Support Resources for Students

Student Success Team 

The Student Success Team serves as a sub-group of the Enrollment Planning Council, to focus specifically upon student success and retention at Appalachian. 

University Housing

University Housing strives to provide safe and sustainable housing for the Appalachian community and create a learning-centered home that engages residents to become active citizens of the world.

Mapworks (Making Achievement Possible)

Mapworks is an early alert system. Through an on-line survey, which over 97% of new freshmen and 57% of new transfer students completed last fall semester, Mapworks provides us with important information about areas in which a new student may be likely to excel or struggle. Faculty and staff have access to Mapworks reports for both the freshmen and new transfer students in their main campus classes so faculty are encouraged to use this tool for more comprehensive and effective support of each student. For example, an instructor can enter a note of concern about a student into the online Mapworks system which can help other people can the student the help they may need.

Common Reading Program

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian. This program is an exciting facet in Appalachian's orientation of new students to life on our campus.

Division of Student Development

Student development at Appalachian State University integrates both in-class and out-of-class experiences of students. These educational efforts are directed at developing both intellect and character of students. Student life is the focus of the programs and activities of the Division.

Education Abroad

Appalachian Overseas Education Programs offer students a wide selection of faculty-led, short-term study abroad programs. Through bi-lateral exchange, consortia, and affiliated agreements Appalachian students have access to approximately 200 foreign sites to consider for semester and year programs of study.

Learning Assistance Program

The Learning Assistance Program fosters academic achievement by all Appalachian students. n particular, the Learning Assistance Program provides academic services to students who face unique challenges, such as student athletes, first-generation students, low- income students, non-traditional students and students with disabilities.

Counseling Services

Appalachian State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center has as its primary purpose the prevention and treatment of the mental health concerns of its students.

Appalachian State Police

The Appalachian State University Police Department is committed to providing a safe working, living and learning environment through a community oriented policing philosophy that emphasizes crime prevention and crime solving through partnerships, education and awareness programs, pro-active patrolling and quality officer training. We provide general and emergency services, and we enforce state laws and university policies on campus twenty-four hours a day, seven-days a week.

Red Flag Campaign

The Red Flag Campaign is a campus-based social marketing campaign designed to raise awareness and educate people about being active bystanders. It encourages people to SAY SOMETHING if they see a "Red Flag" on campus. "Red Flags" include harassment, stalking, abusive relationships, coercion, and sexual assault.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors strive to improve the quality of our university through professionalism, dedicated service, and a direct partnership with the Alumni Association, University Admissions, and the Office of the Chancellor.

Student Government

The Student Government acts as the representative body for the student population of ASU.

Appalachian State Student Code of Conduct

The University acknowledges that students have rights and responsibilities as members of the Appalachian State University community and that the University has expectations regarding the behavior of its members which extend beyond the classroom into all aspect of life

Outdoor Programs

Outdoor Programs' mission is to promote discovery through student-powered adventure.

Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) 

ACT offers diverse opportunities for individuals and student groups to get involved in human services and environmental advocacy, as well as assist faculty members and community partners with integrating community service projects into their academic courses and local agencies.

Wellness Peer Education Program

The Wellness Peer Educators are a group of students who develop and implement campus-wide health promotion campaigns and programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles among college students. 

Student Wellness Coaches

"WE COACH" members, through campus Wellness and Prevention Services, are especially excited to help students with time management, study skills, self-care strategies, relationship troubles, double majoring, adjusting to App, making friends, and reaching any goals you might have!  After identifying barriers, you develop 2-3 realistic action steps that you commit to doing in order to reach your goal. A member of WE COACH will work with you to develop a specific, achievable and time sensitive goal.
Go here to schedule a face-to-face session with a WE COACH session now.

Student Wellness Center

Its mission is to create an environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and academic success.  We offer services promoting health awareness and active lifestyles while taking a holistic approach to wellness.

Career Exploration Office

The Career Exploration Office helps students discover and explore majors and careers.

Appalachian Cares

Appalachian Cares promotes student safety on Appalachain State's campus.

Office of Student Success

The Office of Student Success (OSS) is committed to improving the undergraduate experience for the students of Appalachian State University. Whether a student is struggling or excelling, OSS is dedicated to helping each student make the most of her/his time as a Mountaineer. To this end, OSS staff works with all colleges, schools, and departments on issues affecting student success at Appalachian.

Health Services

The Mary S. Shook Student Health Service is a primary care ambulatory campus health clinic helping meet the needs of Appalachian State University students. Serving the student drives everything the Clinic does.

Office of Disabilities Services

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance(link is external) strive to ensure that the dignity of students, employees and campus visitors is upheld when equal access to education and employment is guaranteed, respectful treatment is assured, and an appreciation of differences is fostered for all members of the university community. ODS works diligently to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided equal access at ASU by broadening disability awareness, removing barriers to provide an inclusive environment, and providing reasonable accommodations.

Dean of Students' List of Resources:

The Dean of Students page offers legal help if needed. The Dean of Students office is also a good contact if you're having roommate problems, although the ASU Counseling Center may be able to help as well.

Food Pantry:

Hours: 8:30am - 5:00 pm M-F
Location: East Hall, bottom floor

Any students or Appalachian family members who have food or goods needs are invited to visit Appalachian’s food pantry. Located in the Office of Sustainability on the bottom floor of East Hall, the food pantry offers non-perishable staples as well as fresh bread and seasonal, local fruits and vegetables, as available.

For a list of other resources available to students, please visit:
deanofstudents.appstate.edu/student-resources

University Omuds:

At ASU, the Office provides an independent, confidential environment for faculty, staff and students of the Appalachian community to discuss campus related concerns or problems. The Ombuds Office holds the identity and all communications with those seeking assistance in strict confidence, and does not disclose confidential communications unless given permission to do so, except as required by law or where, in the judgment of the Ombuds, there appears to be imminent risk of serious harm.

 Financial Management:

This website offers tools including loan managment, student employment, grants, scholarships, as well as paid internships.

Other local off campus resources:

Hospitality House of Boone                Farm Cafe
Hunger and Health Coalition              Oasis (Domestic and sexual violence center)
Casting Bread                                  Children's Council (Resources for parents including childcare)



Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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