Visit Appalachian - First Fridays

Launch virtual tourFirst Fridays!

Visit Appalachian State University and learn more about the School of Graduate Studies during one of our "First Friday" Open House events! Our First Friday Open House is a great way for prospective students* to meet faculty, tour campus, and learn more about financial aid, scholarships, admissions, and what graduate student life at Appalachian is really like.

2017-2018 First Friday Open Houses (12:00 PM - 2:30 PM)

  • September 8
  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1

We ask that you let us know if you plan to attend so that we can organize time with the faculty in your program of interest and alert you to any special events!

  1. The Graduate School will host a formal information session during which we will discuss the admissions process, scholarships and other special opportunities that make up the Appalachian experience!
  2. Enjoy a walking tour of campus with some of our current graduate students.
  3. Learn about the program that interests you by visiting the department and talking with faculty and students.

Please submit this online form to register for a First Friday Open House event. if you want to plan a more informal visit because you cannot attend any of the formal sessions listed above, please contact Victoria Carlberg at at your earliest convenience.

* While Distance Education students are welcome to attend, this event is designed for students planning to attend classes on our main campus in Boone. We encourage Distance Education students to contact the Office of Distance Education office to find out what opportunities are planned for a particular, off campus program.

Come Early...

We recommend you arrive in the late morning and begin your Appalachian experience with brunch or lunch in our Central Dining Hall. The Central Dining Hall is home to both the Rivers Street Cafe (food court style) and Sanford Commons (traditional home style options). Cash and credit cards are accepted.

You will want to park in the Rivers Street Parking Deck (GPS Address: 461 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608) for your visit.

Stay a While...

Consider spending the night or the weekend!

  • Every first Friday of the month Boone hosts the Downtown Art Crawl in the evening, a chance to see local artists at work.
  • There are many other things to see and do in the High Country. Check out Todd's Calendar for more information on daily events as the date draws closer!
  • You can find information on area accommodations by visiting the Boone Chamber of Commerce site or

We look forward to seeing you in Boone! Click here for Regional Maps and Directions to Appalachian.

Never been to Boone?

The town of Boone is located in the northwest corner of North Carolina, nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains about 3,300 feet above sea level. The local population is just below 13,500. The region is nicknamed 'The High Country' for its mountainous terrain. The University is very much a part of Boone and the regional community. Appalachian' s students enjoy the excitement of a mid-sized university environment, as well as the small-town feel of Boone and its unique culture.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Boone boasts fantastic mountain views in all seasons with a wide variety of recreation opportunities. The region is also steeped in local Appalachian history and culture. Residents experience this culture through local music, theater and art exhibitions around the region. The High Country is truly one of North America's treasured regions. For Appalachian students, it is theirs to discover.

Read more about Boone