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 students*

    (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)

  • 88%

    overall student retention rate

    (fall 2019)

  • 87%

    retention rate for underrepresented students*

    (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.

“At Appalachian, we believe making real and powerful differences in the world is grounded in inclusive excellence.”

— Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts

Letter from the Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Willie Fleming ’80 ’84

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Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Willie Fleming ’80 ’84. Photo by Marie Freeman ’85

As an Appalachian alumnus and staff member, I have seen firsthand how the infusion of diverse perspectives elevates and enriches our campus. Our responsibility as an institution of higher learning is to provide students with educational and cultural experiences that increase social competencies, celebrate diversity and foster inclusive excellence. We also work to build awareness about the impact of discriminatory actions and language so we can continue to grow together as a campus community.

Fostering discussion and action regarding diversity and inclusion is especially significant on a university campus, where academically focused environments allow students to be safely and responsibly exposed to diverse schools of thought through classroom teaching, the cultural arts, extracurricular activities and scholastic research.

Every member of the Appalachian Community wants to be valued, respected, safe and supported, and to have a sense of belonging on our campus. Thus, it is the privilege and responsibility of each member of our community to help build a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment.

At Appalachian, we embrace people of every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, religion or spirituality, nationality and socio-economic status. Sustaining such an inclusive campus community necessitates the active, intentional and ongoing engagement of diverse groups within the larger campus community. This important work requires our full attention and commitment, and I thank the faculty, staff, students and administrators who have contributed, and continue to contribute, their voice and vision.

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  • “The Charmer”
    Jul 7

    An Appalachian Summer Festival Online

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Esmail is a darkly handsome Iranian immigrant to Denmark who is on the verge of being thrown out of the country unless he can find a Danish woman willing to marry him. Amidst a series of fleeting relationships and failed one-night stands, Esmail meets Sara, a beautiful Danish-Iranian woman who makes him question everything about himself and what he is doing. As time is running out, the charmer finds himself caught between self-interest and self-respect.

  • Visual Arts Exhibition and ARTtalk: “UnEqual Scenes” with Johnny Miller
    Jul 8

    An Appalachian Summer Festival Online

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    Featuring a narrated tour of the exhibition in Gallery B and a pre-recorded talkback with the artist. Johnny Miller is a photographer, activist, and multimedia storyteller based in Cape Town, South Africa, and Detroit, Michigan. He is interested in exploring inequality, architecture, displacement, and climate justice from the ground and from the air. In addition to a walk through the gallery, the showcase will also feature an interview with Miller, providing insight into his work and its relevance to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Shana Tucker: An Evening of ChamberSoul
    Jul 10

    An Appalachian Summer Festival Online

    Friday, July 10, 2020

    With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul™. Join us for a memorable evening of jazz-infused ChamberSoul, featuring live interviews with cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker and her band, moderated by Todd Wright, Professor of Jazz Studies in the Hayes School of Music.

  • Kraut Creek Ramblers and Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road
    Jul 16

    An Appalachian Summer Festival Online

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Tune in for a special double-bill concert featuring local bluegrass bands Kraut Creek Ramblers and Cane Mill Road performing an energetic set live from Appalachian State University’s Rosen Concert Hall, with a special introduction by Mark Freed, a member of the Hayes School of Music and Appalachian Studies faculty.