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



  • Global Film Series: Diabolique (1955)
    Oct 26
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    I.G. Greer Theatre
    Free event

    The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

  • Film: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)
    Oct 26
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    119 I.G. Greer
    Free event

    “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.

  • Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee: Mapping Queer Transnationalism
    Oct 27
    Thursday, October 27, 2016
    114 Belk Library and Information Commons

    Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, a core faculty member of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, will present "Mapping Queer Transnationalism." The event is free and open to the public.

  • Lucky Forward: Advancing the Story
    Nov 2
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    Plemmons Student Union, Linville Falls Room

    This workshop with graphic novelist Carol Tyler is about getting to the story within. The end result will be a graphics-based narrative that can proudly represent the experience of the Veteran for generations.


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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