Welcome to Trailhead!

Trailhead Academy Philosophy

The purpose of the Trailhead Academies is to bring together an interesting, talented, and motivated group of incoming first-year students and introduce them to 

  1. Each other
  2. Appalachian
  3. A model of contribution and service

Trailhead is based on this idea: the most important quality a leader needs is the ability to see the world through the eyes of others. This requires self-evaluation, reflection, and openness to other points of view. At Trailhead, we discuss this simple but critical idea and its components: empathy, humility, reflection, flexible reframing, and engagement with each other. We introduce ideas that might be uncomfortable at first, but will eventually become the foundation for student who want to contribute to the lives of others and the quality of their communities. We ask participants to be honest, open, patient, and courageous. We ask those students who talk a lot to be quiet, and we ask quiet students to speak. We have lots of fun and we're sometimes very serious. 

We believe that students who want to contribute should be intentional about how and how much they will contribute, and should make a thoughtful commitment to participate in the ASU community. We believe this is the way we leave our legacy. 

Academy attendees will be encouraged to apply their new knowledge in the clubs and organizations at Appalachian State and with other service based organizations. 

Who attends Trailhead Academy?

Entering first year and transfer students at Appalachian that exhibit emerging leadership characteristics, a desire to make a difference, and an inner drive for leaving their mark are invited to start college in a big way. All sessions take place on-campus, and participants stay in residence halls during the academy. 

Please not that Trailhead is an ON-CAMPUS summer leadership program. While we will have some fun outdoor activities, the program is not focused around outdoor programs. If you are interested in outdoor leadership, check out the First Ascent website. 

Trailhead Dates and Cost

  • The dates for the 2018 Trailhead Academies are June 24th - 27th. 
  • Cost: $150.00

How do I apply?

For information about the application process, check out the "How to Apply" link. The cost to participate is $150 which includes lodging, food, and activities. 

Contact the Office of Leadership Development in the Department for Student Engagement & Leadership with questions at (828) 262-6252.

Want to get involved at Appalachian?

Visit us in the Lee H. McCaskey Center, located at 244 Plemmons Student Union.


Contact Us

Rm. 244, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: (828) 262-6252

Email: mtchllkl@appstate.edu

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Any questions about Trailhead Academy? 

Contact Kim Mitchell, Trailhead Program Director.