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.

- Appalachian State University Diversity Statement

  • 16%

    ethnically diverse *

    (Fall 2017, preliminary. A 10% increase over last year.)

  • 18%

    ethnically diverse among first-year students *

    (Fall 2017, preliminary)

  • 44:56

    male-to-female student ratio

    (Fall 2016)

  • 138

    number of international students on campus

    (Fall 2017)

  • 9%

    ethnically diverse instructional faculty

    (Fall 2016)

  • 302

    enrolled student veterans

    (Fall 2017)

* Combined percentage of students who self-identify as Hispanic of any race; American Indian or Alaska Native; Black or African American; Asian; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Two or more races; or are Nonresident Alien. This percentage is taken from the total number of students who elect to report their racial and/or ethnic identities, as well as Nonresident Alien students. Actual counts may be higher, as some students choose not to report their race or ethnicity.

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


  • Appalachian’s Fleming Scholars honored at pinning ceremony Oct. 6
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Three of the four newest 2017-18 Fleming Scholars were recognized in a traditional pinning ceremony Friday, Oct. 6, on the Appalachian State University campus. The new scholarship recipients are Jonathan Winbush of Winston-Salem, Tamia Gowens of Greensboro, Ayah Hatcher of Raleigh and Jordan Moore of Indian Trail. Gowens was not present at the ceremony.

  • Teaching Excellence and Achievement program (TEA)
    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    The Teaching Excellence and Achievement program (TEA), now in its seventh year, brings teachers from other countries to Appalachian State University to enhance their skills in teaching science and English as a foreign language.

  • Reclaiming a community treasure
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    About 50 people gathered for the unveiling of a historic marker at the Old Boone Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 1. The cemetery contains the graves of over 160 African-Americans which had laid nearly forgotten in the open field behind Appalachian State University's Cone Residence Hall.

  • Community invited to Oct. 1 recognition of African-Americans at rest in Old Boone Cemetery
    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    For many years, the graves of over 160 African-Americans laid in the open field below Old Boone Cemetery behind Appalachian State University’s Cone Residence Hall unknown and mostly forgotten. They’re a secret no longer.

  • What's Your Truth: Jordan gets real with Associate Vice Chancellor, Jordyne Blaise and Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Willie Fleming
    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    In this first episode of What's Your Truth, Jordan gets real with Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Willie Fleming and Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Compliance Jordyne Blaise. They talk about pivotal moments in their lives, the legacies they want to leave, and answer the question: "What's your truth?"

  • Campus diversity update
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    At Appalachian State University we embrace “Inclusive Excellence.” One could say that excellence is inclusive. Our goal, as is the intent of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, is that, “a high-quality, practical liberal education should be the standard of excellence for all students. The action of making excellence inclusive requires that we uncover inequities in student success, identify effective educational practices, and build such practices organically for sustained institutional change.”

  • A national award, Appalachian and F.A.R.M. Cafe: a story of hunger, humanitarianism and heart
    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    The 2017 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award and a Boone pay-what-you-can cafe tell a story about hunger and the Appalachian Community.

  • Reflecting on 'Brothers Like These' — Staged reading at ASU featured Vietnam veterans
    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    In praise of poetry, at a time when the arts and humanities are so under fire, it’s crucial to emphasize the reach and influence of literature and writing, of the arts and humanities — in all their guises — into often uncharted waters among people we don’t often think of as writers or poets or artists. On April 19, The Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective at Appalachian hosted a staged reading of “Brothers Like These,” comprised of stories and poems, written by 18 Vietnam combat veterans.


  • Film: Train to Busan (2016)
    Oct 24
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Greenbriar Theater
    Free event

    A harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes... or so everyone hopes. Part of the Global Film Series.

  • Film: Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print (2017)
    Oct 24
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    I.G. Greer Theatre
    Free event

    For the first time in a full-length documentary, contract farmers tell their stories and industry experts reveal how the corporate production model pits farmer against farmer. Part of the Sustainability Film Series.

  • Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance
    Oct 26
    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    The talented dancers of Ailey II are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s outstanding emerging choreographers.

  • Professor Dan Michman: Holocaust Research Since 1990: Contemporary Contexts and Their Impact on the Comprehension of the Event
    Oct 26
    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    Free event

    The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies has brought many distinguished scholars and historians to the ASU campus in recent years, but few—if any—have been as eminent as Professor Dan Michman of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Israel.


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.

  • Thwarting Human Traffickers
    July 18, 2017

    Alumni Matt and Laura Parker run a nonprofit called The Exodus Road that has facilitated the rescue of more than 800 slaves. They credit their Appalachian education with influencing their worldview and what it means to serve others.

  • Social Justice Week

    Social Justice Week (SJW) is a series of events dedicated to addressing some of the world's most pressing social/human rights issues. The third annual event took place in 2017.

  • 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.

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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