• Michael Obacha
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Brian Pham '14
  • Latwanna Singleton ’13
  • Dr. Chishimba Nathan Mowa
  • Debbie Bauer ’05
  • Traci Royster
  • 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.



  • 2015 Fall Convocation: Ishmael Beah
    Sep 3
    Thursday, September 3, 2015
    Holmes Convocation Center

    Speaker Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel both published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.

  • Visiting Writers Series: Ishmael Beah
    Sep 3
    Thursday, September 3, 2015
    PSU Blue Ridge Ballroom

    Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the New York Times bestselling author of Appalachian's 2015 Common Reading Program selection A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.

  • University of Zululand Guest Choir Concert
    Sep 9
    Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    Sanford Mall

    Fourteen singers and the director from the award-winning University of Zululand Choir will be in residency at Appalachian with performances both on campus and off. The choir sings a variety of compositions, from Afro gospel, jazz and soul to traditional, indigenous music and opera.

  • Film: The Denim Dynasty
    Sep 10
    Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Belk Library and Information Commons 114

    “The Denim Dynasty” is a documentary about the legacy of the Cone family that shaped prominent features of North Carolina’s landscape. The documentary explores the early days of North Carolina’s textile history through stories of the Cone family and the textile workers who lived and raised their families in the mill villages.

  • Gene Nichol: Poverty, Politics and Academic Freedom in North Carolina
    Sep 10
    Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Gene Nichol, the noted law professor and anti-poverty advocate, will deliver the talk “Poverty, Politics and Academic Freedom in North Carolina.” His campus visit has been organized by the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

  • Movies by Movers
    Sep 16

    September 16-20, 2015
    Various area locations

    Movies By Movers is an annual film festival celebrating the many human motions that fall under the wide umbrella of dance—from modern, ballet, and jazz to circus, parkour, skating and sports. It was founded by Appalachian State University dance faculty member Cara Hagan and features work by students, emerging artists, and seasoned professionals from around the world.


  • 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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