Planning for your Freshman and International Student 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.
Need to change your date? Log back into myApp; click on the Orientation tab and re-submit the form with your new date. Make sure to contact our Parent Orientation office to update your parent/family date as well.
Parents are invited (but not required) to attend a Parent Orientation which is held on the same date as the student Orientation program.
A separate Parent Registration is required so we can plan appropriately.
View the schedule of events; students will receive a printed schedule of events and other materials upon check-in. If you are a freshman attending one of our Summer Session Orientations, your schedule will be different and can be viewed here.
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). International students should plan to attend all of international orientation August 10 - 14, 2015.
The charge for Freshman Orientation 2015 is $160 and will be listed on your confirmation when you register for Orientation. The cost covers all Orientation expenses including several meals, 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.
Preparing for Orientation
- Learn your AppalNet username, password, and your Appalachian email address
- Take all appropriate placement tests prior to Orientation
- Complete your Early Registration Advising Course and begin registering for your classes
Directions - Plan Your Route
If you are traveling a long distance, students may arrive the night before, check in to the residence hall (Cone for females or Lovill for males) from 7-9 p.m. and stay an extra night in a residence hall for an additional $25 charge. Just select the “Early Arrival” option when you register for Orientation. You can go back into your Orientation Registration, add the Early Arrival option and resubmit at any point.
Orientation Check-In (8:30 a.m.)
Freshman check-in can be tricky so make a note on this process before you begin your travel. Starting at 8:30 a.m., males check in at Lovill Residence Hall; females check in at Cone Residence Hall. Students wishing to room together at Orientation should check in together that morning.
Parents and families will be directed to DROP OFF their student at the appropriate hall and follow signs to Orientation
parking in the River's Street Parking Deck after dropping off their student. Parent check-in will be down the street from the River's Street Parking deck at the Schaefer Center. Students and parents will meet back up at the Schaefer Center for the Opening Session at 10:00 a.m.
Students traveling alone to Orientation should park at the River's Street Parking Deck and then proceed to the appropriate residence hall for check-in. Orientation leaders will be at the deck to direct you to the residence hall.
Click here for an Orientation Drop-Off Map.
See check-in information above. Students and families can park in the in the Rivers Street Parking Deck during Orientation. Look for yellow and black Orientation signs on Rivers Street to guide you.
Please refer to the Parking and Traffic Office for details on how to register for a parking space for the semester or academic year.
Additional Helpful Information
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. Most freshman students will have their AppCard made during their Orientation session.
Bookstore Information for New Students
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
- toiletries for your overnight stay in the residence hall
- 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 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 email@example.com.