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Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina, United States
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (42)
Education & Training (27)



Appalachian was founded in 1899. The pioneering spirit necessary to overcome the mountains’ hardships quickly characterized the institution, giving Appalachian a special niche in higher education that continues today. After more than a century, students still feel the pull of this unique place to transform their lives.


Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. It offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. It is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.


Appalachian’s location in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina provides unique opportunities for research and scholarship. Passionate and creative faculty come here to stay, and students learn in academically challenging settings under their close mentorship. Small communities, access to diverse natural resources and significant weather patterns combine with a university culture that supports innovative, interdisciplinary pedagogy, making our location one that is not only stunningly beautiful, but also intellectually stimulating.


The Career Development Center empowers students and alumni, as active participants, to select and develop careers consistent with their values, interests, abilities, experiences, and education. Through career exploration and experiential opportunities, students are motivated to expand their knowledge of themselves and their skills relevant to the global economy and community. Career Counselors are available to offer on the spot resume critiques.

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Student services

There are lots of ways for international students and globally-minded US students to get involved on campus. Some of the opportunities we offer:

  • ACT
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Diversity Celebration
  • International Community Development Inititative
  • Multicultural Student Development
  • Office of Student Research

Housing services

Options for on-campus housing:

  • Students entering Appalachian as new freshmen are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing.
  • Transfer students are not guaranteed on-campus housing.
  • Current Appalachian students who were either not eligible (i.e., off-campus students) or not able to apply or select a room during the Housing Reapplication process can submit an application and be placed on the Housing Waitlist.
  • If you are taking summer classes and would like to live on campus during either the Summer 1, Summer 2, or both summer sessions, please visit the Housing Management System.

ICT services

ASU : ITS continues to make security one of our top priorities, and we encourage you to set up connections to our Secure WiFi Network for all devices you use to connect to the Internet. Each device must be registered in order to connect to the Secure ASU Network. ASU-Visitor : ASU-Visitor is intended for casual University visitor wireless access only.

Medical services

Student health and safety is our Chancellor’s top priority. In a recent nationwide survey, 95% of students indicated they believe something should be done if they witnessed someone in a risky situation.

What you will find:

  • Walk for Awareness
  • Counseling
  • Parent and Family Services
  • Women’s Center
  • Wellness
  • Mindfulness

Student Life

Campus life

At Appalachian, campus life amplifies what you learn in the classroom. You will find hundreds of programs designed to enhance your cultural, intellectual, leadership, personal and professional development. We call these co-curricular experiences, because they support – and are supported by – the classroom learning experience.There’s lots to do on and around campus, whether you’re all about the outdoors, love a good concert, are a movie buff or a gamer.Diverse and vibrant arts programs enrich the cultural and intellectual climate of our campus and region.Appalachian provides an active environment that supports your growth as a scholar and a leader.

Sports facilities

More than 450 student-athletes compete in 20 NCAA Division I varsity sports at Appalachian, and dedicated fans love to cheer on the Mountaineers. Appalachian joined the Sun Belt Conference in July 2014, after dominating the Southern Conference for more than 40 years. Whether or not you’re an athlete, there are many ways to get active at App and our setting is perfect for it!Sport Clubs:

  • Mountaineer Athletics
  • Outdoor Programs
  • Club Sports
  • Intramural Sports
  • Fitness Centers
  • Aquatics

Student clubs

Clubs and organizations are an important part of the Appalachian experience. Part of the mission of ASU is to help students develop skills so they will become good citizens and strong contributors in the communities they join. Appalachian State boasts 400+ registered student organizations.AppSync is your one-stop campus connector to leadership & involvement opportunities at Appalachian State. Every member of our campus has access to AppSync, and as a user, you can explore our 300+ clubs and organizations, connect with current organization members, and find out when and where they meet.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is easy but perseverance you can make it. Always leave negative thoughts and clink to positivity. Being a medical student is not easy. But my eager to know more made me join researchers. Now as an undergrad, I have publications. I know that this will increase my chances to do my specialty in Havard or Standford University.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

ASU is a great, well rounded university. I loved my professors, the coursework, the local scenery, and the people of Boone.

Incredible Campus + People
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Appalachian State University has given me the skills, knowledge, and confidence that I've needed to be happy making major life decisions regarding career paths. It has made it so easy that it has almost become enjoyable. The campus itself is incredibly beautiful and made only better by the surrounding town and mountains. There are so many natural attractions nearby that...

Boone, North Carolina, United States

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