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Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

Appalachian State, a public university, was founded in 1899, designated a Normal School in 1925, became a state Teachers College in 1929 and gained university status in 1967. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Fine and Applied Arts, and the School of Music. Its campuses, totaling 1,100 acres, are located in Boone, 95 miles from Winston-Salem.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students16,595
   Women9,149 (55.1%)
   Men7,446 (44.9%)
Graduate Students1,700


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate68% of 13,202 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineMarch 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA4.17 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math568 average
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading566 average
510-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing540 average
490-590 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite25 average
23-27 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $18,922
Out-of-state: $33,438
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,136
Out-of-state: $21,652
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met68%
Average Freshman Award$9,177
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 26% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes


Boone Population18,211
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 34% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Sororities12% of women participate
Fraternities 11% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.9% Asian
3.8% Black/African-American
4.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
84.4% White
1.5% Unknown
International Students0.9% from 70 countries
First-Year Students Returning87.1%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.52 4.02 586 617 25
Low 2.89 2.25 470 510 17
High 4.00 5.00 740 740 33
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The Appalachian Cultural Museum features exhibits about every aspect of the region, from moonshine to mountain music.

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