• Brian Pham ’14
  • Danny Garcia-Rosales, senior
  • Willie Fleming ’80 ’84
  • Dr. Harry L. Williams '86 '88 '95
  • Marty Watkins
  • Rawdon Marroquin, junior
  • Jordan Lancaster, sophomore
  • Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Find Yosef a Holiday!
    Dec 4
    Thursday, December 4, 2014
    Blue Ridge Ballroom - Plemmons Student Union
    "Find Yosef a Holiday" is an interactive fair that provides fun ways to learn about international holidays such as Guadalupe day, Magpie Festival, Apokrias, Chinese New Year, Guy Fawkes Day, Ramadan, Diwali, Canivale di Venezia, Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Irish St Stephen's Day, Christmas, Moravian Love Feast, Boxing Day, Egyptian Coptic Christmas, Kwanzaa, Leonard Peltier Day, Mid-Autumn Festival, Day of Chango and New Year's.
  • 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Commemoration: An Evening with Julian Bond
    Jan 23
    Friday, January 23, 2015
    From his college days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his role as former Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace and an aggressive spokesman for the disinherited.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Peking Acrobats
    Mar 17
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    The Peking Acrobats are an elite group of tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts, known for leaving audiences around the globe spellbound by the graceful athleticism of their ancient folk art.

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.