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Karen Binger
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

+1 828-262-2120


Sandra Krause
Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruiting

+1 828-262-8350


An International Welcome

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, attentive faculty, and an active campus in a safe and friendly location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, promote academic success and develop global communication skills.

By joining our community as an international student, you can immerse yourself in American culture and benefit from a challenging academic environment. Appalachian values the different backgrounds and experiences of our students, faculty, and staff and integrates them into campus in order to enrich everyone's education. Respecting your unique identity, we will work with you to reach your personal educational goals.


  • Named a Best Southeastern College by The Princeton Review
  • Ranked 35th in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's list of the top 100-best values in public colleges
  • Ranked 3rd among the top southern universities in US News and World Report's 2011 America's Best Colleges Guide
  • The MA Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management program is ranked 2nd in the U.S. for Program Culture, 3rd in the U.S. for Program Resources, and 7th in the U.S. for Program Costs (Kraiger and Abalos, 2004: Rankings of Graduate Programs in I-O Psychology based on Student Rankings of Quality).
  • The MS Engineering Physics (Professional Science Masters, PSM) program has been hailed by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) as among the top 13 programs of Master's-granting institutions nationwide.
  • The Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program is ranked in top 300 in the world for MBA programs by Princeton review.
  • The MS Accounting students have consistently achieved high pass rates on the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam, far exceeding the national average
  • Appalachian offers a number of master's degree and graduate certificate programs that are designed to prepare students for careers in international business and industry with an environmental focus.

Programs of Study

Appalachian offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate majors. View an alphabetical list of programs.

Appalachian Highlights

  • Total enrollment of about 17,000 (15,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate)
  • International students and faculty from 75+ countries
  • Average class size: 25 students, with smaller classes at the senior and graduate levels
  • Opportunities for students to study and do research in many disciplines in science, technology, health fields, education, business, fine arts, and the humanities
  • A friendly and safe small-town community where students feel at home
  • More than 300 student clubs and activities
  • A mountain location ideal for hiking, skiing, snowboarding, biking, kayaking, camping and other outdoor activities

Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Support for International Students

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), a department within the Office of International Education and Development offers comprehensive support services for our international students. These services include personal advising, academic support, assistance with immigration and health insurance, and social and informative programs including a week-long welcome orientation, host family matching, "This, too, is America" - a series of classes and excursions to local and national places of interest, International Coffee Hours on campus, and other cultural events.

Location of Appalachian State University on a map of the United States


Programs of Study


  • Accounting-BSBA, MS
  • Actuarial Sciences-BS
  • Anthropology-BA, BS
  • Appalachian Studies-BA, MA
  • Apparel Design and Merchandising-BS
  • Appropriate Technology-BS
  • Art -BA
  • Art Education (K-12)-BS *
  • Art Management-BS
  • Athletic Training-BS
  • Biology-BA, MS
  • Biology, Cell/Molecular Biology-BS
  • Biology, Secondary Education (9-12)-BS *
  • Biology/Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology-BS
  • Building Sciences-BS
  • Business Administration-MBA
  • Business Education (9-12)-BS *
  • Chemistry-BA, BS
  • Chemistry, Secondary Education (9-12)-BS *
  • Child Development: Birth-Kindergarten-BS, MA *
  • Child Development-BS
  • Clinical Health Psychology-MA
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling-MA
  • College Student Development-MA
  • Communication, Advertising – BS
  • Communication, Electronic Media/Broadcasting – BS
  • Communication, Journalism – BS
  • Communication, Public Relations - BS
  • Communication Disorders-BS
  • Communication Studies-BS
  • Community and Regional Planning-BS
  • Computer Information Systems-BSBA
  • Computer Science-BS, MS
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology-MS
  • Criminal Justice-BSCJ
  • Curriculum Specialist-MA
  • Dance Studies-BA
  • Economics-BSBA, BA
  • Educational Administration-EDS
  • Educational Leadership - EDD
  • Educational Media-MA
  • Elementary Education (K-6)-BS, MA *
  • Engineering Physics-MS
  • English-BA, MA
  • English, Education – MA *
  • English, Secondary Education (9-12)-BS
  • Environmental Science-BS
  • Exercise Science-BS, MS
  • Family and Consumer Sciences, Secondary Education,
  • Finance and Banking-BSBA
  • French and Francophone Studies-BA
  • French and Francophone Studies, Education (9-12)-BS *
  • Geography-BA, BS, MA
  • Geology-BA, BS
  • Geology, Secondary Education (9-12)-BS *
  • Gerontology-MA
  • Global Studies-BA
  • Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology-BS
  • Graphic Design-BFA
  • Health Care Management-BS
  • Health Education, Secondary Education (K-12)-BS *
  • Health Promotion-BS
  • Higher Education-MA, EDS
  • History-BA, BS, MA
  • History, Education - MA
  • History, Social Studies, Education (9-12)-BS
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management-BSBA
  • Industrial Design, BS
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology and HRM-MA
  • Interdisciplinary Studies-BA
  • Interior Design-BS
  • International Business-BSBA
  • Library Science General -MLS
  • Management-BSBA
  • Marketing-BSBA
  • Marriage and Family Therapy-MA
  • Mathematics-BA, BS, MA
  • Mathematics, Education – MA *
  • Mathematics, Secondary Education (9-12)-BS
  • Middle Grades Education (6-9)-BS, MA *
  • Music Education (K-12)-BM, MM *
  • Music Industry Studies-BS
  • Music Performance-BM, MM
  • Music Therapy-BM, MMT
  • Nursing-BSN
  • Nursing ( RN to BSN) - BSN
  • Nutrition and Foods-BS
  • Nutrition-MS
  • Philosophy-BA
  • Physical Education Teacher Education (K-12)-BS *
  • Physics-BS, BA
  • Physics, Secondary Education (9-12)-BS *
  • Political Science-BA, BS, MA
  • Professional School Counseling-MA
  • Psychology-BA, BS
  • Psychology, General Experimental - MA
  • Public Administration-MPA
  • Reading Education, General -MA
  • Recreation Management-BS
  • Religious Studies-BA
  • Risk Management and Insurance-BSBA
  • Romance Languages-MA
  • School Administration-MSA
  • School Psychology-MA/SSP
  • Social Work-BSW, MSW
  • Sociology-BA, BS
  • Spanish-BA
  • Spanish, Education (K-12)-BS *
  • Special Education (K-12)-BS, MA
  • Special Education: Teaching Parent Specialty - MA
  • Speech-Language Pathology-MS
  • Statistics-BS
  • Studio Art- BFA
  • Sustainable Development-BA, BS
  • Teaching Theatre Arts (K-12)-BS *
  • Technical Photography-BS
  • Technology-MS
  • Technology Education (9-12)-BS
  • Theatre Arts-BA
  • Women's Studies-BA

key: * indicates teacher education