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.


UNC President Spellings and new members of the UNC Board of Governors visit Appalachian campus Sept. 22

By Elisabeth WallBOONE, N.C.—As part of their continuing tour of the University of North Carolina system’s 17 campuses, the five new members of th...

Foreman named vice chancellor and chief of staff at Appalachian State University

By Megan HayesBOONE, N.C.—Henry T. “Hank” Foreman was named vice chancellor and chief of staff for Appalachian State University on June 23.Forem...

Appalachian awards four Fleming Scholarships for 2017-18

By Tanner McGuireBOONE, N.C.—Four first-year students at Appalachian State University have been awarded Fleming Scholarships for the 2017-18 academi...

Everts discusses enrollment and outstanding student retention rate at Appalachian’s Board of Trustees meeting

By Jeff CloningerBOONE, N.C.—At Appalachian State University’s June Board of Trustees meeting, preliminary enrollment numbers were released, board...

Appalachian awards 10 students Diversity Scholarships for 2017-18

By Cameron ThomassonBOONE, N.C.—Ten first-year students at Appalachian State University have been awarded Diversity Scholarships for the 2017-18 aca...

Cindy Barr named associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at Appalachian

By Ken KeuffelBOONE, N.C.—Cynthia Lawrence “Cindy” Barr will be the next associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at Appalachian Stat...