Top Five Features of 2012

  • Marching Mountaineers

    The Marching Mountaineers

    Music combined with football and social activities help to create lasting memories for band members and fans alike. At 230 members, the Marching Mountaineers marching band are a source of pride and "Mountaineer spirit" for the Appalachian community.

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  • Appstate Students Working with the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Appalachian students work with the Blue Ridge Parkway

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is gaining more information about wildlife thanks to three young women from Appalachian State University who worked as biological technicians in the summer of 2012.

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  • Appstate Outdoor Programs

    Outdoor Programs gains national spotlight

    Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs has been recognized as a national leader in collegiate outdoor programming. The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) awarded Appalachian’s Outdoor Programs with the David J. Webb Program Excellence Award at the recent National Conference held in in San Antonio, Texas.

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    Welcome back

    Nearly 14,000 students applied for entry into the Class of 2016. This year's freshman class is one of the best yet at Appalachian, according to administrators. A total of 3,028 freshmen moved onto campus for the Fall 2012 semester.

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  • Distance Education

    Distance education adds more online classes

    For many adults, a college education or advanced degree is only possible if they continue living and working in their home community. Appalachian State University's distance education offers 45 degree and graduate certificate programs, at off-campus sites and online.

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Top Five News Items of 2012

  • 10 Coolest Schools

    Appalachian named among Top 10 “Coolest Schools” by SIERRA magazine

    For the sixth year in a row, SIERRA magazine is releasing its annual ranking of the nation’s “Coolest Schools,” and this year Appalachian State University has moved into the No. 10 spot. The rankings salute U.S. colleges that are helping solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate sustainably.

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    Spring commencement ceremonies held May 11-13 at Appalachian

    May commencement ceremonies were held May 11-13 at Appalachian State University. Individual ceremonies will were for each of the university’s seven colleges and schools. 

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    Appalachian remained No. 3 top public Southern university according to U.S. News & World Report

    Appalachian State University remains third among top public regional universities in the South and retains 10th place among the top regional universities in the South, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 America’s Best Colleges Guide.

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    Public viewing of the Transit of Venus held June 5 at Appalachian

    Astronomers at Appalachian State University answered questions about the Transit of Venus on Tuesday, June 5, at the Rankin Science Observatory on campus where eight filtered telescopes were available for the public to safely view the planet as it crossed the sun. The next transit of the planet won’t occur until 2117.

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    Early morning exercise is best for reducing blood pressure and improving sleep

    It may seem counterintuitive, but if you need to lower your blood pressure and also want a good night’s sleep, 7 a.m. is the best time to exercise.

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