• Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Michael Obacha
  • Marty Watkins
  • Dr. Chuanhui Gu
  • 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.



  • Weicholz Global Film Series: Labyrinth of Lies (2014)
    Jun 28
    Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    Schaefer Center for the Visual Arts

    Johann Radmann is a young and idealistic public prosecutor who takes an interest in the case of Charles Schulz, a former Auschwitz extermination camp commander, who is now teaching at a school in West Berlin. Radmann is determined to bring Schulz to justice, but the horrors of the past and the hostility shown toward his work make it nearly impossible for him to find his way through the maze and to the truth.

  • Summer Dance Series 2016: Hip Hop with AJ Libunao
    Jun 30
    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    The free series is open to the public and offers mixed beginning level classes featuring a variety of dance styles and body work classes.

  • Weicholz Global Film Series: Difret (2014)
    Jul 5
    Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    Schaefer Center for the Visual Arts

    From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama Difret, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights.

  • Young People’s Global Film Series: Oddball and the Penguins (2015)
    Jul 7
    Thursday, July 7, 2016
    Schaefer Center for the Visual Arts

    Oddball is the heart-warming true story about an eccentric chicken farmer who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and in the process tries to reunite his family and save their seaside town.


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.

  • 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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