• Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Michael Obacha
  • Traci Royster
  • Daniel Burleson
  • Dr. Harry L. Williams '86 '88 '95
  • 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.



  • 15th Annual Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust
    Jul 23

    July 23-28, 2016

    The Symposium provides public and private school teachers, university faculty, students, and community members information and insights about the victims, perpetrators, and consequences of the Nazi Holocaust. The Symposium provides approximately 40 hours of lectures, workshops, discussions, films, and demonstrations.

  • Lunch & Learn: Bettie Bond and Eric Plaag, The Digital Watauga Project
    Jul 27
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

    Join historians Bettie Bond and Eric Plaag for a fascinating journey into our town’s past, as reflected by selections from the Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection, a compelling assortment of more than 400 postcards from the local area collected by Brendell during his lifetime.

  • Young People’s Global Film Series: Belle and Sébastian (2013)
    Jul 28
    Thursday, July 28, 2016
    Schaefer Center for the Visual Arts

    Based on the acclaimed children's novel by Cécile Aubry, Belle and Sébastian follows the courageous adventures of a young boy and his giant sheepdog amidst the stunning backdrop of the snow-covered Alps.

  • In/Visible Theatre: <em>Mauzy</em>
    Jul 28
    Thursday, July 28, 2016
    Valborg Theatre
    $20 Adult, $10 Student/Child

    Mauzy is a tale about tale-telling, about songs, about how storytellers can mix so deep into the stories themselves that they never find their way out—out of the story, or out of the mountains, or back to the world of the living.


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.

  • 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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