• Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Michael Obacha
  • Dr. Harry L. Williams '86 '88 '95
  • Debbie Bauer ’05
  • Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto
  • Dr. Chishimba Nathan Mowa
  • Marty Watkins
  • 12.8%

    Minority student enrollment

  • 45:55

    male-to-female student ratio

  • 170-180

    approximate number of international students each year

  • 8.7%

    non-Caucasian instructional faculty

  • 10-15%

    faculty with international backgrounds (estimated)

Sources: IRAP Fact Book, 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.



  • The Helene & Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)
    Jul 8
    Wednesday, July 8, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws, in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz.

  • Film: Raise the Roof (2015)
    Jul 11
    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    I.G. Greer Auditorium

    They set out ot reconstruct a lost synagogue. They recovered a lost world.

    Presented as part of the 14th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust.

  • TCVA Lunch & Learn: Without Words; a bi-lingual theatrical adaptation
    Jul 15
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

    Join In/Visible Theatre Artistic Director Derek Davidson, Producer Karen Sabo, and author Susan Schaller, as they talk about adapting Schaller's memoir A Man Without Words for the stage.

  • The Helene & Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series: The Hunt (2013)
    Jul 15
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    This film is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life.

  • The David Grisman Sextet featuring special guests: Bryan Sutton Band
    Jul 17
    Friday, July 17, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    As a mandolinist, singer, and composer, David Grisman has been a pioneer of acoustic string music for nearly half a century. Today he plays with The David Grisman Sextet featuring special guests: Bryan Sutton Band featuring Sam Grisman, Casey Campbell and Mike Barnett.

  • In/Visible Theatre presents: Without Words
    Jul 24

    July 24-25, 2015
    Valborg Theatre

    Language connects us. We use words to ask, express love, argue, and to take our place in human society. And experts say if we don’t learn language as children, we can’t learn it at all.


  • A Military Friendly® School

    Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Appalachian State University the designation of Military Friendly School® for 2015. Appalachian has received this designation annually since 2010.

  • Appalachian’s emphasis on study abroad gains continued recognition

    The growing interest of students participating in study abroad at Appalachian State University has once again resulted in recognition from the International Institute of Education (IIE). In its 2014 Open Doors report, Appalachian is ranked 4th among the top 40 master’s degree granting institutions for the total number of students studying abroad in 2012-13, the year the rankings are based.

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.

  • 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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