2019 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 appstate.edu/mymtn to: • Submit your enrollment 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. Transfer students more than one year out of high school are encouraged to apply early and may be offered on-campus housing on a space-available basis.
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.
At Appalachian, you will: • Travel the nation and the world to learn about yourself and the world around you • 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
top public regional university in the Southeast
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Princeton Review’s 2016 Best in the Southeast
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. Early college students with an AA/AS degree aren’t required to take this. firstyearseminar.appstate.edu
University Writing Center – Writing
• Discover and demonstrate your passion through research or performance
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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
STARS® Gold rating for sustainability achievements
Military Friendly School –Victory Media since 2010
experts can assist you with term papers, essays and other writing projects. writingcenter.appstate.edu
Student Learning Center – Provides
academic services to students which include small group tutoring, help labs, supplemental instruction, academic strategy instruction, learning skills courses and consultations, and academic advising for specific student groups. studentlearningcenter.appstate.edu
Career Development Center – Your goto office to explore career options, write your resume, find and apply for jobs and internships, and so much 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)
– OSS is 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 students make the most of their time as Mountaineers. 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
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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, we believe it is important that students are intentional about developing their capacity to lead now and in the future. Take a leadership course, get a leadership minor, attend the Appalachian Leadership Forum or get a leadership coach. Discover all the opportunities at 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 University Housing is dedicated to developing successful students by creating a community that cultivates personal development, responsible citizenship and student engagement. The residential learning plan offers a unique residential environment, one we are excited to offer to you! As you are getting settled and starting to meet other people in your hall, we will provide assistance in building those relationships with the people around you. Overall, our goal is to help you develop the skills to be successful during your time here at Appalachian and wherever you may go after you graduate. Living with us on campus this year is the first step of your journey, one we hope that you will make the most of. You will continue to hear and learn more about the residential learning plan as you get settled in your residence hall. Welcome to your new community and to the start of an exciting college experience. Appalachian offers opportunities for you to apply for 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 of 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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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 enrollment deposit of $200. Pay attention to deadlines related to each step – they’re very important!
Complete required enrollment steps in MyMountaineer portal: appstate.edu/mymtn
Confirm your attendance by submitting the acceptance agreement May 1 (or as stated in acceptance letter) Website/Contact form and the enrollment deposit.* (Note: this must be completed before additional steps are accessible.)
Register for Orientation.*
July 1 (available February 1)
Parents should register for Parent & Family Orientation.
Prior to your student's session or by July 1.
Submit application for housing (or request an exemption).* (Students
July 1 (available February 1)
Complete the Early Registration Advising (pre-Orientation) course and register for classes. For more information, visit orientation.appstate.edu.
Prior to your Orientation session or by July 1.
Take the Math and/or Language Placement Test (if required).
Prior to your Orientation session or by July 1.
Submit Medical History/Immunization Record Form.
Select your health insurance option.
Register after you make your enrollment deposit. 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.) Learn more at: parents.appstate.edu
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. Transfer students more than one year out of high school do not need to request a housing exemption if they do not plan to live on campus.) housing.appstate.edu, offcampus.appstate.edu
(Available April 30 and should be completed as soon as possible.)
(Available April 1 and should be completed as soon as possible.) )
Submit final transcripts (high school and/ormay college). August 1 or prior to your Orientation session *Failure to complete these steps by the deadlines result in having your offer of admission rescinded. Office of Admissions, ASU Box 32004, Boone, NC 26808-2004
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) if living on campus. 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.
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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, 2018. Visit finacialaid.appstate.edu and fafsa.gov.
The priority deadline is March 1, 2019.
• If you have finalized all financial aid requirements by March 1 (earlier if possible), you should receive notification of your financial aid award.
@appstate.edu email Now that you’re admitted, you’ve been assigned an Appalachian email account. Learn how to log in below. mail.appstate.edu
Immediately after submitting advanced payment
(Apply as soon as possible after October 1, 2018.)
Step 1: Establish your credentials. password.appstate.edu Step 2: Access your Appalachian email Set up your email account and begin checking it daily. Access your Appalachian email via mail.appstate.edu – 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. 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. testing.appstate.edu
Prior to your Orientation session or by July 1.
Verify your intended major, as listed on your acceptance letter. If you want to change majors, please update your MyMountaineer portal or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 1 (or prior to your Orientation session)
Pay your fall semester tuition and fees. studentaccounts.appstate.edu
Attend Welcome Weekend. welcome.appstate.edu
AppalNet: your source for email, news and more All new students are given an AppalNet account (appalnet.appstate.edu) 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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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 at orientation.appstate.edu and start planning now.
The 6 Orientation steps: 1. Register for Orientation. After you make your advance payment, you can register for Orientation at appstate.edu/mymtn. 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. 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 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/course-registration-placement-testing 3. Complete Early Registration Advising (ERA) course. After you register for Orientation, complete the ERA course on your MyMountaineer checklist. The course and quiz are available April 30 and must be completed prior to attending your Orientation session. appstate.edu/mymtn or era.appstate.edu 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 appalnet.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. Students will also receive a copy of the Common Reading Program book (see page 15). orientation.appstate.edu 6. Attend Welcome Weekend Aug. 16-18! (See page 15.)
Tip: If you need accommodations during Orientation due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources at least two weeks in advance. 828-262-3056 or odr.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 students. 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. Early college students can email email@example.com or call 828-2622167 to request a two-day orientation program instead.
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.
2019 Orientation dates Dates will be available at orientation.appstate.edu beginning October 1, 2018.
First-year students New student Orientation is a time when you will be given information about Appalachian's academic requirements, general education courses, and many useful resources to help you become a knowledgeable and successful student. You will have time to learn more about your major or begin the process of exploring majors. Orientation is a required two-day program with an overnight stay in a residence hall for new first-year students.
Transfer & early college students If you are transferring to Appalachian, you have probably already been through another orientation on your previous campus. However, Appalachian is a new school for you so you are required to attend transfer and early college Orientation (unless you are seeking a second bachelor's degree or are a returning student). At our transfer and early college Orientation, you'll meet with faculty members from your academic interest area, meet with an academic advisor to review your transcript(s) and ensure you have the most appropriate class schedule, and learn the ins-and-outs of our curriculum, policies, and resources. If you are a first-year student from a North Carolina early college high school, you will be prompted to register for one of our transfer and early college Orientation one-day sessions. Early college students can call 828-262-2167 to request a two-day orientation program instead.
International students 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). International Student Orientation is mandatory and will take place the week prior to classes starting for fall 2019.
Summer sessions Some students choose to start at Appalachian during a summer session rather than in the fall. Students starting in a summer term will be prompted to register for the session immediately preceding their summer term. Students starting in second summer session should contact 828-262-2167 if they wish to attend an earlier session.
First-year student note: Our two-day Orientation sessions for firstyear 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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Placement testing You may have to take placement tests (math or language) prior to Orientation. Be sure to check orientation.appstate.edu/ course-registration-placement-testing to determine your next steps.
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. To see how your credit is transferring to Appalachian, log in to Degree Works. degreeworks.appstate.edu/transfercredit 2. 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.
MyMountaineer, 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.
What to bring to Orientation • Informal clothing and comfortable walking shoes • Backpack and water bottle • Rain gear and sweater or jacket • Send updated transcripts to Admissions prior to Orientation or bring an updated official (sealed) transcript with you to your Orientation session. Note: early college high school or dualenrolled students need to submit a transcript from the college awarding credit (high school transcripts can not be used for college credit). • 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)
3. 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
• First-year students only – personal items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
How to plan for Orientation
• Friends or family members not registered for Orientation
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
What not to bring • Uncomfortable clothes or shoes • Pets
Tip for transferring credits: There are many resources available to help you understand how your credits transfer to Appalachian. • Read the directions on degreeworks.appstate.edu/transfercredit and log in to Degree Works • 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 first-year 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 you’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!
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 opportunity for you if you are interested in learning more about the community, leadership skills, getting to know other new students and exploring how to make an impact during your time at Appalachian. Trailhead is a four day campus based experience that will start your successful transition to Appalachian. Application deadline May 1, 2019. trailhead.appstate.edu The ASCEND Program is an engaging, intentional, high-impact supplemental orientation program targeting first time Appalachian students from marginalized and historically underrepresented backgrounds. The ASCEND Program is based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and establishes a solid foundation for new students to feel a sense of belonging and community, be empowered to succeed with knowledge, connections and resources, and to explore and give back to their new home-awayfrom-home.
Common Reading Program 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. 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
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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.
Parent & Family Orientation 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.
Register Go to parents.appstate.edu to complete a separate registration for your Parent & Family Orientation session. 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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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
Lodging Students are required to stay overnight on campus during Orientation, but lodging is not provided for parents and family members. 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
Tip: If you need accommodations during Orientation due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources at least two weeks prior to your orientation date. 828-262-3056 or odr.appstate.edu.
Student Veteran Services 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.
Major General Edward M. Reeder, Jr. Student Veteran Resource Center Located in the Plemmons Student Union, the Student Veteran Resource Center is centrally located and provides access to a multitude of resources and amenities, which include: • a study lounge with individual, portable desktop chairs and a large meeting table for groups; • two desktop computers available for student use, along with an electric adjustable desk; • information about on-campus and off campus resources for student veterans; • free coffee and snacks, and • free printing. email@example.com • 828-262-2722 Plemmons Student Union, Suite 251, Boone, NC 28608
Our institution is more dedicated than ever to helping military-affiliated students thrive on campus and in the community. This dedication begins during their transition from service to education and lasts through to graduation and entering the workforce.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Student Health Services 828-262-3100
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. edc.appstate.edu 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. 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 studentbluenc.com.
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 Student Health Services Fax: 828-262-6958.
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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. Transfer students interested in living on-campus should apply as early as possible, as space is limited. 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 any portion of your housing application before June 1. Roommate selection and search roommate profiles options will close on June 1. Options to update your basic application and emergency contact information will be available through June 30. You may make changes at hms.appstate.edu. 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.
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
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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 Resources for specific accommodation needs, and they will communicate approved accommodations to University H ousing.
Housing costs On-campus housing rates for the 2018-19 academic year are listed below. The rates cover rent and utilities, including basic cable. Rates are updated at studentaccounts.appstate.edu/tuition-and-fees when they are finalized each year.
• Bowie, Coltrane, Eggers and Gardner halls: $2,235/semester, $4,470/academic year • East and Justice halls: $2,305/semester, $4,610/academic year • Belk, Cannon, Cone, Doughton, Frank, Hoey, Lovill and White halls: $2,488/semester, $4,976/academic year • LLC, Newland and Summit halls: $2,600/semester, $5,200/ academic year • Appalachian Heights, Mountaineer Hall, Appalachian Panhellenic Hall: $2,700/semester, $5,400/academic year 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!
Tips on campus housing: How long does the housing contract last? Can first-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/faq.
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: • Computer • Trash can • Dry-erase message board • Shower shoes • Television • Desk lamp • Bed linens, pillow, blankets • Clothes hangers • Free-standing fan • Free-standing bookshelf
Roommate tip: Communicate with your 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.
Off-campus housing Approximately 80% of our new transfer students live off-campus. Boone has a large variety of rental properties geared towards students and there are many options in terms of location, price and type of off-campus housing. As you begin your search: 1. Do your research about what you want in a housing situation & view the property. Know how close your property is to an AppalCart route. 2. Know what's included (utilities and services) in the monthly rent. 3. Understand the difference between a joint (all tenants considered responsible for the rent) or individual (you are only responsible for your share of the rent) lease. Offcampus.appstate.edu and offcampushousing.appstate.edu have information and resources, including a database of available properties and roommates. Contact Off-Campus Student Services at 828-262-8284 with questions about finding a rental and living off-campus.
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, East, 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.
Housing tip: All new first-year students and transfer students less than 12 months out of high school, early college, or middle college are required to live on campus, unless granted an exemption by University Housing. Transfer students more than 12 months out of high school who are interested in living on campus may apply, although on-campus housing for these students is granted on a space-available basis. Appalachian State University 23
Meal Accounts Meal plan options as of 2018-19 are as follows:
Super: $1,917 per semester; High: $1,576 per semester; Standard: $1,357 per semester After their first year, students can opt for Low: $1,055 per semester Prices subject to change. Current prices are available at appcard.appstate.edu/students-parents/ meal-accounts.
Meal Accounts operate on a declining balance system and can be used for all food on campus: dining halls, franchises, vending machines, coffee shops, markets, football concessions and more. In this system all items are priced a la carte, which allows for flexible and customized spending. When choosing a meal plan, the only difference between levels is how much money a student starts off with at the beginning of the semester. Food Services encourages students to think about their individual meal patterns to determine the most appropriate Meal Account level. Meal Account balances roll over from fall to spring semester, but zero-out at May commencement of each year. In addition to the Meal Account, students have the option of an Express Account. This account can be used to purchase non-food items as well as food items on campus. It is often recommended as a Meal Account alternative for students living off campus, and are therefore not required to have a Meal Account. To learn more about the Express Account see page 25 App Bakery
What are you hungry for? Students can choose from any dining hall, on-campus market, or on-campus franchise for daily meals and snacks. All Food Services menus are overseen by Executive Chef Jules Bott, whose culinary team makes on-campus dining a pleasure for all. Read details on your culinary choices at foodservices.appstate. edu/dining.
Tips for dining on campus: Food Services posts updated menus online to help students plan out their meals according to their dietary needs, restrictions and schedules.
Living off campus? See Express Account on page 25.
Food Services' in-house bakery prepares freshly baked breads, desserts, hummus and more for the dining facilities and for special orders from anyone in the Appalachian community. Local Business, Local Community Food Services is owned and operated by Appalachian State University, and has been since 1925. Food Services not only provides financial support for the university, but partners with departments across campus to support university goals including zero-waste and local purchasing initiatives. Flexible, on-campus employment Food Services is the largest on-campus student employer, and works with students to find a schedule that blends well with their academic and extracurricular activities. Food Services follows the academic calendar for the university, so student employees can go home for breaks. For more information, please visit foodservices.appstate.edu/about/employmentopportunities. 24 2019 New Student Guidebook
20-26% 20-26 percent of food served at Appalachian is locally sourced.
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
Getting your AppCard ...the most important thing in your wallet The AppCard is a multi-function photo ID card, which is used by students, faculty and staff to identify themselves at members of the Appalachian community. Students will get their AppCard during orientation.
The AppCard provides access to: • Meal Accounts • Express Accounts • Health Services • Library checkouts • Residence halls • Recreation facilities • Intercollegiate events
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.
• Many other services offered by Appalachian
Express Account All students’ AppCards can access two accounts: their Meal Account and Express Account. The Meal Account is mandatory for students living on campus, but the Express Account is voluntary for all students. The Express Account is activated once money is deposited into the account, and operates on a declining balance system. The funds roll over year-to-year and can be used to purchase goods and services across campus including the University Bookstore, Health Services, ticket sales, laundry and printing. Express Accounts operate on a declining balance system and cannot be used off campus or withdrawn for cash. It does not replace the Meal Account for students living on campus, but is a good option for students living off campus who would like to set aside funds for on-campus purchases and needs. For more information, please visit appcard.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? Approximately 70% of all Appalachian students receive some type of financial aid.
How to apply for financial aid Step 1 Complete the 2019-20 FAFSA after October 1, 2018 (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 fsaid.ed.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, 2018, and before Appalachian’s priority filing date of March 1, 2019. 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 2017 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 on your FAFSA, make the necessary corrections at fafsa.gov. 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 319-337-5665.
Step 3 Complete 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). Verification requirements can be viewed on your AppalNet account under the Financial Aid tab.
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.
Student Support Services The federally funded Student Support Services Program supports first generation and/or low income 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:
Financial aid: a refresher course
fastweb.com collegeboard.com collegenet.com collegeanswer.com cfnc.org/paying/schol/info_schol.jsp CFNC.org/goldenleaf hispanicfund.org/scholarships
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 the Office of Student Financial Aid.
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).
The major federal loans include the 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. When offered a federal student loan, you will have the option to accept or decline the loan via your AppalNet account. Should you choose to accept a federal student loan, additional steps will need to be completed to finalize the loan.
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
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Federal Work-Study & student jobs One way to help offset your educational expenses and gain valuable work experience is to get a part time campus job. 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. If awarded Federal Work Study, it is the responsibility of the student to apply for available positions. The Office of Student Employment does not assign students to any positions. In order to find a position, log into Handshake (appstate. joinhandshake.com), select the “Jobs” link at the top of the screen. Then select the "Filters" option and choose "Work Study" to view only work study jobs. From there, you can scroll through your options and start applying! If you don't meet an employer preference or don't qualify for Federal Work Study, but still want to work, you can still apply and be considered for the position without narrowing your search to Federal Work Study.
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, your Social Security card, or birth certificate. You will present these documents in addition to your student ID to Student Employment (Rm. 389, John Thomas Hall) to gain authorization to work. You may not work on-campus until you have been approved by Student Employment.
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 received your award notice, you might have additional requirements to complete. • If you’ve never received a Federal Direct Loan before, you will need to complete a Master Promissory Note and Loan Entrance Counseling. • Your parent has the option to apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan. A Loan Application and Master Promissory Note must be completed online at studentloans.gov.
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 $7,652 $22,459 Standard residence hall1 $4,470 $4,470 (some rooms are more expensive) Standard meal option1 $2,714 $2,714 (High and Super are more expensive)
Total2 $14,836 $29,643 Amounts are for 2018-19 and subject to change for fall 2019. 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 2019. 2 A required health services fee of $325 is included in the fees above. For optional health insurance , add $2,587.76. 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 or January. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Student Accounts at 828-262-2113. Payment methods can be found by visiting studentaccounts.appstate.edu/payments.
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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 technologyrelated 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/current-students/computer-requirements
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.
Disco Student Learning Center Academic Strategy Instruction – teaches students how to build academic success skills through courses, workshops, and individual consultations. Topics include time management, effective learning strategies, reading efficiency, test taking, and organization. Tutoring Services – provides academic support for coursework in a number of campus settings via qualified and well-prepared undergraduate peer tutors. As-U-R – an intensive student support program focused on supporting students with executive function challenges. ACCESS Scholars Program – University sponsored program for students from low-income backgrounds. Selected students receive comprehensive academic and personal support as well as the opportunity to graduate student loan debt-free. Academic Services for Student-Athletes – provides a comprehensive range of academic advising, support and eligibility oversight and works closely with individual students, teams, and coaches of varsity sport programs. ASA promotes academic excellence and the core value that participants are students first and athletes second. Student Support Services – TRIO program serves first-generation and/or low-income students via academic development, advising, and social programs and activities. The goal of SSS is to ensure comprehensive support that leads to a college degree.
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.
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Important dates August 13: Move-in day for transfers living on campus attending August 14 final transfer Orientation (move-in time is 12-5 p.m.)
August 14: Move-in day for first-year students attending August 15-16 final first-year student Orientation (move-in time is 12-7 p.m.)
August 16: 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 16-18: Welcome Weekend and Transfer Welcome Weekend welcome.appstate.edu August 17: 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 18: Explore more than 400 extracurricular activities at Club Expo! August 19: Classes begin and learn about University Recreation opportunities during UREC Fest urec.appstate.edu August 27: Black & Gold Convocation convocation.appstate.edu September 10: Deadline for students to opt out of Student Blue Insurance to avoid being charged the fee.
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 2019-20 FAFSA opens, apply as soon as possible on or after October 1, 2018, at fafsa.gov. October 7-8: Fall break December 3: Last formal day of classes December 5-6, 9-11: Final exams
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Key contacts Did this book answer all your questions? If not, weâ€™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
foodservices.appstate.edu facebook.com/AppalachianFoodServices 828-262-3061
Academic Advising advising.appstate.edu 828-262-2167
Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) act.appstate.edu 828-262-2545
Appalachian Cares (info and updates related to student health and safety) appcares.appstate.edu 828-262-2144
General Education generaleducation.appstate.edu 828-262-2028
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
AppalCART (bus service)
AppalNet (computer network) appalnet.appstate.edu 828-262-6266
search.appstate.edu/directory campus switchboard 828-262-2000
Library & Information Commons
library.appstate.edu facebook.com/appbelklibrary 828-262-2186
Multicultural Student Development
bookstore.appstate.edu 828-262-3070 1-800-ASU-WEAR (1-800-278-9327)
Counseling & Psychological Services Center counseling.appstate.edu 828-262-3180
Financial Aid financialaid.appstate.edu 828-262-2190
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Office of Disability Resources odr.appstate.edu 828-262-3056
Office of International Education & Development international.appstate.edu 828-262-2046
Emergency Contacts Fire, police & ambulance
Office of Student Research
Office of Sustainability
Student Employment Office
During a campus emergency, all emergency notifications and updates will be posted at appstatealert.com.
Office of Transfer Services
Student Engagement & Leadership
Orientation, First-year & Transfer
Student Learning Center
911 (from off campus) or 9-911 (from on campus)
University Police Emergency: 828-262-8000 Non-Emergency: 828-262-2150
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. 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.
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
Orientation, Parent & Family
Student Veteran Services
Orientation Welcome Weekend
support.appstate.edu 828-262-TECH (8324)
Outdoor Programs – First Ascent
op.appstate.edu Facebook.com/appstateop 828-262-4077
Parking & Traffic Department
Post Office postoffice.appstate.edu 828-262-2242
Registrar’s Office registrar.appstate.edu 828-262-2050
Student Accounts (Billing/Cashier) studentaccounts.appstate.edu 828-262-2113
University Police police.appstate.edu 828-262-2150
University Recreation urec.appstate.edu 828-262-2100
Watauga Residential College watauga.appstate.edu 828-262-2417
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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 19,000 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, transfer services 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 appstate.edu/mymtn to: • Submit your enrollment 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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