By Jeff Cloninger
BOONE, N.C.—At Appalachian State University’s June Board of Trustees meeting, preliminary enrollment numbers were released, board members were honored, new deans were welcomed and new opportunities for university properties were considered.
“I am pleased to share that enrollment continues to grow at a slow and steady pace,” stated Chancellor Sheri N. Everts. While emphasizing the numbers are still preliminary, Everts said Appalachian is expecting the largest enrollment in school history for the beginning of fall semester, projected to be at 18,618 students. Not only is this the largest overall class ever, she said, it is the largest freshman incoming class as well.
Everts pointed out key characteristics of the incoming class, including 31 percent of first-year students identifying as first-generation students. She also recognized nearby community college partners that prepare students for success at Appalachian. “Our top community colleges for transfer enrollment are Caldwell, Wake Technical, Central Piedmont, Catawba Valley and Wilkes,” she said.
Addressing diversity, which is an important emphasis for the university, Everts stated, “This incoming first-year class is on course to be the most diverse ever to attend Appalachian as we nudge closer to 18 percent who identify as underrepresented.”