Appalachian State University is known not only for its prime location nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina but also the beautifully structured campus and stimulating academic environment. Currently enrolling about 17,000 students and offering more than 140 undergraduate and graduate majors, Appalachian State is becoming more and more popular each year. The freshmen enrollment is very competitive with an average SAT score of 1141 and average GPA of 3.94. The tuition cost is very affordable at $5,746 for in state and $17,794 for out of state. This university is known for its smaller student faculty ratio of 17:1 and an average class size of 25 students. There are 6 undergraduate colleges, 1 music school, and 1 graduate school. This 1,300 acre campus consists of 19 academic buildings, a 210,000 square-foot library, 20 residence halls, 4 dining facilities, and 11 recreational and athletic facilities.
Appalachian State University is widely known for their athletic program. They offer 20 NCAA Divisions I varsity sports, 19 club sports, and more than 80 intramural sports. The Mountaineer football team has brought home a 3 year consecutive national championships title from 2005-2007. The Mountaineers have earned the SoCon Commissioner’s and Germann cups (awards that recognize the league’s top men’s and women’s all-sports programs) in the same year an unprecedented total of eight times.
Appalachian State is internationally connected with approximately 200 foreign sites for either semester of year-long programs of study. They are also committed to protecting the environment and promoting sustainability through alternative energy, economic development and research.
Appalachian State has a very diverse and exciting arts program. There is always something new and exciting to explore whether it be visual art exhibition programs, performing arts featuring world known visiting artists, theatre productions, or concerts and recitals put on by the Hayes School of Music. In terms of continuing education, Appalachian hosts many workshops, classes, and camps for adults and youth for the community.