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, preliminary. 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.
Friday, November 10, 2017
A crowd of approximately 150 gathered beside the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on the Appalachian State University campus, Friday, Nov. 10, for a Veterans Day ceremony.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
In honor of Veterans Day, we take a look at how Appalachian’s student veterans transition to civilian life and work toward their college degree.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community, awarded Dr. Harry Lee Williams '86 '88 '95 its Educational Leadership Award and announced him as the new TMCF President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Williams will end his distinguished tenure as president of Delaware State University.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Three of the four newest 2017-18 Fleming Scholars were recognized in a traditional pinning ceremony Friday, Oct. 6, on the Appalachian State University campus. The new scholarship recipients are Jonathan Winbush of Winston-Salem, Tamia Gowens of Greensboro, Ayah Hatcher of Raleigh and Jordan Moore of Indian Trail. Gowens was not present at the ceremony.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement program (TEA), now in its seventh year, brings teachers from other countries to Appalachian State University to enhance their skills in teaching science and English as a foreign language.
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.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Part of the Black Minds Matter series. Featuring Ilyasah Shabazz, Educator & Daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz; Chance Lewis, University of North Carolina – Charlotte and Jawanza Kunjufu, African American Images. Facilitated by Brandy Bryson (Leadership and Educational Studies).
Thursday, November 30, 2017
114 Belk Library and Information Commons
After World War II, Antonia and her daughter, Danielle, go back to their Dutch hometown, where Antonia's late mother has bestowed a small farm upon her. There, Antonia settles down and joins a tightly-knit but unusual community.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Part of the Black Minds Matter series. Featuring Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign; Robert T. Palmer, Howard University and Vanessa McCullers, Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United. Facilitated by Chris Cook (Curriculum and Instruction) and Rebecca Shankland (Reading Education and Special Education).
Monday, December 11, 2017
Part of the Black Minds Matter series. Featuring Ivory Toldson, Howard University; Robert Simmons, Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Jerlando F. L. Jackson, University of Wisconsin Madison. Facilitated by Shanan Fitts (Curriculum and Instruction).
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.