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Colleges / Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

App State Admissions

If you are applying to App State, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the fee for the application is $65.

Students who apply to App State for fall should anticipate a decision by January 25.

App State Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of App State's admissions stats.

App State 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15.1%
Mean SAT Score 1222
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8.81%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 23.44%
Waitlist Yes

Appalachian State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Appalachian State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 January 25

Want to Apply Early to App State?

App State does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. App State will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 25.

App State accepts roughly 73% of early action applicants and 85% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, App State admitted 12,15 of the 16,62 who applied early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Appalachian State University Admissions

Transferring to Appalachian State University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to App State

App State has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into App State?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at App State

What does App State consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with App State for more information on admission factors.

App State Application Requirements

To apply to App State, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with App State's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into App State?

Students admitted to App State have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0. App State considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 84.68% submitted a class rank. At App State 15.1% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 43.91% were in the top 25% and 83.32% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Appalachian State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 48.44%
3.75 and 3.99 22.45%
3.50 and 3.74 17.22%
3.25 and 3.49 9.01%
3.00 and 3.24 2.05%
2.50 and 2.9 0.83%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to App State directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

App State considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

App State is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 8.81% of App State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23.44% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for App State?

To be competitive with other App State applicants, you should aim to score between 1130 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At App State 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1290 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a App State student is 1222.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of App State students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of App State students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for App State?

To be most competitive at App State, you should strive to earn between 23 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for App State's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for App State students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Appalachian State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to App State. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in App State during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

App State Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to App State?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to App State.

Does App State accept transfer credits?

✅ App State accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. App State accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does App State accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ App State accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to App State?

✅ App State is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is App State's acceptance rate?

✅ App State has an acceptance rate of 85%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at App State?

❌ App State does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at App State?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at App State was 73% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About App State?

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App State Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into App State? App State is a somewhat selective institution. The App State acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 85 out of every 100 applicants.


App State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to App State is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to App State is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

App State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1290


Math SAT Range

560 - 650


Reading SAT Range

570 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1290 and Above


1130 to 1290


1130 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for App State students is 1222. Applicants with SAT scores of 1290 and above have a good chance of being admitted to App State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1290 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at App State.

App State GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At App State, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.96. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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