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Aspire Appalachian Co-Admission Program

The Aspire Appalachian Co-Admission Program provides a seamless pathway from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to Appalachian State. Students who complete one of the following two-year associate degree programs with a 2.25 GPA within three years are guaranteed admission to Appalachian State to complete their undergraduate degree.

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Fine Arts-Music
  • Associate in Fine Arts-Visual Arts
  • Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Education
  • Associate in Applied Science Speech Pathology


(Note: Aspire Appalachian is not a dual enrollment program; students will be admitted to Appalachian State University after meeting all requirements of the Aspire Appalachian program at CCC&TI. Additionally, students are not guaranteed admission into a particular major at Appalachian as some high demand programs may have admission requirements beyond those for general admission to Appalachian.)

Benefits for Aspire Appalachian Students

  • Guaranteed admission to Appalachian
  • Coordinated on-site admissions and academic advising
  • Assigned Success Coach at CCC&TI
  • Coordinated Financial Aid programs
  • Waived Appalachian application fee
  • Access to student resources at Appalachian:
    • Special events hosted by the Office of Transfer Services
    • Women’s Center
    • Henderson Springs LGBT Center
    • Multicultural Student Center
    • Club and Organization Participation (No Fraternity/Sorority or Club Sports Involvement)
    • Career Development Services
    • Wellness and Prevention Services
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Note: Early College or high school students dual-enrolled are not eligible

For Additional Information:

  • (Watauga Campus) Allan Johnson, Admissions Specialist, 828 297-3811 ext. 5237
  • (Caldwell Campus) Tonja Horn, Admissions Specialist, 828 726-2627

Please fill out this form to indicate your intent to participate in the Aspire Appalachian program prior to transferring to Appalachian State University.

Students are eligible for Aspire Appalachian if they meet the following criteria:

  • have graduated from high school or received their high school equivalent
  • be in progress of or completed ACA 122 with a grade of C or better
  • are on track toward completion of select two-year associate degree transfer programs
    • have at least two semesters (24 credit hours) remaining at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
    • be enrolled as a full time (12 credit hour) student

Students who were previously enrolled as undergraduate students at Appalachian are not eligible for the Aspire program. For questions about readmission to Appalachian, contact the Registrar’s Office or readmission@appstate.edu.

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