How to Apply

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 academic year! 

Please contact Elena Taylor ( in Admissions for more information to apply. Applications will remain open until the incoming class is composed. As you apply for Watauga, we encourage all students to come visit and experience our program. Please contact us through our email to set up a tour. 

To apply for Watauga Residential College, you must first apply to Appalachian State University.   To find out about required deadlines go here:

To begin your application to Appalachian State University, go here:

While you are applying, we suggest you consider seeking some of the prestigious named scholarships available at Appalachian.  To learn more about our scholarships (including important dates and requirements) go here:

Remember that you may apply to both Watauga Residential College and the Honors College.  Don't make a decision about applying to Watauga based solely on the average statistics of our entering class.  We have all different majors represented AND all different types of students.  We thrive on diverse students, faculty, and approaches to learning, and your presence here, whether or not you fit into some predefined category, will enrich our community.


For your application to Watauga Residential College, you will be expected to write an essay. We will ask that you respond to the following prompt In 300-500 words:

“Without using the words ‘community’ or ‘impactful,’ explain why you would like to be a student in WRC.”






Average Entering GPA: 4.25

17% Diverse Population

Average SAT: 1262

14% Out of State 

Average ACT: 27

 31% First Generation


 Top Majors:



Political Science

Global Studies



Named Scholarship Awardees:

1 Diversity Scholar

2 Plemmons Leadership Scholars

1 Fleming Scholar