Appalachian State University is located in North Carolina, in the northwestern section of the state. The college is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountain section of the state in downtown Boone. This small town has a population of less than 15,000 residents besides students enrolled at the college.
The university has an enrollment of almost 17,000 with about 2,000 students enrolled in graduate programs. Since it is a small college, it has a community atmosphere with a faculty and student ratio of seventeen to one.
Besides having a location in a beautiful section of the United States with many activities at nearby Pisgah National Forest, the university has many offerings right on campus. It was ranked Number 7 out of 592 schools in MyPlan.com’s 2010 “Overall Satisfaction & Happiness with Choice” student rankings. For students who are athletes, the university offers 20 varsity sports, 19 club sports, and more than 60 intramural sports.
Appalachian State University has been awarded other high rankings in several U.S. national publications. Among these are The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges” and Sierra Club Magazine’s 210 “Cool Schools,” and others. One of the buildings on campus, Frank Hall, was recently remodeled and has been awarded for its design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. It is a 203-bed residence hall. The “Cool School” award was awarded for the school’s variety of activities, academic programs, opportunities to study internationally in 200 sites abroad, and for its other unique offerings.
The university is competitive in its admissions with 13,039 freshmen applicants and only 2,743 enrollments. The average GPA for freshmen is almost a perfect 4.0 at 3.92 which reflects the emphasis that the college places on academic achievement. The vast majority of Appalachian’s students are from North Carolina, probably because of the low in-state tuition rate of $5,460 per year. Out-of-state students pay $16,772 per year. Room and board is not included in either yearly rate.
The beautiful main campus is located on a sprawling 1,300 acres, including a 410 are main campus. There are 19 academic buildings, a library with over 200,000 square feet, as well as an off-campus center in New York City. Twenty student residence halls house almost 5,000 students on campus and four dining facilities.
As far as academic offerings for students, the college also rates high in this department with more than 140 undergraduate and graduate majors. They are proud to have an 86.4 percent freshman retention rate and a 61.6 percent five-year graduation rate. The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University is one of the best as it prepares students for life in the world of business. The university has a global vision of business. Students not only study worldwide business, but they also have actual opportunities to study business overseas. Overseas opportunities are available in many different programs at the college, and if students stay on campus, there are multiple other activities to take part in. The Performing Arts Series is a production by the Fine Arts Department, including a live performance of Romeo and Juliet. Appalachian is a school with activities for all students who enjoy being active in the college’s programs.
Appalachian State University provides many opportunities for students to make a positive impact on the world in addition to providing a learning environment for them. When students have a Fall or Spring Break, they may decide to do something very special, such as planting trees in New Zealand to reduce their carbon footprint. Many local extracurricular activities are provided as well, and volunteering is emphasized at the college.
There are almost 100,000 active alumni who have graduated from Appalachian State University. They work throughout the United States and throughout the world and appreciate the preparation that they received from this university.