• Dr. Harry L. Williams '86 '88 '95
  • Debbie Bauer ’05
  • Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto
  • Dr. Chishimba Nathan Mowa
  • Dr. Chuanhui Gu
  • Danny Garcia-Rosales, senior
  • Kacey Griffin ’13
  • Jordan Lancaster, sophomore
  • 12%

    Minority student enrollment

  • 45:55

    male-to-female student ratio

  • 160

    number of international students

  • 9.2%

    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.
  • Film: Un secret (A Secret) (2007)
    Nov 2
    Sunday, November 2, 2014
    Adapted from Philippe Grimbert’s bestselling novel, A Secret is a story of passion and guilt in troubled times, which unfolds as a young teenager uncovers the truth about his parents’ past. Before the war, his father Maxime was married to Hannah when he fell madly in love with another woman, Tania. As a young Jewish couple living in Nazi-occupied France, Maxime and Tania had to make difficult choices to survive the Holocaust.
  • Nov 6
    Thursday, November 6, 2014
    Dr. René Harder Horst will lead the discussion following the film. The 1985 Argentine drama tells the story of an upper middle class family who learns that their adopted daughter may have been stolen from the birth mother.
  • LA Theatre Works: John Ball's In the Heat of the Night
    Nov 11
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    Playwright and screenwriter Matt Pelfrey sets his riveting stage adaptation of this classic American thriller in the environment of gradual change, rebellion, anger, frustration, and stubborn clinging to old ways of life.
  • Film: Plus Tard (One Day You’ll Understand) (2008)
    Nov 16
    Sunday, November 16, 2014
    This 2008 film focuses on a French businessman who finds himself distracted from his work and increasingly obsessed to find the truth about his family’s history during WWII as the trial of Lyon’s Gestapo head Klaus Barbie plays out on television.
  • Latin American Film Festival: Central Station
    Nov 20
    Thursday, November 20, 2014
    This 1998 Brazilian-French drama tells the story of a former school teacher who makes a living by writing letters for illiterate people passing through Rio de Janeiro’s central train station, and the relationship between the teacher and a young boy who hopes to reunite with his father.

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.