Orientation and ERA (Early Registration Advising)

  • Go over the Advising Planner for more information on General Education and degree requirements.  You will receive a printed copy at Orientation, but it is a great idea to read through it before you come.
  • All entering students must attend an Orientation session. Be sure to watch your My Mountaineer Portal and App State email for information on when and how to register for a session.
  • Before you come to Orientation you need to complete the Early Registration Advising Course (ERA). This short course explains Appalachian's academic requirements and how to register. Once you have registered for an Orientation session and completed ERA, you will take a quiz. If you score a 70 or better, then you will receive an alternate PIN number via email that will allow you to register when the system opens for incoming students. 
  • Don’t hesitate to go back and review sections of ERA. Our curriculum can be complicated and it is usually necessary to review sections in order to have a more complete understanding.
  • The benefit to doing this course and registering for classes before Orientation is that you are more sure of your academic choices and it also gives you the opportunity to discuss your choices with an Academic Advisor at Orientation. The more you do prior to Orientation, the more enjoyable that experience will be.
  • Log into and review your DegreeWorks page once you are added to it.  
    • New transfer students are added to DegreeWorks once they’re admitted.
    • Other new students are added to Degree Works once they have paid their deposits.
  • Check out the DegreeWorks website for more information about this advising tool.