Selective Academic Programs

The Honors College

The Honors College

The Honors College at Appalachian offers enriched academic, social, and leadership experiences for high-achieving and high-potential students. 

Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES)

Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES)

The Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) program seeks to develop teacher leaders who will positively impact the profession through their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, reflective practice, and advocacy for equity and inclusion.

Watauga Residential College

Watauga Residential College

Appalachain's only residential college provides an environment for Appalachian's most creative students to explore their passions both in and out of the classroom. 

Apply for Appalachian's Selective Academic Programs:

Apply for Appalachian's Selective Academic Programs:

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Explore the ACCESS program

Explore the ACCESS program

The Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success (ACCESS) Scholarship Program ensures 50 students from low-income families in North Carolina can attend Appalachian debt-free.

Explore the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Explore the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Appalachian Excellence Scholarships (AES) are awarded to top first-year students with a strong academic record.

Explore Appalachian's Signature Scholarships

Explore Appalachian's Signature Scholarships

Appalachian's Signature Scholarships consist of merit-based and need-based opportunities and provide varying awards ranging from partial to full institutional costs.

Explore First Year College and Departmental Scholarships

Explore First Year College and Departmental Scholarships

Each academic college offers scholarships for incoming students who have identified their major or future career path. Scholarsips often include opportunities for mentorship, research, and experiential learning.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

On average, App State students receive $4.9 million in scholarships from outside organizations each year.