Planning for your Freshman Orientation

How to Register for Orientation

After you submit your non-refundable advance payment, you should register for Orientation online through your myApp account. A confirmation will be sent to your Appalachian email account.

  • Parent/Family Orientation Registration
  • Parents/families are invited (but not required) to attend a Parent/Family Orientation which is held on the same date as the student Orientation program.  A separate Parent/Family Registration is required so we can plan appropriately.

Orientation Fees

The charge for Freshman Orientation 2016 is $160 and will be listed on your confirmation when you register for Orientation. The cost covers all Orientation expenses including several meals, an overnight stay in a residence hall for students, your Common Reading book, inventories and materials that will be provided to you as applicable to your session. After you register for Orientation through myApp, please save your Orientation confirmation email; it includes your estimated Orientation charges.

You will not be billed the final charges for Orientation until after you attend. These charges will be billed directly to your student account as part of your overall tuition and fees for the semester. These fees are non-refundable after you have attended Orientation.

  • Orientation Fees (Parent/Family versus Student) 
  • Please note that the fee for the student orientation program is a separate charge for all new incoming students which is billed to their student account after they attend the program.  Fees for parent/family orientation are charged at the time of registration.  

Orientation Schedule 

View the schedule of events.  Students will receive a printed schedule of events and other materials upon check-in.  

  • International Undergraduate Degree-seeking 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 US university).

Preparing for Orientation

  • Orientation Early Arrivals

    • Students may arrive the night before Orientation, check in to the residence hall from 7-9 p.m. and stay an extra night in the hall for an additional $25 charge. This is particularly helpful for students travelling long distances. 
    • Just select the “Early Arrival” option when you register for Orientation.
  • Orientation Overnight Stay

    • There is a required overnight stay in a residence hall for our Freshman Orientation 2-day program between Day 1 and Day 2. Lodging for parents/families is not provided, but you can find a list of local lodging options on our Parent & Family website.
    • Linens (including a light blanket, sheets, a pillow, and a towel) are provided for students.  Students should bring toiletries and may consider bringing extra items for comfort.  Both Orientation halls are air-conditioned.  Pack light - it is just one night.  
  • Orientation Check-In and Parking (beginning at 8:30 a.m.)

    • Starting at 8:30 a.m., males check in at Hoey Residence Hall; females check in at Cannon Residence Hall. Students who identify as transgender may contact the Orientation Office at 828-262-3870 for housing arrangements. Students wishing to room together at Orientation should check in together that morning; Orientation housing assignments are made at the point of check-in.
    • Students will then take a quick campus tour and get their AppCards. Parents and families will be directed to drop off their student and follow signs to Orientation parking. Students traveling alone to Orientation should park temporarily and check in at your assigned hall. Orientation leaders will then direct you to Orientation parking and the AppCard Office (student ID center).
    • Students will be provided parking accommodations in the Rivers Street Parking Deck for one vehicle during Orientation. Fees will be charged for additional vehicles. 

Additional Helpful Information

Academic Year Parking
  • Please refer to the Parking and Traffic Office for details on how to register for a parking space for the semester or academic year.
AppCards (Student ID Cards)
  • AppCards are used to access a student's residence hall, serve as a student's meal card, serve as a student's library card, and can be used for purchases in the University Bookstore. Make sure to get your AppCard made at Orientation. 
Health Insurance
  • The UNC System requires that eligible students must have health insurance.  Students must waive out or enroll in the University's coverage each semester.  Learn more now!

Immunization Record
  • Please also note that before attending classes, all Appalachian students must submit a Report of Medical History and Immunization Record Form as required by University Policy and North Carolina law. If you have not yet submitted this form you will have time to complete this enrollment step at Orientation.
What to Bring to Orientation
  • immunization information (if not already completed and returned)
  • informal clothing and comfortable walking shoes for Orientation
  • backpack and water bottle for Orientation
  • copy of Advanced Placement scores, and /or International Baccalaureate scores, if available
  • if you are transferring credits from another institution, an Appalachian transcript evaluation mailed to you by Appalachian's Office of Admissions; and unofficial copies of your transcript from your previous school
  • optional--your parents for Parent/Family Orientation
  • your questions and concerns
What NOT to Bring
  • uncomfortable clothes or shoes for your Orientation day(s)
  • linens (a pillow, towel, sheets, and a light blanket are provided)  
  • friends not registered for Orientation
Have Your Plans Changed?

Please let us know if your plans to attend Appalachian have changed by emailing our Admission's Office at