Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University is a public, coeducational university located in Boone, North Carolina. Appalachian State is the sixth largest institution in North Carolina. The university was featured in the Princeton Review's 2008 edition of America's Best Value Colleges and was recognized by TIME Magazine as a College of the Year in 2001.

Appalachian campus encompasses 1,300 acres. It comprises five colleges and one graduate school that offer more than 140 degree programs and 1,500 courses to students. The academic units are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music
  • Reich College of Education
  • Walker College of Business
  • Cratis D. Williams Graduate School

The sports teams of Appalachian State are nicknamed the 'Mountaineers'. The teams compete in the Southern Conference and Football Championship Subdivision of NCAA Division I.

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Appalachian State University
Boone , NC 28608
General Phone: (828) 262-2000

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Appalachian State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching820curriculum and instruction, educational administration, adult ed administration, higher education administration, secondary school administration, instructional media design, special ed, education of learning disabled, school counseling, ...
Liberal Arts520area studies, women's studies, area and Cultural studies, French language, Spanish language, Romance languages and literature, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, ...
Business and Management473business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, human resources, international business, MIS, actuarial science, marketing, ...
Therapy and Counseling299psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, organizational psychology, school psychology, communication disorders, marriage and family therapy, music therapy
Media214communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations, advertising
Science134biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, physics
Family and Social Work133family and consumer science, food and nutrition, child development, public administration, social work
Security and Law Enforcement117criminal justice and safety
Design110industrial design, interior design, graphic design
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy108parks and recreation management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Engineering Technician87electronics tech, solar energy tech, industrial tech, engineering technician
Medical Administration49health care administration, public health education
Music35music performance, music management
Hospitality34hospitality management
Real Estate and Construction Management33construction management
Computer Science and Engineering27computer science
Photography and Commercial Art26commercial photography
Mathematics24mathematics, statistics
Drama and Performing Arts16dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies
Construction Trades13apparel and textiles
Architecture and Planning13urban planning
Fine Arts12fine arts
Nursing and Emergency Medicine9registered nursing
Art Studies7art studies, arts management
Medical Support and Technology1speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies, environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Appalachian State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,63496
Postbaccalaureate certificate07
Master's degree65251
Post-master's certificate353
Doctor's degree151

Appalachian State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Appalachian State had a total enrollment of 15,871 students (15,586 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 89%
Black 4%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 32%
20-21 33%
22-24 18%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina90%
South Carolina1%

Appalachian State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %
Part-Time 40 %

Appalachian State Room and Board (2007)

Appalachian State offers campus housing for 5,085 of its 15,586 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Boone, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Appalachian State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510600
SAT Math530610
SAT Writing490590
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math2126
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT21%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Appalachian State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,333
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,392
Room and board $ 6,160
Room charge $ 3,400
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,760
Books and supplies $ 700
Other expenses $ 2,500

Financial Aid:
Appalachian State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 290600)

Appalachian State Faculty

Appalachian State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track113118
Non-tenured and not on tenure track6970

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*1*
No academic rankcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*4$54,783

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year167$93,47873$85,240
Associate professoracademic year102$74,45878$73,082
Assistant professoracademic year109$61,560109$59,737
Instructoracademic year7$50,7741*
Lectureracademic year35$45,37238$42,616
No academic rankacademic year25$52,04829$41,329
All faculty totalacademic year445$74,517328$64,949

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Appalachian State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Conference
Basketball Southern Conference
Baseball Southern Conference
Track Southern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports6180141

Appalachian State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Solar Energy Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
Area Studies, Other
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist


Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Counseling Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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