Appalachian’s commitment to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment begins with the recruitment of students, faculty and staff who represent and/or support every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, religion or spirituality, nationality and socioeconomic status.

Chancellor Sheri Everts has prioritized inclusive excellence at Appalachian since her first day on campus in 2014. Through her leadership and support, several committees have been established to facilitate the work of increasing recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, staff and students, including the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board for Diversity Recruitment, the Faculty Recruitment Working Group and the Faculty Diversity and Recruitment Training for Search Committees team. Learn more about Appalachian’s recent milestones related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • 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)

  • 42 : 58

    male-to-female student ratio

    (fall 2021)

  • 34.3%

    students from rural areas in North Carolina**

    (fall 2021)

  • 32%

    first-generation undergraduate students***

    (fall 2021)

  • 9.3%

    underrepresented employees

    (fall 2021)

  • 74.6%

    growth in underrepresented employees since 2014

    (fall 2021)

* 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.


Below are links that offer insights into the admissions processes and provide resources for underrepresented persons interested in attending Appalachian.


Appalachian offers several scholarship opportunities specifically for underrepresented students, including the Diversity Scholars program, the Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholarship and the ACCESS Scholars program. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid at Appalachian.

  • From 2014–15 to 2019–20, 4,791 underrepresented Appalachian students received $83 million-plus in gift aid — scholarships and grants awarded through Appalachian and/or federal, state and private sources that do not require repayment.
  • Since 2014, gift aid for Appalachian’s underrepresented students has nearly doubled and now stands at more than $18 million, as of the 2019–20 academic year.

Faculty and staff

Below are links that offer insights into the hiring processes, available professional development opportunities, and resources for underrepresented persons interested in working at Appalachian.