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 college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. 

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.


Fall Commencement Update

Sent on behalf of Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris, Interim Provost and Executive Vice ChancellorDear Faculty, Staff & Students,It is hard to believe we...

Changes to Withdrawal and Grade Forgiveness Policies

Sent on behalf of Dr. Mark Ginn, Vice Provost for Undergraduate EducationGreetings Students, Faculty and Staff, We recently received notice of a ...

App State enrollment reaches 20,023, breaks records for underrepresented students

App State releases fall 2020 data showing record enrollment of 20,023 students and significant increases of first-year underrepresented students.For m...

US News & World Report names App State Online programs among nation’s ‘best’

Appalachian’s online bachelor’s and graduate education programs — including those financially beneficial for student veterans and active-duty mi...

Updates from Academic Affairs

Sent on behalf of Dr. Mark Ginn, Vice Provost for Undergraduate EducationGreetings Faculty,As the fifth week of the Fall 2020 semester draws to a clos...


Appalachian Global Symposium

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 9:30am

The Symposium highlights global activities engaged in by faculty, staff and students. Symposium presenters will be discussing a variety of topics including science, technology, business, education, music and politics and is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to share their global work on a professional platform while simultaneously contributing to global learning at Appalachian. Presented in a virtual format.

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