Students Say

Located in Boone, North Carolina, a town of about 18,000, Appalachian State University provides “a great education in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains,” offering “a strong sense of community and a challenging academic environment” grounded in “a broad liberal arts education.” Students agree that most “professors get to know each student by name and really strive to make connections [to] everyone in their classes. They embrace all sorts of teaching styles, but are always open to helping students outside of class.”

Overview

Applicants
13,506
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average HS GPA
4.06

GPA Breakdown

79%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
6%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
March 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Located in Boone, North Carolina, a town of about 18,000, Appalachian State University provides “a great education in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains,” offering “a strong sense of community and a challenging academic environment” grounded in “a broad liberal arts education.” Students agree that most “professors get to know each student by name and really strive to make connections [to] everyone in their classes. They embrace all sorts of teaching styles, but are always open to helping students outside of class.” And while students commonly find “some of the most caring and invested professors inside [their] major,” some report that their “general education professors have been less than stellar” and find advice from their peers “helpful when choosing the general education courses.” Students praise the “student-oriented” administration, especially Chancellor Evert, “who is very caring and visible to the student body” and “invites many student organizations to her home for lunch or dinner.” The school “is very good at communicating with students” about issues that affect the student body, but many say the school should beef up its counseling services. Students appreciate the practical side of their Appalachian education, which focuses on helping students get “a solid job out of college.” They also enjoy the school’s focus on green initiatives and sustainability, noting that their education is “strongly influenced by the surrounding environment”: “Appalachian State is about exploring both yourself and the world around you.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,277
with Terminal Degree
1,206

644
Men
633
Women
57
Minority
41
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Food Science and Technology, Other

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Area Studies, Other
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Construction Management
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Insurance
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Solar Energy Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Child Development

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Commercial Photography
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Mr. Stephen J. Dubner '84
Award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality

Ms. Melissa Morrison Howard '93
Olympic bronze medalist - 100 meter hurdles, Sydney 2000 & Athens 2004

Mr. Alvin Gentry '77
Assoc. head coach - Gold State Warriors, former coach of 4 other pro teams

Rev. William Franklin Graham, III '79
CEO of the International Christian relief association, Samaritan’s Purse

Mr. Eric Church ’00
Recording artist, ACM '13 & CMA '12 Album of the Year, Grammy award nominee

Mr. Charles R. Frazier ’75 M.A.
Novelist, author of Cold Mountain

Michael Gregory '07
One of the Gregory Bros. music group; creator of Auto Tune the News Series

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

Each year, Appalachian State awards thousands of leadership and merit-based scholarships from 150 different programs across campus. Totaling more than $2 million each year, these scholarship awards help Appalachian students offset tuition and fees. Top scholarships include the Chancellor’s Scholarship, a four-year scholarship covering full tuition and fees for the top 15 freshmen in the Heltzer Honors College; the W.H. Plemmons Leader Fellows Scholarship, a four-year scholarship for students with outstanding leadership experiences; the Diversity Scholarship, a four-year scholarship for students interested in promoting and enhancing diversity; and the ACCESS Scholarship, a four-year, full tuition and fees scholarship to help students with the highest financial need graduate debt-free. Additional support includes a textbook rental program, which saves students hundreds of dollars over the course of four years.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,647

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,556

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,228

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,869

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,413

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$3,772
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,939
Required Fees
$2,781
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$700

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,230
Transportation for Commuters
$1,700

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

“The typical student is usually out-going and friendly but very focused on their major.” Still, regardless of major, “everyone gets along pretty well.” Many describe the student body as “artsy” or “edgy and hipster,” with many sporting bean boots and a Jeep, and say that demographics skews towards “white, upper middle class, Southern, American, and Christian” populations. Appalachian attracts students “who [believe] in all things environmentally friendly . . . and live for experiences not material possessions.” Students agree that it is easy to make friends and get plugged-in to campus life “by joining in on outdoor activities” or through one of the school’s many student organizations. This “down-to-earth” community triumphs acceptance and “is driven through classes” and “by getting involved with community service.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,255
Out of State
8%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

1.57%
Asian
3.12%
African-American
4.15%
Hispanic
86.54%
Caucasian
1.73%
Unknown
1.16%
International

54% female
46% male
8% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Contented students tell us that “Appalachian State is a university tucked quietly in the Blue Ridge mountains with a sustainable agenda [and] encompasses a diverse community of students and brings life to the peaceful area of western North Carolina.” “Appalachian is not a ‘suitcase school’” that sees a weekly exodus; instead, “students stay around and are well connected” with one another. In warm weather Appalachia becomes an idyllic retreat: To relax “students enjoy grabbing their Eno [hammock] or laying out on Sanford Mall,” or to keep active they enjoy “running, slacklining […] or throwing Frisbee.” Boone has “a very small-town, college-town feel,” with “a number of bars and options for students who party,” “and of course the surrounding area is great for anything outdoors,” ranging from “skiing to fly fishing to waterfalling and mountain climbing.” On campus “there is so much to do, you can never get bored. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations to get involved with.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
34%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Suzanne T. Wehner

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Documentation must reflect the current impact and functional limitations of the impairment, be typed on office or practice letterhead, dated and signed by qualified professional. In-depth documentation can be found under documentation guidelines at ods.appstate.edu

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation must reflect the current impact and functional limitations of the impairment, be typed on office or practice letterhead, dated and signed by qualified professional. In-depth documentation can be found under documentation guidelines at ods.appstate.edu

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
289
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
24

8% join a fraternity
13% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Mountaineers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Mountaineers)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Appalachian Allies http://glbt.appstate.edu Belk Library Guides for GLBT Studies http://www.library.appstate.edu/reference/subjectguides/gay.html Belk Library Special Collections Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Life http://www.library.appstate.edu/collections/sc/subject/glbt.html Counseling and Psychological Services Center http://counseling.appstate.edu/index.php?module=pagesmith&id=13 GLBT Online Resources http://glbt.appstate.edu/index.php?module=pagesmith&id=4 LGBT Center http://glbt.appstate.edu/ LGBT Faculty & Staff asu_lgbt@yahoogroups.com Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance http://edc.appstate.edu/equity/issues/sexual_orientation_discrim.html. SAGA: Sexuality and Gender Alliance http://sites.google.com/a/asusaga.org/www/home transACTION http://www.myspace.com/transactionasu In the Boone Community Boone Pride http://www.boonepride.org BoonePride.org is the North Carolina High Country's leading online Web portal devoted to uniting and representing the area’s GLBTIQA (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersexed, Queer and Allies) community.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

From its name alone, you can tell that Appalachian State University has an intimate connection with nature. The university's mission is to prepare students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens. With sustainability as a central focus of Appalachian’s 2014 strategic plan, the Office of Sustainability created a Teaching Fellow position to examine how sustainability can be further integrated into academic programs. The university also hosts the Appalachian Energy Summit, an annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge in which campus leaders across the state convene to share best practices. Appalachian has seventeen renewable energy installations on campus including North Carolina’s largest installed wind turbine. Sustainability measures saved the university $3.25 million in energy costs in fiscal year 2012–2013 alone. Transportation alternatives include free mass transit, car sharing, and ridesharing. Composting capabilities expanded in 2011 from 100 to 275 tons with the addition of a state-of-the-art composting facility. Compost from this operation is used in campus landscaping and on the 369-acre agroecology teaching and research farm where students enhance their classroom lessons about agroecology, agroforestry, and sustainable farming practices through experiential learning. For more than twenty years, Appalachian has offered graduate and undergraduate degree programs in sustainable development and appropriate technology. More than 70 percent of departments offer sustainability-related or -focused courses, totaling more than 20 percent of all courses offered. Sustainability education is part of the university’s general education curriculum. The engaged students have the opportunity to participate in more than forty sustainability-based clubs. Research opportunities abound with more than 80 percent of departments and nearly 50 percent of faculty engaged in research as it relates to sustainability. Notably, Appalachian was one of three universities from the United States selected to participate in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, and placed ninth out of 110 participants.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
11%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
75

Average Number of PC's per Lab
32

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Beth Holcomb
Coordinator of Campus Visits

Address
ASU Visitors Center- J.E. Thomas Hall
287 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608

Phone
828-262-2179

Email
visitors@appstate.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Plemmons Student Union
Roess Dining Hall
Kidd Brewer Stadium "The Rock"
Student Recreation Center
Sanford Mall / Greenspace

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Boone / King Street Shopping
Blue Ridge Parkway
Appalachian Ski Mountain
Grandfather Mountain
Greenway Trail / State Farm Athletic Fields
Expresso News Coffee Shop tApp Room Bar & Grille

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
828-262-2179

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.appstatesports.com/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
AppalCart=free town and campus bus system Horizon Coach Lines, Mountaineer routes=low cost bus service between Boone and Greensboro or Charlotte Charlotte Douglas Int'l Airport- 2 hrs Piedmont Triad Int'l Airport- 2 hrs Tri-Cities Regional Airport- 2 hrs

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Charlotte: I77N to US421N or I85S to US 321N From Johnson City, TN: I85 to I26E to US321N to US321S I85 or I40 to 321N I40 to 421 North From Winston-Salem, NC: I40W to US421N

Local Accommodations
Accommodations range from luxury mountain resort to budget motel; from family owned to national chain. www.exploreboonearea.com
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Key Stats

13,506
Applicants
16,255
Size
63%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists