Planning for your Early College Orientation

Early College Orientation Schedule 

Our summer 2020 Orientation sessions will be held online.  Students will still have an opportunity to get to know campus, understand our community expectations and connect with other students in small group sessions.  Here’s some important information you need to know:

  • Students and their families can keep the date for which they are currently registered.  Confirmed students who have not registered should choose a date and register as soon as possible.    
  • Students will need internet access & a computer or mobile device on their Orientation date.  We will have a combination of "live" sessions and pre-recorded information throughout the day beginning about 9:00 a.m.   Students should be done with "live" sessions about 4:00 p.m. depending on their afternoon advising appointments.  
  • We are arranging the sessions so that parents and students can be on a single device given that some households may only have one device available.  All sessions except for Academic Essentials and individual advising will be designed for students and families together.   
  • Students will receive an itinerary with appropriate links via your email a few days prior to their scheduled Orientation date.

If you have questions or any concerns about your ability to join us virtually, please contact us at We are here to help.  We look forward to meeting you soon!

Preparing for Orientation

Orientation Fees

The charge for our new student Orientation is $120 and will be listed on your confirmation when you register for Orientation. The cost covers all Orientation expenses including your Common Reading book, your Advising Planner,  orientation staff, Welcome to App events, Parent & Family programming and online materials that will be provided to you as applicable to your session. After you register for Orientation, please save your Orientation confirmation email; it includes your estimated Orientation charges.

You will not be billed the final charges for new student 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 Parent and Family Orientation has a separate registration and fee.  

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 prior to moving into your residence hall. 

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

  • The information below is required by North Carolina law and / or University Policy.  For more details please see the Student Health Service website.
  • Please note before attending classes, all Appalachian students must:
    • Submit an uploaded copy of their immunization record
    • Enter immunizations dates listed on their record, and
    • Complete the Health History portion located within MedPortal  

Fall Move-in for August Orientation

  • Students attending the first-year Orientation on August 13 will be able to move into their residence hall on August 12.   AppCards are used to access a student's residence hall; make sure to get your AppCard made prior to moving into your residence hall. 

Have Your Plans Changed?

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