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.

The work to increase recruitment of underrepresented faculty, staff and students is facilitated by several committees 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. As a result of these efforts, Appalachian’s 2020–21 enrollment of 18% ethnically diverse students indicates a 56% growth since 2014. Additionally, in the last five years, the university’s underrepresented staff has more than doubled, increasing from 60 in 2014 to 124 in 2019 and, this year, 32% of new faculty hires are from underrepresented populations.

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


Faculty and staff

  • 18%

    racially and ethnically underrepresented students*

    (fall 2020)

  • 56%

    growth in underrepresented students since 2014*

    (fall 2020)

  • 97%

    growth in first-year underrepresented students since 2014*

    (fall 2020)

  • 11.1%

    underrepresented full-time faculty

    (fall 2019)

  • 32%

    new faculty hires who are underrepresented

    (fall 2020)

  • 124

    underrepresented staff, up from 60 in 2014

    (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.