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College Portrait of Undergraduate Education : Voluntary System of Accountability

About Appalachian

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 17,000 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.

Fast Facts

data source: Fact Book from the office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment.

Enrollment, Fall 2013

  • 17,838 total
  • 16,025 undergraduate
  • 1,813 graduate
  • 2,883 first-time freshmen
  • 1,115 new main campus transfer students
  • 55% females
  • 45% males
  • 12% ethnic minorities
  • 16,160 in state
  • 1,678 out of state
  • North Carolina counties most represented (all students): Wake, Mecklenburg, Watauga, Forsyth, Guilford, Catawba.
  • States most represented: North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee.

Freshman Admissions, Fall 2013

  • 13,673 completed applications
  • 2,883 enrolled
  • 1139 SAT average
  • 26.1 ACT average
  • 4.05 GPA average, high-school (weighted)

Cost (undergraduate tuition and fees), 2013-14 academic year

  • $6,462 in state (excludes room and board)
  • $18,670 out of state (excludes 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
  • 87.6% freshman retention rate
  • 64.4% five-year graduation rate
  • 66.1% six-year graduation rate

Degrees Awarded, 2012-13

  • 3,404 Bachelors
  • 863 Masters/Specialists/Graduate Certificates
  • 16 Doctorate
  • 4,283 total degrees awarded

Faculty and Staff

  • 901 full-time faculty
  • 99% percentage of full-time faculty with doctorate, first professional degree, or other terminal degree
  • 1,178 total full- and part-time SPA staff and 1,714 full- and part-time EPA faculty and staff, for a total of 2,892 employees


  • More than 100,000 living alumni from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Buildings & Campus

  • 1,732 acres, including a 400-acre main campus
  • 19 academic buildings
  • 210,000-square-foot library
  • 1 off-campus center in New York City
  • 20 residence halls, housing about 5,500 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.

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