Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University

Nestled in the mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, you will find one of the best public universities in the southeast. Consistently rated as a top performer in a number of academic and athletic categories, Appalachian State University has a diverse selection of programs that cater to anyone motivated to better themselves and their community. With an emphasis on arts, sustainability, and value, this popular liberal arts college promotes innovation and inclusion.

Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, intermediate, and doctoral degrees. According to the university’s website, leadership at the institution has a unique and promising vision for community members and prospective students:

Appalachian State University … prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference.

Appalachian State University aims to be the choice institution for motivated and driven students who are looking to thrive in a challenging academic environment. A vibrant campus culture, combined with passionate and engaged professors and faculty, creates a community that shapes inspired, thoughtful global citizens.

A Look at the Numbers

Based on the numbers, you would not think that Appalachian State University instills such a significant feeling of belonging and compassion in its students and community members. While the town of Boone may seem small, there is more going on than you may think.

  • 18,295 students
    • 16,595 undergraduate; 1,700 graduate
    • 17,064 main campus; 1,231 distance education
  • 16:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 27 – average class size
  • 99% of full-time faculty have doctorate, first professional, or other terminal degree
  • 120,000+ living alumni from all 50 states and across the world
  • 15% total ethnic minorities
  • 150+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • 23% of students study abroad

Student Life

Appalachian State University offers hundreds of clubs, programs, and initiatives to enhance their student’s “cultural, intellectual, leadership, personal and professional development.”

Appalachian and the Boone community offer a sense of unity not often found in other college towns. From Greek life organizations to intramural sports to student government, everyone is sure to find something that sparks their interest:


One of the main focuses of Appalachian State University and the town of Boone is the movement towards sustainable and responsible growth. You can see that in countless places on campus at Appalachian. Solar power plays a huge role, with panels lining the exterior of many buildings and dormitories. There are also solar powered trash compactors, a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station, and even a solar powered car!

Solar power is not the only type of alternative energy that the university has invested in. A massive wind turbine generates electricity to help supply the power needed for campus operations. In addition, a number of buildings have been built or renovated to achieve LEED certifications. The Appalcart bus system provides free public transportation, cutting down the carbon footprint by significantly reducing traffic. If you are looking for a community with a commitment to living green, Appalachian State University and the town of Boone are a perfect fit.

Solar Vehicle Team

The pride of the university, aside from football, is ASU’s Solar Vehicle Team. Called Team Sunergy, this student operated organization is made up of graduate and undergraduate students at Appalachian. They have been working to design and build a solar powered vehicle, which can sometimes be seen driving along the streets of downtown Boone. Since 2014, this team has represented “North Carolina and Appalachian State’s commitment to Sustainable energy initiatives at international solar vehicle competitions.”

Team Sunergy and the Apperion solar-powered car have had great success in their previous travels and events. The car drove 414 laps in the 2016 Formula Sun Grand Prix, placing 3rd out of a total of 20 teams competing. The team also competed in the 1,975 mile long American Solar Challenge, a race from Ohio to South Dakota. This trial proves to be a test for many teams and machines, as a wide range of changing weather conditions as well as varying terrain can challenge even the most experienced. Apperion and Team Sunergy crossed the line in 6th; highly respectable for a program still in its infancy.


With a recent switch to the Sunbelt D-I conference, Appalachian State sports have provided a boost for both the university and the town of Boone. Appalachian boasts 20 NCAA Division I sports with more than 450 student-athletes participating. Varsity sports offered include Men’s and Women’s basketball, soccer, track and field, tennis, cross country, and golf. Men’s football, wrestling, and baseball combine with Women’s field hockey, volleyball, and softball to comprise the spectrum of athletics at Appalachian.

The football program has a legacy of winning after clinching back-to-back-to-back National Championships as part of the Southern Conference of the NCAA from 2005 to 2007. Recent achievements include back to back wins in the Raycom Camelia Bowl as well as a SunBelt conference victory in 2016 after placing second to Arkansas State the previous year.

Why Choose Appalachian?

If you want to become involved in a community of engaged and critical thinkers, Appalachian State University and the town of Boone offer a refreshing and rewarding alternative. From a nationally renowned student-radio program to a developing College of Health Sciences with new buildings under construction, this area offers the constant opportunity for excitement and growth.

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