Second-Year Plan

Welcome to the Second-Year Experience! Whether this is your second year at Appalachian or you are a new transfer student bringing at least 30 hours of credit to Appalachian with you, if you have earned 30-59 hours of credit, this website can help you navigate the key opportunities and choices you will encounter this year. Here, you can learn about opportunities and resources to help you make these choices.

This year, it is essential that you make the most of your opportunities and focus on more than just earning good grades. By being fully engaged in your education and taking advantage of the opportunities Appalachian has to offer, you can prepare yourself to compete successfully for top spots in a few years when you graduate. Isn't it too early to think about graduating? No! We want you to fully enjoy and get the most from your time at Appalachian. To ensure this, you certainly don't want to delay until your junior of senior years. By beginning now, you can develop a strong, well-rounded portfolio of experiences that will allow you to stand out among great students from all across the nation.

What You Need to Do

1. Select and declare your major with confidence.

As you enter into your second year, you need to select and declare a major and choose classes smartly in order to "finish in four." Your major should represent what you most want to study/learn and what prepares you most completely for life after college. You should love your major. In order for this to happen, you must be engaged in exploring majors and careers. If you are engaged in the process, you will be prepared to select your major with confidence.

Undergraduate Majors at App State:               

Careers related to the majors App State offers:

How to declare (or change) your major:         


2. Meet with your academic advisor.

Though it is not universally required for second year students or transfer students beyond the first semester at Appalachian, effective advising is essential to a rewarding and enriching academic career.

Most students begin their careers at Appalachian as students in the Academic Advising and Orientation Center (AAOC). In the AAOC, you will have a professional advisor to help you launch your college career, confirm or explore major and career options, and, generally, make the most of your educational experiences here at Appalachian. Your advisor can be your #1 resource.

Once you have declared a major, a faculty member in your chosen department will serve as your primary advisor. Get to know that person and give her or him the opportunity to get to know you so that a healthy and rewarding mentoring bond can be created. Academic advisors are a rich source of information and can broaden and enrich your educational experience. 

3. Get to know and follow the timeline for years two, three, and four.

4. Remember that advisors can help you…

Choose interesting courses as you fulfill general education requirements.

The General Education Curriculum & Requirements

University Studies Course on Digital Literacy (US 3530)

Expand your knowledge of yourself and your skills relevant to the global economy and community.

Career Development Center                             

Career Exploration Office/Peer Career               

Career Gear                                                   

Career Center on Twitter                                 

Learn more about internships.                                
Explore how to afford college, find a job during college, and understand your finances.

Financial Aid                                                  

Student Employment (find jobs on or off campus)

Financial Health for College Students ??? (ßtemporary; App State does not have its own webpage on this—do we??)

App Card

Get assistance in achieving academic success.

Academic Strategy Instruction                            

Learning Assistance Program                 

The Writing Center                                

Research assistance through the library  

Library Video Tutorials                          

Aportfolio Tutorials                               

Facebook page with tips:                      

Live in the place that’s right for you.

Residential Learning Communities         

Student-Initiated Residential Learning Community (SI-RLC)

On Campus Housing                            

Off Campus Housing                            

Frequently asked Housing Questions     

Stay active, alert, and well, and seek support when you need it.

Wellness and Prevention Services        

Health Services                                  

The Counseling Center                        

Student Health and Safety Resources  

University Police Educational Programs

Free fitness classes and centers          

Indoor swimming pool

Outdoor Programs: Hikes, trips, and certification opportunities

Intramural sports                              

Club sports                                       

ASU-R “wrap-around” services to improve focus and follow-through

Free weekly yoga and meditation for stress reduction

Connect with others and make an impact in clubs and organizations.

The Department of Student Engagement and Leadership

Campus Activities                              

Gain knowledge and experience beyond words and numbers with arts and culture.

General Calendar of Events              

Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS)


Performing Arts Series Calendar of Events

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Calendar of Events

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition Calendar of Events and Deadlines

Dept. of Art Calendar of Events               

Dept. of Theatre and Dance Calendar of Events

Hayes School of Music Calendar of Events

Visiting Writers Series                            

University Forum Lecture Series             

Catherine J. Smith Gallery                     

Looking Glass Gallery                            

Craft Enrichment Series                        

Todd’s Calendar (listing events around Boone)

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Exhibitions

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Classes and Workshops

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Classes for Appalachian Students:

Appalacjhian Summer Festival