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Appalachian State University

Are you the kind of student who seeks to live and learn with a community of scholars, to derive learning from every experience, and to catalyze lasting, sustainable changes in communities across the world? If this sounds like you, then get ready to

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Appalachian at a glance Just the facts Appalachian’s enrollment averages about • 18,500 students • 90% undergraduate • 10% graduate • 15% students from underrepresented populations

Alumni More than 120,000 living alumni from all 50 states and many countries across the globe

Academics • 16:1 student to faculty ratio • average class size: 27 • 99% of full-time faculty have doctorate, first professional degree, or other terminal degree • more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors

Campus • 1,200 acres, with 375 developed • 30 academic buildings • 210,000-square-foot library • 1 loft in New York City • 20 residence halls, housing about 5,500 students on campus • 3 main dining facilities • 11 recreational and athletic facilities

Arts Each year, App students attend, perform or showcase • 190 concerts featuring student and faculty musicians from the Hayes School of Music • 9 fully-produced theatre and dance performances featuring student performers, designers and technical crew • 100 performing arts events and lectures held at the Schaefer Center • more than 260 visual arts exhibitions and events held at the Turchin Center, the Smith Gallery and other arts venues across campus • 150 different concerts, movies and events programmed by students each year

Where we are located Boone, NC 3

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Think you understand sustainability? Think again. And again. And again. And again‌

At Appalachian, we blend environmental stewardship, economic responsibility and social equity into a unique understanding of what it means to be a part of a sustainable society. This framework for scholarship and research, set against the backdrop of one of the most stunningly beautiful locations in the world, inspires our students to learn in innovative ways about themselves, about their communities and about the world. Find out what it means to

go beyond going green.


of university waste will be diverted from landfills by 2022


in ongoing commitment and leadership in sustainability -Climate Leadership Award, 2015 5

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Are you ready for a changing world? Today, there is no such thing as a “foreigner,” only those who can demonstrate global competencies and those who cannot.

At Appalachian you’ll learn how to be a traveler, not just a tourist. But global learning at App means going beyond traveling abroad. From your first year experience to your last day, you’ll be expected to develop as a global citizen. This means being a keen communicator who is culturally aware and understands that global problems require local solutions, and local solutions are best developed with a broad spectrum of voices. See the world…

and see it again. “The more you understand about the wider world, the better informed, more compassionate, more aware, and more fully human you will be.” – Dr. Joe Gonzalez teaches in the Dept. of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan


in the nation

for number of students studying abroad among master’s degree institutions in 2015-16

35 countries

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Do you want to join a community that cares? At Appalachian, every member of our community takes responsibility for our collective well-being.

At Appalachian, we stand up, help out, and hold ourselves accountable for the wellness and safety of all members of the Appalachian community. Our students learn to lead as advocates for wellness, health and safety, so that no one has to face challenges alone. From a Center for Wellness and Prevention to our Dean of Students office, there are many dedicated people and excellent resources on Appalachian’s campus. Your community, your role:

care, concern and compassion. “As Mountaineers, we must continue to do the small things that make a difference to one another. These acts strengthen our community and allow us to better understand one another.” – J.J. Brown, Dean of Students & Vice Chancellor for Student Development


student clubs and organizations that focus on our community


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Do you seek to embrace diversity of thought, belief and perspective? At Appalachian, diversity is recognized as an essential binding agent of the interdisciplinary approach to education, as well as to the greater life experience.

Everyone has a story. We understand that in seeking to learn about others, we will learn more about ourselves, and become more compassionate and effective contributors to our classrooms, communities, families, businesses and societies. This spirit of inclusion means that we embrace the complexities of a rapidly-changing world, ask hard questions, and hold one another to high expectations. Join a community that seeks to live with

respect, humility and dignity.


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Are you driven to learn in academically challenging settings? When you understand how discoveries are made in your chosen field, you are well prepared to address the unsolved problems of the future.

At Appalachian, you will find a broad range of opportunities to explore your area of scholarship. Our low faculty-tostudent ratio means your professors will also be your mentors. The physical attributes of our setting, which offer small communities, access to diverse natural resources and significant weather patterns combine with a university culture that supports innovative, interdisciplinary research and learning opportunities. Discover what it means to

become a lifelong scholar. “There is a definite point in time when a student ceases to be a student and becomes a scientist in their own right.� – Dr. Libby Puckett teaches in the Dept. of Chemistry, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky


student to faculty ratio


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Are you someone who joins a community and gets involved? Appalachian provides an active environment that supports your growth as a scholar and a leader.

Appalachian’s faculty, staff and students have a strong service ethic and are actively involved in the communities surrounding Boone and throughout the world. You’ll find that campus life amplifies what you learn in the classroom. Hundreds of programs here are designed to develop your cultural, intellectual, personal and professional leadership. We call these service-learning experiences, because they support – and are supported by – the classroom experience. Learn to lead while you

take involvement to the next level. Since 2004-05, more than


of value has been contributed to the community via the ACT program (990,000 hours of service plus $500,000 funds raised) using the $23.07 per hour national standard for volunteer time. Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) is proud to partner with more than


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Would you like to learn in one of the world’s best places to live and play? You’re not alone!

Our students live and learn in a remarkable place. The stunning beauty of our surroundings, the arts and cultural events and many opportunities for outdoor recreation that make Boone and the surrounding area a popular vacation destination also make this an amazing location in which to live and learn. Boone’s collaborative campus and community environment contributed to our town being named by as America’s number two “diamond in the rough” town, one of National Geographic magazine’s “Best Places to Live and Play,” Outside magazine’s top 10 “Best Towns in America” and’s “50 Safest Cities in North Carolina.” Ask our App alumni – they’ll tell you that

once here, you never really leave.


U.S. college for outdoor adventurers -The Outbound Collective, 2016

more than


hiking trailheads within driving distance of campus 17

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So what’s it really like to be a student at Appalachian? We’re a special combination of people and place, set in one of the country’s most beautiful scenic locations. Appalachian is the perfect setting to strengthen your academic focus, discover your passions, enhance your leadership skills and continue – your life’s journey. The transformation that happens here is unforgettable and life-changing. We call it

the Appalachian Experience. “Humans tend to have world views shaped around the people we live with and interact with, and we can be wrong, and we might not know it if we aren’t exposed to other perspectives.” – Dr. Todd Cherry teaches in the Dept. of Economics, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming 19

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Life as an App student:

Student involvement Whether you want to get involved in Greek life, join the ski team, become a social justice educator, learn or compete in archery or Quidditch, plan a diversity celebration or preserve the Blue Ridge Parkway, sing a capella, work in the Women’s Center or LGBT Center, join the campus Republicans or Democrats or become part of the Nerd Network, there are nearly 500 clubs and organizations for undergraduate and graduate students. Join the community, make friends and get involved. If you don’t see a student club or organization that speaks to you, you can start one!


varsity Mountaineer sports teams


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Find your art Diverse and vibrant arts programs enrich the cultural and intellectual climate of our campus and region. Join us for an event – you can find one nearly every day of the year. “We bring world-class talent to our students.” -Dr. Douglas James teaches in the Hayes School of Music. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Thomas Patterson.

Game on More than 450 student-athletes compete in 20 NCAA Division I varsity sports at Appalachian, and dedicated fans love to cheer on the Mountaineers. In addition to our many outdoor recreational opportunities, we have more than 80 intramural sports and 21 club sports!

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Where to hang out There’s a lot to do on and around campus, whether you’re all about the outdoors, love a good concert, are a movie buff or a gamer. Appalachian has lots to offer, but if you can’t find a niche to fill, join the Appalachian Popular Programming Society and make it happen!

Where to eat on campus You’ll find plenty of choices among meal plan options: where to eat, what kind of food to choose and how to stretch your food budget. From local food options (nearly 15% of food served on campus comes from local sources) to the very popular BFD (breakfast for dinner) and steak nights, to ways to meet dietary restrictions, you’ll have lots of options at Appalachian. 23

Living in Boone Appalachian offers opportunities to choose a community to live and learn. As a freshman, you’ll be required to live on-campus and you can choose to live with other students who are interested in service, outdoor activities, education, business, and other interests. Whether you live on campus, off campus, with roommates or on your own, there’s lots to consider – and discover – at Appalachian.

Getting around town Boone is a college town and you’ll need to walk, ride a bike, or take the AppalCart rather than drive to your classes. These alternative transportation options keep our carbon footprint low! And, if you need transportation off the mountain, there are several bus companies that can assist you with getting to Charlotte, Greensboro and beyond.

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Finding a job while you’re a student Many Appalachian students work part- or full-time on or off campus with help from the Student Employment Center. Resources in the Career Development Center and academic departments assist students in finding internships and volunteer experiences that can prepare them for a future career.

After graduation Upon graduation, our alumni go on to earn advanced degrees, start up businesses or NGOs, build distinguished military careers, work overseas, and develop careers that take them in many directions, all while giving back to the communities in which they live and work. Don’t take our word for it – hear from App students. Check out these podcast series on iTunes: AppX: The “X”-tra information about what it is like to live, play, eat, study and graduate from Appalachian Dave by the Bell: Short conversations that showcase the character of Appalachian students. 25

What’s your major? Whether you know now, or need to explore, Appalachian offers more than 150 options, plus ways to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in around five years. Accounting Actuarial Science Anthropology Archaeology Biological Anthropology Social Practice and Sustainability Sociocultural Anthropology Apparel Design and Merchandising Art and Visual Culture Art History Art Management Studio Art Art Education(K-12) Biology Cell/Molecular Biology Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Secondary Education Building Sciences Architectural Technology and Design Construction Management Sustainable Building Systems Career and Technical Education Business, Finance and Information Technology Education Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education Family and Consumer Sciences Education Technology, Engineering and Design Education Trade and Industry Education Chemistry Biochemistry Certified Chemist Environmental Fermentation Sciences Forensic Science Individually Designed Marketing and Business Secondary Education Child Development* Birth- Kindergarten Family and Consumer Sciences Commercial Photography Communication Sciences

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and Disorders Communication Studies Communication, Advertising* Communication, Electronic Media/Broadcasting Communication, Journalism Communication, Public Relations Community and Regional Planning Computer Information Systems Computer Science Criminal Justice* International Studies Dance Studies Economics Environmental Economics and Policy General Economics International Economics Regional Economic Development Elementary Education* English Creative Writing Film Studies Literary Studies Professional Writing English, Secondary Education Environmental Science Environmental Professional Exercise Science Clinical Exercise Physiology Pre-Professional Strength and Conditioning Fermentation Sciences Finance and Banking Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Geography General Geography Geographic Information Systems Geology Earth/Environmental Sciences, Secondary Education Environmental Geology Paleontology Quantitative Geoscience

Global Studies Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Cross Media Production Print/Packaging Production Health and Physical Education, (K-12) Health Care Management History Applied and Public History Multidisciplinary History, Social Studies Education Hospitality and Tourism Management Industrial Design Furniture Design Product Design Interdisciplinary Studies Individually Designed Interior Design International Business Languages, Literatures and Cultures East Asian Languages and Cultures French and Francophone Studies German Spanish French and Francophone Studies, Education (K-12) Spanish, Education (K-12) Management* Marketing General Marketing Sales Mathematics Business Computation General Mathematics Life Sciences Physical Sciences Statistics Secondary Education Middle Grades Education (6-9)* Language Arts Mathematics Science

Social Studies Music Education (K-12) Choral Music Education General Music Education Instrumental Music Education Music Industry Studies Manufacturing and Merchandising Marketing and Promotion Recording and Production Music Performance Composition and Theory Instrument Sacred Music Voice Music Therapy Nursing* Nutrition and Foods Dietetics Foodsystems Management Philosophy Physics Applied Physics Secondary Education Political Science American Politics International and Comparative Politics Pre-Professional Legal Studies Public Administration Psychology* Business

Education Studies Health Studies Human Services Natural Science Social Science Sustainability Public Health Recreation Management Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management Outdoor Experiential Education Recreation and Park Management Religious Studies Risk Management and Insurance Social Work* Sociology of Health and Aging Applied Research Methods Criminology, Deviance and Law Families and Intimate Relationships Health and Aging Individually Designed Social Inequalities Special Education (K-12)* Adapted Curriculum General Curriculum Studio Art Supply Chain Management Sustainable Development Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture

Community, Regional, and Global Development Environmental Studies Sustainable Technology Theatre Arts General Theatre Performance Theatre Design/Technology Theatre Education (K-12) Pre-Professional Programs Pre-Dental Pre-Engineering Pre-Forest Resources Pre-Law Pre-Medical Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physician Assistant Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Theology Pre-Veterinarian (Studies in pre-professional areas are available within a variety of majors and require early consultation with academic advisors.) *Also available through Distance Education. 27

Selective Academic Programs The Honors College Appalachian’s Honors College students produce original scholarship while honing critical and creative approaches to learning. The Honors experience is characterized by intimate classroom settings which support rigorous coursework, open and provocative discussions and lively exchange and development of ideas. Specialized study-abroad and research opportunities prepare Honors students for leadership roles in graduate and professional schools and beyond. Honors students may choose an optional residential community experience. “The reward for teaching is seeing a mind wake up.” – Dr. Cheryl Claasen teaches in the Dept. of Anthropology, and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University

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Watauga Residential College In Appalachian’s Watauga Residential College, visionary and creative students live and learn together in a close-knit community, exploring interdisciplinary methods of learning in the classroom and beyond. Alumni “Wataugans” are thought leaders and scientists who live across the globe, serve in the Peace Corps, lead non-profit organizations, and run start-up businesses. Students reside in the Living Learning Center, where they benefit from a small learning community within a larger university setting. “I treasure the education experiences that students can have because of what we learn about ourselves and others.” – Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto teaches in the Dept. of Theatre & Dance, and holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University 29

Appalachian = value Appalachian has a national reputation for outstanding value. Our alumni laud the opportunities afforded them by their Appalachian degrees. Our out-of-state rates are comparable with the in-state tuition of many states. Even with low tuition, however, the cost of college is a concern for most families. Appalachian offers scholarships based on merit and need, as well as employment opportunities and financial aid packages so our students can focus on learning rather than debt.

Important dates

Nov. 15

Apply for admission, incoming first-year student merit scholarships and selective academic programs by Nov.15.

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March 1

Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. The priority deadline is March 1.

March 15

Transfer students should apply by March 15 for consideration for incoming transfer student scholarships.

“Sustainability is in everything we do here. It’s part of who we are.” – Dr. Shea Tuberty teaches in the Dept. of Biology, and holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University

Top merit scholarships Wilson Scholars Program – includes full institutional costs plus additional funds each year for experiential learning such as study abroad, research and/or internship experiences. Chancellor’s Scholarship – includes full institutional costs; offered through The Honors College. W.H. Plemmons Leadership Scholars Program – awarded to students who demonstrate academic achievement along with active involvement in high school or community activities. The Diversity Scholars Program – awarded to students who demonstrate and value academic achievement, exhibit strong leadership potential and eagerly identify ways to implement positive change. Academic Excellence Scholarship – awarded to first-year and transfer students with a strong academic record, demonstrated leadership and experience providing service to their communities. Alumni Memorial Scholarship – awarded to children of Appalachian alumni who excel in the classroom and have a desire to become a Mountaineer. The Dean's Scholarship for the Beaver College of Health Sciences – awarded to students intending to focus on a program of study within the Beaver College of Health Sciences. This scholarship covers full in-state tuition and fees for four years. 31

Ready to transfer to App? You’re serious about your education. We’re serious about helping you succeed. An easy transition

Appalachian dedicates a lot of resources – including an Office of Transfer Services – to make sure you can transfer in easily and graduate on time with the degree you’ve chosen.

Advising before you get here

A transfer advising team will begin working with you now. And, you can use the Course Equivalency Search to find out how courses completed at other institutions may transfer. Specialized transfer guides assist you with choosing appropriate coursework to meet both general education and major requirements.

Meaningful mentorship

Appalachian is known for professors who mentor. You’ll meet a faculty mentor in your academic department who volunteers to assist transfer students specifically. You’ll also find a community of engaged transfer students. Transfer student organizations, including Tau Sigma National Transfer Student Honor Society, will ensure you get connected. Transfer students even have a dedicated librarian who specializes in supporting your unique educational needs.

Making Boone your home

The Jump Start Appalachian program can help you find the answers and resources you need to live off-campus, find a roommate, or even a subleaser. Or maybe you’d like to join one of two on-campus Residential Learning Communities just for transfer students. If so, apply early! 32 #appstate

Transfer your credits. Transform your life. Twice a week, the Office of Admissions and Office of Transfer Services host Transfer Track campus visits. You’ll tour campus, learn how to apply and discover how your credits transfer to Appalachian.

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At Appalachian, we are active stewards of our state’s interconnected financial, cultural and natural resources. Through engaged scholarship, we balance critical, creative and global thinking in a living laboratory, transforming theory into practice and fostering responsible citizenship. We embrace our obligation to help create healthy, just, and sustainable societies by equipping our students to live with knowledge, compassion, dedication, humility and dignity.

Want to learn more? Visit campus. Meet our students. Learn from our faculty. Talk with our alumni. They will tell you there’s nothing on earth quite like living and learning…

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Apply now To be considered for merit scholarships, the Honors College and Watauga Residential College, you must submit your complete application for admission by Nov. 15.

First-year student application deadlines Nov. 15

*Receive admission decision by Jan. 25

Feb. 1

*Receive admission decision by March 1

March 15

*Receive admission decision by April 5 *Transfer admission operates on a rolling basis.

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

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