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Transfer Students

University Housing and Transfer Admissions & Engagement are pleased to offer an exciting living opportunity for our transfer students. In Mountain Laurel Hall (MLH), you will be surrounded by other transfer students from a range of institutions around the country who will live and experience their new environment together through expanded programming. The hall will house 20% continuing transfer students (to provide guidance, advice, and mentorship) and 80% new transfer students. MLH is a 250 bed hotel style residence hall dedicated to transfer students. At MLH, you are surrounded by other transfer students from a range of institutions around the country who live and experience their new environment together through expanded programming. MLH is a former hotel that offers students a Transfer Student Center in the lobby, ballrooms for social programming, meeting rooms for workshops and club space, and office space for staff from Transfer Admissions & Engagement. All transfer students (regardless if they live in the building or not) are provided swipe card access to the public areas of the hall creating a transfer community. Located less than a mile from campus, MLH provides the same amenities as other on-campus residence halls but offers a more independent feel of being out in the community.

In order to be part of this great experience:

  • Continuing Students: Students must complete the Reapplication process as well as a Google form (opens in a new tab) with your interest in Mountain Laurel Hall by December 1. There are a limited number of spaces available and students who complete the Google form first will have priority.
  • New Students: Housing applications (opens in a new tab) for new students open February 1. Students will be assigned to this hall based on their application date so the earlier you confirm your enrollment and apply for housing the better your chance of living here.

University Housing encourages all transfer students to have an off-campus backup plan due to the limited availability of on-campus housing (only one-quarter of our incoming transfer students usually live on campus). Students are encouraged to use university resources such as Off-Campus Housing (opens in a new tab), a service of the Office of Off-Campus Student Services (opens in a new tab), to find trusted property management companies, rooms and subleases for rent, and roommate searches.

Members of Mountain Laurel Hall will have the opportunity to:
  • Become socially and academically integrated into the Appalachian community
  • Become knowledgeable of campus resources and services available to help them succeed
  • Become knowledgeable of campus organizations and how to become involved on campus
  • Become knowledgeable of curricular concepts, resources, and policies that contribute to academic success and occupational goals
  • Engage with and gain an understanding of those from diverse backgrounds, including socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, people with diverse abilities, etc.
Additional benefits of Mountain Laurel Hall include:
  • The lobby will be set up as a transfer student center and available for all transfer students (not just the ones who live in the hall) to come mingle, study, and support each other.
  • There are 3 meeting rooms which will allow space for general presentations by campus offices as well as meeting space for the Transfer Student Mentors and transfer clubs (Transfer Student Organization, Tau Sigma Honor Society, and Walker College Transfer Club).
  • We will have access to large programming space (formerly the ballroom of the old hotel).
  • A staff member from Transfer Admissions & Engagement will have an office located in the hall giving you easy access to get your questions answered by staff.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Transfer Admissions & Engagement at (828)262-7877 or [email protected].

Read about the Transfer Hall on Appalachian Today (opens in a new tab).