BOONE, N.C. — College Factual, a source of data analytics and insights on college outcomes, recently released two rankings that included Appalachian State University as a top school for specific types of students.
A top-10 school in North Carolina for veterans
College Factual recently included Appalachian in its 2018 “Best Colleges for Veterans” rankings. The university was recognized as a top-10 school for veterans in North Carolina.
College Factual ranked Appalachian sixth out of 49 colleges and universities in North Carolina for veteran friendliness — an advancement of one positon from the university’s 2017 ranking of seven.
“We are pleased to be recognized by College Factual as one of the top 10 best schools for veterans in North Carolina,” Chancellor Sheri Everts said. “Appalachian is dedicated to helping military-affiliated students thrive on campus and in the community. We are honored these students who have served our country so unselfishly have chosen Appalachian and we are committed to ensuring their academic success here.”
Additionally, out of 1,423 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. reviewed by College Factual, Appalachian ranked in the top 15 percentile for veteran friendliness.
An educational value for international students
Appalachian also excelled in College Factual’s 2018 “Best U.S. Colleges & Universities for Students From Outside the USA” rankings. The university placed within the top 15 percent nationally and fourth in the state for the quality of education the school provides to international students for the price paid.
Appalachian ranked 161 out of a total of 1,148 colleges and universities nationwide for educational value for international students. The university placed fourth out of 43 schools in North Carolina. This makes Appalachian an affordable option for students from outside the U.S. who wish to live and study in the state of North Carolina.
“Our international students broaden their classmates’ knowledge of the world through interactions inside and outside the classroom,” Everts said. “Appalachian has a strong commitment to accessibility and this certainly includes our international students.”
Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, associate vice chancellor for international education and development at Appalachian, said, “We are pleased to be recognized both nationally and here in the state of North Carolina for the exceptional value Appalachian represents for international students who wish to study in the USA.
“This success is a testament to the safe and truly welcoming nature of the campus and the larger Boone community. We offer multiple and diverse opportunities to our international students to meaningfully engage on and off campus so their experience is enriched, and they equally greatly enrich our campus and local communities.”
College Factual’s rankings for best U.S. colleges and universities for international students are intended to help students from outside the U.S. find quality colleges and universities. Some factors considered in the rankings include the popularity of the college for students from outside the U.S., the quality of the programs provided, as well as the presence of other international students on campus.
College Factual measures educational value by comparing the quality of education offered to the price paid. Schools that do well in this ranking offer excellent educational value for the money.
There are approximately 170 international students from at least 49 different countries studying at the university in the 2017-18 academic year.
Appalachian is a popular choice for students from China, Australia and Vietnam, and popular subjects of study for international students at Appalachian include business administration and management, international business and finance and financial management.
For more details, view College Factual’s complete coverage of international student life at Appalachian.
Read more about the methodology behind College Factual’s rankings for international students at Rankings for International Students Methodology and Best Value U.S. Colleges for International Students Methodology.
About College Factual
College Factual, located in Troy, New York, is the leading source of data analytics and insights on college outcomes. College Factual provides in-depth coverage for over 2,500 colleges and universities and over 350 college majors. These insights are available to students from over 50 countries interested in pursuing accredited college degree programs in the United States. Learn more at https://www.collegefactual.com
A Military Friendly School since 2010
Since 2010, Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Appalachian the designation of Military Friendly School. The designation places Appalachian in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. For 2018, Appalachian made Victory Media’s Top 10 list, ranking No. 9 among large public universities.
About the Office of International Education and Development
The OIED is responsible for spearheading the internationalization efforts at Appalachian. The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The university is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.