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
racially and ethnically underrepresented*
Growth in underrepresented students since 2014*
male-to-female student ratio
number of international students on campus
underrepresented full-time faculty
enrolled student veterans
* 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.
Friday, January 24, 2020
Around 150 students participated in Appalachian’s 21st annual MLK Challenge, contributing 1,350 hours of service to 16 local organizations. The day of reflection, education and service honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Appalachian honored Dr. Claudia Cartaya-Marin, Rabbi Stephen Roberts and the Watauga County Schools Coffee Talk program with the inaugural Chancellor’s Awards for Inclusive Excellence during a luncheon held Jan. 13 on the university’s campus.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) and Appalachian State University in the United States have signed an addendum to a previous agreement to expand their cooperation.
Saturday, December 28, 2019
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) published its latest annual report in December. According to FIRE, North Carolina stands out as a success story for campus speech: it has more green-light schools than any other state, and Appalachian State University is cited for its adoption of the so-called Chicago principles.
Friday, December 20, 2019
As assistant director of Appalachian’s Multicultural Student Development, Marco Fonseca Rodriguez ’11 ’16 applies his own experiences to connect bridges between multicultural groups on campus.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Appalachian and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement for the development of a new transfer program in hospitality management. This agreement builds upon the partnership of the universities, which began in 2015.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Appalachian State University, Ashe County Schools and RTI International are collaborating as part of a five-year, rural mental health grant that has received $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education. Their grant proposal was titled “Rural School Mental Health Training and Service Provision in North Carolina.”
Monday, December 9, 2019
Appalachian’s 2019 Global Leadership Awards and Global Engagement Award were bestowed during the university’s annual Appalachian Global Symposium. Seven were honored for their support and significant contributions to advance global learning at Appalachian.
Appalachian State University Student Book Club
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Thom Young is a writer based in Boone and Asheville. “Bespoke” is a poem and sometimes memoir describing queer life. Taking on sex, abuse, addiction and family trauma, this collection challenges conventional notions of reading and understanding ‘the other,’ while also charting a highly confessional and brutally honest sense of the self.
The Schaefer Center Presents
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
A.I.M is a representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individualities create movement that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique.
Walker College of Business
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Panel discussion at 6 p.m. - Reception at 7 p.m.
Courageous Conversations is an initiative of the Walker College's Inclusive Excellence Team with support from the Multicultural Student Development Center, the African American Alumni Association and the Black Student Association. The event is open to the public with no charge to attend. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to join.
February 7-8, 2020
This unique event draws over hundreds of attendees from across the region and celebrates the rich music, history, arts, and culture of the Appalachia region. Events include concerts, instructional workshops, music competitions, a gathering of luthiers, as well as a handmade market featuring crafters from across the region.
College campuses have historically been places where students shine a spotlight on issues of national and international importance, and Appalachian is no exception.
Jan. 25, 2019
Appalachian’s program has become a model for other campuses across the state and nation. The annual event honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, as students accomplish challenging projects alongside community partners.
Jan. 11, 2019
Appalachian students contribute to world peace by working locally to improve interpersonal communication, access to education, and understanding of homophobia and transphobia.
Jan. 15, 2019
A study by social psychologist Dr. Andrew Monroe finds people who value following purity rules over caring for others are more likely to view gay and transgender people as less human.
Sept. 13, 2018
The move supports workers’ rights and Appalachian’s sustainability commitment, since Alta Gracia is known for paying a living wage and offering a healthy workplace.
Oct. 4, 2017
Student and faculty researchers and community support have helped reclaim an African-American cemetery near campus.
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.