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

  • 16%

    ethnically diverse *

    (Fall 2017. A 10% increase over last year.)

  • 18%

    ethnically diverse among first-year students *

    (Fall 2017)

  • 43.5 : 56.5

    male-to-female student ratio

    (Fall 2017)

  • 138

    number of international students on campus

    (Fall 2017)

  • 7%

    ethnically diverse instructional faculty

    (Fall 2016)

  • 302

    enrolled student veterans

    (Fall 2017)

* 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.



  • Black and Gold Convocation
    Aug 20

    With guest speaker Judy Shepard

    Monday, August 20, 2018
    Holmes Convocation Center

    Judy Shepard, mother of the late Matthew Shepard and president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, will speak at Appalachian’s Black and Gold Convocation. Appalachian’s Common Reading Program selection “The Laramie Project” by Moisés Kaufman is a play about the community of Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, who was a gay student at the University of Wyoming.

  • ArtTALKS: Rachel Stevens: Living Sculpture
    Aug 22

    Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Rachel Stevens is a Professor of Art at New Mexico State University where she has taught sculpture since 1994. She spent the better part of last year (2017-18) on a Fulbright Scholarship in Ukraine where she completed a new exhibition, A Key to the City: Three Ways of Visualizing Jewish Heritage in Lviv.

  • Dr. Damon A. Williams on Inclusive Excellence
    Aug 27
    Monday, August 27, 2018
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Strengthening Appalachian’s diversity commitment by engaging our community in a conversation about diversity, equity, inclusion and change, this one-hour, TED Talk-style presentation features one of the nation’s recognized experts in strategic diversity leadership, youth development, corporate responsibility and organizational change.

  • Moisés Kaufman: Theater in 2018 - The Vicinity of Hope
    Sep 17

    A public address by the author of “The Laramie Project”

    Monday, September 17, 2018
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Moisés Kaufman is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated director and playwright, and a 2015 recipient of the National Medal of Arts. His play “The Laramie Project” is about the community of Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, who was a gay student at the University of Wyoming. The murder, which was denounced as a hate crime, sparked a national debate.


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.

  • Thwarting Human Traffickers
    July 18, 2017

    Alumni Matt and Laura Parker run a nonprofit called The Exodus Road that has facilitated the rescue of more than 800 slaves. They credit their Appalachian education with influencing their worldview and what it means to serve others.

  • Social Justice Week

    Social Justice Week (SJW) is a series of events dedicated to addressing some of the world's most pressing social/human rights issues. The third annual event took place in 2017.

  • Making Change
    August 5, 2016

    An Appalachian global studies student takes on fast-fashion, engaging the university along the way to improve conditions for workers producing licensed collegiate apparel.

  • Appalachian stands in solidarity with Orlando
    June 30, 2016

    On Monday, June 13, more than 170 members of the Appalachian State University and High Country community gathered in the Solarium at Plemmons Student Union in remembrance of those whose lives were taken and endangered by the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday, June 12.

  • Sustained Dialogue Initiative begins Spring 2016
    January 15, 2016

    The Appalachian community is bringing the internationally renowned Sustained Dialogue Initiative to campus. The result will be dialogues designed to cultivate strong, trusting relationships and to foster respect for each individual and their ability to contribute to positive change.

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.

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