Appalachian State University in Boone

Boone, NC

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Appalachian State University offers 461-degree programs and 51 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 63%. The most popular test is SAT - 57% of students submitted it in comparison to 54% of students who submitted ACT. 45.1% are women, and 54.9% are men. 1% percents of international students. Appalachian State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Appalachian State University is 14165$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $11934 and $19387 per year. 69% of full-time Appalachian State University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $36,400, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Appalachian State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Appalachian State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$7,671
$30,001 - $48,000$9,545
$48,001 - $75,000$13,870
$75,001 - $110,000$18,266

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 4225

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


7360 of Appalachian State University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 45 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Appalachian State University number 12 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in North Carolina.

Students at Appalachian State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Other alternative tuition plan

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Appalachian State University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Appalachian State University graduation rate is above the national average.

69% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Appalachian State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Appalachian State University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 62%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 1% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Appalachian State University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 4% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Appalachian State University full-time retention rate is 86% and part-time retention rate is 33%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Appalachian State University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1560 - 1840

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 530 - 620
Math: 530 - 620
Writing: 500 - 600

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Appalachian State University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
23 - 28

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 22 - 28
Math: 23 - 27
Writing: 6 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

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For the High School Class of 2016:
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Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Appalachian State University is 16:1, that means that for every 16 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Appalachian State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Appalachian State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in North Carolina.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by B.b. Dougherty Admin. Building address in Boone, North Carolina.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Appalachian State University with 0.18% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Appalachian State University offers 461 programs in total: 278 are for Bachelor's degree, 129 - for Master's degree, 36 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 12 - for Post-master's certificate, and 6 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 196 universities in North Carolina state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree and Postbaccalaureate certificate programs offered. Appalachian State University is one of the few institutions in North Carolina that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 51 distance learning programs that are provided in the Appalachian State University: 21 are for Bachelor's degree, 12 - for Master's degree, 9 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate and 9 are Post-master's certificate.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the North Carolina state average data to help you compare.


Appalachian State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 16537 students with 496122 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1384 with 33221 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Appalachian State University

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Going to Appalachian State University was the worst decision I have ever made. I feel that I have wasted so much money and time there. I cannot speak for other majors, but I studied Recreation Management. This major needs work. Of the things I did learn, I cannot think of any real world application for most of them. I was required to take class after class of topics that had nothing to do with why I wanted to go to ASU. I know that college is sometimes about taking classes that will rarely or never be used in the future, but the classes I have found useless were most of the ones in my core curriculum. I feel like college should be about learning things you want to learn and having these classes add value to your future career. I may have taken one or two courses that I actually had a desire to take and have felt value from since. For a career focused in recreation or the outdoors, I would have been better off going to a number of other outdoor leadership institutions such as NOLS or the AMGA and I would have gained valuable knowledge and experience, two things I gained very little of at ASU. Perhaps I could have gone to a different college entirely. I have more debt than I will ever be able to pay off, only for the "accomplishment" of having a degree in Recreation Management. I would much rather have experience and knowledge than a piece of paper and tens of thousands of dollars in debt. My college loans have left my credit in such poor status that I cannot get a loan or purchase anything on credit. Upon applying for jobs, I am told I do not have enough experience. I am well aware that experience is often acquired outside of the classroom, but for all of the time and money I invested in college, I should have gained ample experience from the classes themselves. The jobs I have found that I am qualified for are all jobs that do not require a degree. In this field of work experience is always more important than a degree. For anyone interested in this major I would suggest instead going out and gaining as many outdoor certifications as you can and become part of an outdoor organization like the ones I mentioned above. You will go so much further in a career in recreation and you will save money as well. Of all of the graduates I know personally from Appalachian, many are now working outside of their field of study doing something they do not love, making very little money.On a positive note, I did like the teachers in the Recreation program for the most part. They were pleasant and had passion for their teaching. I just gained very little applicable knowledge from the content they were teaching.As far as the student culture goes, there are also lots of drunks and potheads; more so than other universities I have seen. I was once in a class where the discussion fell upon how to cheat their way through a drug test. I soon realized I was the only one in this class of thirty that didn't have to worry about finding a way to cheat in order to pass a drug test.Overall, going to Appalachian was an enormous mistake on my part; a decision I regret daily.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Nice place. We had to participate regional Math fair for my kid.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

This is a wonderful institution of higher learning that is chock full of impassioned educators dedicated to enhancing frontiers of research while sharing meaningful knowledge. Unique culture in the midst of Boone's warm and inclusive community makes App State feel like home.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Overall, this is an OKAY school. My teachers have all been great, I have learned quite a bit, and the tuition is affordable for the most part. However, there are two negative aspects of the experience that make ASU hard to recommend.First of all, the location. Sure, the scenery is pretty to look at, but at what cost? An overcrowded town to the point that drive thru lines spill out into the streets. I am dead serious. Go to the Cookout during the day and you will see what I mean. But this is only one example. Unless it's really early in the morning or late at night, traffic just lines up and freezes for a least a mile all the way down the main street (321).Problem number two, the people. The admissions associates are super sweet and friendly (because they want you to spend tuition money here), and that's about it. I can count on ONE hand how many friends I have made here. This place is full of rude, stuck-up hippies who are interested in little more than smoking pot and getting drunk enough to black out. Every time you turn around, there is someone wearing a shirt bearing the Greek letters of the organizations who force innocent people to do exactly this in order to get in. I have even seen people walking the streets with pillow-sized bags of marijuana in broad daylight. And another thing, there are so many people who are OBSESSED with going green. It's great to want to protect the planet, but to the point that you really look like an environmental goody two shoes? I think not.In short, it's pretty easy to get a degree from this school, but it comes at two prices that are not fun to deal with. When I graduate, I will not be very proud of myself, that's for sure.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Beautiful campus. But this is the only one school I couldn't find any restrooms, buildings were all locked (library, bookstore, cafeteria, ...).

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 287 Rivers St


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +8282622000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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