Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference.
Dr. Sheri Noren Everts serves as Appalachian’s chancellor. The university is governed by the university’s Board of Trustees and the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors.
Vision and Strategic Direction
Appalachian State University aspires to be the destination institution for dedicated students who seek challenging academic programs and co-curricular experiences, engaged faculty and a vibrant campus culture that will shape them into engaged, responsible global citizens. Inspired by the ideal of sustainable community, we seek to deliver the Southeast’s best comprehensive, progressive education.
Facts and History
Appalachian was founded in 1899. The pioneering spirit necessary to overcome the mountains’ hardships quickly characterized the institution, giving Appalachian a special niche in higher education that continues today. After more than a century, students still feel the pull of this unique place to transform their lives, and Appalachian has remained focused on providing students with educational experiences that are not only life-changing but world-changing.
University of North Carolina System of Higher Learning
Appalachian State University is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina System of Higher Learning.
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At a glance
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.
- 17,932 students – 15,746 undergraduate (main campus), 1,031 graduate (main campus) 1,227 distance education (undergraduate, graduate and transfer)
- 1,440 total new transfer students (main campus and distance)
- 16,313 in state, 1,619 out of state
- 16:1 student/faculty ratio
- 27 - average class size
- 99% of full-time faculty have doctorate, first professional degree, or other terminal degree
- More than 117,000 living alumni from all 50 states and several foreign countries
- Undergraduate 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)
- 14% ethnic minorities *
* Combined percentage of self-declared African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in the U.S. citizen/legal resident portion of the student population. Actual counts may be higher, as some students choose not to report their ethnicity.
- U.S. News and World Report's 2016 rankings
- Kiplinger’s "24 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year"
- Princeton Review's “Best in the Southeast” and “Green Colleges”
- Victory Media's Military Friendly Schools®
- SIERRA magazine's "Coolest Schools" for 2015
- STARS® Gold rating for sustainability achievements
- Second Nature’s national Climate Leadership Award winner
- Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck"
- Forbes' “Top Colleges 2014: Best Schools, Best Value, Best For You”
- Princeton Review's 2014 "The Best Value Colleges"
- Open Doors 2015 report on the nation's top institutions for the number of students who study abroad