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Frequently Asked Questions

Disclaimer: This page is updated regularly but for the most recent Trailhead information and updates, please refer to any email communications sent by the Trailhead Team. Thank you!
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Student FAQ

When and where does Trailhead take place?

Trailhead programming will take place on-campus August 15-17, 2022.

What is the program cost?

The registration cost for Trailhead 2022 will be $55. There are no more fee waivers available at this time. Please see the registration page for more information.

Will I have to move in early to participate?

Yes, Trailhead participants will move in the morning of August 15. The Trailhead Experience starts at 4pm on August 15, so you will have that morning and early afternoon to move in and get settled. Further details will be sent to participants over the summer.

Will I need my AppCard to participate in this program?

YES! Your AppCard is a crucial part of your ability to participate. You will be using it to get into your dorm, pay for meals, and things of that nature. It is important that you retreive your AppCard before the start of the program on August 15. There are multiple ways you can do this! You will have to submit a photo to the AppCard office (instructions here) over the summer and then can either 1) Pick it up when you come to Orientation over the summer 2) Pick it up in person over the summer before the program 3) Pay a $5 fee to have it mailed to you over the summer. More information can be found on the AppCard website

What will my meals consist of?

We are currently working on the schedule, but we know that we will have a mix of some catered meals and meals at dining halls. Most meals will be in the dining halls. This helps us keep registration costs as low as they are! All meals at the dining halls will use your AppCard and will be drawn from your meal plan.

Who participates in Trailhead?

Trailhead is an experience exclusively for 200 new, incoming Appalachian State students. Incoming first-year students and transfer students are welcome to register.

Can I participate in Trailhead if I am living off campus?

Yes, students living off-campus are eligible to participate and should coordinate with their rental company for early move-in or secure other arrangements so they can be moved in and ready to start Trailhead by Monday, August 15, 2022.

When can I sign up and what is the deadline?

Participant registration opened on March 16, 2022. Registrations are on a rolling basis, so the program may fill up before the July 1st deadline. Interested students should register as early as possible. If spaces are full, the registration link will convert to a waitlist.

How does the waitlist work?

For Fall 2022, our program has capacity for 200 incoming students. If we fill those 200 spots prior to July 1st, the registration form will convert to a waitlist and not require payment at the time of submission. If currently registered students cancel their participation, we'll notify those on the waitlist starting with those that were added earliest. When you are notified that a space is available, you'll have 2 business days to complete registration by submitting your registration fee. 

Can I attend only some parts of the program if I have other commitments?

No, students should not register for Trailhead if they have any schedule conflicts on August 15-17, 2022.

How is Trailhead different from New Student Orientation?

At university orientation, students get oriented to campus resources, and learn about deadlines, policies and requirements to help them be successful at App State. Find out more at At Trailhead, students create connections with a wider community of peers, learn more about the App State community, and focus on developing their leadership capacity. Trailhead is optional for those new students interested in leadership and is known for being a highly interactive and relational three day experience! 

Is Trailhead required for new students?

No, Trailhead is an entirely optional experience for students who would like a head-start at App State to make new friends, get connected to Boone and campus, and begin their college leadership journey.

Is Trailhead an outdoor education program?

Though the name “Trailhead” sounds outdoor-based, we use this name to signify the beginning of a journey. Our schedule does not involve formal outdoor recreational activities. Check out University Recreation's Outdoor Programs if you are looking for outdoor adventures.

Should my family come?

The Trailhead Experience is for students only.

What is AppolCorps and does it interfere with Trailhead? 

AppolCorps is a follow up to your Summer Orientation session where you will meet other students in your residence hall, gain resources for academic success, and learn about all of the Welcome to App week activities taking place. All Trailhead participants will join their first AppolCorps meeting after their Trailhead Experience concludes. Find out more about Welcome to App Week here.  

What if I signed up and can no longer participate? 

Email as soon as possible to let us know. We would like to let someone on our waitlist be able to participate. Refunds will be issued up to the July 1st deadline. After July 1st, we cannot offer refunds.

What will I be doing at Trailhead?

Trailhead offers a mix of activities, workshops, discussion, and simulations to help students learn about themselves and App State through the lens of leadership. Participants will be placed in a small group of other new students led by two experienced student leaders, who we call Trailhead Guides. Students who are interested in developing their leader identity, making friends, and having extra time to transition to their new home are encouraged to register.

What are the guidelines for face coverings and COVID-19 safety during Trailhead?

Vaccinations are our best defense against COVID-19. All students, faculty and staff should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn more at the university’s COVID-19 vaccines page.

Additionally, the university will follow all state and federal orders, directives of The University of North Carolina System, and will adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health in order to ensure the safest possible on-campus environment. Note- these are changing frequently. For the most updated guidelines on campus, please visit

What if I register but then decide that I can't participate in Trailhead? Can I get a refund?

We know that sometimes plans change. We offer a full refund up until July 1st. Unfortunately, there are no refunds available after that time. Why? Because once registration closes we are spending that money on food, materials and supplies, t-shirts, and lots of other things. Trailhead isn't a profit generating event, so the money that comes in is what pays for the event to run. We hope you'll understand. That said, if your plans change, try to contact us as soon as possible so we can process a refund for you before the July 1st cutoff. 


Staff FAQ

I have just been hired to be a part of the Trailhead Team (SG/TT), what do I do now?

Congratulations! We are happy to have you on the team. Please ensure you've accepted your offer. If you have not worked on campus: additional information will be sent out with your offer acceptance, but to accelerate your on boarding process it will be helpful to do the following things. Begin collecting identity documents so you are able to complete hiring paperwork with the Student Employment Office before the LDOC. You must have the original items (copies will NOT be accepted) so if you need to go home to get them or have them mailed to you, start that process as soon as possible. Click here to see what identity documents are accepted and required. Once you have obtained these original documents, please visit this page to complete the necessary hiring paperwork and set up an appointment with Student Employment on Handshake.

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263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608

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