BOONE, N.C. — As the Appalachian State University Community celebrates its Fall 2021 graduates, it also celebrates another year of Mountaineer innovation and progress, including several firsts and many sustained successes under the leadership of Chancellor Sheri Everts.
The university lauded its largest enrollment to date — with 20,641 students in fall 2021 — and a record high enrollment of students who identify as underrepresented.
The university announced its future App State Hickory Campus in November, which Everts said has the “potential to be the most significant advancement in App State history” since the university became a University of North Carolina System institution in 1967.
App State stepped up to become a COVID-19 vaccination site — administering more than 6,000 vaccine doses since hosting its first community clinic in March — and honored the Class of 2020 with a belated in-person commencement ceremony in September. The university also unveiled its first residence hall dedicated to transfer students.
Team Sunergy, App State’s solar vehicle team, returned to the podium with a first-place win in the Cruiser Class at the 2021 American Solar Challenge and a second-place finish at the 2021 Formula Sun Grand Prix.
Read on to learn more about App State’s 122nd year of educational leadership.
Aug. 27, 2021
App State announces a record-breaking enrollment of 20,641 students in fall 2021 — the largest enrollment to date — which includes historic numbers of first-year and underrepresented students. The 3.1% increase in overall enrollment supports the university’s continued slow and steady growth since 2014.
Aug. 12, 2021
App State’s solar vehicle team, Team Sunergy, swept the 2021 American Solar Challenge — finishing in first place for multiple-occupant vehicles (MOV), winning all three stages of the race from Missouri to New Mexico and clocking a total of 964.8 miles.
May 7, 2021
Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris has been named provost and executive vice chancellor at App State, effective May 7. Norris assumed the role in an interim capacity on Feb. 10, 2020.
Nov. 19, 2021
Today App State announced the purchase of a 225,800-square-foot building to establish the App State Hickory Campus in the state’s largest metro area without a public university.
Feb. 5, 2021
Beginning this fall, students who are transferring into Appalachian State University will have the opportunity to live in the university’s first residence hall designated for transfer students.
First-of-its-kind program will help meet surging demand for pet care
Feb. 10, 2021
Banfield Pet Hospital® has made a multimillion-dollar commitment to App State to support the development of a four-year online program for licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs) to address market demand for skilled veterinary professionals.
March 18, 2021
Appalachian State University hosted its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic March 11–12, with 680 doses of the vaccine administered to eligible staff, faculty, students and community members.
March 25, 2021
The Appalachian Police Department has developed the Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Unit to help build meaningful relationships and trust between APD officers and campus and community members from underrepresented groups. Read on to learn more about the unit and Cashae Cook ’14, who was appointed diversity, inclusion and community engagement officer in January.
March 30, 2021
App State has earned the No. 6 spot among large public schools receiving the Top 10 Military Friendly® Schools honor for 2021–22. This designation, awarded by VIQTORY, recognizes U.S. higher education institutions for their support of and resources for student veterans and active-duty military members. App State has been named among the nation’s Military Friendly Schools for more than a decade.
Dec. 15, 2021
App State has stepped onto the world stage as the lead institution to operate and maintain weather stations at the highest elevation on the planet — Mount Everest. Funded by the National Geographic Society, the project is creating new opportunities on campus and impacting climate research worldwide.
Sep. 26, 2021
Families and friends gathered in Holmes Convocation Center to watch 274 members of App State’s Class of 2020 cross the commencement stage during two ceremonies. These events — more than 16 months in the making — were part of a weekend of celebrations hosted by App State’s Office of Alumni Affairs, Sept. 23–25.
Aug. 13, 2021
E-book rentals lighten the load for App State students — both physically and financially. And, with immediate delivery, it’s easy to be ready for class from day one.
Sep. 3, 2021
Dr. John E. Thomas, who served as Appalachian State University’s chancellor from 1979–1993, died Thursday, Sept. 2, at the age of 90.
Sep. 17, 2021
App State ranks among the nation’s “Best” and “Top” colleges for 2021 and 2022, according to U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes magazine. The national publications recently recognized App State for its academics, innovation, benefits for student veterans, programs to enhance the first-year experience and other aspects.
Sep. 20, 2021
App State dedicated its Jerry Moore Plaza at Kidd Brewer Stadium prior to the Mountaineers’ first home football game of the 2021 season — honoring the legacy of the former App State head football coach. The plaza features a bronze statue in Moore’s likeness, which was unveiled during the event.
Oct. 8, 2021
App State celebrated its history and traditions during the fourth annual Founders Day, Sept. 17. The day’s events included a Bell Ringers Society ceremony and a lecture and tour of the historic Boone Cemetery, along with AppalFest on Sanford Mall.
Oct. 12, 2021
Appalachian Police Officer Development Program grads enter the criminal justice job market with a college degree, North Carolina law enforcement certification and up to two years of policing experience.
Nov. 1, 2021
For Mountaineer alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, App State Homecoming 2021 represented not only an annual return to Boone, but also a return to traditional in-person gatherings and activities.
Nov. 17, 2021
App Builds a Home held a Nov. 6 groundbreaking ceremony for its third build in partnership with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. Fundraising for the project is off to a strong start with a $20,000 matching grant from State Farm.
Nov. 22, 2021
App State has partnered with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools as part of the Wallace Foundation’s Equity-Centered Pipeline Initiative — a five-year, $102 million endeavor to prepare school leaders who are capable of advancing the district’s vision of equity in education.
App State Athletics
Oct. 20, 2021
Sellout crowd. Ranked opponent. And a field flooded with fans after a tiebreaking, game-winning kick. Chandler Staton's 24-yard field goal as time expired lifted App State to a dramatic 30-27 win against No. 14 Coastal Carolina on Wednesday night in front of 31,061 fans at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The victory moved the Mountaineers (5-2, 2-1) into first place in the Sun Belt's East Division.
What do you think?
Share your feedback on this story.
Want to join the Appalachian Community as an undergraduate or graduate student? Apply today.
We’re enhancing the App State Experience — with a stronger physical infrastructure and five-year goals that further empower human potential. Get the full picture through a special website detailing our growth and change.
Dec. 21, 2020
Revisit key moments, from a landmark fall enrollment of more than 20,000 students to a public health campaign to help slow the spread of COVID-19, that show App State resilience during a year of historic challenges.
Dec. 23, 2019
Celebrate year’s end with a look back at Appalachian’s 2019 accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, service and athletics.
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.