Apply to ACES

Are you a prospective App State student planning to major in education? Apply to be a part of the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES)!

The ACES program seeks to develop teacher leaders who will positively impact the profession through their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, reflective practice, and advocacy for equity and inclusion. ACES is a teacher leadership program for future teachers focusing on mentoring, leadership, service, and professional development. ACES members are active leaders on campus and in the community. As a member of ACES, you will enjoy many educational and professional opportunities including:

  • opportunity to live with other members in a residential learning community
  • seminar course on teacher leadership
  • immersive enrichment trip with a focus on a urban school district
  • school district orientation
  • professional development conference retreat

ACES affords its members the chance to grow alongside other future educators and develop relationships and skills that will sustain and enrich their teaching careers.

How to apply as a incoming first-year or early college student...

First-year and early college students who are interested in the ACES program must APPLY during the first application deadline for Admissions:

  • Complete your Appalachian State University application by November 1.
  • After applying to Appalachian, complete your Application for Signature Scholarships & Selective Academic Programs by November 15 (you must apply before November 15 to be eligible for scholarships -- not all ACE scholars will receive a scholarship). Learn more.
  • Be sure to select "ACES" when applying and complete the interest statement.
  • Watch your AppState email and your MyMountaineer portal for more information.

When Will I Hear?

Incoming first year students should hear an ACES admission decision no later than March 15. Selected students must commit to ACES by May 1.

How to apply as a incoming transfer student... 

Students who are interested in the ACES program must APPLY for University Admission for the upcoming Fall semester prior to completing their application:

  • Apply via your MyMountaineer portal by March 1.
  • Watch your AppState email and your MyMountaineer portal for more information.

When Will I Hear?

Incoming transfer students should hear an ACES admission decision no later than April 12. Selected students must commit to ACES by May 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider applying for Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES)?
ACES is a program that embodies what it means to be a strong educator. As stated on the ACES website, our program seeks to develop teacher leaders who will positively impact the profession through their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, reflective practice, and advocacy for equity and inclusion. We are a group of advocates for students and their success in the classroom and beyond.

Do I automatically receive a financial aid package or scholarship if I am accepted into the ACES Program?
No, ACE Scholars will not automatically receive financial support through the ACES Program. To learn more about financial aid and scholarships, please visit Reich College of Education (RCOE) Scholarships Page or contact Stephanie Moretz for more information on scholarships.

Do I have to pay to be in the ACES Program?
There are no fees associated with ACES programming. Transportation and lodging is paid for on trips; however, students may be responsible for covering meal costs. 

Do ACES live on campus every year?
ACES are required to live together in a Residential Learning Community their first year. Second Year ACES may apply to live in the RLC an additional year. Third and Fourth year ACES will not live on campus unless they become an RA in Summit Residence Hall or apply for the on-campus housing lottery.

Where is the ACES Residential Hall?
As of the 2021-2022 Academic Year, ACES Residents will be housed in Summit Residence Hall on the east side of campus. Please check out Summit HERE!

Will I still be considered for the ACES Program if I plan to graduate early from Appalachian?
Yes! We welcome ACES who plan to graduate early.  Early college and dual enrollment students should apply as first year students. We have two curriculum paths for four year and two-three year graduates. 

Do I have to take any extra coursework?
All ACES will take CI 3531 - Seminar in Teacher Leadership (1 hour) their first semester. 


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Have questions about the ACES program? Email jamescenter@appstate.edu