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

  • 18.3%

    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



  • Film: Playground (2021)
    Jul 8

    An Appalachian Summer Festival

    Friday, July 8, 2022

    In this debut feature by writer-director Laura Wandel, the everyday reality of grade school is seen from a child’s-eye-view as an obstacle course of degradation and abuse. Transposing the gritty realism of such filmmakers as Jacques Audiard and the Dardennes Brothers to the inner world of kids, Wandel crafts an empathetic and visceral portrait of the cruelty of children, and the failure of adults to protect them. Presented as part of the Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series.

  • Film: Belfast (2021)
    Jul 13

    An Appalachian Summer Festival

    Wednesday, July 13, 2022

    Director Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film chronicles the life of a working-class family and their young son’s childhood during the tumult of the late 1960s in the Northern Ireland capital. Surrounded by sporadic violence and growing danger, nine-year-old Buddy finds himself confronted with the ugly reality of sectarian conflict. Presented as part of the Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series.

  • Meet the Film Curator: Featuring Dale Pollock, curator for the 2022 Weicholz Global Film Series
    Jul 14

    Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

    Thursday, July 14, 2022

    Dale Pollock is a renowned film critic, movie producer and film professor who served as Dean and taught in the celebrated film school at UNC School of the Arts, where he is now an emeritus professor. Join Dale for a fascinating glimpse into his life in the world of film, and his perspective on the summer festival’s tradition of presenting stellar films from around the world.

  • Renée Elise Goldsberry
    Jul 16

    An Appalachian Summer Festival

    Saturday, July 16, 2022

    Renée Elise Goldsberry is a multi-hyphenate actress and singer who has delivered award-winning performances both on Broadway and the screen. She is perhaps best known for her role as Angelica Schuyler in the musical phenomenon “Hamilton,” which received rave reviews across the board and has become a cultural touchstone for the ages. Renée’s performance earned her a Tony Award, Grammy Award, Drama Desk Award and Lucille Lortel Award.