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Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. Appalachian, located in Boone, N.C., is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.

Appalachian is consistently listed among the top 15 southern universities by U.S. News and World Report and a best value by Forbes and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazines.

Living in the AppState Community

Student learning and student success come from a challenging academic curriculum, active classroom environments and close collaboration between faculty members and students on scholarly activities. A strong emphasis on undergraduate research, global learning and interdisciplinary connections are at the core of Appalachian's academic activities.

At Appalachian, students learn to adapt to new environments, integrate knowledge from diverse sources and continue learning throughout their lives. An emphasis on community service, internships, campus involvement and cultural and recreational activities creates a lively, energetic and engaging campus environment where learning can take place both inside and outside the classroom.

Attracted to Appalachian’s beautiful setting, students and employees work to preserve the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is evident in campus operations: a wind turbine and other renewable energy projects, a commitment to making new buildings efficiently designed and LEED® certified, and research and academic degree programs that focus on issues related to energy, economics and the environment.