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 State University to open new Student Veteran Resource Center

A new Student Veteran Resource Center, slated to open later this year on the campus of Appalachian State University, will serve the needs of Appalachi...

Reck receives AAUP Chapter’s Academic Freedom Award

Dr. Gregory G. Reck, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University, has received the 2016 Award for Academic Freedom a...

Chancellor’s Academic Leadership Development Program graduates inaugural class, starts with 14 more participants for 2016-17

BOONE—Last spring, the Chancellor’s Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) graduated its inaugural class of nine participants. The program...

Dr. Sam Formby talks about his new role as WCOB associate dean, and why students should study business at Appalachian

BOONE—Beginning in the Fall 2016 semester, Dr. Sam Formby assumed a new role as associate dean for undergraduate programs and administration in Appa...

Reich College of Education Science Seminar Series begins Sept. 15

BOONE—The Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University, through its Math and Science Education Center, will host a Science Seminar Ser...

Appalachian staff members recognized for dedication, excellence

By Megan HayesBOONE—During Appalachian State University’s opening meeting for faculty and staff for the fall semester on Friday, Aug. 26, four mem...


Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series continues Oct. 6 with Bruce Weigl, distinguished professor of creative writing

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

By Kesha Williams

 BOONE—The fall Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University continues with Bruce Weigl Tuesday, Oct. 6.

 Bruce Weigl, poet, essayist and the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing. Submitted photo