Nearly 125 years ago, Appalachian State University was founded to increase access to education for those in North Carolina’s “lost provinces.” Today, we are the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast — a thriving university that remains true to our mission as a rural-serving institution. We are known for small class sizes that allow for high-quality student and faculty interaction, excellent undergraduate research opportunities and service to our local and regional communities.
More Than a Location
Our beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains is more than a location — it profoundly shapes how our community lives, works and learns together. Our commitment to sustainability is a tradition, not a trend, and App State is an active steward of North Carolina’s interconnected financial, cultural and natural resources.
This commitment shows in many ways, including our tuition rates, textbook rental program, commitment to energy efficiency, economic viability and equitable citizenship. Because of this and much more, App State is consistently recognized among the "Best" and "Top" colleges in the nation and the Southeast, according to such national publications as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes magazine and Money.com.
Comprehensive Degree Offerings
App State offers more than 150 undergraduate and 80 graduate degree programs through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Reich College of Education, Walker College of Business, Hayes School of Music, Beaver College of Health Sciences and Williams School of Graduate Studies. App State also offers doctorate degrees in education and psychology.
App State 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 Bachelor’s to Master’s Plan that Makes Sense
Many of our undergraduate students choose to build upon their undergraduate work — while saving tuition dollars — with App State’s Accelerated Master’s program. It allows undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses during their senior year and earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from App State in about five years.
App State offers 80 graduate degree and certificate programs, which prepare our students for success in the workforce as well as in life. Under the mentorship of their professors, our graduate students often conduct primary research, are published and present at professional conferences.
A Sustainable Mission
App State’s leadership in sustainability is known nationally. Our three-branched approach asks us to consider if actions are sustainable economically, environmentally and equitably in relationship to our planet’s co-inhabitants. These three areas often intersect to create a deep and real sustainability. Such commitment to research, creativity, innovation and practice is making a difference now and for our future.
Community and Civic Engagement
App State is recognized nationally in the areas of community and civic engagement and service-learning. The intersection of classroom learning and real-world experience is a powerful combination. This work sets us apart from other institutions and leads us all to value how our lives, no matter our professions, can become more meaningful by serving others. App State’s commitment to service is evidenced across campus and beyond, which led to a recent community engagement classification by the Carnegie Foundation.
Student Health and Safety
A safe and healthy environment is key to our students’ ability to focus on their education and all the experiences that will positively shape a transformational App State Experience. App State’s tradition of caring for students is a deep and broad commitment — one that extends throughout our entire community.
At App State, our students engage in multiple and varied experiences — both at home and abroad — to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions and cultures, improve their intercultural skills and demonstrate global citizenship.
Enrollment, Fall 2023
- 21,253 total
- 19,405 undergraduate (Boone and Hickory campuses and App State Online)
- 1,848 graduate (Boone and Hickory campuses and App State Online)
- 1,591 new transfer students (Boone and Hickory campuses and App State Online)
- 4,227 first-year students
- 2,038 App State Online students
- 19% racially and/or ethnically underrepresented*
- 19,226 in state
- 2,027 out of state, or 9%
* 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.
- 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- 25 average class size
- 6 undergraduate colleges, 1 music school and 1 graduate school
- 98% of full-time faculty hold a doctorate, first professional degree or master's degree
- More than 150 undergraduate and 80 graduate majors
- 85% first- to second-year retention rate
- 55% four-year graduation rate
(Fall 2019 first-year cohort)
- 72% five-year graduation rate
(Fall 2018 first-year cohort)
- 73% six-year graduation rate
(Fall 2017 first-year cohort)
Buildings & campus
- 1,200 acres, with 375 developed
- 30 academic buildings
- 213,000-square-foot library
- 1 loft in New York City
- 19 residence halls, housing about 6,300 students
- 10 on-campus dining facilities
- 11 recreational and athletic facilities
Appalachian State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, intermediate and doctoral degrees.
- 17 varsity sports
- More than 20 club sports
- More than 80 ways to participate in intramural sports
- Nearly 146,000 living alumni from all 50 states and many countries across the globe.
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