Appalachian State University
Dougherty Administration Building
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2120
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Appalachian State University is a public four-year university located in Boone, N.C. The school was originally established in 1899 as a teacher education institution, but now serves more than 17,000 students with a variety of academic interests and career goals. Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are available, including a growing number of distance learning opportunities. In fact, U.S. News & World Report gave recognition to the school’s online bachelor’s and graduate education programs for their student engagement and student services and technology. In addition, Appalachian State University was ranked third on the list of top public schools and fifth for up-and-coming schools.

Programs Offered

Students interested in enrolling at ASU can select from more than 150 degree programs across eight academic colleges. Available majors include, but are not limited to, anthropology, biology, English, psychology, communication, nursing, social work, education, accounting, economics, and marketing. Appalachian State’s distance learning division also offers 45 degree and graduate certificate programs to suit the needs of working adults and non-traditional students. These include programs in nursing, education, business, and health promotion, to name a few. Individual online courses are also available for those who are not ready to commit to a fully-online program.


Appalachian State University has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1942. The school has also earned specialized accreditation for their programs in marriage and family therapy, dietetics, speech-language pathology, nursing, art and design, music, theatre, and teacher education.


Students can submit their application via the ASU website. There is a $55 dollar application fee due at the time of submission for undergraduates. The early application deadline is November 15th, the second notification deadline is February 1st, and the third is March 15th. In addition to the online form, students will need to request their official high school transcript, or GED diploma, be sent to the admissions office. If students have completed any college course work prior to enrolling at ASU, they should submit these transcripts as well. In 2010, the school admitted 68% of applicants and 34% enrolled. For information about applying to the school’s graduate programs, please visit the ASU website.

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