Location: Boone, North Carolina
Funding: Public University
Size: 15,634 undergraduate
Percent Women: 55%
Tuition (one year): $12,952.00
Most Popular Majors: Exercise Science (1), Management (2), Elementary Ed (3), Psychology (4), and Biology (5)
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 63%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Appalachian State University’s website at www.appstate.edu/admissions.
Why Choose App State?
"I applied to App State originally for my major at the time, Music. I quickly changed my major after the first semester but I was still infatuated with the small town feel and Boone culture."
"I actually started out at N.C. State, but transferred to App State after my freshman year. I just didn’t feel like State was the right fit for me leading me to transfer. I chose App because I had been up to visit my sister often and fell in love with the campus time and time again. The students here are so friendly and we are so lucky to be surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains."
"I chose App because it felt like home away from home. I’m from West Virginia and so picking a school in a small, historic town tucked away in the mountains was a no brainer for me."
"I picked App for the great outdoor scene. There are great hikes and camping spots along the Parkway and I love skiing and snowboarding in the winter. My favorite place to go snowboarding is Beech Mountain. The outdoors were a huge draw for me and App provides kayaks, camping equipment, and other outdoor equipment for students to rent out."
"I applied to Appalachian because it’s a great value for an NC public university. It has a little bit of everything and located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains."
"Some of my favorite things about App State is the community. Students here are so friendly and welcoming compared to a bigger university. It’s not hard to make friends in class or out on the town. I also love our school spirit. App State has so much pride in our school. If it’s with our athletics, organizations, or even local businesses we take pride in being Mountaineers. I love that texts books are FOR RENT as well. I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on books every year."
"App’s campus is beautiful. All of it. Stand anywhere on campus and you’ll huge, beautiful brick buildings, mountains in the background, and happy students. Anywhere you go on campus is a post card kind of moment and I love that my school gives off that vibe."
"The best part about App is the people! Everyone here is so friendly and unique. We have such a diverse group of students and faculty and we are all united by our school. Coming from N.C. State, it was so easy to meet people here and I love the smaller classes. It is great to get to know your professors and get involved on campus. Not to mention the BEAUTIFUL campus. The Blue Ridge Parkway is just a short drive away and there are so many great hikes and views that I have taken full advantage of as a student here in Boone."
"Driving on the parkway on a beautiful day with the windows down; hiking, going to “Boone Beach” to layout, tubing down the river or jumping off the dam. All the beauty of the outdoors and the activities that go along with them. Also, being able to take snowboarding or skiing as a PE class is the best!"
"I love the tradition of tailgating on Duck Pond. Every football game, Greek organizations gather on Duck Pond to tailgate and it's the best part of Fall!"
"We have a lot of older buildings that need updating and, of course, the cold."
"This isn’t App State’s fault but the winter weather can get you down. Sure, I’m used to the snow but sometimes it can be a little much, especially since classes don’t get canceled often. Also, there is no Target in Boone. This was a major adjustment."
"The absolute worst part about going to school here is marching across campus, from class to class, in frigid temperatures. I can’t say I enjoy the harsh wind chill on my face at 9 a.m., or that I look forward to wearing 12 layers of clothing, but it is what it is!"
"The worst part of our school has to be the cold weather! It can certainly be a struggle to get up and go to class at 9:30 in a blizzard especially when other NC campuses are closed for just a dusting. However, the cold has its pros like winter sports, snow days with friends, and not to mention when our little mountain town gets covered in snow, it is an Instagrammers dream."
"Standing in line to get books each semester and return them can be a huge pain. It can sometimes take up to 3 hours to get or return books. The good thing is that students at App are extremely friendly so you can usually make a friend in the process. Also, we can't complain too much since one of the great parts about App is that we do rent our books each semester instead of buy them."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Being a first year student at App State is very exciting! There is not separate housing for 1st years but many get placed in certain, older dorms like Coltrane and Gardner. Orientation is a great time to get familiar with the campus and Boone area. The town and campus are relatively small, but if you’re new to the area it’s a lot to take in. Orientation is also a great time to ask as many questions as possible. This is your free pass before you become a naive freshman so take advantage of it. Even questions like “do I have to ask to use the bathroom in class?” because I wondered that myself in my first lecture. You can always take tours of campus before orientation. First year students mainly stick together unless you become involved with organizations on campus like athletics, Greek life, or clubs, which I highly recommend."
"I love that App does an overnight orientation. Getting to stay in the dorm with another student is awesome because it gives you a taste of what dorm life will be like and also allows you time to explore campus and the town a bit before moving in. Being a new collegiette was a crazy experience for me, though. I’m an out of state student and to say coming to a school where I knew nobody was difficult, would be a massive understatement. It was a bit challenging to settle in, but it was worth it once I met some friends and got involved."
"All freshmen participate in a summer orientation of 2-3 days where they tour campus, stay in the dorms and meet fellow first-years. There are pre-orientation leadership trips that are camping and outdoor activities. Freshmen all live on campus – east campus and west campus. East campus is nicer and newer but people don’t hang out with each other as much. West side is much older and rooms are smaller, but that leads to great experience bonding with people in your dorm and "surrounding dorms. I’m best friends with all the girls I lived with freshmen year and even met my current boyfriend in my dorm freshman year!"
"My freshman year, I went through sorority recruitment. It was a great way to meet people and find other girls with the same interests and hobbies. I loved that I have been able to stay friends with girls I met in recruitment that joined different sororities."
"App requires students to live on campus freshman year, but they don't gaurantee housing to transfer students. Some transfers have a hard time finding housing on campus if that is what they prefer. However, since the student body at App is so friendly, it was a breeze meeting people after transferring."
All About Academics
"App State was originally a “Teachers College” so our Education department is huge. We also have a large communications department as well as a great school of business. If you are looking at something in the Liberal Arts, this is your place. We do have Science majors like Bio and Chem but our school thrives on the soft sciences and applied arts. I am an advertising major and for my Senior Capstone I do have to create a portfolio to get me ready for the field. Some majors have similar projects like thesis’s or portfolios as well. As a freshman you cannot declare a major until you have 30hrs so you are put with a general adviser. Once you declare you are then given an adviser in your department. Course registration is at the end of every semester and goes for about two weeks. You are assigned a time to register based off seniority and the amount of hours you have, so seniors get the first pick. Registration can be stressful because you can have your heart set on a certain class and it can get filled before your time, so you have to be flexible and have a backup plan for your schedule. At orientation you learn how to register and register for your first semester if you haven’t already so that someone is there to guide you the first time."
"I came in as an apparel design and merchandising major, and the classes I took were some of the most challenging classes I’ve ever had. As a result, I lost passion for that department and changed my major to journalism! I had some great advisors and professors helping me out which made the switch easy. I’ll say that general education is a huge pain at App. I’ll be a senior next year and still have gen ed to finish. However, that being said, there are a ton of classes in the gen ed requirements to choose from and a lot that are fun, some that are tedious, but it’s all part of the college experience. We’re lucky to have a huge library on campus, with not only great places to study, but lots of resources. You can check out dvds and even get a library assistant to help you find books based on whatever projects or papers you have. But beware: finding a quiet place to study during finals week is a struggle."
"I think our biggest departments are education, health sciences, and the business school. All of these have great reputations at App State. The workload depends on the class, major, college, etc. As a business major, I haven’t been overwhelmed with work but I also haven’t had a walk in the park either. As I have progressed into my upper level classes the workload has increased, but that is to be expected. As far as the College of Business is concerned, I don’t believe there are any large final projects, but we all have to complete a business capstone class where you spend the semester acting as business owners in an online business simulation game. The game entails critically evaluating business risk, industry and competitive conditions, making decisions from a companywide perspective, and thinking strategically about a company’s market position. Registration can be a bit stressful, but I recommend looking up the classes you want prior to your registration time, writing down the course numbers so that you can enter them all in at once saving you a lot of time and unneeded stress. If a class is really popular, it can be difficult to get into it, but I have never had an issue with getting a class I needed in my time here. I personally don’t like our general education program we have here. Each major is required 44 hours of gen ed and that definitely set me back as a transfer student."
"The library is a pretty popular place to study, but it can sometimes be more of a social hour than a study session. It is helpful to rent a study room online if you need a quiet place in the library. However, when exam time rolls around I steer clear of the library because it is really crowded. There are tons of quaint coffee shops both on and off campus to choose from that make great study spots."
"Most popular majors are Business and Education. We have a great business department and education – especially elementary education. Every senior must take a “Capstone” course in their major that sums everything up and really helps you prepare for a career in your field. The library is an extremely popular place to study and there is a study room booking system that is helpful. It can be hard to get classes freshman year but by senior year you can pretty much get into anything you want."margin-bottom:.0001pt">
Learn from the Best
"Being an Advertising major in the Communications Department. Some of my favorite professors have been Gonce, DeHart, and Brewer. Classes at App are small, especially your major courses. I’ve only been in one ‘big’ lecture hall for my Gen Ed Sociology and it had around 150-200 people in it. Other than that my class have been anywhere from 8-50 people. Professors have office hours but I do not tend to go unless I really need some help or have missed an assignment."
"Like anywhere, you’re going to have some amazing professors that change your outlook and inspire you, and you’re going to have professors that you never want to interact with again. I’ve had both, but luckily I’ve had more of the great professors. In my experience, most professors are more than happy to help you outside of class and encourage you to go to their office hours—take advantage of that! Not only will you get clarification on things that you may not have gotten in class, but you will also show your professor that you’re really taking the initiative to learn and get help, which could boost your grade in the long run. Plus, meeting with professors outside of class gives them an opportunity to know you better, which really pays off when you need a letter of recommendation."
"In the business school, my favorite professors were Keller for Accounting principles 1 and 2, Heather Dixon Fowler for anything entrepreneurship related, Rebecca Quinn for Pilates, Shinnar for Organizational Behavior and Thomas Will for Venture Creation. I went to Panama for a short term study abroad with Heather Dixon Fowler and it was such a great experience; I highly recommend taking advantage of the study abroad programs at App!"
"Office hours are pretty common at least in my experience. It is a great way to get yourself known by the professor, show him or her that you care, and get any questions you have regarding the class answered. Most of my professors have really unique, fascinating backgrounds. It is great to hear their stories and how they relate it to class."
"As you get more into your major, the professors who specialize in your department are incredible! Ratemyprofessor.com really helps to find the professor that’s right for you. My favorite classes have been the ones that are specific to my major and have helped me realize I’m going down the right path. Also, taking snowboarding as a PE is so fun!"
Interests & Involvement
"There are many many clubs to choose from - clubs for pretty much every major or interest. Appalachian Ambassadors is the group that provide campus tours and it is extremely competitive and hard to get into. I am big into Greek life as a member of Chi Omega and that has been my biggest experience in a campus club. Through Chi Omega I have also played on many intramural sports teams."
"At App people love to participate in extracurriculars. Every semester there is a club expo in the Union where you can go and learn about different clubs and organizations. Usually people find out about clubs through their friends, peers, RA’s or even Professors. Apps is a popular club, they put on all of the events at our school like concerts and guest speakers. ACT is also a popular club focused on service work and volunteering. They run our annual homecoming blood drive that is HUGE. Greek organizations are also popular. Our community at App is small but growing and is very tight knit. I am a member of the sorority Sigma Kappa, the Advertising Club, and Her Campus. I enjoy all three tremendously because not only are they relative to my major or social life, but this is where I meet the majority of my friends."
"App has a ton of different organizations and clubs to get involved with that I couldn’t pick just one, so I’m active in several things. I’m involved in Greek life, Her Campus (of course), and App’s fashion club. It’s super easy to find something of interest to you; we have a huge club expo every semester where you can get more info on all the clubs. So whether you’re looking for a community service club, a political club, or an intramural team, you’ll find something to get involved in!"
"App probably has some of the most unique clubs of any campus, at least in North Carolina. We have a club or extracurricular for just about everything. People hear and sign up for clubs mostly from word of mouth, but we also host club expo in the Student Union where people can go and learn about the different clubs on campus."
"Our university has a vast selection of student organizations, which makes getting involved super easy and affordable, too. Check out a few of the clubs that make App so unique here."
"Our school is definitely known for Football. People love to tailgate for it every Saturday. App State football games are a lot of fun to attend and the student section is always full. Our school does offer a wide variety of intramural and club sports you can join."
"App football is no joke. People go all out, which makes going to the games more fun. There’s tons of other sports, including club sports and intramurals. We’ve even got a quidditch team. Seriously."
"App is known for football…the notorious game in 2007 when App beat Michigan will always be one of our university’s proudest moments. Our women’s volleyball team is also known on campus. The most popular events to attend are football games, but that doesn’t mean other events aren’t still fun. The great thing about football games in Boone is that the whole town basically shuts down on game days. King street is full of spirited fans, tailgating is all over the place, and restaurants are jam-packed. Club sports and intramurals are really popular and easy to get involved in."
"FOOTBALL! (we beat Michigan once upon a time). Everyone tailgates and goes to football games; other sports, not so much but they’re on the rise. The athlete culture definitely is very separate which each team having their own reputations."
"We have a lot of cool club sports teams. We have a club skiing and snowboarding team which is one of the great things about App being a mountain town. We also have some unconventional sports teams like quidditch."
"There are a variety of things women wear on our campus. If you’re going for comfort many women sport leggings with oversized t-shirts, flannels, or sweatshirts. Some girls also dress cute every day for class with jeans, a nice sweater, and cute flats. There’s a very relaxed vibe here so generally it’s whatever your personal style is. I typically dress down for classes during the week because I work out in between classes and do not feel like bringing a change of clothes. But there are absolutely no purses on this campus. You can spot a freshman a mile away because of her purse. Put your keys and wallet in your book bag to blend in."
"App has lots of resources for women, like our women’s center. There are women’s studies classes and clubs for female empowerment. It’s pretty easy to be a girl at App, because we have such a wide range of people here. You can wear whatever you want, do whatever you want, and hang out with whoever you want without feeling inferior or like an outsider."
"Girls wear a wide variety of things. Most people dress casually to class. When winter rolls around leggings, flannels, chunky knits, and bean boots are everywhere. App is full of diverse people and it is reflected in the outfits seen around campus."
"We have a women’s studies program, a Women’s Center, and the ASU Women’s Club. Our women’s programs are pretty popular and they hold many events like the Vagina Monologues, Pay Equity Bake Sale, and others to promote women and equality."
"Appalachian has an extremely progressive student population and women are definitely empowered on campus. There are many women’s clubs including organizations promoting self-esteem, equality, and healthy living."
Food & Drink
"We have two dining halls: one smaller on west campus and the main dining hall in the middle of campus. You can get everything from pizza, homestyle cooked food, wraps, subs, burgers, burritos, Chick-Fil-A... There's a ton of options. There is also a McAlister’s Deli in the student union as well as a soft-serve yogurt shop and a mini-cafeteria. The food is pretty average in the dining halls but everyone loves McAlister’s. Each dorm has at least one kitchenette in the building and there are a few apartment-style dorms on campus with their own kitchens. Boone has incredible local food and our “downtown” is walking distance from campus so students have the option to walk for nearby food options."
"I live off campus now and will admit that when I did live on campus I got really sick of dining hall food after two years. However, App has tons of options. You can always find burgers and pizza in the dining halls. But there’s also a massive salad bar, potato and soup bar, wraps and sandwiches, vegan and vegetarian options, and more. The meal plan is a la carte, which is great for avoiding the Freshman 15. Because it’s not buffet style, you only pay for what you’re really going to eat, so it helped me make better choices and avoid over indulging. Outside of the cafeteria, Boone has a lot of great restaurant options. We may not have a million restuarants, but we’ve got some awesome mom and pop style restaurants that makes the eating scene really unique. And of course we’ve got your typical chain restaurants like Chili’s."
"My favorite place to eat on campus is McAlister's. We have a ton of delicious local restaurants in Boone - my favorites are Our Daily Bread, Melanies, and Proper (all walking distance from campus). Another great thing about Boone is Boone Takeout! You can get them to pick up food from any restaurant in town and deliver it right to your door; this is really useful if you live on campus and don't have a car."
"Usually just people who live on campus eat at the dining halls, but I will grab something in between classes if I need to. Cascades beans and rice is my favorite meal on campus... I highly recommend it."
"People often go to house parties or the bars on the weekends. Frats often host house parties as well as Non-affiliated students. Freshman and Sophomores are often at House parties while Juniors and Seniors are often at the bars. People like to drink in Boone, but it’s not the only thing to do on the weekend or the only way to socialize, but it is prevalent. Obviously, we have a reputation for being ‘stoner hippies’ and yes there are a lot of them, but I haven’t been around drugs at App in three years so you can avoid it if wanted. If you don’t want to party you can always stay in with a friend or roomie, take a drive on the parkway, go out to eat or go see a movie."
"People here are open to meeting new people, of course there are cliques and groups but people like to add to those groups and make new friends. People don’t have parties during the week but people do go to the bars during the week. I personally like to go to trivia on Monday or Tuesday, and out to the bars on Thursdays."
"The social scene in Boone could be better… I’m involved in Greek life so there’s always something going on, but the gist of our social scene includes going to parties or bars. It’s pretty easy to get wherever you want to go because we have a lot of students that are beepers, so they provide safe rides for about $2. Some of my friends at other schools have to rely on taxis and allot at least $10 or $15 to get where they are going—each way! There aren’t really any big clubs in Boone, so if you’re looking for a college town with a club on every corner, Boone is not that town. Though it’s fun to go out on the weekends, I spend a lot of my weekends just seeing movies or ordering take out with friends."
"Definitely a lively party scene on the weekends. Fraternities and athletes are always having parties. There are limited options for bars but theres a strip of three double-wide trailers that are the main bar scene. Parthenon – get freshmen and sophomores mostly because the bouncers are lax checking IDs; Klondike – the “Greek life” bar and most popular; Tapp Room – more grown-up feel and very strict on IDs, but great beer selection. We have a beeper system to get around Boone: students volunteer on a Facebook group to drive sober and anyone can call for a ride anywhere; $2 per person each way, it’s really great!"
"We have a pretty good music scene in Boone. Student bands play at some house parties while bigger local bands play at the bars. There is usually some kind of show going on each weekend. Going to the bars is fun even though we have a pretty limited selection. I would go to Char for your dance/club experience, Boone Saloon for a chill night, Klondike or Tapp on gamedays (it gets crazy packed), and Murphy's or Portophino's if you're looking for some pool and a laidback environment. Once the weather starts warming up spring semester, students fill Klondike and Tapp's patio area."
"Dorms on west side are nice and dorms on east side are CRAPPY. Super old and outdated but I loved living there all the same. You can pick a roommate or you will be assigned a random roommate. The APH (Appalachian Panhellenic Hall) is the alternative to sorority housing. It used to be a hotel that the university bought and converted to a dorm. Each floor is a different sorority and girls have the opportunity to live there; I did and it was great!"
"The dorms as a freshman are usually small and older. You will probably live on West Campus as well. The dorms do have a great comradery though and it is very easy to make friends with your hall mates. You do not get to choose your dorm your 1st year but you can request a roomie. I lived with a friend from high school my freshman year. Everyone is required to live in a dorm your freshman year though, but after that it is very popular to move off campus."
"Living in a dorm isn’t glamorous, but it’s part of the college experience, and you meet a lot of people and have an opportunity to get involved in a lot of things. I roomed with a random girl my freshman year and it worked out great! I really encourage incoming students to live with someone they don’t know. Sure, it can be scary to share a room with someone you’ve never met, but it’s a great way to meet new people. Plus, you’ll more than likely have different interests and be involved in different things, so you won’t be glued to each other’s hips. If you room with someone you know and the two of you are active in a lot of the same things and have the same friend group, you’ll be together ALL THE TIME, and that will probably drive you crazy after some time. And if rooming with a random person doesn’t work out, you can always request a room change."
"I personally hated living in a dorm. I just didn't like being squished in a small space with someone else - no offense to her. I did enjoy the convenience of being on campus though. Now when I have to get up early and drive to class (especially on a frigid day), I miss the short walk to class I had freshman year."
"The APH is a great option since we don't have Greek Houses like many other schools do. Most sororities require members to live in the APH for at least a semester, and it is a great way to bond with your pledge class!"
"Mainly everything you need in Boone as a freshman is in walking distance or you can ride the Appalcart to get there. There are a couple of bars in town and restaurants that turn into clubs at night. The university is basically the town. Boone is very small and everything is located around our university. Sometimes people do have off campus internships but it is hard to find. Boone is very small with little opportunity for jobs/internships especially in most fields. Finding a summer internship in your home town or another city is usually much easier."
"Boone is an awesome little town. It’s small, but it has a lot of unique things that a city may not necessarily have. Some of the coffee shops and restaurants here are quaint and charming and serve food that you might not find at a typical chain restaurant. We’ve got a bunch of cute little shops downtown, but you can also get away and take a drive or a hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The shopping scene isn’t fantastic in Boone, but we’re only a couple hours from cities like Charlotte and Raleigh, so you can easily take a weekend trip there. The town thrives off the students, so you can always find great student deals at restaurants and shops. I do wish Boone was slightly bigger and had better shopping and more restaurants, but I also appreciate the small town charm of Boone when I go to other schools in bigger towns that don’t really have the same cozy vibe that Boone does."
"I love our little mountain town! I certainly won't stay here post graduation because I feel like job opportunities are limited in the small town of Boone (even though many people come and never leave!). We have abunch of cute shops along King St. which is walking distance from campus. We have a few nice boutiques along King St. but they are a bit pricey, we have so many yummy local restaurants, and the art scene is big. The first Friday of every month Boone has an event called Art Crawl and you basically go to local businesses along King St. and they feature local artists, have specials, and provide drinks - it is a great way to explore Boone with your friends and see what's happening in the community."
"ASU is a huge part of the town of Boone. Most of the people that live in Boone are either students or faculty. Sometimes I wish Boone was bigger for shopping or entertainment (we only have one mediocre movie theatre), but Blowing Rock and Banner Elk are just a short drive away. Asheville is just under two hours from Boone; it is great for a road trip with your friends to check out the Biltmore and the large selection of breweries and restaurants."
"It can definitely be challenging to find internships in Boone. You are better off trying in your hometown depending on your major. When it comes to shopping, we have some outlets in Blowing Rock with a J. Crew, Banana Republic, Loft, and more. I enjoy having the outlets but sometimes it would be nice to have a Target or a small shopping center to go to."
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