• Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Michael Obacha
  • Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Latwanna Singleton ’13
  • Dr. Chishimba Nathan Mowa
  • Debbie Bauer ’05
  • Danny Garcia-Rosales, senior
  • 14.0%

    total underrepresented student enrollment

  • 15%

    2015 freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups

  • 45:55

    male-to-female student ratio

  • 190

    approximate number of international students each year

  • 10%

    full-time faculty from underrepresented populations

  • 222

    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.



  • INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat
    Jan 22

    January 22-24, 2016
    Black Mountain, NC

    INTERSECT is a three-day immersion retreat aimed at empowering students to take positive action on our campus. The retreat is designed to help educate participants about the concepts of social justice and leadership through exploration of their own stories, the stories of others, and issues of oppression and privilege.

  • American Shakespeare Center: Julius Caesar
    Jan 29
    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Valborg Theatre

    This profoundly moving, breathtaking, and deeply human play is a thrill ride of betrayal, violence, and perhaps most surprisingly — love.

  • American Shakespeare Center: The Life of King Henry the Fifth
    Jan 30
    Saturday, January 30, 2016
    Valborg Theatre

    The story of England’s hero-king and the greatest upset in European military history is Shakespeare’s finale to his great history plays.

  • Dr. John & the Nite Trippers
    Feb 13
    Saturday, February 13, 2016
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Delivering New Orleans, boogie-woogie jazz performances that are each unexpected and unique to the next, Dr. John is praised for his funky, bluesy influence on rock.


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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