Appalachian values diversity and inclusion

Appalachian believes international and immigrant students enhance our campus daily with their presence, cultures and knowledge. We recognize these students face significant challenges because of their citizenship and residency status, and we are committed to helping all students who wish to earn an Appalachian degree.

International, DACA and undocumented students who meet Appalachian’s admissions requirements may be granted admission to Appalachian as first-year, transfer or non-degree students.

Application instructions

Begin by becoming familiar with Appalachian’s admissions requirements.

Find undergraduate admissions requirements here.

Find graduate school admissions requirements here.

Find information about online and distance program admissions requirements here.

Applicants with undocumented parents should contact the Associate Director for International Recruitment. Find the contact information here.

Residency determination

Under state statute, residency status determinations are made by North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority’s Residency Determination Service (RDS). Under North Carolina law, neither Appalachian nor any UNC System entity has the authority to change these determinations, once they have been made. Find more information about RDS and how it works here.

Campus residency exceptions

Appalachian requires first-year students who are not in our online/distance education program to live in residence halls on campus. There are exceptions to this requirement. Prospective students with questions about this should contact the Associate Director for International Recruitment. Find the contact information here.

Scholarship eligibility

International, DACA and undocumented students pay out-of-state tuition rates at University of North Carolina System colleges and universities.

Appalachian has a limited number of scholarships available. While some are designated for North Carolina residents only, we are dedicated to helping students who are eligible for admission attend Appalachian. 

A list of scholarships that are specifically tailored to international, DACA and undocumented students is available on the resources page of this site.

We encourage non-resident students to review Appalachian’s scholarships FAQ page, and to reach out to the Director of University Scholarships to discuss their options. Find the contact information here.

Financial aid eligibility

International, DACA and undocumented students pay out-of-state tuition rates at University of North Carolina System colleges and universities.

We recognize these students can face significant challenges in seeking financial aid to assist with the expenses of attending Appalachian. We are dedicated to helping students who are eligible for admission attend Appalachian.

Some information about possible scholarship and financial aid opportunities available to non-North Carolina residents who are not eligible for in-state tuition based on residency and/or citizenship status is available is available on the resources page of this site. For specific information and additional resources, contact Appalachian’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

Visa holders

Applicants holding visas should contact the Associate Director for International Recruitment. Find the contact information here.

International undergraduate applicants (on campus, online and distance) can find additional information here.

International graduate school applicants (on campus, online and distance) can find additional information here.

Population snapshot:

Appalachian State University is committed to developing and allocating resources to the fundamental task of creating a diverse campus culture. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness.

16%

Ethnically diverse *

Fall 2017. A 10% increase over last year.

18%

ethnically diverse among first-year students *

(Fall 2017)

43.5 : 56.5

Male-to-female student ratio

(Fall 2017)

138

Number of international students on campus

(Fall 2017)

7%

ethnically diverse instructional faculty

(Fall 2016)

302

enrolled student veterans

(Fall 2017)

* Combined percentage of students who self-identify as Hispanic of any race; American Indian or Alaska Native; Black or African-American; Asian; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Two or more races; or are Nonresident Alien. This percentage is taken from the total number of students who elect to report their racial and/or ethnic identities, as well as Nonresident Alien students. Actual counts may be higher, as some students choose not to report their race or ethnicity.

Sources: IRAP, Military Affairs Committee, Office of International Education and Development.