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Why choose Appalachian? The most common reasons students come to Appalachian are: • Academic reputation, both overall and in specific majors • Location and the opportunities for outdoor activities • Size, including small classes and small-town atmosphere • Affordability when compared to other schools

Fast Facts: • Enrollment: More than 17,200 (about 15,100 undergraduate, 2,100 graduate) • Founded in 1899 as Watauga Academy

Alumni: • More than 100,000 living alumni


Academics: • 7 undergraduate colleges, 1 graduate school • 16:1 student/faculty ratio • 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs • 862 full-time faculty, 99 percent have highest degree in their field

Buildings and Campus: • 1,300 acres, including a 410-acre main campus • 19 academic buildings • 210,000 square-foot library • 1 off-campus center in New York City • 20 residence halls, housing about 5,500 students on campus • 3 main dining facilities • 11 recreational and athletic facilities • 1 giant statue of Yosef - the Mountaineer mascot

Your world opens up at

Appalachian State University

In our environment, feel inspired‌ be transformed‌ achieve more.



Appalachian State University in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina offers incredible preparation for life and career success. We’re a special combination of people and place, set in one of the country’s most beautiful scenic locations – the perfect setting to strengthen your academic focus, discover your passions, enhance your leadership skills and begin your life’s journey.

Explore Appalachian. . . Are you a traditional freshman? In these pages, you’ll find highlights of what makes the four-year Appalachian experience so rewarding.

Are you a transfer student? The majority of this book’s information still applies, and we’ve provided additional details tailored to your specific needs. Even more information can be found at


Challenging Academics

Challenging Academics Our professors will inspire and challenge you to become your best. Isn’t that why you want to go to college in the first place? Appalachian has:

Small classes – average class size is 25 students Accomplished faculty – 99 percent of full-time faculty hold the doctorate or other terminal degree in their field

Close, personal interaction – The student/faculty ratio

is 16:1, which means it’s easy to seek help outside of class, ask questions, and have opportunities to conduct research alongside your professors.

Appalachian’s learning environment feels like that of a smaller school, but it offers 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. If you’re not settled on a degree path, don’t worry. You’ll be supported by academic advisors and career counselors to help you find your way.

Dr. Cheryl Claassen

Professor, Dept. of Anthropology B.A., University of Arkansas Ph.D., Harvard University Dr. Cheryl Claassen came to Appalachian shortly after completing her Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University. On average, she publishes a book every four years. Her most recent book challenges long-standing theories about hunter-gatherer life in the southern Ohio Valley. Claassen has received three National Science Foundation grants and has been the keynote speaker at national and international conferences. This active scholar also leads student trips to Mexico and Guatemala, where she researches sacred landscapes, such as caves and mountain top shrines.


Degree programs Originally founded as a teachers college, Appalachian built its early reputation preparing skilled educators. Appalachian also cultivates leaders in business, science, the arts, communication, music, nursing and other careers. Today, Appalachian is also a leader in the fields of energy-focused green technology and the health sciences fields. Accounting Actuarial Sciences Advertising Anthropology Applied Archeology Biological Anthropology General Anthropology Sustainable Development Appalachian Studies Apparel and Textiles Appropriate Technology Art Art History Interdisciplinary Art Art Education (K-12) Art Management Athletic Training Biology Biology, Cell/Molecular Biology Biology/Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Biology, Secondary Education (9-12) Building Sciences Architectural Technology and Design Construction Management Business Education (9-12) Business and Marketing Secondary Education (9-12) Chemistry Certified Chemist Environmental Forensic Science Individually Designed Marketing and Business Pre-professional and Paramedical Chemistry, Secondary Education (9-12) Child Development Family and Consumer Sciences Psychology Child Development: Birth-Kindergarten Communication Disorders Communication Studies Community and Regional Planning Computer Information Systems Computer Science Criminal Justice International Studies Dance Studies Economics Environmental and Policy General International Economics Regional Economic Development Elementary Education (K-6) Electronic Media/Broadcasting English Creative Writing Film Studies Professional Writing English, Secondary Education (9-12) Environmental Science Exercise Science Clinical Exercise Physiology Pre-professional Strength and Conditioning

Family and Consumer Sciences, Consumer Education (9-12) Finance and Banking French and Francophone Studies French and Francophone Studies, Education (9-12) Geography General Geographic Information Systems Geology Environmental Geology Paleontology Quantitative Geoscience Geology, Secondary Education (9-12) Global Studies Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Graphic Design Health Care Management Health Education, Secondary Education (K-12) Health Promotion History Applied and Public History Multidisciplinary History, Social Studies Education (9-12) Hospitality and Tourism Management Industrial Design Furniture Design Product Design Interdisciplinary Studies American Studies Environmental Policy and Planning Individually Designed Internet Studies Labor Studies Liberal Studies: Modern Period Interior Design International Business Journalism Management Entrepreneurship General Management Human Resource Management Marketing Mathematics Business Computation General Mathematics Life Sciences Physical Sciences Statistics, BS Mathematics, Secondary Education (9-12) Middle Grades Education (6-9) Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies Music Education (K-12) Choral Music Education General Music Instrumental Music Education Music Industry Studies Music Performance Composition and Theory Instrumental Sacred Music Voice

Music Therapy Nursing Nutrition and Foods Dietetics Foodsystems Management Philosophy Physical Education Teacher Education (K-12) Physics Applied Physics, Secondary Education (9-12) Political Science American Politics International and Comparative Politics Pre-professional Legal Studies Public Administration Psychology Business Health Studies Human Services Natural Science Social Science Public Relations Recreation Management Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management Outdoor Experiential Education Recreation and Park Management Religious Studies Risk Management and Insurance Social Work Sociology Applied Research Methods Criminology and Social Control Family Development Gerontology Individually Designed Legal Studies Social Inequalities Spanish Spanish, Education (K-12) Special Education (K-12) Adapted Curriculum General Curriculum Statistics Studio Art Sustainable Development Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Community, Regional, and Global Development Environmental Studies Teaching Theatre Arts Education (K-12) Technical Photography Technology Education Secondary Education (9-12) Trade and Industry Theatre Arts General Theatre Performance Theatre Design and Technology Women’s Studies

“I loved the classroom settings at Appalachian. I was nervous coming into college but I had incredible professors who taught me a lot. They were always willing to help students personally. I love the fact that all my professors wanted to get to know me. To be able to sit down and talk with my advisor and get into classes they know I am qualified for was a great experience.” - Jamie Meier, Class of 2011, a Spanish education major with a sociology minor 8

Undergraduate research Appalachian encourages undergraduates to make new discoveries and offers grants through the Office of Student Research to support their endeavors. The opportunity to work alongside a professor on a research project expands instruction and gives valuable experience for jobs and for graduate school. Students frequently present their findings at local, regional and national professional meetings. Recent national attention to Appalachian student research includes: Annual representation at the National Sustainable Design Expo sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the past five years, nearly a dozen projects have received funding from the EPA’s P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet student design competition. Inclusion in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 competition in Washington, D.C. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, students designed and constructed a self-sustaining, net zero-energy home called The Solar Homestead.

Dr. Ellen Cowan

Professor, Department of Geology B.A., Albion College M.S., Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Among the university’s top researchers is sedimentologist Dr. Ellen Cowan. She was among a select, international group of scientists who drilled the Antarctic sea floor for indications of how global warming affected our planet in the past as part of the multinational collaboration called ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing). The scientists collected core samples dating back 10 million years. She studies the cores in Appalachian’s laboratories to predict change related to today’s global warming, an ongoing project that extends rich opportunities to her students.


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“Undergraduate research allows us to hone in on what we like and what we want to learn more about. I get to apply the knowledge I’ve learned in my lower level classes in a more creative and independent setting.” – Hannah Wallach, Class of 2011, an appropriate technology major researching various plants used to construct green roof systems

For high-achieving students

Transfer student honor society

The Honors College offers an even more enriching academic experience. This program attracts students in the top 5 to 10 percent of their graduating high school class. It develops independent and creative thinking, promotes open and provocative discussion, and nurtures a cultured and caring exchange of ideas. The Honors College also prepares students for leadership roles in their career as well as for graduate or professional school.

For transfer students, Appalachian has a chapter of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for those with at least a 3.5 grade point average after their first semester or who are in the top 20 percent of their incoming class. Tau Sigma provides a welcoming environment, as well as opportunities to get involved with Appalachian and assume leadership positions.

“The Honors program is what prompted me to apply to Appalachian. The opportunity for intimate and dynamic classes, the development of personal relationships with advisors and professors, the chance to study abroad and the push to enrich my education with a senior thesis really made Appalachian stand out from other schools.� – Meghan Kusper, Class of 2013, a biology major who was selected to conduct undergraduate research at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis


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“The academics are fantastic! The professors are engaging and fun, and you can always depend on those special professors to help you understand.” – Judith A. Connor, communication major with a double minor in English and media studies

Scholarships at Appalachian Appalachian awards more than $2 million in scholarships to incoming students each year. The top scholarships include:

Chancellor’s Scholarship ACCESS Scholarship The W.H. Plemmons Leader Fellows Scholarship The Diversity Scholarship Alumni Memorial Scholarship

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Solid Accolades U.S. News and World Report’s “2011 America’s Best Colleges Guide” The Princeton Review’s “The Best 373 Colleges” for 2011 The Princeton Review’s “The Best Value Colleges” for 2011 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2011 Consumer Digest’s “Top Five Values in Public Colleges and Universities” for 2011

Dr. Larry Keeter

Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Instructor, Department of Sociology B.A., Berea College B.S. and M.S., Harvard University Ph.D., Boston University

Dr. Larry Keeter likes to step outside the classroom when he teaches. In his sociology classes, students learn on site at locations such as the Martin Luther King commemoration at the university’s Multicultural Center, a Super Bowl ritual at Beef ‘O’Brady’s restaurant, the Oscar review in Greenbriar Theater and a St. Valentine’s Day Celebration at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. “Varying class environments increases learning and retention,” Keeter said. In the classroom, he seeks to minimize “boring” teaching methods by maximizing technology.


The basis of your Appalachian degree Throughout your four years, you will engage in a challenging, interdisciplinary approach to learning known as the General Education program. The program accounts for 44 semester hours, from First Year Seminar to the Senior Capstone Experience, and pulls from many disciplines and perspectives to form a liberal education. Through this special design, you will achieve the life-long learning and transferable skills that prepare you for life – wherever it takes you. Ultimately, the General Education program achieves four goals, regardless of a student’s major: • Thinking critically and creatively • Communicating effectively • Making local to global connections • Understanding responsibilities of community membership

Dr. Mark Venable

Professor, Department of Biology B.S., Western Carolina University Ph.D., Wake Forest University An expert in lipid metabolism, Dr. Mark Venable leads a student research team in a project titled “Linking Wastewater Purification and Biofuel Production.” Their work is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet design competition. “We use wastewater to grow algae and the algae to purify the water and produce biofuels economically,” Venable said. Their research can be applied to cleaning up water for people to drink, defeating global climate change through the use of more environmentally friendly fuels, and creating new industry opportunities that will provide jobs. The students presented their research on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during Earth Day activities in 2011.

Challenging Academics

Where to study Belk Library and Information Commons offers a great atmosphere for studying and homework. Open 24 hours on weekdays and extended hours on the weekend, the library features group and individual study space, 100 wireless laptops for checkout, a Digital Media Studio, seven film/video viewing rooms and five classrooms. Its collection fills more than 26 miles of shelving. Get help with research on any subject imaginable with the online resources. Qualified library faculty and staff, including student assistants, are on hand to assist and answer questions. After studying, take advantage of the library’s leisure reading, feature films, International Satellite TV and Wired Scholar coffee shop.

Go wireless! Appalachian has wireless Internet access in all academic buildings and about 98 percent of other campus buildings. You can bring your own computer to campus or use one of 2,500 public computer workstations, located in Belk Library and Information Commons, Plemmons Student Union and most academic areas. If you have a problem with your personal computer, we offer free tech support!



Bring your passport! Appalachian makes a point to introduce students to different cultures and teach them how to live and interact in a global society. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the world – through study abroad trips and through the many international faculty, students and activities on campus. The university is one of the nation’s top ranking institutions, as determined by the Institute of International Education, for the number of students who participate in short-term study abroad. Appalachian also has been noted as a model institution for internationalization by the American Council on Education.

Faculty-led, short-term programs

Nearly every academic area offers short-term study abroad led by faculty members. These include the Walker College o Holland Fellows Study in Asia, the Department of Anthropo exploration of indigenous cultures in Ecuador and Mexico, Department of Communication’s media program in Poland Total reach = 52 countries

“I am amazed by the cosmopolitan spirit at Appalachian. It’s great to meet colleagues and students from around the world, while sipping coffee at the weekly international coffee hour or being part of the diversity celebrations.” – Dr. Wei Xie, a native of China who is a professor of Chinese in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

“Spending a year abroad gave me insight into a whole different life. Thanks to my time abroad I now think and act in better ways, since I have been able to take positive aspects of other cultures and incorporate them into mine.” – Catalina Villacura, Class of 2012, an international business major who studied in Alicante, Spain 14


Challenging Academics

Alternative Spring Break

The popular Alternative Spring Break trips, which are created and led by trained student peer leaders, include international destinations. The trips immerse students in a week of community service, and purposeful reflection and fellowship. Because they’re planned by students, not staff, the trips result in especially meaningful personal growth. Total reach = 9 countries

Semester, summer and year programs

Appalachian students have access to approximately 200 foreign sites for semester, summer and year programs of study. The cost is similar to on-campus tuition, and you can choose an English-speaking location if you’re not proficient in a foreign language. Total reach = 27 countries

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Outdoor Programs Trip to Wales

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Business majors and student-athletes Hal Kivette ’06 and Graham Bunn ’03 started a T-shirt venture called 46NYC, whose sales support social justice causes.

Where will your degree take you? Innovation and creativity are hallmarks of Appalachian graduates. Among our 100,000 alumni, you’ll find leaders in communities across North Carolina and around the world. With a degree from Appalachian, you could be like these success stories: Brian Walls ’99, an award-winning systems engineer at Gemini Observatory who keeps the world’s most prominent telescopes in working order. He double majored in physics and astronomy with a minor in computer science. Helen “Frankie” Willis ’84, a finance major who purchased a percentage of Trucks Inc. in her twenties and turned the small company into a leading Southeast hauling company. She is now the company’s president. Electric tricycle maker Tommy Ausherman ’11, whose desire for a quick, safe ride to class led to the start of a business in the green technology industry while he was still a student. He double majored in appropriate technology and geography with a minor in mathematics. The Gregory Brothers, whose “AutoTune the News” videos became YouTube and iTunes hits. Michael Gregory ’07 majored in music industry studies.


Challenging Academics “It feels fantastic to be able to give back and see kids smiling and working with each other. I would definitely encourage more students to do something to give back to the community.” – journalism and English major Kerry Zimmerman, Class of 2011, who helped lead an after-school Creative Writing Club for Kids at the Watauga Public Library

Service-learning More than 25 disciplines at Appalachian include service-learning in their teaching, which allows students to contribute more than 100,000 hours of meaningful service to the local and global community. Appalachian’s service-learning activities, which combine coursework with community service, are nationally recognized. Through them, Appalachian students gain a better understanding of their role as community members and in turn become more concerned about local community issues and involved in creating possible solutions.

Nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit In addition to offering classes and a minor in entrepreneurship, Appalachian supports young entrepreneurs through its Center for Entrepreneurship and the Association of Student Entrepreneurs club. There is also an E Store within the University Bookstore where students can sell their products and services.

Dr. Miral Al-Tahawy

Visiting assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures B.A., Zagazig University M.A., Ph.D., Cairo University

Born to a Bedouin family in the Egyptian Delta region, Dr. Miral Al-Tahawy wrote the award-winning Arabic novel “Brooklyn Heights.” It tells the story of five female Arab immigrants living in Brooklyn, each facing internal conflict while struggling to adjust to American culture. “Brooklyn Heights” won the 2010 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and was nominated for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2011. It is being published in English by the American University in Cairo Press.


Get real world experience through an internship A great way to enliven your academic preparation is through an internship, which expands your skills and competencies in your field. Some majors require an internship, others do not; either way, the Career Development Center can help you search and apply for this opportunity. Internships can be found on campus, in students’ hometowns and in major metropolitan cities. Some can lead to full-time jobs after graduation.

Lorelle Rau ’09 graduated from Appalachian with a dual degree in studio art and art management with a minor in business. During her senior year, she completed an internship at Boca Raton Museum of Art in her home state of Florida. Rau, a former volleyball player for the Mountaineers, now works as an exhibitions assistant at Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C.

For qualified students, the prestigious Appalachian in Washington, D.C., Program provides an academic perspective of the nation’s capital. Students take a special class while interning at noteworthy sites such as congressional offices, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, U.S. Department of Defense, Amnesty International, National Geographic Traveler Magazine and the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

Support along the way Part of what makes Appalachian feel like a smaller-sized campus is the support you can access throughout your college career. Orientation – a one- or two-day overview of campus offerings at the start of your first semester Academic Advising – advisors can help you schedule courses and select a major University Writing Center – writing experts can assist you with term papers, essays and other writing projects Tutoring Services – for when you need a little extra help with your coursework Career Development Center – your go-to office for learning how to write a resume, apply for jobs and internships, ace an interview and more. 18

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Life-Changing Involvement

Life-Changing Involvement The classroom represents only half of your education. The rest comes through involvement outside of class, and Appalachian offers an energetic campus life to complete your college experience.

Housing for freshmen Appalachian’s campus has 20 residence halls that house approximately 5,500 students. All new incoming freshmen are required* to live on campus for fall and spring semesters, because this is where you begin making friends and building community. All residence halls are smoke free. Some are co-ed and others are single sex. Special needs housing is also available. U.S. News & World Report ranks Appalachian as a Best College for Learning Communities. There are 19 on-campus Residential Learning Communities within our residence hall system, which focus on particular interests such as academic majors, the arts, green living, community service and other options. *except those who are married, single parents, veterans or students living with a parent or guardian

Housing for transfers Transfer students are encouraged to seek off-campus housing, and there are plenty of options. Many are within short walking distance of campus. Others are easily accessible via AppalCART, the town’s public transportation system. AppalCART buses run on a biodiesel mix, so your carbon footprint is small even when you can’t walk to class. 19

“Being involved in the university’s ACT program has given me so many opportunities to lead through service to others. It’s given me a lot more confidence.” – Patrick Holder, Class of 2012, a history, secondary education major

Leadership development At some point in your life – either on the job or in your community – you will be called upon to lead others. The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership offers a number of opportunities to develop important leadership skills, so you’re ready when it’s your time to shine. They include:

Trailhead Academy – a four-day experience for entering first-year students Emerging Leaders Program – a 10-week program for first and second year students Keystone – a seven-week leadership development program for seniors Academic courses – including a minor in leadership studies Workshops – offered throughout the year for small and large groups W. H. Plemmons Leader Fellows Program – a four-year, in-depth experience A.C.T. (Appalachian and the Community Together) – the university’s clearinghouse for community service

Emerging Leaders Program Jake Gentry ’07 started an international nonprofit organization called Orphans to Ambassadors while completing his master’s degree at Appalachian in 2009. The organization provides orphanages with sustainable technologies and teaches the children and local community how to use them so they can become leaders in the green movement. While Gentry was a freshman in Appalachian’s Emerging Leaders Program, he formed his belief that he could truly make a difference in the world. “The program is designed to build your leadership skills and confidence. It did Besides the library, Appalachian has student computer labs in that for me,” he said. Raley Hall, Rankin Science Building, Plemmons Student Union and Walker Hall.


Life-Changing Involvement

Clubs and organizations What better way to make friends and tap into your leadership potential than to join, or even start, a campus club or organization? There are nearly 300 at Appalachian, from Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity to the Quidditch Club. Some of the more popular include:

Academics and Arts

Anime Club Association of Student Entrepreneurs Chinese Club College Music Society Forensic Science Club Future Health Care Executives Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association Music Therapy Student Association National Band Association North Carolina Association of Educators North Carolina World Trade Association Steely Pan Steel Band/Percussion Ensemble Tau Sigma Honor Society Walker Fellows

see the full list:

Dr. David McEvoy

Assistant professor, Department of Economics B.S., University of New Hampshire M.S., University College London Ph.D., Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst


Alpine Ski Team Athletic Training Students’ Association Climber’s Coalition Cycling Club Elite Dance Team Equestrian Team Men’s and Women’s Rugby Recreation Management Association Snowboard Team

Service and Special Interest

African Community Entropy Dance Crew Fly-Fishing Club Gaming Club International Appalachian Leadership Educators Men’s and Women’s Leadership Circle Nerd Network Operation Smile People Fighting Poverty Student Filmmakers Organization Student Wellness Peer Educators Sustainable Development Student Alliance Transfer Yosef Wine To Water Campus Chapter

Statistics is a required course for business majors, and Dr. David McEvoy realizes that most students don’t want to take it. “I understand that many students find statistics difficult and would rather shy away from it, so I put energy into engaging students,” said the economics faculty member. He has earned a reputation for keeping statistics relevant to students’ lives by using data in the news, such as Gallup polls and baseball statistics, to introduce concepts. He even uses bags of M&Ms as a teaching tool for analyzing data, such as the distribution of colors. He won the Walker College of Business’s teaching award in 2010.

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“It is amazing here because there is a feeling of community. I belong at Appalachian.” – Elizabeth Poplin, Class of 2014, a communications disorders major

Greek life About 12 percent of students pledge a sorority or fraternity while at Appalachian. There are 28 Greek organizations on campus, with about 1,200 members. Sorority members can choose to live in Appalachian Panhellenic Hall. Appalachian does not have fraternity housing on campus and off-campus fraternity housing is not recognized by the university.

Serving others Appalachian students possess a strong desire to make a difference. Two high-impact service activities are the Martin Luther King Challenge and the Alternative Spring Break trips. The MLK Challenge tackles local needs, while ASB groups – which often have a waiting list – travel domestically and internationally to address issues such as poverty, the environment or youth. The 15-hour Dance Marathon is one of Appalachian’s most popular service events on campus. It benefits community agencies that serve local children, and has raised more than $105,000 since 2003.


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Refueling Appalachian has three main dining areas, three markets and numerous vending machines located around campus. No matter where you are or what you want to eat, Food Services has something for everyone. Central Dining Hall is the newest and largest dining facility, located in the center of campus. Its Rivers Street Café and Sanford Commons offer a variety of options, from home-style cooking to Chick-fil-A, fresh sushi, salad bar, low-calorie meals and everything in between. This includes vegan and vegetarian options. Trivette Hall is a smaller, quieter dining facility located at the Duck Pond. It features Italian favorites as well as a hot food bar, deli bar, daily soup specials and desserts. McAlister’s Select is also housed in Trivette, for those on the go who are craving McAlister’s favorites. Plemmons Student Union features McAlister’s Deli, a familiar setting for enjoying large-portioned sandwiches, Idaho spuds and sweet tea while catching up with friends, and Cascades Café, where you can buy deli sandwiches, hotdogs, self-serve candies and snacks, milkshakes and more. Also in the student union, you’ll find Crossroads Coffeehouse where you can get shade-grown coffee, a relaxing atmosphere and oftentimes live music. The Market The Market is a one-stop destination offering snacks, fresh produce, drinks, and health and beauty aids. It has three locations on campus: beside University Bookstore in Plemmons Student Union, in Trivette Hall and in Appalachian Panhellenic Hall.

Food Services composts all its pre-consumer waste at Appalachian’s Recycling Center, which provides rich mulch used in campus landscaping.


Dierks Bentley, An Appalachian Summer Festival

Arts and Culture You’ll find a diverse and vibrant arts scene at Appalachian. With music, drama, the visual arts and more, there’s an event nearly every day of the year. These include: • Exhibitions and workshops in the visual arts • A performing arts series featuring world-renowned visiting artists • Theatre productions, concerts and recitals by Appalachian’s highly acclaimed Hayes School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance • Programs supporting student authors of poetry, fiction, plays and creative non-fiction • Presentations and workshops by renowned authors • A popular craft enrichment series offering workshops for all ages • A nationally recognized summer arts festival • A student-run programming series featuring an eclectic mix of artists and entertainment The Department of Theatre and Dance hosts performances almost every weekend of the academic year. And, you don’t have to major in theatre or dance to participate – all productions are open by audition to interested students who have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.


Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Hayes School of Music

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Where to hang out Sanford Mall is the central hangout in warm weather, while Plemmons Student Union offers year-round activity. The student union houses popular coffee shops and Cascades Café, as well as departments and clubs pertaining to student life – such as Student Programs, Multicultural Center, Women’s Center, the volunteerism/service-learning office (ACT), LGBT Center, Student Government Association and The Appalachian newspaper. Its Summit Trail Solarium, where you can sit amid lush greenery and cascading waterfalls, offers a nature fix even during the coldest months.

Appalachian Popular Programming Society The student-run Appalachian Popular Programming Society brings a variety of entertainment to campus. Wellknown performers such as Black Eyed Peas, Ben Folds and Jimmy Buffett have played in large venues on campus, while smaller acts perform in Legends nightclub.

Legends This campus nightclub has become a legend in its own right, bringing the best in regional and national entertainment to campus for more than 20 years. Legends nightclub has hosted performers such as John Mayer, Outkast, Chairmen of the Board, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (pictured) and Toubab Krewe. Nearly each weekend it hosts a dance night featuring a DJ and the latest music.


Your safety and well-being Your safety and your mental and physical health are important to us. They are what drive your success both in college and beyond. Safety measures on campus include University Police’s 24/7 patrol by car, bike and foot; more than 75 Emergency Blue Light Telephones; Mountaineer Safe Ride van service from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.; and educational and awareness programs. AppState-ALERT is Appalachian’s 24/7 emergency notification system that uses text and voice messaging, a siren warning system, PC desktop alerts, email and other technologies to alert campus of a lifethreatening emergency. The Counseling and Psychological Services Center offers free counseling, as well as workshops and educational programs, crisis services, assessments, recommendations and referrals, consultations and clinical and self-guided feedback. Walk-in hours are available. The M.S. Shook Student Health Service offers general health services, including a flu information center, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology/XRay, women’s health, travel services and more. Many services are covered by the student health fee paid with tuition each semester.

Campus media Published twice a week, The Appalachian student newspaper is run entirely by students. It has earned Marks of Distinction for the past two decades from the Associated Collegiate Press, as well as All American and First Class honors. Any currently enrolled, full-time student can apply for a position in writing, editing or assisting with the print and online production. Picked as one of the top three radio stations in the nation by MTV-U, student-run WASU prepares students for careers in broadcasting and related fields. Shows include sports, news and talk, blue grass and indie rock. Between 50-70 students are involved with WASU each semester. Former staff members have gone on to careers with CBS Radio, Clear Channel, CNN and other media groups.


Life-Changing Involvement About 30,000 fans pack Kidd Brewer Stadium, known as “The Rock,” for each home football game.

App! State! Experience the winning tradition of Mountaineer athletics. Appalachian has more than 450 student-athletes in 20 varsity sports and dedicated fans who love to wear the black and gold. It’s also easy to catch a game – tickets to all athletics events are free for students. Appalachian’s teams are members of NCAA Division I, the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. Nineteen compete in the Southern Conference, while Mountaineer field hockey is a member of the NorPac Field Hockey Conference. The football team won three straight national championships, in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Appalachian has won 31 of the past 34 Southern Conference Commissioner’s cups, which are awarded annually to the league’s top men’s all-sports program. Additionally, Appalachian is the only SoCon institution to win both the Commissioner’s Cup and Germann Cup (given to the conference’s top women’s all-sports program) in the same academic year – a feat it has accomplished eight times.

Men’s teams

Women’s teams

Baseball Basketball Cross country Football Golf Soccer Tennis Track and field (outdoor) Track and field (indoor) Wrestling

Basketball Cross country Field hockey Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track and field (outdoor) Track and field (indoor) Volleyball 27

Intramurals and club sports You don’t have to compete at the varsity level to enjoy the sport you love. University Recreation coordinates 80 intramural and 20 club team sports, from climbing and lacrosse to fencing and snowboarding. Through these leisure time activities, students learn the lifelong skills that contribute to their social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth.

Appalachian’s cycling team competes in road, mountain and cyclo-cross and has earned national team and individual titles. It recently moved up from Division II to Division I competition in the Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference.

Staying fit It’s easy to squeeze in a workout any day of the week. Appalachian has three popular facilities: the 120,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center with a 50-foot climbing wall, pool, basketball/volleyball courts, indoor track, weight room and more; Mount Mitchell Fitness Centre in Plemmons Student Union; and the Quinn Center on Stadium Drive. They offer state-of-the-art equipment as well as group classes in Zumba, yoga, cardio-boxing, spin and other approaches to fitness.


Breathtaking Location

Breathtaking Location Caring for the mountains we love to live and play in is a way of life at Appalachian. This is our home, and while we can enjoy the abundant opportunities within our natural world, we also have a responsibility to be good stewards so future generations can enjoy them too.

Taking care of our nest Our wind turbine and solar arrays on campus demonstrate our commitment to creating a greener, cleaner world. We make a difference in less obvious ways too: • Energy-efficient lighting, plumbing and heating/air conditioning systems • A LEED® Gold certified residence hall • LEED® certification guidelines in all new construction • Use of “Green Cleaning” products and standards • Composting and recycling programs

Renewable Energy Initiative Students feel so strongly about environmental issues that they voted in 2004 to charge themselves a small annual fee to support renewable energy projects on campus. The fee helps offset the university’s dependence on fossil fuels and educates students about alternative energy possibilities. Projects in recent years have included the use of biodiesel in AppalCART public transportation buses, a solar panel near Raley Hall, a solar thermal water heating system in Plemmons Student Union, and the 100-kilowatt wind turbine that generates enough electricity to power 15 homes.


Want to work in the green industry? Appalachian has been a leader in sustainability education for more than 25 years and offers three sustainabilityoriented degree programs: • Environmental Science • Sustainable Development • Technology We also offer the following program concentrations which have direct applicability to the green industry: • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture • Anthropology • Appalachian Studies • Biology • Chemistry • Economics • Geography and Planning • Global Studies • Interdisciplinary Studies • Government and Justice Studies • Women’s Studies


Appalachian was one of 20 institutions chosen from around the globe, and the only one from North Carolina, to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 held in Washington, D.C. Students constructed a 970-square-foot “solar homestead” using innovative solar energy that made the home 100 percent self-sufficient.

Breathtaking Location

Get out there Dip a paddle into cold whitewater, hike the Appalachian Trail or climb a nearly 450-million-year-old rock face barehanded. Outdoor Programs has the gear and expertise to help you make the most of your time in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outdoor Programs offers challenging outdoor experiences while promoting responsible and sustainable land use. Its activities also teach valuable self-awareness. You can learn your perceived limits, bust through them and be forever changed in a positive way. Outdoor Programs also prepares students for careers in outdoor leadership.

Activities include: • Kayaking • Hiking • Backpacking • Paddling • Climbing • Caving • Challenge courses • International expeditions Outdoor Programs Challenge Video

Students hike Roan Mtn. after storm

Yes, snowboarding is a legitimate course at Appalachian. It’s among physical education options that meet the General Education program’s wellness requirements. Snowboarding is also a club sport.


“Once I saw the scenery, the size of the school and the town of Boone, I knew I would love it here. I love how the entire town is all about Appalachian.” – Lauren Brown, Class of 2014, a communication major

Boone Appalachian is located in Boone, N.C., which Outside magazine named one of “The Best Small Towns” in America. Boone has about 15,000 residents and a vibrant downtown known as King Street. Stunning views of the mountains surround the area.

Things to do within minutes of campus: • Ski or snowboard at area ski resorts and terrain parks • Grab some coffee and conversation at a local coffee shop • Eat and hang out at King Street restaurants • Hike, climb and enjoy scenic overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway • Visit eclectic shops along Main Street Blowing Rock • Swim and play at popular waterfalls • Explore Grandfather Mountain with its wildlife and swinging bridge • Raft, kayak or fly-fish with a local outfitter


Value and Affordability

Value and Affordability Repeatedly cited as a best value by The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and other publications, Appalachian offers an outstanding education at a great price. Our out-of-state rates are comparable with many states’ in-state tuition rates.

Rent your books You can save hundreds of dollars through the University Bookstore’s textbook rental system. This program covers one book per course for most courses taught on campus for undergraduate students during the regular academic year and summer sessions. Additional textbooks must be purchased.

Scholarships Even with low tuition, cost is a major concern for many families. Appalachian offers scholarships, financial aid and student employment to help keep a college education within reach. About 65 percent of Appalachian students receive some form of financial aid; plus, more than $2 million in scholarship funds is awarded each year to encourage the endeavors of talented Appalachian students.

“I believe you would be hard pressed to find a public university of the size of Appalachian where the administrators, faculty and staff care more about the students than here. The students are afforded real relationships with their faculty, which makes this a very unique place.” – Professor Martha Marking, design/tech coordinator in the Department of Theatre and Dance


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Consider Appalachian If you want an experience unlike any other, consider Appalachian. We encourage you to visit campus and see for yourself how your world can open up to “Mountains of Opportunity.”

Schedule a campus tour Your two-hour visit includes a multi-media presentation, a discussion of admission criteria, a walking tour led by a Student Ambassador, and opportunities to meet with admission counselors.

Participate in Open House Held each fall and spring, Open House is a great opportunity to talk further with representatives from admissions, financial aid, academic programs and other campus support services. You can also take a campus tour and peek inside a residence hall.

Create a First Connections account To support your next steps involving Appalachian, be sure to use First Connections, your personal admissions website. At, you can: • Schedule a campus visit or register for open house • RSVP to admissions events • Meet your admissions counselor • Apply for admission and scholarships at the beginning of your senior year or prior to starting the transfer process • Check your application status to see when documents are received • Receive more information about Appalachian

Where we are

Appalachian State University Appalachian is within easy driving distance of major metropolitan areas. 36° 12’ 49.84’ N, 81° 40’ 43.04’ W A few examples are Charlotte, N.C., two hours; Washington, D.C., seven hours; 36.213843, -81.678621 Knoxville, Tenn., three hours; Jacksonville, Fla., seven and a half hours. Information on Boone and area accommodations can be found at


Apply for Admission Admission

If you’re a freshman… We are looking to enroll a group of new students who will be academically motivated in the classroom and who will bring a diverse pool of talents and interests to Appalachian. Admission decisions are based on meeting the minimum course requirements (MCR) for North Carolina and a combination of high school achievement and SAT or ACT score. (Appalachian requires the writing portion of the SAT and the ACT.) Admission is competitive; that is, we receive more applications than we have room for in our freshman class, so apply early, complete the application process in a timely fashion and make sure you meet all deadlines.

If you’re a transfer student… Many students start college elsewhere and choose to transfer to Appalachian. Whether you’re transferring from a community college or another four-year institution, our Office of Transfer Articulation (OTA) is there to help you navigate the transfer process. The transfer website contains all the information you need to know. You can also find check sheets online to help you determine how your college credit obtained at other universities/colleges will transfer into Appalachian. All important application information can be found online, but if you’d prefer a live conversation, give us a call at 828-262-2120. An admissions representative will be happy to speak with you and provide information and assistance (with Spanish-speaking staff also available).


Office of Admissions Appalachian State University ASU Box 32004 Boone, N.C. 28608-2004

Viewbook, 2011-12  

Appalachian State University Viewbook, 2011