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)

  • 164

    number of international students on campus

    (Fall 2019)

  • 10.6%

    underrepresented full-time faculty

    (Fall 2018)

  • 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.

News

Events

  • Jacinda Townsend – Craft Talk
    Nov 12

    Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    3:30pm-4:45pm
    417 Plemmons Student Union (Beacon Heights)

    Jacinda Townsend is the Appalachian Writer in Residence at Berea College. She is the author of “Saint Monkey” (Norton, 2014), which is set in 1950s Eastern Kentucky and won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. “Saint Monkey” was also the 2015 Honor Book of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

  • Jacinda Townsend
    Nov 12

    Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    7:30pm
    417 Plemmons Student Union (Beacon Heights)

    Jacinda Townsend is the Appalachian Writer in Residence at Berea College. She is the author of “Saint Monkey” (Norton, 2014), which is set in 1950s Eastern Kentucky and won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. “Saint Monkey” was also the 2015 Honor Book of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

  • IsraAid Program
    Nov 19

    Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    7:00pm-9:00pm

    Program about IsraAid, Israel's largest disaster and relief organization operating in more than 50 countries.

  • Appalachian Global Symposium
    Nov 20
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    The Appalachian Global Symposium is one of the approaches that supports the University's Quality Enhancement Plan of "Global Learning: A World of Opportunities for Appalachian Students." The Symposium highlights global activities engaged in by faculty, staff, and students. Symposium presenters will be discussing a variety of topics including science, technology, business, education, music and politics.

Accolades

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