• Susan M. Branch ’99
  • Kemal Atkins ’92 ’96
  • Carys Kunze '14
  • Traci Royster
  • Latwanna Singleton ’13
  • Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • 15%

    total underrepresented student enrollment

  • 17%

    2016 freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups

  • 44:56

    2016 male-to-female student ratio

  • 160

    number of international students on campus in fall 2016

  • 10%

    full-time faculty from underrepresented populations

  • 276

    self-identified service members in the student population

Sources: IRAP, Military Affairs Committee, Office of International Education and Development.

Diversity statement

Appalachian State University is committed to developing and allocating resources to the fundamental task of creating a diverse campus culture. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness.



  • Jessica Lang Dance
    Feb 8
    Wednesday, February 8, 2017
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Known for repertoire rich with stunning movement and dynamic visuals, Jessica Lang Dance transforms classical ballet into emotionally engaging contemporary work.

  • INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat
    Feb 10

    February 10-12, 2017
    Blowing Rock Conference Center

    INTERSECT is a three-day immersion retreat aimed at empowering students to take positive action on our campus. The retreat is designed to help educate participants about the concepts of social justice and leadership through exploration of their own stories, the stories of others, and issues of oppression and privilege.

  • Lake Street Dive
    Feb 25
    Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    This eclectic quartet’s retro sound combines a refreshing blend of pop, classic R&B, jazz and soul with an infectious, easy going groove.

  • The Nile Project
    Apr 4
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    This unique collaboration brings together artists hailing from along the great river that connects 11 countries and over 400 million people, to make music reflecting cultural traditions of the oldest place on earth.


Global Thinking, Local Action

College campuses have historically been places where students shine a spotlight on issues of national and international importance, and Appalachian is no exception.

  • Making Change
    August 5, 2016

    An Appalachian global studies student takes on fast-fashion, engaging the university along the way to improve conditions for workers producing licensed collegiate apparel.

  • Appalachian stands in solidarity with Orlando
    June 30, 2016

    On Monday, June 13, more than 170 members of the Appalachian State University and High Country community gathered in the Solarium at Plemmons Student Union in remembrance of those whose lives were taken and endangered by the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday, June 12.

  • Sustained Dialogue Initiative begins Spring 2016
    January 15, 2016

    The Appalachian community is bringing the internationally renowned Sustained Dialogue Initiative to campus. The result will be dialogues designed to cultivate strong, trusting relationships and to foster respect for each individual and their ability to contribute to positive change.

  • Four and a Half Minutes
    December 8, 2014

    A documentation of a student-organized #BlackLivesMatter solidarity demonstration held on Appalachian State University’s campus December 8, 2014.

  • #otherappstate
    October 29, 2014

    On October 29, 2014, students, faculty and staff participated in a silent demonstration to raise awareness about and create support for the “other” part of the App State community.

Chancellor's Commission on Diversity

Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock formed the 35-member Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity in Spring 2013 to ensure Appalachian is a welcoming community of scholars which values, respects and embraces diversity across all units.

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