First-year Students

New student Orientation is a time when you will be given information about Appalachian's academic requirements, general education courses, and many useful resources to help you become a knowledgeable and successful student. You will have time to learn more about your major or begin the process of exploring majors.

Orientation is a required 2-day program for new first-year students.  

Parents register separately.  

Fall 2017 Orientation Date options for First-year Students

  • May 25-26
  • June 5-6
  • June 12-13
  • June 15-16
  • June 19-20
  • June 22-23
  • June 26-27
  • June 29-30
  • *August 17-18

*Students should make every effort to attend an earlier Orientation and reserve the August session for others with exceptional circumstances.  

**Students admitted for a summer term must attend Orientation prior to the start of their summer session.  Students starting in Summer Session 1 will have to attend Orientation on May 29, 2017.  Students starting in Summer Session 2 will be directed to register for Orientation on July 3, 2017 but can attend earlier by emailing to update your date.   

Students who are admitted into Watauga Residential College will be asked to register for one of the following sessions:  June 5 & 6; June 12 & 13; June 15 & 16; June 19 & 20; or June 26 & 27.