Planning for your First-year Student Orientation

Orientation Fees

The charge for our First-year 2-Day Orientation is $160 and will be listed on your confirmation when you register for Orientation. The cost covers all Orientation expenses including several meals, an overnight stay in a residence hall for students, your Common Reading book, inventories and materials that will be provided to you as applicable to your session. After you register for Orientation through myApp, please save your Orientation confirmation email; it includes your estimated Orientation charges.

You will not be billed the final charges for 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.  

Orientation Schedule 

View the schedule of events.  Students will receive a printed schedule of events and other materials upon check-in.  

Preparing for Orientation

Directions - Plan Your Route

Orientation Early Arrivals

  • Students may arrive the night before Orientation, check in to the residence hall from 7-9 p.m. and stay an extra night in the hall for an additional $25 charge. This is particularly helpful for students travelling long distances. 
  • Just select the “Early Arrival” option when you register for Orientation.

Orientation Overnight Stay

  • There is a required overnight stay in a residence hall for our First-year program between Day 1 and Day 2. Lodging for parents/families is not provided, but you can find a list of local lodging options on our Parent & Family website.
  • Linens are not provided so students should bring either a pillow and sleeping bag, or a pillow, light blanket, and XL twin sheets.  Students should also bring a towel and toiletries for their overnight stay.  Both Orientation halls are air-conditioned.  Pack light - it is just one night.  

Orientation Check-In and Parking (beginning at 8:00 a.m.)

  • Starting at 8:00 a.m., males check in at Lovill Residence Hall; females check in at Cone Residence Hall. Students who identify as transgender may contact the Orientation Office at 828-262-3870 for housing arrangements. Students wishing to room together at Orientation should check in together that morning; Orientation housing assignments are made at the point of check-in.
  • Students will then take a quick campus tour and get their AppCards. Parents and families will be directed to drop off their student and follow signs to Orientation parking. Students traveling alone to Orientation should park temporarily and check in at your assigned hall. Orientation leaders will then direct you to Orientation parking and the AppCard Office (student ID center).
  • Students will be provided parking accommodations in the Rivers Street Parking Deck for one vehicle during Orientation. Fees will be charged for additional vehicles. 

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 at Orientation. 

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

What to Bring to Orientation

  • informal clothing and comfortable walking shoes for Orientation
  • backpack and water bottle for Orientation
  • copy of Advanced Placement scores, and /or International Baccalaureate scores, if available
  • linens (sleeping bag and pillow OR a pillow, XL twin sheets, and a light blanket)  
  • towel and toiletries
  • optional--your parents for Parent/Family Orientation
  • your questions and concerns

What NOT to Bring

  • uncomfortable clothes or shoes for your Orientation day(s)
  • friends not registered for Orientation

Have Your Plans Changed?

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