A premier public undergraduate institution, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and fulfill their responsibilities to create a sustainable future. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion, which brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
overall first-year to sophomore retention rate
of undergraduates are employed or enrolled in postsecondary institution within 1 year of graduation
The five-year Strategic Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals. Progress toward these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff.
Appalachian has prioritized five of the nine Strategic Plan metrics: rural enrollments; low-income completions; rural completions; low-income achievement gaps in undergraduate degree efficiency; and critical workforce credentials.
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Take a 360-degree tour of each of our 16 universities, either on your desktop, laptop, phone, VR headset, or through the GEAR UP NC VR app. The GEAR UP NC VR app is the first of its kind, and the largest VR project for social good to date. This marks the first time a university system has used the technology across all of its institutions.