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 undergraduates 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 providing 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 take into consideration 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 picture. 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 educational institutions.

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 continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, good 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

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
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For the High School Class of 2017:
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 offered 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 fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore 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

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Best school EVER !! GO NEERS !! GO, FIGHT, KICK ASS !!

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:

Attending here in the fall of 2018, visited the campus and loved every minute

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™

Overall Rating:

I feel disappointed in the experience that my child had in the Duke TIP program at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. My child had a medical issue, which was described on her medical documents, at a social function and we received a call, and EMS was notified. However, instead of treating the medical issue initially, she was told she was having a panic attack and someone immediately stated someone from "psyche" needed to be called. This was upsetting to my child who was on the verge of losing consciousness. In addition, other students were frightened because EMS and police were on the scene and the music was turned up louder, and they were put in another area with no explaination. They were afraid, and other students had panic attacks because of the way it was handled. Treatment was received and the program was continued with a care plan.Within days I was notified that my child was ill again, this time with a respiratory infection, yet the symptoms were nausea and vomiting, dizziness and fluid behind the ears. She was given medication. I called to check in and couldn't get in contact with my child so I called the office. I was told there was no report of absence from class so I felt assured. However, I received a call from my child from the dorm room. Class was not attended, no one knew the whereabouts of my child, and no checks were done. I called the office to let them know where my child was, the illness, and asked if someone could please check in. I was told this would happen every 30 minutes and there was an apology for the confusion. I came to visit and upon returning to the school, there was a trip planned for laser tag. I asked if my child would be allowed to go, given the medical issues. I was told "yes". My child was allowed on the bus and on this trip. Once there, that changed. My child wasn't allowed to participate and the medical incident was given as the cause, despite what I was told in person upon asking.Another trip was made up the mountain. I asked the nurse if laser tag wasn't allowed, was it safe for her to do this and was it a hike. I was told the temperature would be milder and this was not a hike and shouldn't be strenuous. Another medical episode occurred after this and it was managed without medical personnel.A second trip to the clinic was made and I received a call from the doctor saying my child was there for continued upper respiratory infection and nausea. I had to explain her incident of the day before, as she was not at all notified of any of it. She stated she was glad she called me for more information because it was helpful. Then, I received a call from my child stating a one on one meeting occurred in the office for a discussion, suggesting an eating disorder because of the nausea and lack of appetite that was experienced during the time there. It was expressed to me that it felt like an interrogation and made my child very uncomfortable. All of these things lead me to feel this program is disorganized. I do not feel safe letting my child return in the future.

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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