Appalachian State University provides the resources and support students need to stay focused and on track — academically, financially and personally.
“Our Early Intervention Team, Upward Bound program and Student Learning Center services — guided by the work of our stellar faculty — represent just a few of the programs that have led to Appalachian’s impressive overall retention rate to reach sophomore status, which is nearly 20 percent above the national average. This is among many reasons why Appalachian is the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina,” Chancellor Sheri Everts said.
Other points of pride:
- Appalachian’s six-year graduation rate for its 2012 first-year cohort is 72%.
- 72% of Appalachian graduates are paying off student debt as compared to the 47% national average. (Source: College Scorecard)
- The number of rural students who completed an undergraduate degree increased 12.8% between 2014 and 2018.
- Also between 2014 and 2018, the number of first generation students enrolled at Appalachian increased 39%, while the number of underrepresented students increased 37%.
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About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The 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 to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.