App State has returned to pre-pandemic operations for the Fall 2021 semester, with safety precautions in place. There are no current plans to move in-person classes online. All students, faculty and staff should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Face coverings are required in all indoor campus locations for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Read the latest updates
App State is among more than 70 national and international higher education institutions that have joined the Universities Studying Slavery consortium. Participating schools collaborate to address historical and contemporary issues around race and inequality in higher education and campus communities.
Chancellor Sheri Everts conferred degrees upon more than 3,600 Mountaineer graduates as part of App State’s Spring 2021 Commencement. The university held 13 in-person commencement ceremonies May 7–12 and offered a virtual conferral of degrees by Everts to allow for the greatest possible participation and maximize health and safety of all participants.
CS4ALL — a professional development program offered by App State — is designed to expand access to and diversify computer science education for students at rural high schools in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The two-year program is supported by a National Science Foundation grant awarded to App State’s Drs. Rahman Tashakkori, Cindy Norris and Jay Fenwick.
App State student Tatum Schwartz found her major by taking an introductory course through the general education curriculum. Now she is excelling in sociology with plans for graduate school — she counts service-learning and undergraduate research among her most meaningful experiences.
Jesse Barber, a senior from Sawmills, combines his passion for photography, the environment, people and culture in his self-designed interdisciplinary studies major, focusing on documentary studies in Appalachia.
App State’s 2021 Diversity Celebration marked the 20th anniversary of this annual event and featured a full slate of virtual and in-person events designed to showcase diverse cultures through art, ideas and entertainment.
Appalachian State University alumna and adjunct instructor Denise Presnell ’93 ’17 has made it her mission to educate and inform the High Country about trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resiliency. In the process, she has engaged a village.
Justin Marks, a senior sustainable development major with a concentration in community, regional and global development, announced on national television he hopes to “save the world” — a plan playing out through his community engagement and service.
As part of the 2021–22 App State Common Reading Program, all incoming first-year and transfer students will receive an e-book copy of Nora Krug’s award-winning graphic memoir “Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home” during their orientation sessions.
App State’s Dr. Andrew Koricich is one of four co-founders and co-directors of the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges — a grant-funded initiative aimed at increasing appreciation for and understanding of U.S. regional, or rural-serving, colleges and their contributions. To date, the project has received more than half-million dollars in support.
Lynn Patterson ’89, university program specialist in App State's Belk Library and Information Commons, considers her relationships with students as an important part of her job. The alumna has mentored many students over her 30-year employment at the university.
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.
With the foundation and fundraising nearly complete for App State’s second App Builds a Home (ABAH) project, a “Walls-Up Build Week” event is scheduled on the App State campus in April to construct walls for a home built in partnership with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity.