New Students

For new students who have confirmed their enrollment to App State:

It's time to start planning your academic journey to App State. Complete the Advising Steps below to prepare for class registration and your advising appointment.

Advising Steps for New Students

1. Verify Your Intended Major

Check DegreeWorks to verify your intended majorIf you want to change your intended major, email

2. Complete Placement Testing (if needed)

Placement testing is available for Math*, Calculus, Writing and Language

Use the Enrollment Checklist in your MyMountaineer Portal to determine if you need to take placement tests and complete the appropriate tests prior to registering for classes.

*If you scored at least a 550 on SAT Math or a 22 on ACT Math, you do not need to take the Math Placement test but be sure that you have submitted your test scores to App State to meet this condition.

3. Submit test scores and transcripts

  • Send test scores for AP, IB, Cambridge A/AS, CLEP and other Credit by Exam. Be sure to submit all scores, including those from previous years.
  • Submit official transcripts for completed college coursework from each institution you have attended.
  • Check DegreeWorks to ensure that all your credits have been received. If your credit evaluation includes transfer credit that you believe should be applied differently (e.g., elective credit that you think should be a specific App State course), then please submit a petition for credit

4. Update Courses in Progress

If you are currently enrolled in a college-level course or have completed any college coursework previously, make sure it is listed as "in progress" in DegreeWorks.

5. Review Registration Worksheets and Advising Planner

Registration Worksheets are designed to help first-year students with little to no transfer credit build their first-semester class schedule.

NC Community College Transfer Guides can be helpful for students who are transferring from a NC community college. 

The Mountaineer Advising Planner is a supplemental resource designed to acquaint you with the academic policies and campus resources, as well as to assist you in planning your semesters at Appalachian, both in and out of the classroom.

6. Complete PREP & Register for Classes. Then meet with an Academic Advisor by July 31st.

If you miss the deadline, please contact UC Advising at 828 262-2167 for assistance.

Once you have completed the Advising Steps you will be ready for PREP (Pre-Registration), a series of online modules that will explain App State's academic requirements and processes. Plan to spend 1-2 hours completing PREP.

After you have completed PREP and registered for classes, you will receive an email to schedule a required New Student Advising appointment.

I'm ready for PREP!