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)

  • 18%

    ethnically diverse among first-year students *

    (Fall 2017, preliminary)

  • 44:56

    male-to-female student ratio

    (Fall 2016)

  • 160

    number of international students on campus

    (Fall 2016)

  • 10%

    full-time faculty from underrepresented populations

    (Fall 2016)

  • 276

    self-identified service members in the student population

    (Fall 2016)

* 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.


  • App Talks Immigration
    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Immigration, executive orders, DACA, international students, faculty and staff, law enforcement, travel, visas, study abroad… How is a university to sort these matters out and share sound information? Where there has been a void of clear, concise information about what we can and can’t do, we’ve consulted our own internal experts, done some homework and gathered it here, as a reference for our campus.

  • Appalachian earns FIRE’S highest rating for protecting free speech
    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Appalachian State University has earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s highest “green light” rating for protecting student and faculty free speech, a distinction held by only 35 institutions nationwide.

  • Appalachian students accepted in Japanese exchange program
    Friday, September 1, 2017

    Five Appalachian students have been chosen to participate in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program for 2017-18. JET is a competitive employment program that gives young professionals a chance to live and work in Japan while representing the United States as cultural ambassadors.

  • 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.”

  • No hate at App State
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    We can be a model of justice and fairness. Pass it on.

  • Visual history archive with 55,000 testimonies of genocide survivors and witnesses will be accessible this fall through Appalachian’s Belk Library and Information Commons
    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    This fall semester, Appalachian State University will become one of 79 sites to provide full access to the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. The archive contains 55,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust, the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (1994), the Nanjing Massacre (1937), the Guatemalan Genocide (1978-1996), the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923) and the Cambodian Genocide (1975-1979).

  • 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.


  • Register to vote
    Sep 18

    September 18-22, 2017
    Varying times and locations

    Student Government Association and Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) will assist with voter registration across campus.

  • We the People: Celebrate the United States Constitution
    Sep 18

    September 18-22, 2017

    Across the nation, Constitution and Citizenship Day is recognized by educational institutions. Appalachian has events planned the week of Sept. 17 to engage our campus community in discussions about the United States Constitution, its history and its meaning in today’s world.

  • Klaus Becker
    Sep 25
    Monday, September 25, 2017

    Klaus Becker, the honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for North Carolina, will discuss the German federal elections and the rise of the right-wing and anti-semitic party Alternative for Germany.

  • History in the House of the Hangman: How Postwar Germany Became a Key Site for the Study of Jewish History
    Sep 25
    Monday, September 25, 2017

    Prof. Till van Rahden, who holds the Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies at the Université de Montréal, works on European history, including Jewish history, since the Enlightenment and is interested in the tension between the elusive promise of democratic equality and the recurrent presence of diversity and moral conflicts. His lecture is part of the programming for the "Jewish Life in Germany Today" exhibition that is currently on display at Plemmons Student Union.


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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