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 program for new undergraduate students.  

Parents register separately.  

First-year Student Date options (admitted for **summer or fall 2019):

  1. May 30 - 31, 2019
  2. June 3 - 4, 2019
  3. June 6 -7, 2019 
  4. June 10 - 11, 2019
  5. June 13 - 14, 2019
  6. June 17 -18, 2019
  7. June 20 - 21, 2019
  8. June 24 - 25, 2019
  9. July 1 - 2, 2019
  10. *August 15 - 16, 2019

Special Notes about Dates:

  • *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 24, 2019.   Students starting in Summer Session 2 will be directed to register for Orientation on July 1-2, 2019 (first-year students) or June 28, 2019 (early college or transfer students) but can attend earlier by emailing orientation@appstate.edu to update your date. 

  • NCAA first-year student athletes are asked to register for one of the following sessions:  May 24 (if admittd for Summer Session 1), May 30-31, June 3-4, June 13-14, June 20-21, June 24-25,  July 1-2 (if admitted for Summer Session 2) or Aug. 15-16.

Additional First-year Student Programming (optional)

  • Apply to participate in the Trailhead Academy.  Trailhead Academy is ON-CAMPUS summer leadership program.  
  • 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.