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Appalachian State University


Founded in 1899, Appalachian State University is one of the largest colleges in North Carolina. B.B. Dougherty and his brother D.D. wanted to open a school for future teachers. They saw their dream come to life when Watauga Academy opened at the turn of the century. Under the guidance of the two brothers, the school officially became the Appalachian Training School for Teachers just a few years later. It continued operating as a teaching college until the 1960s when it became Appalachian State University. The University of North Carolina later took over the operations of the school in the 1970s and made it part of its own school system. ASU is now the sixth largest campus in that system.

ASU found itself in the public eye several times over the years after appearing on national rankings of the country’s best schools. In 2001, TIME Magazine called it the College of the Year, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance twice listed the campus as one of the top 100 best value schools. Appalachian State University also appeared on a list of the most affordable schools released by Consumer Digest. U.S. News and World Report highlighted its graduate school as one of the nations top 10 and placed the college on its list of the top five best comprehensive colleges in the south.

Appalachian State University Accreditation Details

Appalachian State University originally received accreditation from the American Association for Teacher Education (AATE) back in the 1930s. After expanding into other programs, it applied for accreditation and received that accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The campus applied for renewal of both types of accreditation from the 1940s through the present day and still has accreditation from both organizations. SACS accreditation is a program accreditation, which is what gives the university the right to award degrees. AATE is an example of program accreditation, which means that an individual program offered by the school has accreditation. Some refer to this as specialty accreditation. Specialty or program accreditation is available through other organizations as well. Some of the organizations that gave ASU program accreditation include:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Psychological Association
  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social work Accreditation
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Appalachian State University Application Requirements

Appalachian State University now uses the common application, which is an online app that lets students complete many of the steps associated with applying to a college in one convenient place. While you will still need to make arrangements to send test scores and other documents to the university, you can complete most of the steps online. The common application saves the information that you submit, which makes it easier to apply to multiple colleges at the same time. All applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and submit a record that shows they took four English classes, four math classes, three science classes, two social studies classes and two foreign language courses.

You must pay a $55 application fee or submit a waiver that shows you cannot afford to pay. ASU also requires an official score from either the SAT or ACT that the testing board mails to the university and an official transcript from your high school. If you want credit for college or AP courses that you took in high school, you will need to submit transcripts from the college you attended or documentation from the AP testing board. The Office of Admissions will contact you if the university requires any other information.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost that students attending Appalachian State University pays varies based on whether they live on campus and if they are a North Carolina resident. Residents of North Carolina pay around $3,500 a semester as a full time student taking a course load of 12 credit hours. Out of state residents taking the same amount of courses pay a little over $10,000 a semester. Students who take more than 12 credit hours of courses pay an additional fee for each credit hour they go over. A meal plan and a dorm room on campus will add around $3,500 to that cost. ASU offers different meal plans and room types that cost more.

If you cannot afford paying for college out of pocket, you can and should fill out the FAFSA. This shows the amount of financial help you already have and the amount that you need. Appalachian State University offers packages to students that include a combination of subsidized loans, unsubsidized loans, grants and other aid. You may qualify for a work-study job on campus or for a scholarship because of your grades in high school. If you qualify for any scholarships, the university will send you details regarding how to apply.

ASU Student Experience

One visit to this North Carolina campus will help you understand why some call it the most beautiful campus in the nation. You can see the gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from almost any building. More than 100 programs are available for undergraduates, and graduate students can enroll in one of nearly 50 different programs. Some of the more popular degree programs on campus include history, psychology, art, sociology and leadership and education studies. ASU is also one of the only schools in the nation that offers a degree in Sacred Music.

Regardless of what major you decide on, you’ll have access to some great activities and opportunities on and off campus. The Blue Ridge Mountains region offers skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other winter activities. You may get involved in the Appalachian Popular Programming Society as well, which is the organization responsible for bringing in live entertainment and hosting unique events on campus. The campus also has its own Women’s Center, which focuses on bringing attention to issues relating to women and helping women living on the campus and in the surrounding community. Appalachian State University students believe in bettering themselves and improving the lives of those around them.