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Welcome to your one-stop shop for learning more about your program,
registering for your courses and connecting with a wide range of student resources.

As a Distance Education student at Appalachian State University, you'll have full access to a depth and breadth of university services - including technical assistance, tutoring and academic advising - so that you can achieve your academic and professional goals. Whether you are learning online or taking classes at one of our off-campus locations, you'll get the support you need.

I've been accepted! Now what?

  1. Set up your email. This is the official way to communicate with university personnel. Check often.
  2. If you are new to Distance Education whether completely online, hybrid or in a site-based program the Online Learning 101 Orientation provides great resources and recommendations on technology, fitting your program into your life, the online classroom, and student services

  3. Explore your online portals
    1. Use Appalnet to register, check grades, make payments and access other student information.
    2. Use AsULearn to log in to your online classes. Some programs may use other platforms and instructional tools.
    3. Use Zoom for interacting with professors and fellow students.
  4. Register for classes
    1. Watch Distance Education's Registration Tutorial below
    2. Check the Academic Calendar for deadlines and when you can register.
    3. Look for your classes.
    4. Register, drop and add courses through Appalnet.
  5. Find your textbooks via the Appalachian Bookstore. You will be able to find book information approximately one month before the semester begins. Enter your Banner ID and log in with your Appalachian username and password to view and/or order textbooks. You can choose to purchase and have your textbooks mailed to you or you may choose to gather the titles and ISBNs and purchase your textbooks elsewhere.

  6. Pay for classes

    1. Visit Student Accounts for costs and payment plans.
    2. Financial Aid is available to distance education students who qualify.
  7. Student ID Cards: Every new student is issued an official student ID card known as the AppCard. Depending on the program you are in, you will be issued either a photo or a photo-less ID. Your card will be mailed to you during your first term of enrollment. Your AppCard has associated benefits such as student discounts as well as on-campus and off-campus library services. 
  8.  Sign up for a live Q&A session if you have any questions. Check our calendar for the next scheduled session.

Classes are beginning soon. How do I get started?

  1. Log in to your online class or find your classroom.
  2. Check your Appalachian email account for messages from your instructor or other Appalachian staff.
  3. Request accommodations through the Office of Disability Services.

What do I need to know about my program?

  1. Are you an undergraduate student? Start here.
  2. Are you a graduate student? Start here.Finish in Four - DegreeWorks
  3. Follow your course path in DegreeWorks.
  4. Check the Career Development Center for counseling, job/internship assistance and more.

I require some assistance with my classes.

  1. student in computer labNeed technical support? Live chat with consultants, check computer requirements and download software through IT Support Services.
  2. For help with research, access Library services.
  3. Reach the University Writing Center's online services for writing assistance.
  4. SmarThinking's tutorial webinars are available through Appalnet.
  5. Balancing your life and school an issue? Try these tips.

What are my expectations as an Appalachian State student?

  1. student with library booksFamiliarize yourself with academic standards for undergraduates or graduates.
  2. Review the Code of Conduct.
  3. Grievance Procedure


Not finding your classes or having other issues?
Reach out to the Distance Education at Appalachian for further assistance.

Interested in speaking with a Distance Education representative during our New Student Orientation Series?

Registration 101 and Getting Started!

6:30-7:30 p.m., June 21 - Register now

Technology and Online Tools

6:30-7:30 p.m., July 12 - Register now

Useful Tips for Library Research & Resources for Getting Started

6:30-7:30 p.m., July 24 - Register now

Registration 101 and Getting Started!

6:30-7:30 p.m., July 30 - Register now

Unlocking Success: Keys to Excel in Your Distance Education Program

6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug 9 - Register now

Registration 101 and Getting Started!

6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 15 - Register now