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Appalachian State University

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Appalachian State University has built a national reputation for outstanding academics. With a student/faculty ratio of 17:1 and an average class size of 24, faculty members are able to take a personal interest in student progress, often becoming mentors, advisers, and friends - even tennis partners. That can only happen in a close-knit community. The university's athletic programs are as nationally significant as its academics and ASU's teams inspire spirited passion and attendance from locals and alums alike. ASU football games have been popular events for regional college sports fans since the 1930s when "Tweetsie," the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad, ran excursion trains to Boone with fans from far and wide.

Nestled at the base of Howards Knob, the university flanks downtown Boone, NC (year-round pop. 15,000), a small town that thrives as one of the Southeast's premier year-round tourism and outdoor recreation destinations. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, the nation's most popular unit of the national park system, and Pisgah National Forest, provide a beautiful natural setting with unlimited possibilities for outdoor adventure. Winter skiing at the Deep South's biggest ski areas is always a popular sidelight to an ASU education.

But it's the university's educational environment that shines, with annual accolades from national magazines for the quality and value of an ASU education. That includes highly regarded programs for campus energy efficiency and even international visibility for its solar and sustainable building programs. All of that and more is why ASU is one of the top campuses in the University of North Carolina, the nation's earliest state-sponsored university system.

Solid Accolades

Appalachian State University's consistent quality is reflected by high rankings in these national publications:

Comprehensive Degree Choices

Appalachian offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate major programs within the four academic colleges (Arts and Sciences, Fine and Applied Arts, Education and Business) and the School of Music. Additionally, Appalachian offers a doctorate of education.

Internationally Connected

Exchange programs with 41 universities in 17 countries make Appalachian part of the global academic family.

Contributors to Knowledge

A total of $11.1 million in research grants and contracts was awarded to the university in 2006-07. Appalachian encourages faculty/student collaboration on research and creative endeavors, so many of these projects generate special opportunities for undergraduates.

Supported by Alumni and Friends

Contributions to the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc. exceeded $11.6 million in the 2006-07 fiscal year. The Yosef Club for scholarships for student-athletes received $1.28 million in private giving in 2006-07, a 92 percent increase from 2004-05.

Volunteers in the Community

The Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) office at Appalachian provided an estimated $1.74 million of volunteer service to the community during the 2006-07 school year based on the national standard for volunteer time.

Engaged Audiences

The University Forum Lecture Series brings nationally prominent speakers to campus. Their views enliven campus dialogue on a variety of issues. In Spring 2008, the series hosted visits by writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem and award-winning scholar and historian Nell Painter.

Athletic Champions

Appalachian offers 20 intercollegiate varsity sports for men and women. The Mountaineers have earned both the Southern Conference's Commissioner's Cup and Germman Cup for best all-around men's and women's sports two years in a row - the only institution to do that and something Appalachian has accomplished eight times. In football, the Mountaineers have won three consecutive NCAA Division I FCS national championship titles.

Featured Events

Jun 24

Singing on the Mountain

6/24/18
The all-day gospel sing and fellowship returns to MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain for its 94th year. A dozen top… more
Jul 04

Boone 4th of July Parade

7/4/18
The Downtown Boone annual 4th of July parade travels east on King Street, starting at the intersection with Poplar… more
Jul 04

Fireworks Extravaganza

7/4/18
Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks show in the High Country! It's one of the most popular events in the mountains.… more
Jul 07

Kool & the Gang

7/7/18
Kool & the Gang have influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle… more
Jul 12

63rd Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

7/12/18 – 7/15/18
Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make… more
Jul 15

Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring

7/15/18
Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival for an… more
Jul 18

Hayes School of Music Faculty Recital:

7/18/18
The Hayes School of Music Faculty presents a program that explores chamber music that ranges in style from the iconic… more
Jul 20

North Carolina Black Repertory Company

7/20/18
Showtimes at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Written and Directed by Jackie Alexander The North Carolina Black… more
Jul 21

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

7/21/18 – 7/29/18
These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at half-time shows and on television. First-come,… more
Jul 21

The Hot Sardines

7/21/18
"One of the best jazz bands in New York today" (Forbes) makes its debut at Schaefer Center where they… more
Jul 24

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show -

7/24/18 – 7/29/18
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in America, held on grounds… more
Jul 26

Rhiannon Giddens

7/26/18
Singer-Songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder and front woman of the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina… more
Jul 27

Ashe County Bluegrass & Old Time

7/27/18 – 7/28/18
This annual convention brings top notch musicians and enthusiastic audiences together for two days of traditional… more
Jul 28

Complexions Contemporary Ballet: "From

7/28/18
Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition in a… more
Jul 30

Live eTown Radio Show Taping

7/30/18
This special event is co-hosted by Appalachian State University's Energy Summit and An Applachian Summer Festival… more
Aug 04

Kristin Chenoweth

8/4/18
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth makes her debut on the Schaefer Center stage to… more
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