Appalachian State University
Top reasons you should go to App State
Investment in your future
You deserve a great return. How much does it cost to attend App State? Less than you might think.
Commitment to sustainability
Are you the kind of student who desires a deep and lasting understanding of sustainability? Our commitment to research, creativity, innovation, and practice is making a difference now and for our future.
Challenging and supportive academic environment
Are you the kind of student who enjoys the challenges of “discovering why”? From the moment you begin your Appalachian education, you’ll be expected to develop as a critical and creative thinker, an effective communicator, and an inquisitive local-to-global learner. Our faculty value the importance of thoughtfully considering context and will support your ambitions.
Opportunities to explore the world, abroad or at home
Are you the kind of student who aspires to lead a purposeful life as a global citizen? Through study abroad trips, international studies courses, relationships with scholars from around the world, and collaborative research abroad, you’ll have opportunities to engage in experiences that will increase your knowledge of global issues, regions, and cultures.
Find your community
Are you the kind of student who seeks learning beyond the classroom?
At App State, you'll find a community that will help you reach your personal and professional peaks—inside and outside the classroom. Get inspired and get involved in campus activities, develop valuable leadership skills and create lifelong bonds and friendships.
• 300+ clubs and organizations
• 50+ multicultural and international clubs and organizations
• 20 residence halls
• 10+ dining facilities (3 dining halls, 3 coffee shops, 3 markets, McAlister’s Deli, locally owned food trucks)
Best Colleges in America | Money.com, 2023
Ranked 30 among the "Top 50 Green Colleges" | The Princeton Review, 2023
Ranked among the "Coolest Schools" in the country | Sierra magazine, 2021
#2 Best Undergraduate Teaching | U.S. News & World Report, 2024
Best College Values | Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine
Ranked among "America's Top Colleges" | Forbes
Boone is a college town in the best sense—a place where people say hello on the street and a vibrant downtown is just a block from campus. The surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains attract outdoor enthusiasts year-round for hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, and other activities.
App State is known for its special combination of people and place, set in one of the country’s most beautiful locations—the perfect setting to strengthen your academic focus, discover your passions, enhance your leadership skills, and take the next step in your life’s journey.