• Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Michael Obacha
  • Brian Pham '14
  • Jordan Lancaster, sophomore
  • Dr. Chuanhui Gu
  • Willie Fleming ’80 ’84
  • 14.0%

    total underrepresented student enrollment

  • 15%

    2015 freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups

  • 45:55

    male-to-female student ratio

  • 190

    approximate number of international students each year

  • 10%

    full-time faculty from underrepresented populations

  • 222

    service members in the student population

Sources: IRAP, Military Affairs Committee, Office of International Education and Development.

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.



  • Philosophy & Religion Spring Lecture Series: Video Games, Violence, and Imaginary Desires
    Feb 17
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Is it morally wrong to play violent video games? This question is part of a more general issue: is it morally wrong to fantasize about immoral things? Lecture by Dr. James Barten.

  • Artist Reception: Taekyeom Lee
    Feb 17
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    The Looking Glass Gallery (LGG) proudly presents Manual-Pixeling, an exhibition featuring work by Taekyeom Lee. Manual-Pixeling will be on view Jan. 13 - Feb. 17.

  • Film: First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee (2014)
    Feb 18
    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Greenbriar Theatre - Plemmons Student Union

    First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee relates the struggle to save the Cherokee language from extinction, and the Eastern Cherokee's determination to save this vital and beautiful piece of their heritage.

  • Forum on Law and Social Justice
    Feb 18
    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    114 Belk Library and Information Commons

    Sponsored by the Department of Government and Justice Studies, the forum will include Cameron Lippard, Greg Reck, Matthew Robinson, Jennifer Westerman and Brandy Bryson. Moderated by Nancy Love.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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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