Student and Faculty Support

Student and Faculty Support

Academic Advising

Academic AdvisingAcademic advisors help students select appropriate classes, understand academic policies, and plan a course of study based on individual interests, skills, and talents. Each new student is advised by a professional advisor in the University College advising office until he or she enters a major degree program. The advising office provides additional services for students interested in health professions and students in University College degree programs.

Academic Services for Student-Athletes

Academic Services for AthletesAcademic Services for Student-Athletes provides a comprehensive range of academic advising, personal support, and eligibility oversight for student-athletes at Appalachian. Our professional staff works closely with the individual students, teams and coaches of all established varsity sports programs at our University.

ACCESS Scholarship Program

ACCESS Scholarship ProgramThe ACCESS scholarship and support program is Appalachian State's promise to low-income North Carolina students that higher education is within reach. Students who earn a place at Appalachian and are selected for the ACCESS scholarship program have the opportunity to graduate debt-free.

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Nationally Competitive ScholarshipsNationally Competitive Scholarships works with the Appalachian community to recruit and support students for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. This is achieved with outreach, mentorship, and advising throughout the entire application and selection process.   

Student Learning Center

Learning Assistance ProgramThe Student Learning Center (SLC) provides tutoring in introductory level courses, supplemental instruction, and courses and consultations to enhance students learning skills. SLC also works with special populations of students – such as modest-income and/or first-generation college students, as well as student-athletes – to provide a comprehensive support system that maximizes academic success.

Office of Student Success

OSS staff

The Office of Student Success (OSS) is dedicated to providing timely outreach to help students make the most of their time as Mountaineers. To this end, OSS staff works with all colleges, schools, and departments to address issues affecting student success at Appalachian.

Office of Testing Services

Office of Testing ServicesThe Office of Testing Services is certified by Educational Testing Service, Pearson VUE, and several private boards to coordinate the administration of more than 15 different standardized testing programs in both computer-based and paper-and-pencil formats. Exams for licensure, certification, and academic admissions are administered throughout the year.


ASU OrientationOrientation helps new students explore Appalachian's academic and social opportunities and make a smooth transition to life on campus. During summer orientation, academic advisors assist entering students in choosing courses and planning a program of study. Students also have opportunities to meet professors and get to know other students. All new students – freshmen and transfers – are required to attend.

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support ServicesTRIO Student Support Services (SSS) provides comprehensive services to 200 students who are first-generation and/or low-income. Through our services we provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with college requirements, and motivate students to successfully complete their degree. Support for TRIO Student Support Services is provided by the U.S. Department of Education and Appalachian State University.

University Documentary Film Services

University Documentary Film ServicesThe mission of the University Documentary Film Services (UDS) is to encourage students, staff, and faculty to engage in short scholarly documentary projects and support their efforts. Specifically, the UDFS coordinates existing documentary efforts and resources on campus; provides information and support for producing documentaries; offers classroom instruction and workshops about basic documentary skills; as well as archives and disseminate campus documentary projects.

University Writing Center

University Writing CenterThe University Writing Center offers free services on a variety of projects: papers for academic courses; master's and senior thesis chapters; personal essays for job, graduate school, and law school applications; and creative writing projects. The staff works with writers at any stage of the writing process, from inventing topics to editing sentences.

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

Writing Across the Curriculum

In support of Appalachian's writing requirements in the General Education Program, consultants from the Writing Across the Curriculum Program work closely with faculty members and the University Writing Center to incorporate the teaching of writing into course and assignment design. They also help develop effective means for faculty and writing center staff to discuss, respond to, and evaluate student writing in all disciplines.