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.


US News and World Report recognizes Appalachian for ‘Best Online Programs’

Appalachian’s online bachelor’s and graduate education programs rank among the best in the nation for 2019, according to U.S. News and World Repor...

Peterson’s recognizes App State as top-20 school for outdoor enthusiasts

Peterson’s — the world’s leading educational services company — recently named Appalachian in its “The 20 Best Colleges for Outdoor Enthusia...

App State researchers scale Mount Everest to conduct climate research as part of National Geographic expedition

Dr. Baker Perry and Dr. Anton Seimon were part of a multidisciplinary expedition that installed the world’s two highest weather stations (at 8,430 m...

Health care in a rural setting

An NCAHEC-funded partnership with Ashe Memorial Hospital is providing Appalachian nursing students with on-site, clinical experience in providing basi...

UNC Board of Governors Names 2019 Awards for Excellence in Teaching Recipients

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected 17 outstanding University faculty members to receive the 2019 Awa...


First Year Showcase 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
I.G. Greer Studio Theatre

The First Year Showcase is open to all first-year students who are interested in majoring or minoring in any of the six different degree concentrations in the Department of Theatre and Dance.


A reading and conversation with environmental writer Rick Van Noy

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Belk Library, Room 421

Join author Rick Van Noy for an exploration of climate change stories from the South. Van Noy’s “Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South” is a portrait of what climate change looks like in specific Southern places to specific people. Combining stories from residents with local experts from geology, conservation and government, this book details who climate change affects, what it does and how communities are dealing with it.

2019 Homecoming Blood Drive

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 10:15am
Holmes Convocation Center

Thank you to the hundreds of donors and volunteers who made the 12th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive a success. 1120 pints of blood were collected. With your help, we can do even better this year.

Sign up https://homecoming.appstate.edu/blood-drive

Ryan Miller: Building Energy Efficiency: The Foundation of North Carolina’s Clean Energy Future

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 10:15am
Plemmons Student Union, Room 201A Price Lake Room

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Solar rooftops. Wind farms. Electric vehicles. Battery storage. Grid modernization. These are the clean energy topics that most North Carolina advocates, policymakers, utilities and consumers are focused on in 2019. What’s missing? The largest, least-cost and most impactful sector of our state’s clean energy economy: energy efficiency.