• Dr. Harry L. Williams '86 '88 '95
  • Marty Watkins
  • Dr. Chishimba Nathan Mowa
  • Kacey Griffin ’13
  • Danny Garcia-Rosales, senior
  • Debbie Bauer ’05
  • Willie Fleming ’80 ’84
  • Rawdon Marroquin, junior
  • 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. Find more data

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.

Events

  • TCVA: TWENTY: Contemporary Art From South Africa
    Jul 11

    Feb 7
    July 11, 2014-February 7, 2015
    As South Africa celebrates its 20th year of democracy, having made a peaceful transition from apartheid state to a new and more equitable dispensation, this show seeks to show a slice of South African existence through contemporary art. While it is in celebration of this milestone, the exhibition itself does not necessarily unpack the notion of democracy but rather looks across the scope of what it means to have been a South African over the last 20 years.
  • 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration: An Evening with Julian Bond
    Jan 23
    Friday, January 23, 2015
    From his college days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his role as former Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace and an aggressive spokesman for the disinherited.
  • ARTSpectrum Lecture: Tanja Softic'
    Feb 4
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015
    6:00pm-7:00pm
    Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
    Tanja Softic´ studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and Old Dominion. An immigrant to the United States from former Yugoslavia, she explores questions of cultural identity, national belonging and experience of exile. She is Professor of Art at the University of Richmond.
  • RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
    Mar 4
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    8:00pm
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band.
  • The Peking Acrobats
    Mar 17
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    7:00pm
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    The Peking Acrobats are an elite group of tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts, known for leaving audiences around the globe spellbound by the graceful athleticism of their ancient folk art.
  • Dr. Mary Frances Berry: Whatever Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?
    Mar 23
    Monday, March 23, 2015
    For more than four decades, Berry has been one of the most recognized and respected voices in the nation’s civil rights, gender equality and social justice movements. As chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans through four Presidential administrations.

Accolades

  • 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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