Appalachian State University has received high honors in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings for its academics, value, innovation and other factors. Appalachian has placed among the top 15 public and private southern universities since the rankings were first published in 1986.
Appalachian State University has earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s highest “green light” rating for protecting student and faculty free speech, a distinction held by only 35 institutions nationwide.
The University of North Carolina Wilmington and Appalachian State University have both earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s highest, “green light” rating for protecting student and faculty free speech, a distinction held by only 35 institutions in the country.
The designation is awarded to universities with outstanding risk management and insurance programs, and in selecting designees, the International Insurance Society considers such factors as accreditation, curriculum, involvement with industry and faculty qualifications.
Appalachian State University has made Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes four-year colleges and universities for creating “dynamic pathways” to support the transfer of students from community colleges.
LendEDU said the Blue Ridge Mountains afforded Appalachian’s students “some of the best mountain sports in the country.” It also praised an environment conducive to studying such subjects as recreation and park management and outdoor experiential education.
Appalachian Outdoor Programs graduate assistant Chris Bartram's lifelong love and advocacy for cycling played a large part in Appalachian earning a bronze Bike Friendly University (BFU℠) award from the League of American Bicyclists in November 2016.
Appalachian State University has received a Utility Savings Initiative Achievement award from the N.C. Utility Savings Initiative and the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service.
Appalachian State University is one of 361 colleges and universities across the nation included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges: 2016 Edition. This is the seventh year the guide has been released, saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible green colleges. Appalachian has been included each time.
The designation means that Appalachian is among those colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. It has been awarded to Appalachian every year since 2010.
The strength of Appalachian State University’s study-abroad programs and student interest in global living and learning has placed the university near the top of rankings released Nov. 14 by the Institute of International Education (IIE).