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 college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. 

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.


Update on App State's Quality Enhancement Plan

 Dear Faculty, Staff and Students, As part of our reaffirmation of accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and ...

Leadership Announcement: Dean of the Walker College of Business

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sandra Vannoy has been named dean of App State’s Walker College of Busines...

App State's Dr. Reeves Shulstad receives 2022 UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award

 Dr. Reeves Shulstad, professor of musicology in Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music, has received the 2022 University of...

Provost Heather Norris' Remarks from the 2022 Spring Faculty & Staff Meeting

Provost Heather Norris' Remarks to the Faculty and Staff - Friday, February 4th 2022 Thank you, Chancellor, Chair Gallien, & Chair Coffey, fo...

Provost Heather Norris' Remarks from the 2021 Fall Faculty Staff Meeting

Provost Heather Norris' Remarks to the Faculty and StaffI am excited in my current role as provost to lead our collaborative efforts, advancing our co...