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 State University Diversity Statement
(Fall 2017. A 10% increase over last year.)
ethnically diverse among first-year students *
male-to-female student ratio
number of international students on campus
ethnically diverse instructional faculty
enrolled student veterans
* Combined percentage of students who self-identify as Hispanic of any race; American Indian or Alaska Native; Black or African American; Asian; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Two or more races; or are Nonresident Alien. This percentage is taken from the total number of students who elect to report their racial and/or ethnic identities, as well as Nonresident Alien students. Actual counts may be higher, as some students choose not to report their race or ethnicity.
Sources: IRAP, Military Affairs Committee, Office of International Education and Development.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Appalachian@s Hispanic/Latino Faculty and Staff Association has received official recognition as an employee organization of Appalachian.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Appalachian State University will honor its rich cultural heritage by providing a gathering space for the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s (NPHC) Divine Nine.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Since 2010, Victory Media has awarded Appalachian the designation of Military Friendly School, which places Appalachian in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. This is the first year, however, that Appalachian has made Victory Media’s Top 10 list.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Appalachian alumnus Dr. Harry Lee Williams touts the power of relationships as incoming head of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
After a 20-year absence from higher education, studio art major Ireri Krueger returned to achieve a lifelong dream. She is among seniors graduating this month.
Friday, August 18, 2017
At Appalachian State University we embrace “Inclusive Excellence.” One could say that excellence is inclusive. Our goal, as is the intent of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, is that, “a high-quality, practical liberal education should be the standard of excellence for all students. The action of making excellence inclusive requires that we uncover inequities in student success, identify effective educational practices, and build such practices organically for sustained institutional change.”
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
The 2017 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award and a Boone pay-what-you-can cafe tell a story about hunger and the Appalachian Community.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
In praise of poetry, at a time when the arts and humanities are so under fire, it’s crucial to emphasize the reach and influence of literature and writing, of the arts and humanities — in all their guises — into often uncharted waters among people we don’t often think of as writers or poets or artists. On April 19, The Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective at Appalachian hosted a staged reading of “Brothers Like These,” comprised of stories and poems, written by 18 Vietnam combat veterans.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Dr. David G. Embrick will address recent battles, both overt and subtle, regarding the removal of confederate statues and other symbols of white supremacy, often assumed as a necessary action if the United States, as a nation, is to move forward in terms of its racist past.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Fierce fiddling duo command the stage with an explosive celebration of raw energy and passion that infuses their traditional heritage with their taste for the contemporary.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Christopher Everett is a writer, film director and film producer from Laurinburg, North Carolina. He recently directed his first feature-length documentary film entitled "Wilmington on Fire" which chronicles the 1898 Wilmington Massacre in Wilmington, North Carolina.
College campuses have historically been places where students shine a spotlight on issues of national and international importance, and Appalachian is no exception.
July 18, 2017
Alumni Matt and Laura Parker run a nonprofit called The Exodus Road that has facilitated the rescue of more than 800 slaves. They credit their Appalachian education with influencing their worldview and what it means to serve others.
Social Justice Week (SJW) is a series of events dedicated to addressing some of the world's most pressing social/human rights issues. The third annual event took place in 2017.
August 5, 2016
An Appalachian global studies student takes on fast-fashion, engaging the university along the way to improve conditions for workers producing licensed collegiate apparel.
June 30, 2016
On Monday, June 13, more than 170 members of the Appalachian State University and High Country community gathered in the Solarium at Plemmons Student Union in remembrance of those whose lives were taken and endangered by the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday, June 12.
January 15, 2016
The Appalachian community is bringing the internationally renowned Sustained Dialogue Initiative to campus. The result will be dialogues designed to cultivate strong, trusting relationships and to foster respect for each individual and their ability to contribute to positive change.
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.