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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 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.

Fast Facts

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

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)

Academics, 2014-15

  • 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.

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