Learning Communities

About Learning Communities

In accordance with Appalachian State University's coronavirus response, in-person meetings, trips, and events for our learning communities have been suspended indefinitely. Students, please check your email regularly for updates about events held virtually for the Fall 2020 semester. If you have questions, please contact Megan Kasper (kaspermm@appstate.edu). 

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) at Appalachian State University provide students with a unique housing opportunity. Research shows that students who participate in a residential learning community have a higher GPA and enjoy a better college experience. One of the best ways to develop strong friendships and succeed in college is to join a residential learning community!

  • Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES)
  • Transfer Educators

Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES)

ACES students in a huddle

ACES is a 4-year program for future teachers focusing on mentoring, leadership, service, and personal and professional development. ACES is a diverse community that is rich in tradition and school spirit.

Members are active participants and leaders within the Appalachian Educators Club, in addition to a wide variety of campus activities from academics to athletics and religious organizations. The ACES program provides a sense of camaraderie for future educators that promotes a passion for teaching.

Transfer Educators Residential Learning Community

Transfer Educators

Transfer Educators provides a supportive and scholarly community for transfer students with an intended or declared major in Education. We acknowledge that transferring to a new university can be an intimidating process so we do what we can to help. Here are some highlights of the program:

  • A retreat to build a sense of community and support with peers
  • Academic planning so you can graduate in a timely manner
  • Social events