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*

    (Fall 2019)

  • 47%

    Growth in underrepresented students since 2014*

    (Fall 2019)

  • 42 : 58

    male-to-female student ratio

    (Fall 2019)

  • 164

    number of international students on campus

    (Fall 2019)

  • 9.3%

    ethnically diverse instructional faculty

    (Fall 2018)

  • 290

    enrolled student veterans

    (Fall 2018)

* 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.



  • Building A Just World: A Discussion of Leigh Goodmark’s “Decrimnalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence”
    Sep 24

    The Humanities Council

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    This discussion will focus on this year’s Humanites Council Symposium theme of “Building A Just World” through the creation and rebuilding of specific institutions. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. David Russell and Dr. Ellen Lamont from the Department of Sociology.

  • Nihad Dukhan: Art Starts with a Line: Foundations of Arabic/Islamic Calligraphy
    Sep 24

    Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures International Speaker Series

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Nihad Dukhan is a Palestinian-American master of Arabic and Islamic calligraphy. In his public lecture he will address the development and styles of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy as well as its religious, cultural and artistic significance. His personal calligraphy designs are described as highly stylized and modern, while remaining legible with tremendous simplicity. His work has been exhibited in major US cities and in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Dukhan is a professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.

  • Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson: Globalization, Media and Language in Argentina
    Sep 25

    Anthropology Brown Bag Series

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    The Department of Anthropology hosts brown bag lunch sessions on scheduled Wednesdays each semester. All talks are free of charge and open to the public.

  • A reading and conversation with environmental writer Rick Van Noy
    Sep 25

    Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Join author Rick Van Noy for an exploration of climate change stories from the South. Van Noy’s “Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South” is a portrait of what climate change looks like in specific Southern places to specific people. Combining stories from residents with local experts from geology, conservation and government, this book details who climate change affects, what it does and how communities are dealing with it.


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.

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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