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
racially and ethnically underrepresented students*
growth in underrepresented students since 2014*
growth in first-year underrepresented students since 2014*
overall student retention rate
retention rate for underrepresented students*
male-to-female student ratio
enrolled student veterans
enrolled foreign national students
students from rural areas in North Carolina**
first-generation undergraduate students***
growth in underrepresented employees since 2014
* 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
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Throughout the year, it is important that we take time to recognize and celebrate the various identities on our campus that, together, compose the App State Community.
Friday, October 8, 2021
App State celebrated its history and traditions during the fourth annual Founders Day, Sept. 17. The day’s events included a Bell Ringers Society ceremony and a lecture and tour of the historic Boone Cemetery, along with AppalFest on Sanford Mall.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Earlier this month, we celebrated App State’s Founders Day and year-round we honor B.B., D.D. and Lillie Shull Dougherty — a family who enacted their vision in 1899 to increase access to educational opportunities for those in this region. Today, we continue that mission by expanding our efforts to serve historically underrepresented populations — including students who are first-generation, low-income, veterans and/or have marginalized racial identities.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Four award-winning authors will visit App State’s campus in fall 2021 as part of the university’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
First-generation student and Wilson Scholar Nataly Jimenez, a senior majoring in sociology-criminology, deviance and law, aspires to become an immigration lawyer — a goal inspired by watching her own immigrant family encounter hardships.
Monday, August 30, 2021
In recent weeks, our campus community has watched the evolving situation in Afghanistan. This international crisis — which directly touches many Mountaineers — is fostering a plethora of emotions, concerns and questions.
Friday, August 27, 2021
App State announces a record-breaking enrollment of 20,641 students in fall 2021 — the largest enrollment to date — which includes historic numbers of first-year and underrepresented students. The 3.1% increase in overall enrollment supports the university’s continued slow and steady growth since 2014.
Thursday, August 26, 2021
At App State, we value the importance of fostering a living and learning environment that is conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness. Inclusion elevates all of us, and we all play a vital role in creating and sustaining this environment.
HANd 2021-2022 Educational Series
Thursday, October 28, 2021
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.
Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies
Thursday, October 28, 2021
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.
Walker College of Business
Friday, October 29, 2021
In a uniquely formatted book discussion, Lamont Sellers, director of intercultural student affairs at Appalachian State University, will lead a conversation on the book “Between the World and Me.” Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates as a letter to his teenage son, the book is a powerful exploration of what it means to be Black in the U.S. The conversation is geared toward students who have participated in the Shared Reading Initiative, but is open to all interested students, faculty and staff.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
James Standingdeer, a Cherokee language scholar and activist, will be presenting. Standingdeer is from Cherokee, North Carolina, and studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The series of lectures are part of the celebration of Sequoyah and learning about the battle to preserve the Cherokee language. Presented via Zoom.