L.E.A.D. Orientation


L.E.A.D Orientation is a multicultural student supplemental orientation program designed to create fellowship among students and families of historically underrepresented backgrounds and to help ease their transition to Appalachian State University. Students and their families meet with current students, faculty, and staff to learn about the many programs and opportunities available for multicultural students.

Day One: designed to foster skills and strategies for being successful at Appalachian and prepare students for a more rewarding experience

Day Two: designed for participants to become more familiar with one another, the community, and campus resources.

Day Three is designed to help students understand the various ways they can get involved on campus once the academic year begins.

All participants will have the opportunity to move in early and have meals provided throughout the orientation program. Each day builds more familiarity with the institution and builds confidence in participants that they will be successful upon entering Appalachian State as a new student.

L.E.A.D. orientation was created by staff of the Office of Multicultural Student Development and multicultural students in the interest of incoming multicultural students, and is a supplement to the Freshman Orientation program that occurs in the summer and is hosted by the Orientation Office. Every new student must register for Freshman Orientation and attend. Please make sure you are signed up, you can visit the orientation website orientation.appstate.edu.

LEAD Orientation and LEAD Mentoring registration for Fall 2017 opens Monday, May 22, 2017. Students Apply Here

Deadline for completed applications is July 7, 2017 @ 5:00pm.


NOTE: Again, this is not the campus-wide first year student orientation. Register for the First Year Orientation at orientation.appstate.edu. It is required that students go to the Orientation sessions before August. We will be working with the Orientation office to make sure you have registered and attended your session. 


Questions can be sent to J. Spenser Darden (dardenjs@appstate.edu) or Danielle Carter (carterdj@appstate.edu)

Contact Us


Office of Multicultural Student Development

Suite 255, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608

Central Office Hours:
M-F: 8am - 5pm

Phone: (828) 262-6158
Fax: (828) 262-6155

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