• Danny Garcia-Rosales, senior
  • Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto
  • Dr. Harry L. Williams '86 '88 '95
  • Jordan Lancaster, sophomore
  • Carys Kunze '14
  • Latwanna Singleton ’13
  • Marty Watkins
  • Willie Fleming ’80 ’84
  • 12%

    Minority student enrollment

  • 45:55

    male-to-female student ratio

  • 160

    number of international students

  • 9.2%

    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.


  • 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.
  • Latin American Film Festival: Elsa y Fred
    Sep 18
    Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Dr. Victoria Cox will lead a discussion following the film. “Elsa y Fred” is about a retired 77-old-hypochondriac widower who moves to an apartment in Madrid and develops a relationship with his next-door neighbor.
  • Film: Monsieur Batignole (2002)
    Sep 28
    Sunday, September 28, 2014
    A box office hit when released in 2002, the film shows how a French grocer helped a young Jewish boy safely reach Switzerland. The film depicts how on one side there were people who wanted to enjoy and own whatever property belonging to the Jews was confiscated by the Germans and on the other was Edmond Batignole who sensed the humanity in himself and wanted to help the homeless Jewish boy.
  • Oct 2
    Thursday, October 2, 2014
    Dr. Catherine Fountain will be the discussion leader. Set in Argentina, the film is a young boy’s point of view of his family’s efforts to hide from the military police following a 1976 coup d’état.
  • North Carolina Symphony with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra
    Oct 7
    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    The North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored component of North Carolina’s cultural life. They will be joined by the Hayes School of Music Appalachian Symphony Orchestra.
  • Oct 9
    Thursday, October 9, 2014
    Dr. John Craft will be the discussion leader. The film is based on the book by Julia Álvarez and tells the story of three sisters who were murdered for participating in a plot to overthrow Gen. Leonidas Trujillo who controlled the Dominican Republic government.

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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  • 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 2014. Appalachian has received this designation annually since 2010.

  • 3rd in the nation for study abroad programs

    Appalachian State University is ranked third nationally among comprehensive master’s level institutions for the total number of students who studied abroad for credit during the 2010-11 academic year, according to the 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released Nov. 12. Appalachian also is ranked third for the number of students who studied abroad for credit on short-term, faculty-led programs during the same period.

  • Appalachian State University is one of 119 colleges and universities that has received the “community engagement” classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

    The designation recognizes institutions that have internalized and sustained their commitment to collaborate with communities through teaching, research and outreach.

  • Award-winning 'Gay? Fine By Me' campaign

    Appalachian’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) group is being recognized for their fall 2011 “Gay? Fine By Me” campaign by the Atticus Circle, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and mobilizing straight people to advance equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender partners, parents and their children.