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Appalachian State University is a public, coeducational university located in Boone, North Carolina. Appalachian State is the sixth largest institution in North Carolina. The university was featured in the Princeton Review's 2008 edition of America's Best Value Colleges and was recognized by TIME Magazine as a College of the Year in 2001. Appalachian campus encompasses 1, 300 acres. It comprises five colleges and one graduate school that offer more than 140 degree programs and 1, 500 courses to students. The academic units are:
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music
  • Reich College of Education
  • Walker College of Business
  • Cratis D. Williams Graduate School
The sports teams of Appalachian State are nicknamed the 'Mountaineers'. The teams compete in the Southern Conference and Football Championship Subdivision of NCAA Division I.

Profile of Appalachian State UniversityAppalachian State can be found in Boone, NC (a town not particularly near any major cities). The school is a public institution. The Doctoral degree is the highest degree at Appalachian State.

Course Topics

The most common majors at the school are in education and teaching.

Appalachian State Selectivity

Appalachian State does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Only 25% of students scored 510 or lower in 2007 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at the school centered around 530 to 620, but ranged both higher and lower.


A tenure system is one way Appalachian State works to keep a high-quality staff. Instructors at the school are well-paid.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 15, 871 students were enrolled in Appalachian State.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Student dorms or apartments are common at Appalachian State. The school student athletes compete in Southern Conference competitions.

Appalachian State Tuition and Affordability

Bargain hunters might want to look at Appalachian State, which charges less than many schools of its type. The school reports its educational mission is:

"Appalachian State University is a public comprehensive university, offering a wide variety of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and intermediate levels as well as the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership. With a distinctively residential campus and a faculty and staff characterized by high quality and broad diversity of professional skills, Appalachian takes as its mission the practice and propagation of scholarship. This is accomplished particularly through instruction, but also through the research, creative, and service activities of the university community. Appalachian is committed to excellence in its undergraduate and graduate educational programs, while continuing to serve as a center of cultural and professional activity within its state and region. "  

Appalachian State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryGeneral CategoryMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching854elementary school teaching, instructional media design, history teaching, middle school teaching, physical education teaching, reading teaching, secondary school administration, higher education administration, . . .
Business and Management458business management, marketing, accounting, finance, MIS, insurance, international business, managerial economics, . . .
Liberal Arts448political science, English, history, sociology, anthropology, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, geography, . . .
Therapy and Counselling255psychology, communication disorders, marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, music therapy, school psychology, Counselling psychology
Media189advertising, radio and television, public relations, journalism, communication studies
Science115biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, geology
Security and Law Enforcement114criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy114exercise science, parks and recreation management, athletic trainer, sports and fitness management, vocational Counselling
Family and Social Work100social work, public administration, child development, food and nutrition, family and consumer science
Design92graphic design, interior design, industrial design
Engineering Technician74engineering technician, industrial tech, electronics tech, solar energy tech
Medical administration55public health education, health care administration
Computer Science and Engineering32computer science
Music30music performance, music management
Fine Arts22fine arts
Hospitality21hospitality management
Religion and Philosophy19philosophy and religious studies, philosophy, religion
Mathematics16mathematics, statistics
Drama and Performing Arts14drama, dance
Construction Trades13apparel and textiles
Photography and Commercial Art10commercial photography
Architecture and Planning9urban planning
Art Studies6arts management, art studies
Real Estate and Construction Management3construction management
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech
Nursing and Emergency Medicine0registered nursing
Contact: Appalachian StateAppalachian State University

Boone, NC 28608

General Phone: (828) 262-2000


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