• Michael Obacha
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Carys Kunze '14
  • Danny Garcia-Rosales, senior
  • Christine Sita Davé
  • Willie Fleming ’80 ’84
  • Marty Watkins
  • 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.



  • The Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series: Reaching for the Moon (2013)
    Aug 19
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her.

  • The Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series: Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
    Aug 26
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Director Jim Loach and screenwriter Rona Munro collaborate to adapt Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys' autobiographical account of her noble effort to expose the systematic deportation of British children to Australia, and to reunite them with their devastated families. Author: Jason Buchanan

  • Rhiannon Giddens
    Sep 24
    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Founding member of supergroup New Basement Tapes and Carolina Chocolate Drops. Solo album Tomorrow Is My Turn is among NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums of 2015.

  • Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre
    Oct 7
    Wednesday, October 7, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre has education, entertained and enlightened audiences all over the world with their powerful messages and resonance of Dance and Song in Plains Indian Society.

  • 4th Annual UNC Hispanic/Latino Faculty Forum
    Oct 9

    October 9-10, 2015
    Plemmons Student Union / Reich College of Education Building

    Since 2012, Hispanic/Latino Faculty from the UNC System have come to together to discuss relevant issues facing our Latino communities and their impact on higher education.

  • 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.


  • 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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