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.


Huff appointed Dean of the Beaver College of Health Services

By Mary GiuncaBOONE, N.C.—Dr. Marie Huff, has been named dean of the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. She was most...

Jordyne Blaise named associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and compliance at Appalachian

By Ken KeuffelBOONE, N.C.—Jordyne Blaise will be the next associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and compliance at Appalachian State Univer...

Five campus leaders receive Appalachian’s 2017 Plemmons Leadership Medallions

By University CommunicationsBOONE, N.C.—Five Appalachian State University leaders received W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallions during the “2017 Ce...

Chancellor and university specialists advise U.S. Senate-led Task Force On Appalachia on economics, energy and education

By Elisabeth WallBOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University’s chancellor and faculty and staff representatives have a “seat at the table” for U....

James Douthit named dean of Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music

By Ken Keuffel  BOONE, N.C.—Dr. James Douthit, pianist, teacher and an administrator at Nazareth College in suburban Rochester, New York, will ...

Appointments to Appalachian’s Board of Trustees announced

By University Communications  BOONE, N.C.—The UNC Board of Governors has made one new appointment and reappointed three members to Appalachian ...


2017 Appalachian Energy Summit

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 3:30pm to Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 1:15pm
  • July 10 - 12, 2017

    The 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit is the sixth-annual meeting of some of the world’s most brilliant minds in energy policies and practices. This unique three-day event convenes academia, industry, and students in a transformational effort that delivers meaningful ecological, financial and social benefit.  Energy Summit 2017