A premier public undergraduate institution, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and fulfill their responsibilities to create a sustainable future. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion, which brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.


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of undergraduates are employed or enrolled in postsecondary institution within 1 year of graduation

The five-year Strategic Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals. Progress toward these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff.

Appalachian has prioritized five of the nine Strategic Plan metrics: rural enrollments; low-income completions; rural completions; low-income achievement gaps in undergraduate degree efficiency; and critical workforce credentials.

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Take a 360-degree tour of each of our 16 universities, either on your desktop, laptop, phone, VR headset, or through the GEAR UP NC VR app. The GEAR UP NC VR app is the first of its kind, and the largest VR project for social good to date. This marks the first time a university system has used the technology across all of its institutions.

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Known for leading small classes and teaching innovative, interdisciplinary and integrative curriculum, App State faculty are dedicated to research and student mentorship and invested in new strategies and technologies that help students succeed.


App State student-athletes are students first. They are celebrated for their dedication and work ethic that results in excellence in their sport and exemplary performance in the classroom. App State has earned the Sun Belt Conference’s Institutional Graduation Rate Award three times since 2015, and Fall 2019 marked the 15th consecutive semester in which Mountaineer student-athletes earned a combined GPA above 3.0.
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The Appalachian Experience encompasses everything that makes App State so extraordinary: the engaging academic environment, the dynamic and integrated arts programs, championship-winning Mountaineer athletics, and the two best natural resources – the people and mountain setting. Students are provided countless life-changing opportunities that help them develop as unique individuals within the supportive Appalachian Community.
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