Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. Appalachian, located in Boone, N.C., is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.
Enrollment, Fall 2015
- 17,932 total
- 15,746 main campus undergraduate
- 1,031 main campus graduate
- 1,227 distance education – undergraduate, graduate and transfer
- 1,440 total new transfer students – main campus and distance
- 3,049 first-time freshmen
- 14.0% underrepresented students
- 16,313 in state
- 1,619 out of state
Freshman Admissions, Fall 2015
- 14,400 applications
(IRAP reports total decisionable applications; n=13,083)
- 3,049 enrolled
- 1151 SAT average
- 25 ACT average
- 4.14 GPA average, high-school (weighted)
Costs, 2015-16 academic year
- $13,901 in state (includes standard option room and board)
- $27,727 out of state (includes standard option room and board)
- 16:1 student/faculty ratio
- 27 - average class size
- 6 undergraduate colleges, 1 music school, and 1 graduate school
- more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors
- 85.8% freshman retention rate
- 50.7% four-year graduation rate
- 68.5% five-year graduation rate
- 70.9% six-year graduation rate
Degrees Awarded, 2014-15
- 3,713 Bachelors
- 784 Masters/Specialists/Graduate Certificates
- 16 Doctorate
- 4,513 total degrees awarded
Faculty and Staff
- 930 full-time faculty (preliminary)
- 99% percentage of full-time faculty with doctorate, first professional degree, or other terminal degree
- 1,201 total full- and part-time SPA staff
- 1,805 full- and part-time EPA faculty and staff, for a total of 3,006 employees (preliminary)
- More than 117,000 living alumni from all 50 states and several foreign countries
Buildings & Campus
- 1,200 acres, with 375 developed
- 30 academic buildings
- 210,000-square-foot library
- 1 loft in New York City
- 20 residence halls, housing about 5,600 students on campus
- 3 main dining facilities
- 11 recreational and athletic facilities
- 20 varsity sports
- 19 club sports
- more than 80 ways to participate in intramural sports
Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, intermediate, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the university. Contact information for the Commission on Colleges is provided to allow interested constituents to: (1) learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's decennial review, or (3) file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, and educational support services, should be addressed directly to Appalachian State University and not to the Commission's office.
Appalachian's Strategic Plan
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Points of Pride
Appalachian State University's consistent quality is reflected by high rankings in these national publications:
- U.S. News and World Report's 2016 rankings
- Kiplinger’s "24 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year"
- Princeton Review's “Best in the Southeast” and “Green Colleges”
- Victory Media's Military Friendly Schools®
- SIERRA magazine's "Coolest Schools" for 2015
- STARS® Gold rating for sustainability achievements
- Second Nature’s national Climate Leadership Award winner
- Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck"
- Forbes' “Top Colleges 2014: Best Schools, Best Value, Best For You”
- Princeton Review's 2014 "The Best Value Colleges"
- Open Doors 2015 report on the nation's top institutions for the number of students who study abroad
Appalachian ranks No. 7 out of 592 schools in MyPlan.com's student rankings for "Overall Satisfaction & Happiness with Choice."
Value and Affordability
Repeatedly cited as a best value in public education, Appalachian's tuition and fees include a textbook rental program, which literally saves a student hundreds of dollars over four years.
Energy Efficient Buildings
Appalachian has nine buildings that are certified, registered or built on LEED® standards, the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Frank Hall, a residential facility, was Appalachian's first building to achieve LEED® Gold certification.
Comprehensive Degree Offerings
Appalachian offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate major programs through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Reich College of Education, Walker College of Business, University College, Hayes School of Music, Beaver College of Health Sciences and Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. Appalachian also offers a doctorate of education.
Appalachian encourages opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research projects alongside their professors. Their work is showcased during the annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors held on campus as well as at professional conferences in the region and across the United States.
A Focus on Entrepreneurship
Twenty-eight percent of Appalachian students say their primary career aspiration is to own their own business. More than 200 students enroll in elective entrepreneurship courses each year, and Appalachian's Center for Entrepreneurship helps prepare them for success. More than 1,000 Walker College of Business alumni are already active entrepreneurs.
With study abroad opportunities on nearly every continent, Appalachian students have access to approximately 200 foreign sites for semester, summer and year-long programs of study. The cost is usually equivalent to tuition and fees at Appalachian.
Preparing Quality Nurses
Appalachian's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, part of the new Beaver College of Health Sciences, has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for five years, the longest period of time for which CCNE grants accreditation to a new program.
Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all.
Our location in the distinctive Appalachian mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, profoundly shapes who we are. As a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, we fulfill our core academic missions of teaching, scholarship, and service in ways that honor our geography and heritage.
We bring people together in inspiring ways. The transformational Appalachian experience develops individuals who are eager to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, to embrace diversity and difference, and to become contributing members of society.
We create rich environments where students can thrive. Our students are educated broadly and are simultaneously equipped with strong disciplinary knowledge. Academic learning occurs in a wide range of undergraduate, selected masters and intermediate programs, and the doctorate in Education offered on campus, at off campus sites, and online.
Faculty and students engage in research and scholarship that advance knowledge and address the problems of our region, state, and world through creativity and innovation. Learning takes place within formal and informal instructional settings with dedicated faculty members, in co-curricular programs that enrich classroom experience, in interdisciplinary educational formats, and through outreach to the local community and beyond. Appalachian cultivates diverse and vibrant arts that enrich the cultural and intellectual climate of the campus and region.
We promote a spirit of inclusion that inspires students, faculty, and staff to form relationships extending well beyond graduation. Our students think critically, communicate effectively, make local to global connections, and understand the responsibilities of community engagement. We embrace our obligation to help create healthy, just, and sustainable societies by equipping our students to live with knowledge, compassion, dedication, humility, and dignity.
Appalachian State University aspires to be the destination institution for dedicated students who seek challenging academic programs and co-curricular experiences, engaged faculty and a vibrant campus culture that will shape them into engaged, responsible global citizens. Inspired by the ideal of sustainable community, we seek to deliver the Southeast’s best comprehensive, progressive education. Additionally, the university will provide excellent value; will be an influential world citizen; and will develop a distinctive identity built on the university's strengths, location and tradition.