• Traci Royster
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Latwanna Singleton ’13
  • Christine Sita Davé
  • Dr. Chuanhui Gu
  • Kacey Griffin ’13
  • 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.



  • First Year Showcase 2016
    Sep 22

    September 22-25, 2016
    I.G. Greer Studio Theatre

    First Year Showcase is a high energy and fast-paced introduction to the Department of Theatre and Dance. First year theatre students quickly form an ensemble and prepare a one act play, either from an original concept or a published work. First year dance students audition for selection in either a faculty or student choreographed dance.

  • Christopher R. Browning: Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps
    Sep 25
    Sunday, September 25, 2016
    114 Belk Library and Information Commons

    The keynote lecture of the 2016 annual meeting of the North Carolina Jewish Studies Consortium will be given by Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus Christopher R. Browning of Tacoma, Washington. Browning is one of the foremost experts and key pioneers in the field of Holocaust Studies.

  • Global Exchange: Thai Traditional Dance with instructor Tanyalak Kanwiboon
    Sep 27
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    PSU Whitewater Lounge

    Global Exchange is a free monthly event that brings domestic and international students together to enjoy music, food, and dance from around the world.

  • Writing Trauma: A Workshop for Veterans and their Families
    Sep 28
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    PSU Parkway Ballroom

    Bruce Weigl: "Writing about personal trauma is a difficult thing to do, but almost thirty years of experience working with veterans of several wars has taught me that it is also a powerful tool that can be restorative and even life-saving."


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.

  • 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.

  • 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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