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Appalachian State University Overview

Located in Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian State University is a public institution. The surrounding location of Boone is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Appalachian State University Known For?

4,172 Undergraduate Awards
$26,325 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Appalachian State have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Appalachian State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 77% of the faculty were full-time.

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Appalachian State University Rankings

Out of the 64 colleges in North Carolina, Appalachian State is ranked at #7.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Appalachian State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#74 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#172 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#175 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Appalachian State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Sociology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Physics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Value Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Social Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#83 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Appalachian State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#28 Best Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#45 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#46 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#50 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#51 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#151 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Appalachian State University?

Location of Appalachian State University

Contact details for Appalachian State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 287 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828-262-2000
Website: www.appstate.edu/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/appalachianstateuniversity
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/appstate

How Do I Get Into Appalachian State?

You can apply to Appalachian State online at: https://apply.commonapp.org/login?ma=854

Admission Requirements for Appalachian State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Appalachian State?

70% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Appalachian State University is 70%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 74%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Appalachian State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 560 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 540 to 630 )
200
800
Appalachian State received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 28. Math scores were between 23 and 27. Composite scores were between 23 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 23 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 23 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 23 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Appalachian State University?

$26,325 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
3.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Appalachian State is $26,325. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Appalachian State, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $5,519 a year. That adds up to $22,076 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Appalachian State is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Appalachian State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,622 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,518 undergraduate students at Appalachian State, with 16,622 being full-time and 896 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Appalachian State

There are also 1,762 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,622 full-time undergraduates at Appalachian State, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Appalachian State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Appalachian State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Appalachian State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 263
Black or African American 585
Hispanic or Latino 1,198
White 13,588
International Students 128
Other Races/Ethnicities 860

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Appalachian State University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 48 countries are represented at Appalachian State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Australia, and Venezuela.

Online Learning at Appalachian State University

1,056 Took All Classes Online
3,806 Took At Least One Class Online
4.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 7 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at Appalachian State. In 2017-2018, 3,806 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Appalachian State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 15th most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Appalachian State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Appalachian State University was 4.4%. This is the #1,715 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Appalachian State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Appalachian State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 2%
Communication & Journalism 0%
Communication & Media Studies 10%
Curriculum & Instruction 16%
Education 2%
Educational Administration 14%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 9%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 15%
Human Development & Family Studies 24%
Management Information Systems 24%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Appalachian State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Appalachian State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Relations & Advertising #27
Library & Information Science #32
Library Science #44
Communication & Media Studies #80
Human Development & Family Studies #97
Instructional Media Design #101
Curriculum & Instruction #106
Communication & Journalism #118
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #119
Educational Administration #204
Teacher Education Grade Specific #208
Nursing #375
Education #493

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Appalachian State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 227 0 53 0 280
General Psychology 237 0 17 0 254
Teacher Education Grade Specific 204 15 11 0 230
Health & Physical Education 190 0 23 0 213
Nursing 177 0 10 0 187
Teacher Education Subject Specific 147 0 28 0 175
Public Relations & Advertising 174 0 0 0 174
Accounting 119 0 46 0 165
General Biology 146 0 17 0 163
Social Work 105 0 50 0 155
Educational Administration 0 80 46 16 142
Design & Applied Arts 135 0 0 0 135
Political Science & Government 108 0 11 0 119
Marketing 118 0 0 0 118
Natural Resources Conservation 112 0 0 0 112
Criminal Justice & Corrections 110 0 0 0 110
Communication Sciences 72 0 36 0 108
Finance & Financial Management 102 0 0 0 102
General English Literature 92 0 4 0 96
Computer Science 81 0 9 0 90
Recreation Administration 89 0 0 0 89
Management Information Systems 85 0 0 0 85
Construction Management 82 0 0 0 82
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 52 0 19 0 71
Public Health 69 0 0 0 69
Environmental Control Technology 65 0 0 0 65
Health & Medical Administrative Services 49 0 13 0 62
Communication & Media Studies 61 0 0 0 61
Mathematics 42 0 11 0 53
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 52 0 0 0 52
Fine & Studio Arts 52 0 0 0 52
Insurance 50 0 0 0 50
Student Counseling 0 0 50 0 50
History 39 0 10 0 49
Chemistry 48 0 0 0 48
Sociology 41 7 0 0 48
Physics 31 0 14 0 45
Special Education 34 0 9 0 43
Geography & Cartography 28 0 15 0 43
Hospitality Management 40 0 0 0 40
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 40 0 0 0 40
Anthropology 40 0 0 0 40
Human Development & Family Studies 38 0 0 0 38
Journalism 36 0 0 0 36
Geological & Earth Sciences 32 0 0 0 32
Economics 31 0 0 0 31
Textile & Apparel Studies 29 0 0 0 29
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 7 19 0 26
Arts & Media Management 26 0 0 0 26
Drama & Theater Arts 26 0 0 0 26
Liberal Arts General Studies 24 0 0 0 24
International Business 23 0 0 0 23
Instructional Media Design 0 10 13 0 23
Music 17 0 6 0 23
Food Science Technology 21 0 0 0 21
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 20 0 0 0 20
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 19 0 19
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 19 0 19
Library & Information Science 0 0 19 0 19
International Studies 18 0 0 0 18
Philosophy 17 0 0 0 17
Dance 16 0 0 0 16
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 10 0 5 0 15
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 14 0 14
Allied Health Professions 13 0 0 0 13
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 12 0 12
Public Administration 0 0 12 0 12
Urban & Regional Planning 10 0 0 0 10
Ethnic Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Religious Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Area Studies 0 0 5 0 5
Romance Languages 0 0 4 0 4
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 3 0 0 0 3
Statistics 1 0 0 0 1
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,172 119 649 16 4,956

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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