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IPEDS ID: 197869
OPE ID: 00290600
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Appalachian State University
Dougherty Administration Building, Boone, North Carolina 28608
General information:  (828) 262-2000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  Town: Distant
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  17,838 (16,025 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  16 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  Established in 1899 as Watauga Academy, Appalachian State University has evolved into a preeminent university located in a unique, rural mountain environment. As a member of the University of North Carolina, Appalachian's fundamental mission is to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society. This mission is achieved by providing undergraduate students a rigorous liberal education that emphasizes transferable skills and preparation for professional careers; offering graduate students distinctive, relevant programs; maintaining a faculty whose members serve as excellent teachers and scholarly mentors for their students and who produce high levels of scholarship and creative activities.

Appalachian recognizes that the success of the University depends upon the achievement and cooperation of a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff and strives to implement policies and allocate resources accordingly. We accept our responsibility to be actively involved in addressing the educational, economic, cultural, and societal needs of the changing region, state, nation, and world. As a publicly funded institution, Appalachian is committed to accomplishing its initiatives through efficient and effective resource utilization.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty901368
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-531
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$700$700$700$7000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,600$6,810$7,224$7,160-0.9%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,770$7,860$7,960$7,9600.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$15,451$15,948$17,833$19,0586.9%
Off Campus$16,921$17,298$18,869$20,1586.8%
Off Campus with Family$9,151$9,438$10,909$12,19811.8%
On Campus$26,763$27,996$29,881$31,2664.6%
Off Campus$28,233$29,346$30,917$32,3664.7%
Off Campus with Family$20,463$21,486$22,957$24,4066.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$4,303
In-state fees$2,690
Out-of-state tuition$16,248
Out-of-state fees$2,690
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition planX
  • The "other" alternative tuition plan offered is through Sallie Mae called the Sallie Mae TuitionPay Monthly Payment Plan.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,02267%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,17539%$9,215,210$7,843
Federal grants71724%$2,958,570$4,126
Pell grants71324%$2,878,021$4,036
Other federal grants1254%$80,549$644
State/local government grant or scholarships90730%$2,784,264$3,070
Institutional grants or scholarships1,02634%$3,472,376$3,384
Student loan aid1,36145%$7,614,266$5,595
Federal student loans1,33944%$7,038,940$5,257
Other student loans692%$575,326$8,338
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid17,20146%$49,103,505$6,819
Pell grants4,06926%$15,999,065$3,932
Federal student loans7,22246%$46,116,947$6,386
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$8,710$8,874$10,203
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$4,931$5,559$6,845
$30,001 – $48,000$6,346$6,889$8,379
$48,001 – $75,000$9,375$10,828$12,358
$75,001 – $110,000$14,197$15,588$17,096
$110,001 and more$15,131$15,859$17,536
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment17,838
Undergraduate enrollment16,025
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,329
Graduate enrollment1,813
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 94%
Part-time: 6%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 86%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 93%
25 and over: 7%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 89%
Out-of-state: 10%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 50%
Part-time: 50%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 9%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 89%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 28%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 62%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $55
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants12,2485,5296,719
Percent admitted63%62%64%
Percent admitted who enrolled39%42%36%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading520620
SAT Math540620
SAT Writing500590
ACT Composite2428
ACT English2328
ACT Math2327
ACT Writing78
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 87%
Part-time students: 50%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 67 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 69%
Transfer-out rate: 13%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 38%
6-year: 65%
8-year: 68%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 42%
6-year: 69%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 63%
Female: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 88%
Asian: 66%
Black or African American: 53%
Hispanic/Latino: 80%
White: 69%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 67%
Non-resident alien: 57%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Food Science and Technology, Other0---
Category total0---
Architecture and Related Services
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning6---
Category total6---
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Area Studies, Other36-0
Women's Studies3---
Category total66-0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General9918--
Category total14918--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Actuarial Science9---
Business Administration and Management, General139d51--
Business/Managerial Economics0---
Construction Management76---
Finance, General60--1
Hospitality Administration/Management, General41---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General---0
International Business/Trade/Commerce20---
Management Information Systems, General45--0
Marketing/Marketing Management, General94---
Category total598d98-1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Public Relations/Image Management69---
Radio and Television48---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric53---
Category total245d---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science335-0
Category total335-0
Art Teacher Education23---
Biology Teacher Education3---
Business Teacher Education4d---
Chemistry Teacher Education1---
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services-35-14
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-27--
Curriculum and Instruction-15--
Drama and Dance Teacher Education8---
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities44---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--1610d
Educational/Instructional Technology-79d-0d
Elementary Education and Teaching20221-0
English/Language Arts Teacher Education264--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education5---
French Language Teacher Education2---
Health Teacher Education5---
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-31-8
History Teacher Education507--
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching2921--
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching182--
Mathematics Teacher Education155--
Music Teacher Education190--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching25---
Physics Teacher Education1---
Reading Teacher Education-57--
Secondary School Administration/Principalship-9d--
Spanish Language Teacher Education11---
Special Education and Teaching, General-18--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other1---
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education2---
Category total494d331d1632d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Industrial Technology/Technician124--
Solar Energy Technology/Technician55---
Category total5624--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General914--
Category total914--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General10---
Child Development23---
Category total33---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature0---
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other-10-4
Spanish Language and Literature21---
Category total2110-4
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer13---
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General38---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management45---
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-10--
Music Therapy/Therapist40--
Public Health Education and Promotion56d---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse54d---
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-49--
Category total235d69--
History, General7710--
Public/Applied History-5--
Category total7715--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies1514--
Category total1514--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies12---
Category total12---
Library Science
Library and Information Science-39d--
Category total-39d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General105--
Statistics, General1---
Category total115--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies23--3
Category total230d-3
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science7---
Environmental Studies70---
Category total77---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science11614--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General74---
Category total19014--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other0---
Religion/Religious Studies13---
Category total24---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General32---
Geology/Earth Science, General11---
Physics, General1411--
Category total5711--
Clinical Psychology-6--
Counseling Psychology-0--
Industrial and Organizational Psychology-8--
Psychology, General2746--
School Psychology-5-5
Category total27425-5
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-30--
Social Work8125--
Category total8155--
Social Sciences
Economics, General32---
Political Science and Government, General958--
Category total24632-14d
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General12---
Commercial Photography24---
Dance, General9---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General16---
Fine and Studio Arts Management3---
Fine/Studio Arts, General26---
Graphic Design44---
Industrial and Product Design21---
Interior Design22---
Music Management23---
Music Performance, General149--
Category total2149--
Grand total3,4047741659
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined113101
Field Hockey19
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1942 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics11/1/1976 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship7/1/1994 -  Accredited
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels7/31/2005 - 4/15/2013No Longer Recognized
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs5/4/2001 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs8/1/1989 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/27/2008 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1997 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs(!)10/1/2014 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1953 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1997 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
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2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession041
Drug law violations123140133
Liquor law violations113175168
  • For 2011, Line b was changed from 142 to 140 because several arrests reported last year as on campus actually took place on Public Property. For 2011, Line c was changed from 233 to 175 because several arrests reported last year as on campus actually took place on Public Property.
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession011
Drug law violations6810688
Liquor law violations67108122
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible348
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft120
  • Burglary for 2011 was changed from 10 to 11 to correct on campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible247
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate4.8%3.6%3.0%
Number in default1399773
Number in repayment2,8852,6222,423
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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