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)

  • 8.5%

    underrepresented employees

    (fall 2020)

  • 60.4%

    growth in underrepresented employees since 2014

    (fall 2020)

* 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



  • Essential Visual Supports for Your Child On the Spectrum
    Oct 28

    HANd 2021-2022 Educational Series

    Thursday, October 28, 2021

    Visual supports can be a very effective way for children and adults with autism to communicate. This workshop will provide an introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents, caregivers and teachers can begin using them. The workshop will include types of visual supports and examples of how to begin incorporating visual supports into daily routines. Participants will be given actual visual supports to print, cut out and use. Presented by Jana Duke.

  • Bread & Puppet is Coming: Free Performance of “Our Domestic Resurrection Circus”
    Oct 28

    Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

    Thursday, October 28, 2021

    As the highlight of its short-time residence at Appalachian, Bread & Puppet, one of the oldest non-profit political theater companies in the U.S., stages a brand-new production in the tradition of the iconic B&P Circuses that began at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont in 1970. Traditional circus tropes are recast, with the help of Bread and Puppet's distinctive folk iconography, to draw attention to the urgent issues of the day.

  • Shared Reading Conversation with Lamont Sellers: Between the World and Me
    Oct 29

    Walker College of Business

    Friday, October 29, 2021

    In a uniquely formatted book discussion, Lamont Sellers, director of intercultural student affairs at Appalachian State University, will lead a conversation on the book “Between the World and Me.” Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates as a letter to his teenage son, the book is a powerful exploration of what it means to be Black in the U.S. The conversation is geared toward students who have participated in the Shared Reading Initiative, but is open to all interested students, faculty and staff.

  • Sequoyah Lecture Series: James Standingdeer
    Nov 10

    Gadugi Partnership

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021

    James Standingdeer, a Cherokee language scholar and activist, will be presenting. Standingdeer is from Cherokee, North Carolina, and studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The series of lectures are part of the celebration of Sequoyah and learning about the battle to preserve the Cherokee language. Presented via Zoom.