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)

  • 9.3%

    underrepresented employees

    (fall 2021)

  • 74.6%

    growth in underrepresented employees since 2014

    (fall 2021)

* 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

  • Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Bakari Sellers: Bust and Amendment Unveiling
    Jan 18
    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    4:00pm

    Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In addition to having served on President Barack Obama's South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voice for his generation.

  • Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Bakari Sellers: Evening Program
    Jan 18
    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    6:30pm

    Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In addition to having served on President Barack Obama's South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voice for his generation.

  • Nobuntu
    Mar 22

    The Schaefer Center Presents

    Tuesday, March 22, 2022
    7:00pm

    Nobuntu, a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements.