Appalachian is a special place. Our location in Boone, North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, a place of great beauty abundant with cultural and recreational opportunities, profoundly shapes how our community lives, works and learns together. Once you become a part of our community, you never really leave.
Visiting our campus gives you the opportunity to explore – with a guide, on your own or both. While here, you can speak with undergraduate or graduate admissions counselors, become a student for a day and spend some time in our student union, on Sanford Mall or in the library for a taste of campus life. You’re guaranteed to get a smile, a helpful hint or two, and a door held open for you while you’re here.
Appalachian hosts two Open House events each year, in September and April. These events are a great way to get your FAQs answered in an efficient, effective way. Meet our faculty, tour campus and learn more about financial aid, scholarships, admissions and what student life at Appalachian is really like.
While Distance Education students are welcome to attend open house, these events are designed for students planning to attend classes on our main campus in Boone. For Distance Education opportunities planned for off-campus programs, visit Appalachian's Distance Education site.
Arts, Entertainment and Alumni Engagement
Boone’s welcoming and vibrant community is a place that has long nurtured a confluence of native and adapted cultures. Appalachian plays a large role in this, presenting arts programming that celebrates the human spirit, enriches our lives and broadens our understanding of the world; offering residential academic and recreation experiences, lifelong learning and professional opportunities, and hosting numerous events and programs for our alumni to remain connected to the university and High Country long after they have earned their academic degrees.
Our students live and learn in a remarkable place. The stunning beauty of our surroundings, the arts and cultural events and many opportunities for outdoor recreation that make Boone and the surrounding area a popular vacation destination also make this an amazing location in which to live and learn.
Boone’s collaborative campus and community environment contributed to our town being named by Trip Advisor as America’s No. 2 “diamond in the rough” town; one of National Geographic magazine’s “Best Places to Live and Play;” Outside magazine’s top 10 “Best Towns in America” and SafeWise.com’s “50 Safest Cities in North Carolina.”
Are you driven to learn in academically challenging settings? Appalachian's location in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina provides unique opportunities for research and scholarship.
A Commitment to Responsible Citizenship
Our location 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.
Our academic programs, environmental stewardship, research and service to the community and beyond are infused with an attitude of care for the planet in its fullest sense – including the environment, economics and equity for all people.
A strong sense of community permeates Appalachian’s campus. Our students learn the importance of an engaged relationship with a local and global community, ensuring the university’s resources promote the public good. Through their endeavors, they develop skills to go on to transform the world.
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