About Appalachian State University

Founded in 1899, Appalachian State University. is a Public college. Located in North Carolina, which is a city setting in North Carolina, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 16,595 full time undergraduate students, and 1,700 full time graduate students.

The Appalachian State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 951 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Appalachian State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate68%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range1030-1240
ACT Range23-27

Admissions at ASU are considered Selective, with ,140% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 24 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

90% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 55% were in the top quarter, and 18% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Appalachian State University.

2%
“We”re apathetic”
10%
“We know about current events and vote”
75%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
61%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
54%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
13%
“We bought the gear”
83%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
7%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
52%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
39%
“We”re a very artistic group”
6%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
63%
“They keep regular office hours”
30%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
36%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
58%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
22%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
47%
“We only party on weekends”
29%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
44%
“There might be people who do”
41%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
12%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
2%
“We”re apathetic”
10%
“We know about current events and vote”
75%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
61%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
54%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
13%
“We bought the gear”
83%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
7%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
52%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
39%
“We”re a very artistic group”
6%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
63%
“They keep regular office hours”
30%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
36%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
58%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
22%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
47%
“We only party on weekends”
29%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
44%
“There might be people who do”
41%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
12%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Appalachian State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    236 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    193 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    250 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    249 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    251 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    251 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    252 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    253 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Appalachian State University?

128 Students rated Appalachian State University

Allyson - 07/08/2022

I’m a campus visitor but I loved the environment when I went to visit and it’s such a beautiful place. There seem to be lots of opportunities and extracurricular activities that you can do. The price of this college is very nice and it even included textbooks! I can’t wait to go here!

Jessica - 11/05/2021

Loved every minute of my 4 years! Professors were awesome. Football program has really come alive and was always incredibly fun to be a part of a winning program. My education fully prepared me for my career of choice and I had no trouble getting hired fresh out of school.

Jocelyn - 04/28/2021

It's a good school, despite being a pretty big campus, it feels rather small and knit-together. There are events held every so often for everyone, although Covid did contribute to everything being different for my first year. There are on-campus jobs for anyone that needs to work but doesn't have transportation. This is how I was able to find great people outside of class. There are also many extracurricular activities.

Rivers - 01/12/2021

I really like going to App! At first I was unsure I had made the right decision, but I quickly fell in love! If you don’t like the outdoors, this isn’t the school for you. Located in the beautiful mountains, you can always find something fun to do! The professors are all very kind, and are always willing to help you out!

Appalachian State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Appalachian State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Appalachian State University is 68%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Thus far in my college experience, I've been overcome with the realization of responsibilty while living on your own. I've had to learn to balance my time between school and play. It's been challenging, but i've already learned my valueable lessons, even outside the class room. I've learned how to live/deal with others. I've learned that it's ok to switch your major up, this time is for me to figure out what I'll be doing for the rest of my life, or at least have a general idea. There is no rush to automatically know exactly where i'll be in the next 10 years. I've learned to be spontanious and just roll with what pops up in my life. Patience is an attruibute that I am beginning to form. I've learned that life is not all about you. Other students are here going to college to further their learning too, it's ok to compliment your classmates, and let them know that they are doing a great job at what they do. College is an adventure that we're all apart of. I have learned a lot.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Appalachian State is a smaller school that provides a well-rounded education, looking out for the students best interest and learning experience.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Classmates are greatly into outdoor activities and being very socialable

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school, boy that's a hard one. Nothing I can say except I've heard that last year the snow was unbearable and brought things to a stand still for the first time in many years. I like the snow but not on that level. I hope this year will not be as bad.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Our school is best known for our fantastic football team, great mountains for skiing, and excellent academics. I love the location of our university because it has some of the best places for sight seeing in the United States. The professors here are amazing and are always encouraging and willing to help in every way possible. The campus facilities are beautiful and this campus is definitely what I envisioned when I thought about college during my younger years.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known how difficult it can be to adjust every few hours to different teaching styles. You may have one professor that lectures the entire time and your next professor may have class discussions and projects. You might even have an instructor who has class discussions and projects online, so the class only meets a few times during the semester. It can get pretty tricky keeping your mind in order at first, but it keeps you on your toes at the same time.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is open to learn about new people and activities should attend Appalachian State University. Everyone here is part of a giant family so we all feel welcome. Someone who is good at interacting with other people should definitely apply here, as well.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The friendliness of the campus, is unlike any other campus I've ever been on. After touring many of the state schools like NC State, UNC, and UNCG, I fell in love with Appalachian. I don't go through a single day of school without someone holding the door for me, or saying "bless you" when I sneeze. Outside of polite gestures, its just a very unthreatening environment. No one is stared at because of their appearance, or if they decide to start dancing alone in the middle of Sanford Mall. If anything you usually gain an interested audience!

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    Appalachian State University offers something for everyone. The athelete, the artist, the partier, etc...everyone has something to do. Shopping, skiing, football, basketball, studying, hiking, etc...something to do for everyone. Within 25 miles you go from the mountains to a city and all the things to go and do.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who doesn't appreciate nature. Appalachian is a beautiful campus and should be admired for its natural beauty. If someone cannot appreciate the majesty of the mountains, they should not attend Appalachian State University.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Honestly its walking to class in the snow. Having late classes I can barely see and I'm rushing, trying not to fall, back up the hill so I can get to my dorm where its warm.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    How Green our school is, when it comes to the enviornment we are one of the best schools I know. I also brag about our football team. We are the 3 time winning NCAA national champions and we are one our way four our fourth in a row. Our team beat Michigan State University. Wealso have a great music program.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Relatively small class sizes, so you get more personal attention. The programs are a joke, general education is stupid (so says the faculty) and it's very laid back. Not a place for very serious students.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I don't think there is one group that is really more popular than another. Everything has its following and fandom, but they are all about equal. Obviously sporting events are huge (it is the south after all!).

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Small town school= small town mentality. A PhD doesn't change that. AppState is backwoods Appalachian culture to a T.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    There are the stoners there, but in my opinion theres just as many at Appalachian than any other big school. Also, I heard how nice the people were here, and that I have found to be 100% true. Something about these mountain people and their way of life make it a great place to live!

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    To a degree, yes. Cut to the chase, my freshman year, I had just moved in and a couple days later I see guys out at a picnic with a bong. And there's been a number of drugs busts on campus and in the apartments nearby in the past year. As for outdoors, I believe this is pretty accurate in the sense that the school focuses more on that area than anything else. Personally, I could care less about football here.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    That its made up of all hippie/outdoor kids.

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Football football football. Yay, we beat Michigan 4 years ago. You'd think the world was going to end. But now lets spend millions of tution and fee money to upgrade stadiums and jump to a different division. Clearly these people never considered big fish little pond vs. little fish big pond situations.

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  21. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    In State tuition, far away from parents in the mountains. 18 year olds are young, rebellious, and stupid.

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Student Body

Students

55%

female

45%

male

16,595

Total Undergrad Enrollment

1,700

Total Grad Students

10%

Out-Of-State

90%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

298

Student Organizations

10

Fraternities

8

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

34%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
5%
% White or Caucasian
84%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

68% of students attending Appalachian State University receive some sort of financial aid. 27% were awarded federal grants. While 48% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$21,652

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$700

Books and Supplies

$8,119

Room and Board

30,471

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$6,740
$30 - $48K
$9,032
$48 - $75K
$13,590
$75 - $110K
$17,798
$110K & UP
$18,146

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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