• Carys Kunze '14
  • Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto
  • Dr. Chuanhui Gu
  • Willie Fleming ’80 ’84
  • Dr. Harry L. Williams '86 '88 '95
  • Dr. Hongwei 'Chris' Yang
  • Daniel Burleson
  • Debbie Bauer ’05
  • 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.



  • Apr 21
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Women's Center

    The Wedding Dress Project is a community engaged art project whose mission is to raise awareness and inspire dialogue around issues of relationship violence, gender relations and gender stereotypes through art making.

  • Apr 21
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Sanford Mall

    Together We Rise is the kickoff event to the first annual Suicide Prevention Week at Appalachian State University. The kickoff’s goal is to bring happiness to our campus, strengthen the relationships of the mountaineer community, as well as remind everyone to rise together during the dark times that we will face. Everyone is invited.

  • The Affrilachian Poets: A poetry reading followed by a Q&A
    Apr 22
    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Three nationally noted Affrilachian Poets are coming to Appalachian State University, and their readings will paint a fresh picture of Appalachia and its culture. The featured artists are Frank X Walker, Ricardo Nazario-Colòn and Crystal Good.

  • The Diary of Anne Frank
    Apr 22

    April 22-26, 2015
    Valborg Theatre

    Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance performs the moving full-length play “The Diary of Anne Frank,” based on a young girl’s diary entries during a two-year span of time during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

  • LUNAFEST: short films by, for, about Women
    Apr 23

    April 23-24, 2015

    LUNAFEST, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be presented in two local screenings this month. All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country, the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge and the Breast Cancer Fund.

  • Spring Fling and Pride Festival 2015
    Apr 24
    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Sanford Mall

    Join us on Sanford Mall for Spring Fling and a Pride Celebration! There will be inflatables, performances, games, food and educational booths. There is something for everyone everyone so don't miss this awesome event! Did we also mention that it's FREE?!


  • 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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