A Rigorous Student Experience

At Appalachian, student learning and student success come from a challenging academic curriculum, active classroom environments and close collaboration between faculty members and students on scholarly activities. A strong emphasis on undergraduate research, international experiences, interdisciplinary connections and measurable learning outcomes that assess student progress are at the core of Appalachian's academic activities.

Academic Affairs is responsible for student learning and success, including oversight of the university’s challenging academic curriculum, active classroom environments, and close collaboration between faculty members and students on scholarly activities. Academic Affairs encompasses the degree-granting colleges and 12 other units that support the innovative, interdisciplinary and integrative academic experience for which Appalachian is known. Find out more about how Appalachian prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all https://www.appstate.edu/about/.

Colleges and Schools

Sixteen departments span the humanities, social sciences, and the mathematical and natural sciences.

The Walker College of Business is included in Princeton Review's 2014 edition of Best Business Schools.

The college has one of the largest teacher education programs in the University of North Carolina system. It also houses programs in human development and counseling, leadership, and family and consumer science.

This college comprises the departments of Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, and Theatre and Dance.

The school offers more than 50 master's and certificate programs and one doctoral program – on the main campus, at off-campus locations and online.

The college positions Appalachian as the premier university for outstanding academic preparation of health and human services professionals.

The school prepares performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors, and music industry professionals.

All undergraduate students begin their education here, through the General Education Program, co-curricular programs and student support programs.

This program attracts students in the top 5 to 10 percent of their graduating high school class.


Appalachian named among nation’s top colleges and universities by 4 recognized national publications

Appalachian was recognized as one of the nation’s top-performing schools for its academics, value, innovation and veteran services, among other aspe...

Campus sustainability efforts at Appalachian are a ‘win-win-win,’ garner Appalachian top rankings from AASHE and SIERRA magazine

Sustainability efforts in place on Appalachian’s campus — from a zero waste commitment to biodegradable straws — have earned the university top ...

First class graduates from Appalachian Police Academy

Twenty-one Appalachian students became members of the Appalachian Police Department and certified North Carolina police officers as part of the Appala...

The students are in the house! Appalachian welcomes students on first day of classes

Classes for the fall 2018 semester convene at Appalachian State University.Full story at: https://today.appstate.edu/2018/08/22/first-day-of-clas...

Organizational change expert Dr. Damon A. Williams offers three-day residency at Appalachian

BOONE, N.C. — Developing a more diverse and inclusive campus is a priority for Appalachian State University, and its most recent step toward “incl...

Appalachian faculty and staff excellence 'singled out' at fall semester meeting

BOONE, N.C. — Seven faculty and four staff members at Appalachian State University were honored for excellence at the Fall Semester Faculty and Staf...

Dr. Jeff Vahlbush with Wilson Scholar

Dr. Jeff Vahlbush with Wilson Scholar and Furniture Design major Spain Hines talking about the process of applying for a Fulbright grant to study in G...

Founders Plaza Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

Founders Plaza Dedication and Ribbon Cutting - Appalachian State University held a dedication and ribbon-cutting for its new Founders Plaza ...