• Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Traci Royster
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Latwanna Singleton ’13
  • Christine Sita Davé
  • Dr. Hongwei
  • Kacey Griffin ’13
  • 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.



  • Walk for Awareness
    Aug 30
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    Sanford Mall

    A silent walk through campus beginning on Sanford Mall to commemorate lives lost to violence in our community, to support victims and survivors of violence and to affirm our commitment and responsibility to speak out against violence in all its forms.

  • Health, Wellness & Safety Festival
    Aug 31
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    Sanford Mall

    A fun way to learn more about our personal and collective responsibilities as a community invested in the health, safety and wellness of our campus environment. Various departments, offices, community partners and student clubs/organizations will be present to remind others to take care of themselves, take care of each other, and take care of this place.

  • National Park Service 100th Anniversary Celebration Panel Lecture
    Sep 21
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    PSU Blue Ridge Ballroom

    Four guest speakers, Kevin Adams, J. Scott Graham, Andrea Lankford, and Anne Mitchell-Whisnant, will give a presentation on their careers and experiences visiting and working in the national parks.

  • Havana Cuba All-Stars: Cuban Nights
    Sep 27
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Embrace the culture of Cuba as the Havana Cuba All-Stars share their rich musical heritage, from the rumba to the cha-cha-cha to the habanera.


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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