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.


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Spring 2021 Commencement

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 11:00am to Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 5:00am
Holmes Convocation Center

Note: Times are being updated so click on the link before for up-to-date information.

Commencement signifies one of the most important achievements of our graduates’ lifetime. App State will hold in-person commencement over the course of several days, to allow for the greatest possible participation and maximize health and safety of all participants. Additionally, we will make a virtual conferring of degrees available for those who prefer a virtual option.

Spring 2021 Virtual Open House

Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Virtual Event

Join us for an informative day designed for high school students and prospective transfer students. Meet our faculty, tour campus, and learn more about majors and programs, scholarships, financial aid, the admissions process and what it’s like to be a member of the Appalachian Community.

For more information, click here: https://www.appstate.edu/openhouse/

Earth Day Community Expo

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Virtual Event

Interested in ways to get involved with sustainability and climate justice on campus? Join us on Earth Day for a virtual expo, highlighting the dozens of campus groups involved with sustainability at App State. You can jump from one group's Zoom to the other with all of your questions about how to get involved.

For more information, click here: https://sustain.appstate.edu/events/id/235

De-Stress Fest

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sanford Mall

De-Stress Fest is held each semester to help students manage their stress and be successful in the classroom, on campus, off campus and in their own space. Please join the events and learn techniques, strategies and resources that help you de-stress.

For more information, click here: https://transfer.appstate.edu/de-stressfest