Appalachian State University is a public, four-year liberal arts and research institution of higher education located in the city of Boone, North Carolina.
Founded by brothers Blanford B. and Dauphin D. Dougherty as a teacher's college, Watauga Academy opened in 1899 in order to provide education for future teachers. By 1929, the institution offered four-year programs to its more than 1,300 students, and the school adopted a new title, Appalachian State Teachers College. Then, in the first part of the nineteenth century, Appalachian was granted regional accreditation. As the century progressed, the college transitioned into Appalachian State University, diversifying program offerings and expanding the physical campus. Today, Appalachian State is the sixth largest institution in the University of North Carolina system.
Appalachian State University promotes a “fundamental mission” in order “to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society.” The university’s vision states that it “aspires to be a model 21st-century, nationally recognized university combining the best characteristics of liberal arts and research institutions by resourcefully blending teaching and scholarship.” The campus features more than 15 academic structures, multiple dining facilities, a library with more than 200,000 square-feet, more than 20 residence halls, and 11 recreational and athletic facilities, located on over 1,700 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Student life at Appalachian State University includes more than 200 clubs, Greek organizations, academic and diversity groups, and sports clubs. North Carolina’s environment offers outdoor activities such as: snowboarding, skiing, tubing, rock climbing, hiking, rafting, camping, and fishing. The Mountaineers compete in NCAA Division I athletics and are members of the Southern Conference. ASU supports 20 varsity teams, which include basketball, cross country, track and field, soccer, tennis, golf, football, baseball, softball, and more. In addition, students interested in intramurals can join one of 19 club sports that compete with other regional institutions on a non-varsity level.
Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The campus environment at Appalachian State University includes a student population of about 17,800 students. There is a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1 and an average class size of 27 students. About 94 percent of undergraduates and 44 percent of graduate students study full-time. Additionally, there is an approximate 55 percent female student population and ethnic minorities represent about 12 percent of students. Just over ten percent of students attend from out-of-state, including a one percent international student presence. In 2013, Appalachian State University received 13,673 applications for admission and about 2,900 of accepted applicants enrolled. Of the fall of 2013 admitted freshmen, students had an 1139 SAT average, 26.1 ACT average, and a 4.05 GPA average.
Appalachian State University offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Programs are housed in: the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Health Sciences, Hayes School of Music, The Honors College, Reich College of Education, University College, Walker College of Business, and Cratis T. Williams Graduate School. ASU supports a number of special programs ranging from the Appalachian Transition to Teaching Program, and the International Educational and Development study abroad program to support for scholarly research and service learning projects.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
ASU offers online and hybrid degree programs for nontraditional students. All of Appalachian's undergraduate distance education programs support upper division coursework only for students, requiring students to first complete the minimum lower division coursework from a regionally accredited school. Bachelor’s degrees offered completely online include Business Education, Communication, Health Promotion, Management, and Nursing (RN-BSN). Extension campuses also host a number of degree programs, and are located in the North Carolina counties of Burke, Catawba, Caldwell, WIlkes, and Yadkin. A number of graduate online opportunities are available, including online graduate certificates, add-on teacher licensure programs, master’s degree programs, education specialist programs, and doctoral degrees. Online graduate studies range from fields in education to business programs.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Tuition at Appalachian State University depends on the number of semester hours, a student’s program of study, and state residency. Undergraduate students from North Carolina pay estimated tuition and fees of $6,583 per year and out-of-state undergraduates pay $19,750 per year for tuition and fees. Graduate students from North Carolina pay an estimated $7,084 and out-of-state graduate students pay $19,029 for tuition and fees. Distance education is charged by the semester hour, and also includes an Education and Technology Fee. Distance education rates are as follows:
- Undergraduate, in-state, $144.50 per semester hour
- Undergraduate, out-of-state, $557 per semester hour
- Graduate, in-state, $235 per semester hour
- Graduate, out-of-state, $820.75 per semester hour
- MBA program, in-state, $411 per semester hour
- MBA program, out-of-state, $966.75 per semester hour
Forms of financial aid include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Education and Training Voucher Program, North Carolina Grants, Federal Work Study and Institutional Work Study, Federal Direct Student Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized , and PLUS Loans) and outside scholarships. ASU also supports eligible military personnel and veterans through benefit programs with Veteran’s Affairs.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,813
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