate.edu 828-262-2150
Counseling Center counseling.appstate.edu
A community that cares
At Appalachian, you will not be alone in navigating the challenges of contemporary student life. An â€œAppCaresâ€? website (appcares.appstate.edu) and mobile application provide resources and contacts if you or a friend need assistance related to student health and safety.
Equity, Diversity & Compliance/ Title IX
Resources for our students In an emergency, call University Police at 828-262-8000. 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.
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. edc.appstate.edu 828-262-2144
Resources for parents & families Sign up to receive information about student health, safety and more at parents.appstate.edu. The Counseling Center also offers resources for parents and families to assist their students at counseling.appstate.edu/ pagesmith/259.
University Ombuds Office This office provides an independent, confidential environment for members of the Appalachian community to discuss campus related concerns or problems. ombuds.appstate.edu
Code of Student Conduct Be sure to read and understand this before arriving on campus. studentconduct.appstate.edu
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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. Go to healthservices.appstate.edu and click on the link for MedPortal and sign in with your App State username and password. 2. You will then need to click on the link to enter your immunizations and upload a copy of the original document. In order for your records to be in compliance we must receive both documents via the MedPortal. You also need to complete the Health History Form and the Medication and Allergy Verification Form by clicking on the links for each of those forms as well.
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.appstate.edu/health-insurancerequirement or bcbsnc.com/asu.
Student health & wellness There are many resources on Appalachianâ€™s campus to help students navigate their university years safely and successfully. Many of these, including Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services and the Office of Wellness and Prevention Services, are located in the Miles Annas Student Support Building. Resources and services include direct clinical services, education and training. healthservices.appstate.edu, wellness.appstate.edu, counseling.appstate.edu
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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Apply 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. Once you have been admitted to Appalachian and paid your deposit, you can go to hms.appstate.edu to complete your housing application. Details about how to apply and information about the residence halls can be found at housing.appstate.edu. 2. You may make changes to your application and preferences anytime before June 30. Log in to hms.appstate.edu and re-enter your application; this will overwrite your previous application information with what you enter. 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 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 housing application. Freshmen are not eligible to select a specific building. Accommodation requests must be sent to the Office of Disability Services for specific accommodation needs, and they will communicate approved accommodations to University Housing.
Housing tip: All new first-year students and transfer students less than one year out of high school are required to live on campus, with the exception of a few common circumstances. Transfer students more than one year out of high school who are interested in living on campus are encouraged to apply, although on-campus housing for these students is granted on a space-available basis. Off-Campus Student Services offers resources for finding housing rentals near campus. offcampus.appstate.edu
What will my room look like?
View the floor plans and amenities for each hall at housing.appstate.edu. Then, check out photos of real rooms on facebook. com/asuhousing. Some items you may want to bring include:
On-Campus housing rates for the 2016-17 academic year are listed below. The rates cover rent and utilities, including basic cable.
• Computer • Trash can • Dry-erase message board
Rates are updated at studentaccounts.appstate.edu/tuition-and-fees when they are finalized each year.
• Bowie, Coltrane, Eggers and Gardner halls: $2,170/semester, $4,340/academic year • East and Justice halls: $2,237.50/semester, $4,475/academic year
• Shower shoes
• Belk, Cannon, Cone, Doughton, Frank, Hoey, Lovill and White halls: $2,392.50/ semester, $4,785/academic year
• LLC, Newland and Summit halls: $2,457.50/semester, $4,915/academic year
• Desk lamp
• Appalachian Heights, Mountaineer Hall, Appalachian Panhellenic Hall: $2,557.50/semester, $5,115/academic year
• Bed linens, pillow, blankets • Clothes hangers • Free-standing fan
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!
• Free-standing bookshelf
Tips on campus housing: How long does the housing contract last? Can first-
Roommate tip: Communicate with your
year students 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 housing.appstate.edu/lifeoncampus.
roommate on what each of you will bring for the room.
Laundry tip: Save time by going to laundryview.com 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.
Appalachian has five LEED® certified residence halls – Belk Hall, Cone Hall, Frank Hall, Mountaineer Hall, and Summit Hall.
Appliance tip: Only one microwave and refrigerator are allowed per room. Microwaves/refrigerators are provided in Bowie, Eggers, Coltrane, Gardner, Appalachian Heights, Appalachian Panhellenic Hall, Newland, and Justice. If you are assigned to any other hall, you may rent a MicroFridge (a combination microwave/refrigerator unit) from our third-party partner, Standards for Living, by going to housing.appstate.edu/ microfridge and clicking on the “Rent a MicroFridge” button.
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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: $1,880/semester, $3,760/academic year High: $1,545/semester, $3,090/academic year Standard: $1,330/semester, $2,660/academic year After their first year, students can opt for Low: $1,035/semester $2,070/ academic year Prices subject to change. Current prices are available at appcard.appstate.edu/ students-parents/meal-accounts.
Having a Meal Account allows you to purchase any on-campus food and foodrelated 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.
What are you hungry for? Appalachian Food Services, proudly selfoperated since 1925, offers a diverse selection of dining options located in the Roess 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. We take pride in providing excellent service to our students, faculty, staff and guests. We post up-to-date facility information, operating schedules and weekly menus on our website. Read details on your culinary choices at foodservices.appstate.edu/dining.
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.
Tips for dining on campus: Do you have
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.
Living off campus? See Express Account
Food Services is the largest on-campus student employer. Learn more at foodservices.appstate.edu/about/employment-opportunities.
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special dietary needs? App offers vegan, gluten-friendly and vegetarian options at every meal.
on page 25.
15-20% 15-20 percent of food served at Appalachian is locally sourced.
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.
Parking & transportation Students may bring a car to campus but parking is limited. Many students park in a satellite area and take a shuttle bus to main campus. If you plan to bring a car, register for a parking permit in July via your AppalNet portal. parking.appstate.edu 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. sustain.appstate.edu/masstransit A car service can help you leave your car at home: Zimride, a ridesharing online social network, lets you find others who want to share commutes or one-time rides. sustain.appstate.edu/transit
The AppCard provides access to: • Meal Accounts • Express Accounts • Health Services • Library checkouts • Residence halls • Recreation facilities • Intercollegiate events • Many other services offered by Appalachian
Express Account The Express Account is an optional accounts that may be set up for your convenience; balances carry over each year that you are enrolled at Appalachian. 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. Express Accounts operate on a declining balance system. These accounts cannot be used off campus and funds cannot be withdrawn as cash. 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 appcard.appstate.edu.
Postal service & telephone In August, each student living on campus 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.
Resources for veterans Student Veteran Services at Appalachian is here to help provide a smooth transition for student veterans and their families as they are moving from the military mindset to a higher education setting. We provide information for on- and off-campus resources within our Student Veteran Resource Center, located in Plemmons Student Union, Suite 251. Also within this center is the Coordinator for Student Veteran Services, who facilitates many of the programs on campus for student veterans, and is also the advisor for the Student Veteran Association. For more information on the many resources and programs available to student veterans, please visit our website at studentveteranservices.appstate.edu.
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Financial aid & tuition Here’s the thing about financial aid: It makes your education more affordable. The federal application is online and many of the supporting documents, if needed, are accessible online at financialaid.appstate. edu. If it saves you and your family money, isn’t worth the time to apply? More than half of all Appalachian students received some kind of financial assistance.
How to apply for financial aid Step 1 Complete the 2017-18 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 fafsa.gov. 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 (nslds.ed.gov), 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.
When to complete the FAFSA Complete it as soon as possible after October 1, 2016, and before Appalachian’s priority filing date of March 1, 2017. 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 2015 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 fafsa.gov 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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Important financial aid contacts OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID financialaid.appstate.edu 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 SCHOOL CODE 002906
FEDERAL STUDENT AID INFORMATION CENTER 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243) TTY: 800-730-8913 or 319-337-5665
Step 2 Review the Student Aid Report 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 fafsa.gov 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 Obtain 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 generally 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 & 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/or 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 scholarships.appstate.edu. 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 Scholars Program. The ACCESS Scholars Program gives such students the opportunity to attend Appalachian debt-free. For more information, visit lap.appstate.edu/access 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, first-year student mentoring, help with financial aid and financial management, career development, and a scholarship program for first-year students and sophomores who qualify for the federal Pell Grant. For more information, visit sss.appstate.edu or call 828-262-2291.
Search additional scholarship links: fastweb.com collegeboard.com collegenet.com collegeanswer.com cfnc.org/paying/schol/info_schol.jsp CFNC.org/goldenleaf hispanicfund.org/scholarships
Loans The major federal loans include the Federal Perkins Loan (based on need), Federal Direct Loans (subsidized loans are based on need, unsubsidized loans are available to all), and the 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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Federal Work-Study & 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 typically 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 studentemployment.appstate.edu and click on “Find a Job.” There’s even an odd jobs listserv with one-time projects like moving or yard work at tux.appstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/ oddjobs.
Tip for working while in college: 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.
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Tip for working on campus: 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.
For details on grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study, go to financialaid.appstate.edu and click on “types of aid.” Receiving your financial aid Once you’ve completed the FAFSA online and you’ve received your award notice, 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 Loan Application and a Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan. These steps are completed online. The official Federal Direct Loan website is studentloans.gov. • If you have been awarded and have accepted a Federal Perkins Loan, you must complete a Federal Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note and the Federal Perkins Loan Entrance Counseling.
Keeping informed on financial aid Appalachian’s Office of Student Financial Aid will send you important updates and information either to your AppalNet or your Appalachian email account. So, check both of these at least twice a week to avoid jeopardizing your financial aid. Set your AppalNet personal announcements to receive financial aid information. It’s also a good idea to keep up on financial aid-related news by reviewing the financial aid web site at financialaid.appstate.edu.
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 October 1.
Questions? Check out a list of FAQs online at financialaid.appstate.edu/faq.
Value & 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. appstate.edu/npc
Tuition & fees In-state Out-of-state (per year) (per year) Tuition & fees1 $7,416 $21,932 Standard residence hall1 $4,340 $4,340 (some rooms are more expensive) Standard meal option1 $2,660 $2,660 (High and Super are more expensive)
Total2 $14,416 $28,932 Amounts are for 2016-17 and subject to change for Fall 2017. Tuition and fees are updated at studentaccounts.appstate.edu/ tuition-and-fees when they are finalized by the NC Board of Governors Approval anticipated by June 2017. 2 A required health services fee of $294 is included in the fees above. For optional health insurance , add $2,222. 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. bookstore.appstate.edu/textbooks
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 the “Calendar” tab 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 for early registration activity and payment will be due between mid-December and early January (varies by year based on academic calendar changes). If you register for classes after the first invoice has been sent, you can view your charges in AppalNet, but will not receive a bill with a due date until the second week of class in either August. You can view and pay your student account as well as your financial aid award status through appalnet.appstate.edu. Questions about your bill? Email us at email@example.com or call the Office of Student Accounts at 828-262-2113. Payment methods can be found by visiting studentaccounts.appstate.edu/payment-options.
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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. bookstore.appstate.edu/c-50-appstore-technology.aspx
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 support.appstate.edu/students for answers to all your technology related questions (even the ones you didn’t know you had). *The Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment has its own set of computer recommendations for students in its programs. tec.appstate.edu/students-computer-specifications
Not bringing a computer? Appalachian has 2,000 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.
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Tech support tip: Appalachian’s Tech Support provides help for students with computers. If you run into a problem with your computer, visit support.appstate.edu, call 828-262-8324 (TECH), or stop by our Technology Support Center located in Anne Belk Hall room 140.
Important dates August 15: Move-In Day for transfers living on campus attending August 16 final transfer Orientation (move-in time is 12-5 p.m.)
August 16: Move-In Day for first-year students attending August 17-18 final first-year student Orientation (move-in time is 12-7 p.m.)
August 18: Move-In Day for all first-year students and on-campus transfers who attended Orientation in May or June (specific move-in times will be assigned)
August 18-21: Welcome Weekend and Transfer Welcome Weekend orientation.appstate.edu/welcome August 19: 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) act.appstate.edu/the-big-sale
August 21: Explore nearly 400 extracurricular activities at Club Expo! August 21: Black & Gold Convocation convocation.appstate.edu August 22: Classes begin August 25: Learn about University Recreation opportunities during UREC Fest urec.appstate.edu September/October: Family Weekend – join us for a special weekend of parent and family programming, including a home football game, tailgate, and campus events. parents.appstate.edu
October 1: The 2018-19 FAFSA opens, apply as soon as possible on or after October 1, 2017. fafsa.ed.gov October 12-13: Fall break December 6: Last formal day of classes December 8-14: Final exams
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Key contacts Did this book answer all your questions? If not, we’ve put together a list of phone numbers, Facebook pages and websites you might find helpful.
admissions.appstate.edu/admitted admissions.appstate.edu/connect facebook.com/appstateadmissions 828-262-2120
Academic Advising advising.appstate.edu 828-262-2167
Appalachian Cares (info and updates related to student health and safety) appcares.appstate.edu 828-262-2144
AppalCART (bus service) appalcart.com 828-297-1300
Health Services healthservices.appstate.edu 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 honors.appstate.edu 828-262-2083
AppalNet (computer network)
search.appstate.edu/directory campus switchboard 828-262-2000
appstate.edu (click on “AppalNet”) 828-262-6266
Library & Information Commons
library.appstate.edu 828-262-2186 facebook.com and search for “Belk Library@ Appalachian State University”
Multicultural Student Development
bookstore.appstate.edu 828-262-3070 1-800-ASU-WEAR (1-800-278-9327)
Counseling & Psychological Services Center
Financial Aid financialaid.appstate.edu 828-262-2190
Food Services foodservices.appstate.edu facebook.com/AppalachianFoodServices 828-262-3061
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Office of Disability Services
Office of International Education & Development international.appstate.edu 828-262-2046
Office of Student Research osr.appstate.edu 828-262-7655
Emergency Contacts Fire, police & ambulance 911 (from off campus) or 9-911 (from on campus)
University Police Emergency: 828-262-8000 Non-Emergency: 828-262-2150
Office of Sustainability
Office of Transfer Services
Student Employment Office
Orientation, First-year & Transfer
Student Engagement & Leadership
Sign up for AppState-ALERT voice and
Orientation, Parent & Family
Student Veteran Services
Orientation Welcome Weekend
Emergency notifications During a campus emergency, all emergency notifications and updates will be posted at appstatealert.com.
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. appstate.edu/appstate-alert. AppStateALERT also incorporates a siren warning system, desktop alerts, email and web technologies. Text Tip: Text appstatetip followed by your message to 67283.
Safety App: Download the RAVE mobile safety app from your phone’s app store. Learn more at emergency.appstate.edu.
support.appstate.edu 828-262-TECH (8324)
Outdoor Programs – First Ascent
op.appstate.edu 828-262-4077 Facebook.com/appstateop
Parking & Traffic Department
Campus Security & Fire Safety Annual Report
This report and related policies are available at police.appstate.edu.
Appalachian Cares This website offers information and updates related to student health and safety. appcares.appstate.edu
Registrar’s Office registrar.appstate.edu 828-262-2050
University Police police.appstate.edu 828-262-2150
Watauga Residential College watauga.appstate.edu 828-262-2417
Student Accounts (Billing/Cashier) studentaccounts.appstate.edu 828-262-2113
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App lingo 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
Just the facts Appalachian’s enrollment averages about 18,000 students 90% undergraduate 10% graduate 30% transfers Racial diversity of the first-year class: 17%
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 describe which side of Rivers Street your residence hall is located
The Rock: Appalachian’s football stadium Eno-ing: the act of setting up nylon hammocks between trees, named after the popular brand Eno
“Up hill both ways”: how students describe their walk to class in a mountain town
Rough Ridge: Not just a room in Plemmons Student Union but also a popular hiking destination near Grandfather Mountain
Club Expo: a must-go-to event for discovering how to get involved on campus Most popular shoes: hiking sandals, duck boots Favorite activities on Sanford Mall: studying in hammocks, slacklining, Frisbee throwing Average time to walk from your residence hall to class: 10 minutes 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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Dave by the Bell: Sometimes fun, sometimes serious podcast of, impromptu conversations with our students about topics both timely and topical. Find it on iTunes or appalachianmagazine.org/ podcasts
Are you ready for App State? 1. Visit myapp.appstate.edu to: • Submit your advance payment deposit to secure your space • Register for orientation • Apply for housing (required for first-year and transfer students less than one year out of high school; optional for other transfer students) 2. Visit fafsa.gov to: • Apply for financial aid In a few short months, you will be saying,
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