• Danny Garcia-Rosales, senior
  • Debbie Bauer ’05
  • Brian Pham ’14
  • Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto
  • Christine Sita Davé
  • Dr. Chuanhui Gu
  • Dr. Chishimba Nathan Mowa
  • 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.
  • Safety Week
    Sep 2

    September 2-5, 2014
    Taking personal responsibility for safety on and off campus is the focus of Safety Week activities at Appalachian State University. The public is invited to attend.
  • Latin American Film Festival: The Motorcycle Diaries
    Sep 4
    Thursday, September 4, 2014
    Dr. René Harder Horst will lead a discussion afterward. The film follows the early travels of future revolution leader Che Guevara when he was a 23-year-old medical student exploring South America by motorcycle.
  • Morris Dees: With Justice for All
    Sep 17
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees won a series of groundbreaking civil rights cases that helped integrate government and public institutions and cripple some of America’s most notorious white supremacist hate groups.
  • Sep 18
    Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Dr. Victoria Cox will lead a discussion. Set in northern Argentina, the film is about a young girl’s friendship with an architect hired to design a house in her village.
  • 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.

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.