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

  • 16%

    ethnically diverse *

    (Fall 2017, preliminary. A 10% increase over last year.)

  • 18%

    ethnically diverse among first-year students *

    (Fall 2017, preliminary)

  • 43.5 : 56.5

    male-to-female student ratio

    (Fall 2017, preliminary)

  • 138

    number of international students on campus

    (Fall 2017)

  • 7%

    ethnically diverse instructional faculty

    (Fall 2016)

  • 302

    enrolled student veterans

    (Fall 2017)

* 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.


  • Eastern Band of the Cherokee flag installed in Plemmons Student Union
    Friday, December 8, 2017

    The flag of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee now hangs in a place of prominence alongside the American, Chinese and Israeli national flags — and a variety of others — in Plemmons Student Union (PSU) on Appalachian State University’s campus.

  • Appalachian education student aspires to teach lessons in individuality
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    Representing people who may not conform to the mainstream is important to Judson MacDonald, the 2016-17 Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year at Appalachian State University.

  • Accounting major earns U.S. citizenship, gives back to Ethiopia
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    Senior Maheder Yohannes emigrated from Ethiopia at age 10. Now a U.S. citizen, the first-generation college student is helping underprivileged children in her native country stay in school.

  • What's Your Truth: Stand in the Gap
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    Jordan and his guest Sarah Levine discuss the death of their fathers, Roscoe Jordan and Marty Levine. They share what their fathers taught them during their time on earth, as well as what they have learned by living without them. This episode is dedicated to Roscoe and Marty.

  • 2017 International Education Week Photo Contest
    Monday, November 27, 2017

    Presented by the Office of International Education and Development, the IEW Photo Contest is an opportunity for our students, faculty, and staff to share their photos that demonstrate their understanding of international cultures and places.

  • Campus diversity update
    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.”

  • A national award, Appalachian and F.A.R.M. Cafe: a story of hunger, humanitarianism and heart
    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.

  • Reflecting on 'Brothers Like These' — Staged reading at ASU featured Vietnam veterans
    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.


  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
    Feb 9
    Friday, February 9, 2018
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    This company of professional male dancers presents a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesty, performing the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire.

  • Thomas Kühne: The Murderers Are Among Us: Images of and Inquiries into Holocaust Perpetrators since the Third Reich
    Feb 12
    Monday, February 12, 2018
    114 Belk Library and Information Commons

    The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies invites the Appalachian and broader High Country communities to a public lecture by Prof. Thomas Kühne. Prof. Kühne is the Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History and the Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Massachusetts.

  • Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions of Cape Breton and Beyond
    Feb 27
    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.

  • Golden Dragon Acrobats
    Mar 16
    Friday, March 16, 2018
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    The Golden Dragon Acrobats combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.


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.

  • Thwarting Human Traffickers
    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

    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.

  • Making Change
    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.

  • Appalachian stands in solidarity with Orlando
    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.

  • Sustained Dialogue Initiative begins Spring 2016
    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'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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