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.


App State named No. 1 nationally for certified teachers

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ranked Appalachian No. 1 in its “Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of NBCTs” list for the ...

App State expands international opportunities with new transfer program

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University has signed an agreement with the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) in the United Ar...

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 ranked a 'Best' by 5 national publications

Appalachian has been recognized as one of the nation’s top-performing schools for its academics, value, innovation and student veteran services, amo...