Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

Brief Description

Boone, North Carolina's Appalachian State University is located near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Accordingly, many students attend school here because of the beautiful surroundings and the multitude of outdoor recreation they afford. Moreover, Boone, which gets its name from pioneer Daniel Boone, is a warm and lively college town that is energized by the population of some 17,000 students.

The vast majority of these students are enrolled in one of the university's more than 100 undergraduate degree programs. The rest take courses related to the 50 graduate degrees or pursue the Doctorate in Educational Leadership. In many respects, Appalachian State feels like a small liberal arts institution, yet it also boasts aspects of a major research installation. This successful blend, and the university's outstanding faculty, have placed it at or near the top of many "best college" lists, including U.S. News and World Report, Kiplinger's and Forbes'.

Founded as Watauga Academy in 1899, the institution's initial aim was to educate future teachers. Over the years, the curricula became more diversified, and the student population exploded. Today, the university is divided into several colleges, each one specializing in a particular area of instruction. Students may study anthropology or architecture, dance or geology. Environmental Studies is a particularly popular major, and Appalachian State takes its role as steward of the Blue Ridge Mountains seriously. Many students attend this university with the hopes of learning how to bring the principles of sustainable development to communities around the globe.

Graduate degree and certificate programs are just as diverse. In these programs, students learn to be teachers or computer scientists. One of the largest programs is the perennial favorite Business Administration MBA, which can be earned either on or off campus. Graduate certificate programs in foreign languages, addiction counseling and other subjects are also offered.

With a vibrant campus, excellent access to cutting edge technology and gorgeous surroundings, it's no surprise that Appalachian State University remains a popular choice.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 12112

Total institution enrollment: 13227

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Master's Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. They award 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608


(828) 262-2000


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 49%

Female undergraduate population: 51%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's

Accounting And Finance
Adult And Continuing Education Administration
Advertising And Marketing
Area Studies Other
Art Teacher Education
Arts And Design
Arts Management
Athletic Training And Sports Medicine
Biology General
Biology Teacher Education
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Business Teacher Education Vocational
Chemistry General
Chemistry Teacher Education
Child Growth Care And Development Studies
City / Urban Community And Regional Planning
Clinical Psychology
Clothing / Apparel And Textile Studies
College / Postsecondary Student Counseling
Communication Disorders General
Computer Science General
Counseling And Psychology
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Criminal Justice General
Curriculum And Instruction
Drama / Theater Arts General
Drama And Dance Teacher Education
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Education Of The Specific Learning Disability
Educational / Instructional Media Design
Electrical Electronic / Communications Engineer
Elementary Middle And Secondary Education
Elementary Teacher Education
Engineering Related Technologies / Technician
English Language And Literature General
English Teacher Education
Exercise Sciences / Physiology And Movement
Family And Marriage Counseling
Finance General
Fine / Studio Arts
Foods And Nutrition Studies General
French Language And Literature
French Language Teacher Education
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health System / Health Services Administration
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education Administration
History General
History Teacher Education
Home Economics General
Home Economics Teacher Education
Hospitality Administration / Management
Industrial And Organizational Psychology
Industrial Design
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Insurance And Risk Management
Interior Design General
Junior High / Intermediate / Middle School Teacher
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Library Science / Librarianship
Management Information Systems And Business Data
Marketing Operations / Distribution Teac
Mathematical Statistics
Mathematics Teacher Education
Medical Technology
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music Business Management And Merchandise
Music General Performance
Music Teacher Education
Music Therapy
Operations Management And Supervision
Parks Recreation And Leisure Facilities
Philosophy And Religion
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physics General
Physics Teacher Education
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public / Applied History And Archival
Public Administration
Public Health Education And Promotion
Public Relations
Radio And Television Broadcasting
Reading Teacher Education
Real Estate
Romance Languages And Literatures Other
School Psychology
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Sport And Fitness Administration / Management
Teacher Education Specific Programs Other
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling