Student life information for Fall 2020

The Appalachian Experience will be different in many ways this fall than in years past due to COVID-19, yet students can still expect the caring approach to their growth and development App State has long been known for. There is now a quick reference guide, called Student Life, on the university's Continuity website with information for what to expect when students arrive on campus — including housing, dining, textbooks, study spaces, transportation and much more.

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Campus Services Prepare for Return to Campus

Dining, Parking, Bookstore & Post Office Updates Below

Safety Precautions

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Campus Dining is preparing for students’ return to campus. As a part of this preparation, we’d like to share some things your students will notice when they arrive in August.

This fall your meal plan is the way to enjoy all that Campus Dining offers, and students living in on-campus housing will choose a meal plan that works best with their individual dining preferences. Students will continue to find chef-inspired menus that prioritize fresh, healthy, and local options. However some other things have changed. Contact will be as limited as possible. There will be modified hours and new practices for safe-serving, physical distancing, and more frequent and enhanced cleaning. Look for highly visible signage in each dining hall guiding you to serving locations and limited seating. Students will enter dining areas on designated pathways, and they will follow well-drawn paths to serving stations and limited seating areas. Students are encouraged to make good use of the hand sanitizer stations located throughout dining areas, and yes, face coverings are required in all dining halls and retail locations, except when eating or drinking.

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Trailhead Program Information for New Mountaineers


As with most things this fall, the Trailhead Experience will look a little different. This program, an initiative of Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), is being re-conceptualized to meet the unique needs of all first-year students at App during the Fall 2020 semester. Rather than take place off campus for a smaller group of 200 students over 3 days, every first-year student will now participate in a revised version of Trailhead during their first day on campus after their assigned move-in date and time.

In a one-day program, small groups of new students- each led by 2 upperclass student leaders, will engage in a number of activities, dialogues, and sessions exploring themes of authenticity, identity, community, and transition in the context of their collegiate experience. Trailhead 2020 will serve as an important bridge between students’ virtual Orientation sessions this summer and Welcome to App programming just before classes start. The program will provide an extra layer of support and guidance for incoming students as they navigate complex social, personal, and academic transitions. Additionally, Trailhead will provide an opportunity to connect with peers, student leaders, and campus resources while practicing healthy behaviors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A Leadership Team has been assembled to plan and implement the program. Members include Beth Holcomb (Campus Activities), Clinton March (Orientation), Courtney Holder (Leadership Education and Development), Heather Jo Mashburn (ACT), Jeff Cathey (Student Engagement and Leadership), Juan Mendizbal (Leadership Education and Development), and Marco Fonesca Rodriguez (Intercultural Student Affairs). Many other staff across the division and campus will also be asked to help nominate potential student leaders, contribute to programming, and support this campus-wide initiative in various ways over the coming month.

For more information or questions about Trailhead 2020, visit or email Read more for safety guidelines and requirements.

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App State Face Coverings for Off-Campus Students


To promote safe behavior on campus and in our community, we are collaborating with local rental companies to distribute face coverings to their student tenants. Many off-campus students will be able to receive their App State face coverings when they check into their rental units over the next few weeks. Approximately 20 companies are involved in this effort, which allows us to reach over 9,000 off-campus students (about three-quarters of our total off-campus student population) to provide face coverings. Students who don't receive face coverings through their rental company will be able to pick them up on campus

The University plans to provide three cloth face coverings branded with the Appalachian “block A” to all students. Distribution of face coverings and other safety efforts on campus are being coordinated by the Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Emergency Management. You can find the University’s policy on face coverings here. For questions about off-campus issues, contact Off-Campus Student Services at (828) 262-8284 or

Updates from the Office of Financial Aid & University Scholarships

Financial Aid

Hello from the Office of Financial Aid and University Scholarships!

We have a few important notes for you and invite you to check and the other university websites listed below for updates for fall.

New information regarding CARES grant funding and eligibility requirements is available at

In order to maintain eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid, a student must be making satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of a degree or a teaching certificate. We recently notified students if they are not meeting SAP standards.

If your student received a SAP notice and they were impacted by the disruption to the spring semester caused by the COVID pandemic, our office wants to encourage them to submit a SAP appeal. Committees will be taking COVID related issues into heavy consideration and we recommend that you appeal your status if you were impacted. Our counselors are happy to answer questions about the appeal or the required third-party documentation!

Bills have been released by the Office of Student Accounts. With this in mind, we have a few important reminders:

  • In order for our office to speak with you concerning the details of your student’s aid or bill, you must have been added to Parent Access, have your student’s ID number and your parent PIN number. Instructions on how to establish Parent Access are available in the FAQ section of our website.

  • If your student is borrowing a federal loan for the first time, remind them to complete Entrance Counseling and their Master Promissory Note at StudentAid.Gov. If these steps are not completed, their loan will be delayed.

  • At the beginning of the fall semester, financial aid will apply toward your students bill. Anything not covered by financial aid can be paid out of pocket or through a payment plan! See for information on how to enroll in a payment plan.

Our office continues to assist students and families. We look forward to a wonderful semester ahead!

University Recreation - A New UREC is Coming for August!

Student Recreation Center

Hello Appalachian Parents and Friends!

University Recreation has been hard at work in preparation for Fall 2020! Some of our highlights include welcoming our new director: Rodo Leone! He comes to App State via Boise State University. We are excited about his experience, perspective and energy he will bring to campus. He officially started on April 20, 2020. We thank Joe Carter, retiring Director, for his 26 years of leadership and contribution to campus recreation at App State.

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Attention parents of students who will be living off-campus in fall semester 2020

New River Light and Power

New River Light & Power, the electric utility for most residences in the Town of Boone, is implementing special procedures for new customers or customers transferring service to a new address. They have asked us to share the following information:

Out of concern for the health and safety of our customers, staff, and the community due to COVID-19, we are encouraging new customers and anyone transferring service to a new location this summer to schedule their service connection and/or disconnection in advance. We hope this will cut down on long lines and a large gathering at our office that we usually experience at the end of July and beginning of August.

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Transfer Student Mentors help welcome new transfers

Welcome Transfer Students

The Office of Transfer Services works closely with 20 Transfer Student Mentors to aid other transfer students through the transitional process of transferring to Appalachian. Each mentor is a transfer student themselves so they understand the questions, concerns and needs of new transfer students. The Transfer Student Mentors help welcome admitted transfer students during Transfer Pre-Orientation Program (T-POP) and Orientation throughout the summer, answer questions and concerns on our Appalachian State Transfers Facebook page, attend Welcome Weekend and Transfer Services student events, communicate with new students during their first few weeks of classes to ensure they are acclimating to Appalachian well, and call newly admitted students from partner community colleges the semester before they transfer.

This personal attention helps ease the barriers transfer students sometimes encounter as they make their way to a new academic environment. Our Mentors will also meet individually with new transfers that may have questions or are having trouble connecting socially. The ultimate goal is to ensure that every new transfer student makes a successful transition to Appalachian and becomes a happy Mountaineer! As we expect this fall to look different with social distancing in place it will be even more important for students to safely connect with each other. Please encourage your student to contact our mentors through

The Office of International Education and Development

During this extraordinary time, the Office of International Education and Development continues to work remotely to serve our students, faculty, and staff. We remain committed to developing awareness, knowledge, appreciation, and respect of cultural differences.

While study abroad trips have been cancelled for the fall semester to protect the health and safety of our students, virtual exchange and internship opportunities are available, and we are currently accepting applications for spring and summer 2021. Education abroad advisors are available to meet with students by making a virtual appointment or emailing us at

We invite both domestic and international students to connect with us through the weekly International Afternoon Coffee series, every Thursday, 1:30–2:30 EST. Students may also explore the opportunity to serve as cultural or education ambassadors in the fall. More information can be found on our Connect Globally from Home page. International students, scholars, and faculty may also make virtual advising appointments by emailing

This fall, students can look forward to a virtual study abroad fair, International Education Week, and other activities to stay connected globally. Stay tuned!

For more information about the many activities of the Office of International Education and Development, visit the OIED website or call us at 828-262-2046.

Non-partisan Voting Information

Voting can serve as an integral part of one's contribution to the community. As students transition to Boone & Watauga county, they may be interested in learning more about local elections and registering to vote in their new home.

This site is a non-partisan resource for students at Appalachian State and the voters of Watauga County. Through this website, students will have access to the necessary resources to register to vote and learn about issues at stake in upcoming elections. In addition to registration and voting information, all of the voter registration and engagement events being held across campus will be housed on this website. Our vision is to implement voter education activities and increase student participation in local, state, and national voting and election initiatives this year and in future elections. Find below specific information on voter registration, verification, and implications for voting due to COVID-19.

  • To verify that you are registered to vote in NC and that your voter file is correct, check your status on the North Carolina Public Voter Search website well in advance of the NC voter registration deadline. Students may also be interested to know that if you are a DMV customer with a N.C. driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, you may now register to vote or change certain parts of your registration online.

  • For out-of-state students that do not wish to register in NC and will be requesting absentee ballots, check your registration status on the National Association of Secretaries of State website.

  • Students can visit this site for a guide to state-by-state election updates relating to COVID-19, to include finding information on absentee voting.

Updates from the Walker College of Business: Career Services Supports & Holland Fellows Program

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Business Career Services summer and fall support for students

This summer, Business Career Services is open and available to assist current business students or recent graduates with their job and internship search. Students can make a virtual appointment at We also offer assistance with resume reviews, cover letters, and offer practice interviews, among other professional development services. With many industries switching to a virtual recruiting model this fall it is more important than ever that students are proactively using our services. Business Career Services and the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center will host Walker Business Connections, our signature, fall recruitment event for the Walker College of Business this October. The event, which will feature workshops, panel discussions, mock interviews and a virtual career fair, will prepare business students to find and apply for jobs and internships in a virtual environment.

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Summer at AppStateā€¦

…is all about your student

Summer Sessions at Appalachian

  • getting ahead, graduating on time, catching up on coursework,

  • and reducing academic stress from their credit hour load in Fall and Spring

Summer at Appalachian State has two five-week terms:

Summer Session 1: Classes begin Monday, May 24, 2021, for undergraduates

Summer Session 2: Classes begin Tuesday, July 1, 2021 for undergraduates

Summer Schedule posts in early December 2020:
Early Registration for Currently Enrolled Students Begins April 1, 2021

Learn more about Summer School:

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AppELS Institute Offers Virtual Courses for International Students

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AppELS Institute supports global learning at Appalachian State University by providing English language support to current and future international students. LEVEL UP Online Program is AppELS Institute’s newest initiative with virtual courses in English language, USA university admissions, international teacher development, and intercultural competency.

AppELS Institute courses are for international students who wish to continue moving toward their academic and professional goals even in the midst of 2020’s unprecedented challenges. If you have any international friends or family who want to begin their Appalachian journey or advance their global competency skills, please send them to the AppELS Institute website.

Appalachian students can also participate in cultural exchange and widen their global understanding by becoming an English conversation partner with an AppELS Institute student from around the world. For more information, please email