• Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Michael Obacha
  • Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Danny Garcia-Rosales, senior
  • Traci Royster
  • Latwanna Singleton ’13
  • Brian Pham '14
  • Daniel Burleson
  • 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.


  • Appalachian and University of Havana sign exchange agreement
    Friday, May 22, 2015

    Representatives from the two universities recently signed a memorandum of understanding that promotes the exchange of information and materials that are of mutual interest; develop joint short courses, summer courses, and semester study abroad programs; and exchange academic, research, and administrative staff, visiting scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students between the two institutions, according to Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, vice chancellor for international education and development at Appalachian.

  • Appalachian’s INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat enhances understanding
    Friday, May 1, 2015

    Everyone has a story. If we each knew these stories, would we have more understanding and compassion toward others? Fifty-five Appalachian State University students participated in a three-day INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat to understand concepts of social justice and leadership by exploring their own stories, the stories of their classmates and issues of oppression and privilege.

  • "A Long Way Gone" named as 2015 Common Reading book selection
    Friday, May 1, 2015

    Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone in 1980, was still a young boy when his country descended into a horrific civil war. Forced to flee his village when rebels attacked, Beah was picked up as a young teenager by the government army and pressed into service as government guerrilla soldier.

  • A representation of race
    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    At a university with more than 18,000 students, less than 13 percent identify as racial minorities, or underrepresented.


  • Memorial Day Ceremony
    May 25
    Monday, May 25, 2015
    Veterans Memorial, B.B. Dougherty Administration Building

    Lt. Col. David Cox from Appalachian State University’s ROTC program will be the guest speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony on campus. A reception will follow in the lobby of the administration building. The public is invited to attend.

  • The Helene & Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series: Pride (2014)
    Jul 1
    Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Inspired by actual events, director Matthew Warchus' Pride details the unlikely friendship forged between a small community of striking miners in Wales and the London-based gay-and-lesbian activists who raise funds to feed their families in the summer of 1984.

  • The Helene & Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)
    Jul 8
    Wednesday, July 8, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws, in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz.

  • TCVA Lunch & Learn: Without Words; a bi-lingual theatrical adaptation
    Jul 15
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

    Join In/Visible Theatre Artistic Director Derek Davidson, Producer Karen Sabo, and author Susan Schaller, as they talk about adapting Schaller's memoir A Man Without Words for the stage.

  • The David Grisman Sextet featuring special guests: Bryan Sutton Band
    Jul 17
    Friday, July 17, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    As a mandolinist, singer, and composer, David Grisman has been a pioneer of acoustic string music for nearly half a century. Today he plays with The David Grisman Sextet featuring special guests: Bryan Sutton Band featuring Sam Grisman, Casey Campbell and Mike Barnett.

  • In/Visible Theatre presents: Without Words
    Jul 24

    July 24-25, 2015
    Valborg Theatre

    Language connects us. We use words to ask, express love, argue, and to take our place in human society. And experts say if we don’t learn language as children, we can’t learn it at all.


  • 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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