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Appalachian State University Overview

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

What Is Appalachian State University Known For?

4,335 Undergraduate Awards
$26,595 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Appalachian State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Appalachian State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 76% of the faculty were full-time.

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Appalachian State University Rankings

Appalachian State is ranked #10 out of 113 schools in North Carolina.

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.

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
#2 Best Sociology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Psychology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Clinical & Counseling Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Value Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Value Management Sciences & Methods Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Best Value Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#107 Best Value Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#168 Best Business Administration & Management 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
#3 Best Commercial Photography Schools College Factual
#16 Best Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching Schools College Factual
#55 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools College Factual
#114 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#123 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools College Factual
#169 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual

Where Is Appalachian State University?

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Contact details for Appalachian State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 287 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828-262-2000
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 neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Appalachian State?

80% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
39% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Appalachian State University is 80%. 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 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 74%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 39% 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 540 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 540 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 530 to 610 )
200
800
Appalachian State received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 27. Math scores were between 20 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 20 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Appalachian State University?

$26,595 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
3.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Appalachian State is $26,595. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Appalachian State, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $6,820 a year. That adds up to $27,280 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Appalachian State is 3.9%. 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

16,905 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,061 undergraduate students at Appalachian State, with 16,905 being full-time and 1,156 being part-time.

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There are also 1,962 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,905 full-time undergraduates at Appalachian State, 43% are male and 57% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 273
Black or African American 590
Hispanic or Latino 1,356
White 13,728
International Students 68
Other Races/Ethnicities 890

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

3,281 Took All Classes Online
18,957 Took At Least One Class Online
59.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 11 master’s degree programs available online at Appalachian State. In 2019-2020, 18,957 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Appalachian State

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Appalachian State University was $6,852 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $20,677. The following table shows how Appalachian State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Public Relations & Advertising #1 #4
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #4 #31
Public Health #16 #37
Human Development & Family Studies #19 #74
Library Science #22 #49
Library & Information Science #22 #49
Teacher Education Subject Specific #25 #61
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #25 #93
Communication & Media Studies #28 #89
Health & Medical Administrative Services #33 #120
Teacher Education Grade Specific #40 #126
Curriculum & Instruction #46 #145
Instructional Media Design #55 #150
Education #67 #169

Online Growth Rankings of Appalachian State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Appalachian State University was 59.7%. This is the #590 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, Management & Marketing 5%
Communication & Journalism 6%
Communication & Media Studies 32%
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 21%
Education 7%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 28%
Health Professions 9%
Instructional Media Design 4%
Library & Information Science 21%
Library Science 21%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 25%
Nursing 4%
Social Sciences 10%
Sociology 11%

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
Area Studies #1
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #5
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #15
Library & Information Science #16
Library Science #16
Public Relations & Advertising #16
Sociology #22
Gerontology #27
Communication & Media Studies #31
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #40
Curriculum & Instruction #60
Communication & Journalism #67
Instructional Media Design #79
Social Sciences #89
Educational Administration #91
Teacher Education Grade Specific #101
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #112
Health & Medical Administrative Services #149
Nursing #192
Education #310
Business Administration & Management #342
Health Professions #455
Business, Management & Marketing #457

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 218 0 58 0 276
Health & Physical Education 235 0 26 0 261
General Psychology 250 0 11 0 261
Teacher Education Grade Specific 203 24 0 0 227
General Biology 187 0 24 0 211
Nursing 183 0 11 0 194
Teacher Education Subject Specific 122 7 28 0 157
Public Relations & Advertising 156 0 0 0 156
Marketing 149 0 0 0 149
Design & Applied Arts 144 0 0 0 144
Educational Administration 0 70 59 13 142
Social Work 89 0 52 0 141
Finance & Financial Management 135 0 0 0 135
Recreation Administration 133 0 0 0 133
Political Science & Government 120 0 8 0 128
Criminal Justice & Corrections 127 0 0 0 127
Accounting 82 0 39 0 121
Communication Sciences 74 0 36 0 110
Natural Resources Conservation 104 0 0 0 104
Special Education 33 47 22 0 102
Construction Management 98 0 0 0 98
General English Literature 81 0 10 0 91
Communication & Media Studies 77 13 0 0 90
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 59 10 21 0 90
Management Information Systems 86 0 0 0 86
Health & Medical Administrative Services 59 0 27 0 86
Computer Science 71 0 10 0 81
Insurance 78 0 0 0 78
Environmental Control Technology 65 0 0 0 65
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 63 0 0 0 63
Student Counseling 0 22 41 0 63
Public Health 62 0 0 0 62
Anthropology 57 0 0 0 57
History 49 0 7 0 56
Fine & Studio Arts 55 0 0 0 55
Sociology 47 7 0 0 54
Mathematics 39 0 11 0 50
Physics 27 0 20 0 47
Chemistry 43 0 0 0 43
Economics 41 0 0 0 41
Public Administration 0 4 35 0 39
Computer Software & Applications 0 23 14 0 37
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 35 0 0 0 35
Journalism 33 0 0 0 33
Geological & Earth Sciences 33 0 0 0 33
Geography & Cartography 24 3 6 0 33
Human Development & Family Studies 32 0 0 0 32
Hospitality Management 29 0 0 0 29
Drama & Theater Arts 28 0 0 0 28
Mental & Social Health Services 0 13 14 0 27
Arts & Media Management 27 0 0 0 27
Music 17 0 10 0 27
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 6 20 0 26
Instructional Media Design 0 12 12 0 24
Library & Information Science 0 0 24 0 24
Textile & Apparel Studies 22 0 0 0 22
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 21 0 0 0 21
International Business 20 0 0 0 20
International Studies 20 0 0 0 20
Philosophy 19 0 0 0 19
Food Science Technology 18 0 0 0 18
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 15 0 15
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 6 0 9 0 15
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 11 0 11
Liberal Arts General Studies 11 0 0 0 11
Religious Studies 11 0 0 0 11
Romance Languages 1 0 9 0 10
Dance 8 0 0 0 8
Ethnic Studies 7 0 0 0 7
Allied Health Professions 6 0 0 0 6
Urban & Regional Planning 5 0 0 0 5
Area Studies 0 0 4 0 4
Gerontology 0 4 0 0 4
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 1 0 0 0 1
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,335 265 704 13 5,317

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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