• Traci Royster
  • Kacey Griffin ’13
  • Dr. Hongwei 'Chris' Yang
  • Dr. Chuanhui Gu
  • Debbie Bauer ’05
  • Brian Pham ’14
  • Carys Kunze '14
  • Christine Sita Davé
  • 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.


  • Reception and Gallery Talk: Steven Reigns - The Gay Rub
    Jan 29
    Thursday, January 29, 2015
    The Smith Gallery
    The Gay Rub is a collaborative project created and organized by Reigns showcasing a collection of more than 100 rubbings from important markers of GLBTQ history.
  • ARTSpectrum Lecture: Tanja Softic'
    Feb 4
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015
    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.
  • Film: Throw Down Your Heart
    Feb 5
    Thursday, February 5, 2015
    Greenbriar Vintage Theater
    A film crew follows the well-known banjo player Bela Fleck on his travels to Africa, where he learns about the instrument's origins.
  • Film: Dear White People
    Feb 10

    February 10-11, 2015
    I.G. Greer Super Cinema
    CASE and Multicultural Student Development are proud to present the film, Dear White People followed by a panel discussion.
  • Sustainability Film Series: Thin Ice (2013)
    Feb 24
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    I.G. Greer Theatre
    Thin Ice puts a human face on the huge international effort and astonishing range of human activity and scientific endeavor required to understand Earth's climate system.
  • RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
    Mar 4
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    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.


  • 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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