Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Appalachian State University Ranked?

2022 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 276 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is commercial photography.

Overall Quality

Appalachian State is ranked #516 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 113 colleges in North Carolina, Appalachian State is ranked at #10.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Appalachian State?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Appalachian State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 70%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Appalachian State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 76%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  76 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Appalachian State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Appalachian State University has a freshmen retention rate of 88%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 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

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Appalachian State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,518 undergraduates at Appalachian State with 16,622 being full-time and 896 being part-time.

How Much Does Appalachian State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Appalachian State is $13,920. 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 +
$7,169 $9,884 $13,827 $18,376 $18,771

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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 3.9%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Appalachian State make around $38,800 per year during the early years of their employment. 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

Appalachian State University is a public institution situated in Boone, North Carolina. 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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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, 4,335 received undergraduate degrees and 717 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 250 $20,200
Health & Physical Education 235 $24,000
Business Administration & Management 218 $38,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 203 $36,300
General Biology 187 $27,400
Nursing 183 $55,600
Public Relations & Advertising 156 $31,000
Marketing 149 $35,700
Design & Applied Arts 144 $33,100
Finance & Financial Management 135 $49,300

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 4,490 students took at least one online class at Appalachian State University. This is an increase from the 3,806 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 4,490 979
2017-2018 3,806 1,056
2016-2017 3,130 978
2015-2016 2,666 951
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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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