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

  • 17.4%

    racially and ethnically underrepresented*

    (Fall 2019)

  • 47%

    Growth in underrepresented students since 2014*

    (Fall 2019)

  • 42 : 58

    male-to-female student ratio

    (Fall 2019)

  • 160

    number of international students on campus

    (Fall 2019)

  • 11.1%

    underrepresented full-time faculty

    (Fall 2019)

  • 387

    enrolled student veterans

    (Fall 2019)

* 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.



  • Thom Young: Bespoke
    Jan 29

    Appalachian State University Student Book Club

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020

    Thom Young is a writer based in Boone and Asheville. “Bespoke” is a poem and sometimes memoir describing queer life. Taking on sex, abuse, addiction and family trauma, this collection challenges conventional notions of reading and understanding ‘the other,’ while also charting a highly confessional and brutally honest sense of the self.

  • A.I.M
    Feb 5

    The Schaefer Center Presents

    Wednesday, February 5, 2020

    A.I.M is a representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individualities create movement that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique.

  • Courageous Conversations
    Feb 6

    Walker College of Business

    Thursday, February 6, 2020
    Panel discussion at 6 p.m. - Reception at 7 p.m.

    Courageous Conversations is an initiative of the Walker College's Inclusive Excellence Team with support from the Multicultural Student Development Center, the African American Alumni Association and the Black Student Association. The event is open to the public with no charge to attend. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to join.

  • 12th Annual Old-Time Fiddler's Convention
    Feb 7

    February 7-8, 2020

    This unique event draws over hundreds of attendees from across the region and celebrates the rich music, history, arts, and culture of the Appalachia region. Events include concerts, instructional workshops, music competitions, a gathering of luthiers, as well as a handmade market featuring crafters from across the region.


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.

Learn more