Graduate Student Life: Part 1 of 3


Appalachian State fields a successful NCAA Division I athletics program and is a proud member of the NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision – the highest level of intercollegiate competition) Sun Belt Conference for 18 of its 20 sports (Appalachian State wrestling competes in the Division I Southern Conference and field hockey is a Division I independent).

While its success spans all 20 sports, Appalachian is perhaps most notable for its success on the gridiron. Mountaineer football won three-consecutive NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) national championships from 2005-07 and a 34-32 victory over the University of Michigan (college football's all-time winningest program) in 2007 put Appalachian in the national spotlight both academically and athletically. In its first season in the FBS ranks, the Mountaineers won six-consecutive Sun Belt games to finish with an impressive 7-5 overall record (6-2, third place in Sun Belt) in 2014.

In addition to their success in the athletic arena, Appalachian State student-athletes are also among the nation's top performers in the classroom. Appalachian State men's cross country, women's cross country, football, women's golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's outdoor track and field and volleyball all have multiyear NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that exceed the national average for their respective sports while four more programs (baseball, women's basketball, women's indoor track and field and men's outdoor track and field) are within five points of their sports' national average. Appalachian also boasts the Sun Belt Conference's highest federal graduation rate among student-athletes.

Appalachian State possesses some of the finest athletic facilities that the nation has to offer. Each of the Mountaineers' 20 sports train and compete in facilities that have been built or remodeled since 2000. The facilities are highlighted by the 120,000-squarefoot Appalachian Athletics Center, which houses training and academic areas for all 20 sports. Other facilities include Kidd Brewer Stadium (football, track and field), the Holmes Center (basketball, volleyball, track and field), Beaver Field at the Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium (baseball), Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium (softball), Appalachian State Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex (soccer), Appalachian Varsity Courts (tennis), the Don Kennedy Trails (cross country) and Brandon & Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium. The Mountaineers also practice in top-notch surroundings at the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility and Varsity Gym, which is also the competition venue for Appalachian State wrestling.

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Career Development Center

Appalachian provides a full range of career services to assist students with career-related issues and career management skills. At Career Exploration Office, the Career Development Center's satellite service, students can receive assistance in identifying academic majors and career options compatible with their interests, abilities, and values. Computerized guidance programs and other assessment tools assist with this process.

The Career Development Center offers individualized advising on self-managed career development, experiential learning, and personal marketing strategies. Students can access for a variety of resources on careers, graduate schools, employers and full-time job opportunities. Information on internships can be found at

Special services for graduating seniors include on-campus interviews and an online career account for posting resumes and viewing job openings. Workshops, practice interviews, and resume critiques help prepare students for the job search, while career and internship fairs provide the opportunity for students to make direct contact with a wide range of employers.

Student Employment

The Student Employment Office assists students in obtaining part-time job opportunities. On campus jobs are found through the Federal Work Study program and various Student Temporary positions. Student Employment places students who have accepted an award for Work Study through the Financial Aid Office. For more details about the Work Study Program, please visit the following website: Student Temporary work is found by applying with campus employers which include, but are not limited to: Food Services, University Recreation, University Housing, Belk Library and Information Commons, and the Child Development Centers.

For more information regarding finding employment, please go to or visit the Office of Student Employment located in John E. Thomas Hall, Room 389 to meet with a staff member.

Counseling and Psychological Services Center

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is part of a comprehensive program of student services within the Division of Student Development at Appalachian State University. The Center has as its primary purpose the prevention of psychological difficulties and treatment of the mental health concerns of its students. To meet this goal, the Center provides confidential individual, couples and group counseling for a variety of developmental and psychological issues. Concerns addressed in therapy range from personal growth and educational decisions to more serious issues that can cause psychological distress and interfere with academic functioning. The Center also provides 24-hour emergency response services when classes are in session for students experiencing extreme psychological crises. The Center is staffed by licensed psychologists and counselors and serves as a training site for an APA-accredited predoctoral psychology training program, as well as externs and practicum students for the Clinical Health Psychology, Human Development and Psychological Counseling, and Social Work graduate programs at Appalachian State University.

The Center also seeks to assist in the creation and maintenance of a University environment that will foster the well-being and personal development of its members. The Center provides outreach programs and psychoeducational workshops in a variety of venues to address such issues as eating disorders, sexual assault, career choice, substance abuse, stress management and suicide prevention. Center staff also are available to consult with University students, faculty, staff and others concerned about the psychological wellbeing of any University student.

The Career Exploration Office, co-sponsored by the Counseling and Psychological Services Center and the Career Development Center, offers assistance in career choice and planning. Trained and supervised student counselors assist students in learning about themselves and the world of work, making decisions, and developing career plans.

Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management and

The Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management (EHS&EM) is responsible for reducing unintentional accidents and injuries on campus by providing environmental health, fire prevention, safety, and emergency management services. EHS&EM works with faculty, staff, and students to reduce risk in Appalachian's living, learning, researching, and working environments.

EHS&EM manages the emergency preparedness programs for Appalachian State University, including the AppState-ALERT voice and text emergency notification system. To register your cell phone to receive emergency voice and text messages, go to the following website: You may also enroll during the class registration and drop/add periods. Visit the emergency website at for important emergency preparedness information and to download an emergency guide. For more information on any of the programs and services offered by EHS&EM, call (828) 262-4008.

Food Services

Appalachian owns and operates its own food services in various campus facilities. The Roess Dining Hall includes Rivers Street Café and Sanford Commons; McAlister's Deli and the Cascades Café are located in the Plemmons Student Union; Park Place Café, McAlister's Select, and The Market are located in Trivette Hall; The Juice Bar is located in the Student Recreation Center; The Market-Bookstore is located in the University Bookstore; and The Market-Panhellenic is located in the Appalachian Panhellenic Residence Hall. Rivers Street Café is the home to a variety of dining options such as Noodle Works, wrAPPS, Homestyle Classics, Healthy Select, Fresh Market, Fire Side Pizza, Rivers Street Grille, Sushi, Treat Yosef and On-the-Go. At Sanford Commons, students will choose from Traditions, Salads Plus, The Pizzeria, A Sub Shop, Chick-fil-A, Habanero's Fresh Cantina, Sushi, On-the-Go, and Conrad's Coffee.


Food Services offers a wide variety of choices in our catering department including banquets, picnics, cookouts, birthday cakes, and party supplies. Call the catering assistant at (828) 262-8011, or (828) 262-6143 to place your order. Visit the website at (click on "Catering") for a complete listing.


Electronically encoded APPCARDS are issued from the APPCARD OFFICE in the lower level of Trivette Hall to all students upon their arrival on campus. The cards provide access to campus events and fee-supported services including the use of the library, use of the infirmary, the physical education facilities, Quinn Recreation Center, Mt. Mitchell Fitness Center, Student Recreation Center, and door access to residence halls.

In addition to the official identification function of the card, it also manages two separate debit accounts -the Meal Account and the Appalachian Express Account.

The Express Account is optional and provides for the use of the card to pay for services in all Food Services locations, the University Bookstore, Crossroads Coffee Shop, Wired Scholar, the Infirmary, the Athletic Ticket Office, concessions at football and basketball games, Student Programs, Student Accounts, Belk Library and Information Commons, printers in Computer Labs, copiers (selected copiers in Belk Library), vending, laundry (selected washers and dryers), The Market-Trivette Hall, The Market-Bookstore, and The Market-Panhellenic Hall. Official withdrawal at any time from the University will entitle the student to a refund of unspent funds on her or his Express Account. Refunds will be made only in the case of official withdrawal from Appalachian State University during a semester or by request by the student once per year, to students who request it by the last working day before commencement in May. Account balances carry over from fall to spring. Any balance left at the end of the spring semester will not carry over into summer sessions.

A portion of the balance remaining in the Appalachian Express Account at the end of the spring semester in May is refundable. There is a $50.00 charge for processing this refund. For example, an Appalachian Express Account with $110.00 balance would get a $60.00 refund. Refunds will be given once per year, to students who request it by the last working day before commencement in May. Requests for refunds must be made through the Food Services Office in Trivette Hall. Refunds will be issued from the Student Accounts Office in John E. Thomas Hall. The telephone number for the APPCARD OFFICE is (828) 262-6141.