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.


Appalachian’s MBA program listed among The Princeton Review’s 2018 best

November 29, 2017Princeton Review's unranked list is based on a combination of institutional and student survey data, including career outcomes, admis...

Appalachian debuts on Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list

By Mary Giunca - Appalachian has a debut ranking on the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list, an annual survey now in its eighth year. The sur...

Hyde named dean of students for Appalachian State University

By Megan Hayes - BOONE, N.C.—Following a national search, Dr. Jonathon Hyde has been named associate vice chancellor and dean of students for A...

Appalachian earns No. 1 ranking from AASHE for sustainability among master’s institutions

By Elisabeth Wall - BOONE, N.C.—In the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index compiled by the standard bearer for tracking sustainability in higher educ...

Appalachian honors veterans, 1988 alumnus Col. Ralph L. ‘Bo’ Clayton III speaks

By Elisabeth Wall - BOONE, N.C.—A crowd of approximately 150 gathered beside the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on the Appalachian Stat...

Appalachian Alumni Association 2017 award winners

By Elisabeth Wall -  Three socially conscious, entrepreneurial alumni were recognized by the Alumni Association Friday, Oct. 6, during Homec...


December 2017 Commencement

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Holmes Convocation Center

Fall 2017 commencement ceremonies will be held at Appalachian State University. Live streaming will be available.