How to Apply

How to Apply

Students who are interested in applying for the Watauga Residential College must apply during the first application deadline as a first-year student. Watauga Residential College fulfills General Education requirements, thus students who have more than thirty hours of transferable credit should contact Dr. Maddux if they are interested in applying to go over their options regarding the Watauga Residential College.

  1. Have a completed application to Appalachian State University by November 15th.
    1. This includes your online application through, high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, Application Fee or Fee Waiver, and Other documents may be requested
  2. Complete your Application for Academic & Merit Scholarship Opportunities (this includes the Honors Application and Watauga Residential College Application) by November 15.  
    1. This includes your two letters of recommendation, resume, and at least three individual essays (prompts are provided in the application)
  3. Watch your email and your MyMountaineer portal for more information. Select scholarship applicants will be invited to visit campus and interview for potential scholarship awards during Scholars Day. This invitation-only event is held each February. 

Please note that all parts of the Scholarship Application must be completed by November 15th. It is recommended that if you are interested in applying to Watauga that you submit your application to Appalachian State no later than October 31st to ensure you meet the November 15th deadline.

Students should hear of an admissions decision to Watauga Residential College by no later than March 15, 2018 . All decisions must be made by May 1st whether or not to attend the program.


Tips for Applying

Here is some advice to help your application be as competitive as possible:

  • Submit your application for admission well in advance of the November 15 deadline so you will have time to meet the same November 15 deadline for the required essays and recommendations. 
  • Identify your recommenders and give them plenty of time to write a recommendation for you. Early communication with your recommenders will yield better letters. At least one of your letters should be from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability, intellectual curiosity and classroom engagement.
  • Create an application timeline calendar and include the application dates. Monitor the Admissions homepage for news of any changes to the application or notification deadlines.
  • Prepare a list of activities and recognitions. Include your leadership roles, involvement in outside activities and any participation with volunteer organizations. Have you started any clubs on your high school campus? Have you been recognized for your volunteer efforts? View a sample resume (PDF, 36KB).
  • Learn more about specific scholarship programs for which you may be a good fit. 
  • Allow yourself enough time to formulate quality essay responses.
  • Monitor your application via your MyMountaineer Portal to learn what's been received and ensure that your application is completed by November 15


Watauga Residential College overview: 120 students, 68% female, 32% male, 4.27 average GPA, 20% diverse population, 25% first generation, 47 different majors, Named Scholars include Wilson Scholar, Willie C. Fleming Scholar, and Diversity Scholar; top intended majors are biology, psychology, and nursing

Download the Watauga Residential College overview (PDF, 487 KB)