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.

Orientation Fees

The charge for August Freshman Orientation 2016 is $130 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.

  • 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.   If a family member chooses to attend the Parent & Family Orientation program, there is a separate fee and registration for that program.

Orientation Schedule 

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

  • August Orientation Move-in
    • Students attending the Freshman August Orientation can obtain their room keys at their assigned residence hall office and move into their assigned rooms on August 10, 2016 from 12pm - 7pm.  Read more about Fall Move-In.  
  • August Orientation Check-In and Parking (beginning at 8:30 a.m. on August 11)
    • Students, parents and families will be directed to Orientation parking in the River's Street Parking Deck. Orientation leaders will then direct you to the Schaefer Center for check-in and our Opening Session.
    • Students will be provided parking accommodations in the Rivers Street Parking Deck for one vehicle during Orientation. Fees will be charged for additional vehicles. 
    • 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

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, your Appalachian transcript evaluation can be found under class history on your Degree Works account
  • optional--your parents for Parent/Family Orientation
  • your questions and concerns
What NOT to Bring
  • uncomfortable clothes or shoes for your Orientation day(s)
  • 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