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Appalachian State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Appalachian State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Appalachian State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Appalachian State University was awarded 130 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

Appalachian State landed the #361 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Appalachian State also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in North Carolina ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Appalachian State?

Acceptance Rate

Appalachian State University has an acceptance rate of 70%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Appalachian State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 560 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 540 to 630 )
Appalachian State received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Appalachian State University  ( 23 to 27 )

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Appalachian State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Appalachian State University, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Appalachian State University is 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Appalachian State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 89% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Appalachian State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Appalachian State for first-time, full-time students is 46%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  46 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Appalachian State University.

Average Overall Diversity at Appalachian State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,381 undergraduates at Appalachian State with 16,421 being full-time and 960 being part-time.

Appalachian State Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

Appalachian State scored 56.08 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  56.08 out of 100
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How Much Does Appalachian State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Appalachian State is $14,018. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Appalachian State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,238 $9,826 $14,062 $18,076 $18,599

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Appalachian State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Appalachian State, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $5,519 a year. That adds up to $22,076 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Appalachian State is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Appalachian State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Appalachian State make about $38,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Appalachian State University make the most money.

Location of Appalachian State University

Located in Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian State University is a public institution. The location of Appalachian State is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Location of Appalachian State University

Contact details for Appalachian State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 287 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828-262-2000

Appalachian State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 75 majors graduated from Appalachian State University. Of these students, 4,172 received undergraduate degrees and 665 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 237 $20,200
Business Administration & Management 227 $38,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 204 $36,300
Health & Physical Education 190 $24,000
Nursing 177 $55,600
Public Relations & Advertising 174 $31,000
Teacher Education Subject Specific 147 $36,800
General Biology 146 $27,400
Design & Applied Arts 135 $33,100
Accounting 119 $40,900

Learn more about the majors offered at Appalachian State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Appalachian State

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 3,806 students took at least one online class at Appalachian State University. This is an increase from the 3,130 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,806 1,056
2016-2017 3,130 978
2015-2016 2,666 951
2014-2015 2,753 812
2013-2014 2,669 905

Learn more about online learning at Appalachian State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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