Aspire Appalachian = peace of mind that you are guaranteed admission to Appalachian after you complete your Associate degree!

Appalachian State University – Aspire Appalachian

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Aspire Appalachian is a co-admission program between Appalachian and Gaston College intended for successful students who plan to transfer to Appalachian after completing the Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (AFAVA) or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Early Childhood Education, Nursing, or Health and Fitness Science. The program creates predictable pathways from Gaston College to Appalachian and is designed to provide North Carolinians affordable access to higher education. Aspire Appalachian also provides advising support for students during their education at Gaston College and prepares them for a successful transition to Appalachian.


In addition to the student services you receive at Gaston College, Aspire Appalachian students receive these benefits:

  • guaranteed admission to Appalachian
  • on-site admissions and academic advising
  • coordinated financial aid programs
  • invitation to special webinars, events, and newsletters designed to help you successfully transfer to and succeed at Appalachian


  • be in progress of completing, or have completed, ACA 122 with a grade of C or better
  • have at least two semesters (24 hours) remaining at Gaston College
  • be on track toward completion of an eligible two-year associate degree transfer programs (approved programs include Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees through an institutional or state-wide articulation agreement).
  • complete an eligible associate degree program within 3 years from date of acceptance into the Aspire ASU program
  • be a full-time college student (minimum 12 credits per semester)
  • graduate from Gaston College with 2.25 GPA or higher


  • complete the Aspire Appalachian Intent Form
  • complete ACA 122 with a grade of C or better for full admission to the program
  • once accepted students will be contacted by their college’s Appalachian admissions contact
  • one semester prior to the last semester at their community college students will apply to Appalachian