Early College Students

If you are a freshman from a North Carolina Early College high school, you will be prompted to register for our special Early College Orientation on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.   If you cannot join us on our early college student date, please email orientation@appstate.edu with your date preference.  You can choose from any of our first-year or transfer student 1-day sessions.  

Orientation is a required program for new undergraduate students.  

Parents and/or family must register separately if they plan to attend.  

Early College Student Orientation Date:

  • June 3, 2020

Additional Early College Student Programming (optional)


  • Apply to participate in the Trailhead Experience.  The Trailhead Experience is a four-day extended orientation program that prepares incoming first-year and transfer students for life at Appalachian State. Hosted by the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) office, Trailhead helps students create connections, build community, and develop their capacity to lead at Appalachian State and beyond.
  • Register for First Ascent!  First Ascent is a wilderness orientation program for incoming transfer and incoming first-year students facilitated by Appalachian’s office of Outdoor Programs. This opportunity provides students with challenging experiences that are designed to assist them in finding their place in the Appalachian family.  
  • Register for ASCEND.  ASCEND is high-impact supplemental orientation program targeting first time Appalachian State University students from marginalized and historically underrepresented backgrounds.