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 orientation@appstate.edu 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.