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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Appalachian State is a highly rated public university located in Boone, North Carolina. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 16,071 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Appalachian State acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Psychology, and Nursing. Graduating 73% of students, Appalachian State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,800.
About Appalachian State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Sun Belt Conference
Address
287 Rivers St
Boone, NC 28608
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Appalachian State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
Application Deadline
March 15
SAT Range
1100-1270
ACT Range
23-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$10,473/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,309/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,666/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,846/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,016/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,457/ year
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Academics

Professors
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Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.127 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.135 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.135 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,071Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 103 responses
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  • Unique
    67%
  • Good students
    11%
  • Different
    7%
  • Hard working, driven sustainable thinkers
    5%
  • Nice
    5%
  • Caring, loving, and free-thinking
    4%
  • Average
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.191 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.219 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 106 responses
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  • Freaking awesome!
    23%
  • A wonderful opportunity
    21%
  • Wonderful location and filled with free-thinkers
    19%
  • Great
    16%
  • Amazing
    9%
  • Meh
    4%
  • DaBomb.com
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.91 responses
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I went to Appalachian for two years and I adored it. It is by far one of the most beautiful campuses in North Carolina. You're surrounded by breathtaking mountain views anywhere you look. It's a very progressive college as well. The students and staff are excepting of every race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion of a person. The staff are phenomenal and most classes are set in smaller group setting making it easier to have a connection with the students and professor. I highly recommend Appalachian to any student considering or not!
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The experience was great! I was not excited to attend Appalachian State, but after getting to have one on one experience with many professors and experiencing the culture on campus, I loved it. It felt welcoming, and I was able to challenge myself constantly throughout my time. As an alum, I still have great relationships with the university and honors college.
I've had an amazing experience here at Appalachian State thus far. The people here are unique, accepting and fun to be around! The professors truly care about helping you, and always there to talk to you and help you in any way, even when it's not their office hours. The food options on campus and around the town of Boone are amazing. Most things are locally grown and harvested, with plenty of Vegan/Vegetarian and gluten free/allergy free options. The atmosphere on campus and through out the whole community is one of adventure and excitement. The students really enjoy getting outside and getting active. The Blue Ridge Parkway has some of the best views in the United States, but I may be a little biased! Blowing Rock isn't very far away if you're looking for an adventure close to home--which is EXACTLY what I would call Appalachian State University--HOME.