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

  • 16.2%

    racially and ethnically underrepresented *

    (Fall 2018 preliminary)

  • 35.4%

    Increase in racially and ethnically underrepresented students between 2014 and 2018 *

    (Fall 2018)

  • 43 : 57

    male-to-female student ratio

    (Fall 2018 preliminary)

  • 125

    number of international students on campus

    (Fall 2018)

  • 9.7%

    ethnically diverse instructional faculty

    (Fall 2017)

  • 290

    enrolled student veterans

    (Fall 2018)

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

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



  • Revolutionary Grain: Celebrating the Spirit of the Black Panther Party in Portraits and Stories
    Oct 17

    Guided exhibition tour with Black Panther Party members

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Black Panther Party members will give a guided tour of the exhibition “Revolutionary Grain.” The exhibition by California-based artist Suzun Lucia Lamaina commemorates the legacy of the Black Panther movement through powerful portraits and narratives originally published in Lamaina’s “Revolutionary Grain” book.

  • Black Panther Party Members on the Past and Present Black Freedom Struggle
    Oct 17

    Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Panel with Barbara Easley Cox (Philadelphia), Billy X Jennings (Oakland) and John R. Hayes (Winston-Salem), former members of the Black Panther Party, that tackles the history and legacy of the Party and the 1960s Black Freedom Struggle. Part of the accompanying program for the traveling exhibit "Revolutionary Grain: Celebrating the Spirit of the Black Panther Party in Portraits and Stories" by California-based artist Suzun Lucia Lamaina.

  • Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.: With Justice for All: Human Rights and Civil Rights at Home and Abroad
    Oct 18

    University Forum Lecture Series

    Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America's foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice.

  • ArtTALKS Panel Presentation: Bringing the World to Boone!
    Oct 24

    Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    In conjunction with the international exhibition, Art from Down Under: Australia to New Zealand, Dr. Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts and English at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and Julie Humby, Artist, Art Curator and Assistant Librarian at Ara Institute, Christchurch, New Zealand will discuss contemporary practices in their respective countries.


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.

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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