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.

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.


At $16.2 million. Office of Research surpasses 2019 strategic plan for external funding

BOONE—At the close of the 2016 fiscal year, Appalachian State University’s Office of Research (OR) reported receiving more than $15 million in ext...

Dr. Richard D. Rheingans will be the new chair of the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development effective July 1

BOONE—Dr. Richard D. Rheingans will chair the Appalachian State University Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development beginning in July....

Memorial Day ceremony held at Appalachian

Appalachian State University will hold a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial on the west side of the Doug...

Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris named dean of the Walker College of Business

Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris has been named dean of Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business after a national search. She begins her ...

New deans named in two colleges at Appalachian

BOONE—Two individuals have been selected for dean positions at Appalachian State University, beginning July 1. They are Phyllis Kloda, College of Fi...

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Announcement

Dear Colleagues:Dean Anthony G. (Tony) Calamai has advised me of his intention to step down as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), effec...


Beaver College of Health Sciences groundbreaking Thursday, June 23

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, from 10 – 11 a.m. at Appalachian State University's Beaver College of Health Sciences site, 1179 State Farm Road. The campus community and public are invited.

It has been less than three months since the Connect N.C. bond passed, allocating $70 million in funds for construction of the 203,000 square foot facility. At a site dedication ceremony in April, attended by UNC President Margaret Spellings, Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said, "Our project is shovel ready and work will begin in July."

Everts added, "Indeed, we are on schedule to begin work. This world-class facility will expand our capacity to provide healthcare professionals for North Carolina," she continued. "With qualified healthcare professionals and healthcare educators, Appalachian can help meet the demand created by a critical shortage of health care access, particularly for residents in the rural areas of our state."The new college facility will also provide inter-professional collaboration across the disciplines, which will in turn help attract talented students, faculty and staff to the northwestern region of our state."Nearly 20 percent of Appalachian's students are taught by Beaver College of Health Sciences faculty. Including nursing, there are six departments and 16 undergraduate and graduate degrees offered in the college, from disciplines including communication sciences and disorders, and nutrition and health care management.The new building will be constructed on a 9.2-acre parcel of land adjacent to Watauga Medical Center and donated by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.For questions or additional information, contact the Office of the Chancellor at 828-262-7642.

Campus Budget Presentations

April 22, 2016
8:00am - 2:00pm
PSU Blue Ridge Ballroom

As a reminder, you are cordially invited to attend all or part of the budget presentations on Friday, April 22 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in 201 Blue Ridge Ballroom inside the Plemmons Student Union.

Please refer to the presentation schedule below. Although most of the day will consist of presentations, I draw your attention to the Question and Answer Session from 10:00-10:30 a.m. The campus community will also have an opportunity following the budget presentations to provide additional input via a dedicated webpage devoted to the 2016 Budget Presentations, housed on the Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning (IRAP) website at http://irap.appstate.edu/budgetpresentations.

For those not able to attend in person, the presentations will be live video streamed at http://streaming.appstate.edu/budget

Thank you for your engagement with this important initiative. In future years we intend to refine this process with input from the campus community.

Budget Presentation Outline
Date: April 22, 2016
Location: 201 Blue Ridge Ballroom – PSU

  • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Coffee and Conversation
  • 8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Introductory Remarks (Provost Darrell Kruger)
  • 8:10 – 8:25 a.m. University Budget Overview (Tim Burwell)
  • 8:25 – 8:40 a.m. Business Affairs Overview (Tim Burwell)
  • 8:40 – 8:55 a.m. University Advancement Overview (Susan Pettyjohn)
  • 8:55 – 9:10 a.m. Student Development Overview (Cindy Wallace)
  • 9:10 – 9:25 a.m. Auxiliary Services Overview (Randy Edwards)
  • 9:25 – 9:40 a.m. Athletics Overview (Doug Gillin)
  • 9:40 – 9:55 a.m. Academic Affairs Overview (Darrell Kruger)
  • 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Q&A Session and Break
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. CAS Presentation (Tony Calamai)
  • 11:05 – 11:20 a.m. HSOM Presentation (Bill Pelto)
  • 11:25 – 11:40 a.m. Library Presentation (Leslie Farison)
  • 11:45 – 12:00 p.m. FAA Presentation (Glenda Treadaway)
  • 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 12:45 – 1:00 p.m. COB Presentation (Heather Norris)
  • 1:05 – 1:20 p.m. CHS (Fred Whitt)
  • 1:25 – 1:40 p.m. RCOE Presentation (Monica Lambert)
  • 1:40 – 2:00 p.m. Next Steps and Q&A (Provost Kruger)

Faculty and Staff Open Forum Master Plan Listening Session

Friday, April 22, 2016
114 Belk Library and Information Commons

Please come to discuss the next Master Plan for Appalachian State University

Fall 2016 Faculty and Staff Meeting

Friday, August 26, 2016
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Reception immediately following. Please hold this date and time on your calendars.