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

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month Concert, Program 1
    Sep 26

    Hayes School of Music

    Sunday, September 26, 2021
    4:00pm

    The Hayes School of Music is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which traditionally celebrates the history and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans, by presenting a series of concerts. Composers highlighted in program 1 include Ernesto Lecuona, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Andrés Martín, Enrique Granados, Alberto Ginastera, Francisco Mignone and Astor Piazzolla.

  • Film: Crazy Money (2020)
    Sep 28

    Fall Sustainability Film Series

    Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    7:00pm-8:00pm

    What is possible when we have guaranteed money to meet our basic needs? No requirements. No stipulations. No paybacks. We look to the village of Busibi to discover what’s possible when we give money directly to people. No strings attached. The answer lies in the residents’ personal stories. Their successes and tribulations illustrate the impact of one of the most daring projects in contemporary development cooperation. Presented virtually.

  • Ashleigh Bryant Phillips – Craft Talk: “On Becoming a Writer”
    Sep 30

    Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

    Thursday, September 30, 2021
    3:30pm-4:30pm

    Ashleigh Bryant Phillips’ debut collection, “Sleepovers,” won the 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize and was longlisted for The Story Prize. It is forthcoming in Italian in 2022. Phillips’ stories have appeared in The Paris Review, The Oxford American and others, and her essays have appeared in Our State and Lit Hub. Phillips, who is from rural Woodland, NC, teaches fiction in West Virginia Wesleyan College’s low-residency MFA program and is an editor for Joyland Magazine.

  • Ashleigh Bryant Phillips
    Sep 30

    Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

    Thursday, September 30, 2021
    6:00pm-7:00pm

    Ashleigh Bryant Phillips’ debut collection, “Sleepovers,” won the 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize and was longlisted for The Story Prize. It is forthcoming in Italian in 2022. Phillips’ stories have appeared in The Paris Review, The Oxford American and others, and her essays have appeared in Our State and Lit Hub. Phillips, who is from rural Woodland, NC, teaches fiction in West Virginia Wesleyan College’s low-residency MFA program and is an editor for Joyland Magazine.