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

  • 18.2%

    racially and ethnically underrepresented students*

    (fall 2021)

  • 66%

    growth in underrepresented students since 2014*

    (fall 2021)

  • 108%

    growth in first-year underrepresented students since 2014*

    (fall 2021)

  • 86.2%

    overall student retention rate

    (fall 2021)

  • 82.7%

    retention rate for underrepresented students*

    (fall 2021)

  • 42 : 58

    male-to-female student ratio

    (fall 2021)

  • 384

    enrolled student veterans

    (fall 2021)

  • 112

    enrolled foreign national students

    (fall 2021)

  • 34.3%

    students from rural areas in North Carolina**

    (fall 2021)

  • 32%

    first-generation undergraduate students***

    (fall 2021)

  • 8.5%

    underrepresented employees

    (fall 2020)

  • 60.4%

    growth in underrepresented employees since 2014

    (fall 2020)

* 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 Foreign National. This percentage is taken from the total number of students who elect to report their racial and/or ethnic identities, as well as Foreign National students. Actual counts may be higher, as some students choose not to report their race or ethnicity.

** In-state, degree-seeking undergraduate students from Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties, as designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

*** A student is considered “first-generation” if neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree.

Sources: IRAP, Military Affairs Committee, Office of International Education and Development.

“At Appalachian, we believe making real and powerful differences in the world is grounded in inclusive excellence.”

— Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts

News

Events

  • Bread & Puppet is Coming: Free Cantastoria Workshop for Appalachian Community
    Oct 27

    Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    10:00am-12:00pm

    Bread & Puppet, one of the oldest non-profit political theater companies in the U.S., begins its short-time residence at Appalachian with its famed Cantastoria Workshop for the university and broader public. “Cantastoria” is a street theater form championed by Bread & Puppet that involves the narration of pictures using song, movement, text and puppetry. The company will perform a B&P Cantastoria and then teach workshop participants how to make new Cantastorias in small groups.

  • Bread & Puppet is Coming: Free Cantastoria Workshop for Appalachian Community
    Oct 27

    Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    7:30pm-9:30pm

    Bread & Puppet, one of the oldest non-profit political theater companies in the U.S., begins its short-time residence at Appalachian with its famed Cantastoria Workshop for the university and broader public. “Cantastoria” is a street theater form championed by Bread & Puppet that involves the narration of pictures using song, movement, text and puppetry. The company will perform a B&P Cantastoria and then teach workshop participants how to make new Cantastorias in small groups.

  • Essential Visual Supports for Your Child On the Spectrum
    Oct 28

    HANd 2021-2022 Educational Series

    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    3:30pm-4:30pm

    Visual supports can be a very effective way for children and adults with autism to communicate. This workshop will provide an introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents, caregivers and teachers can begin using them. The workshop will include types of visual supports and examples of how to begin incorporating visual supports into daily routines. Participants will be given actual visual supports to print, cut out and use. Presented by Jana Duke.

  • Bread & Puppet is Coming: Free Performance of “Our Domestic Resurrection Circus”
    Oct 28

    Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    7:00pm

    As the highlight of its short-time residence at Appalachian, Bread & Puppet, one of the oldest non-profit political theater companies in the U.S., stages a brand-new production in the tradition of the iconic B&P Circuses that began at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont in 1970. Traditional circus tropes are recast, with the help of Bread and Puppet's distinctive folk iconography, to draw attention to the urgent issues of the day.