Appalachian State University

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In 1899, Appalachian State University was first formed by brothers Blanford B. and Dauphin D. Dougherty as a teacher's college for northwestern North Carolina. Nearly 70 years later, App State transformed into a comprehensive four-year public teaching institution in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. Annually, ASU enrolls more than 17,000 undergraduates and 1,000 post-graduates as the state's sixth largest university. Sprawling over 1,732 rural acres, Appalachian State University is nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone just 40 minutes from the Tennessee border. Standing at 3,333 feet above sea level, App State has one of the highest elevations of any college east of the Mississippi River.

According to the U.S. News, Appalachian State is ranked the 10th best regional college, 3rd top public school, 13th best value university, and 4th most innovative school in the South. In particular, ASU is recognized for America's 212nd best online bachelor's degrees. App State was included within the Princeton Review's "Best in the Southeast" schools. Forbes named Appalachian State University the 385th top college overall. ASU was crowned the 9th best bang for the buck in the Southeast by Washington Monthly. App State was also honored as the nation's 171st best master's institution for civic engagement. TIME magazine even named Appalachian State University the "College of the Year" in 2001.

Appalachian State University Accreditation Details

Last reaffirmed in 2015, Appalachian State University is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This third-party approval is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV funding. In addition, ASU has 14 discipline-specific accreditations. Mental health degrees are aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Creative programs are granted approval via the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Education degrees meet the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Computer science programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC).

Appalachian State University Application Requirements

With an average acceptance rate of 62 percent, Appalachian State University is a selective school with high admissions criteria. First-year freshmen must hold a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Minimum course requirements (MCR) for the UNC system mandate four years of English, four years of math, three years of science, two years of social science, and two years of one foreign language. On average, admitted students have a weighted GPA of 4.20. Applicants under age 21 must submit standardized test scores. Freshmen score an average of 26 on the ACT and 1179 on the SAT, excluding writing.

Transfer students wishing to attend App State must have completed at least 30 undergraduate credits at a regionally accredited college. Incoming transfers should have graduated from high school at least one academic year. AP and IB credits can't count. Undergrad transfers must hold a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher. International learners who score 85 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL are given priority. At the graduate level, applicants must hold at least a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Carrying a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies is necessary. Certain programs will require satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores.

Before the March 15th deadline, students applying to Appalachian State University must submit the following online:

• Common Application form
• Official academic transcripts (grades 9-12 and college)
• College entrance exam results
• Merit-based scholarship application
• Payment for $55 non-refundable fee

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates from North Carolina pay $3,558 every semester at ASU. Non-resident undergrad learners must afford $10,471 each full-time semester. These figures include the $1,437 education fee and $140 health services fee. Part-time students are billed $974 (in-state) or $2,702 (out-of-state) per semester. Room and board is estimated at $2,112 and $1,015 respectively each semester. Graduate App State students from North Carolina are charged $3,704 per full-time semester. Full-time, non-resident graduates will pay $9,975 per semester. Part-time graduates can pay $1,565 (in-state) and $4,701 (out-of-state) each semester.

Around 70 percent of beginning full-time students at Appalachian State University receive financial aid. After filing the FAFSA, students could qualify for borrowing Federal Perkins, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized, or Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans. Federal Parents PLUS loans are accepted. Free gift aid is available with the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In-state residents should apply for the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship, UNC Need-Based Grant, or North Carolina Student Incentive Grant. Federal Work-Study (FWS) is offered for part-time campus jobs. Many scholarships are awarded, such as the Wilson Scholars Program, Plemmons Leader Fellows Scholarship, Diversity Scholarship, Alumni Memorial Scholarship, and Daniels Scholarship.

Degrees Available at Appalachian State

Across ASU's nine academic colleges, students can currently select from 174 undergraduate and 37 graduate majors, including an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Distance education is provided at three off-campus centers in Hickory, Morganton, and Lenoir. With the student-faculty ratio of 16:1, around 35 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. App State is particularly well-known for its social science programs in the Watauga Residential College. Two example degrees offered are:

B.S. in Fermentation Sciences

Established in 2012, the B.S. in Fermentation Sciences is a relatively new program available for Appalachian State undergraduates interested in learning the bio-processing technology for careers in wine and brewing. Requiring 122 credits, the curriculum has a strong foundation in chemistry, biology, agriculture, and business. Coursework will range from sustainable development and nutrition to viticulture and facility operation management. B.S. students benefit from gaining hands-on experience at a ASU's 150-gallon fermentation pilot plant and the Enology Services Laboratory.

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

ASU's M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is highly regarded for earning CACREP accreditation to prepare graduate students for becoming effective, ethical mental health practitioners across the human spectrum. Within the 60-credit curriculum, students can pick a concentration in Addiction Counseling, Body Centered Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, or Marriage and Family Counseling. Full-time students can finish the on-campus degree within two to three years with a master's thesis. Practicum training is required at the campus' Counseling & Psychological Services Center.

Other unique degrees granted at Appalachian State University include B.S. in Apparel Design and Manufacturing, B.S. in Building Science, B.S. in Commercial Photography, B.S. in Music Industry Studies, M.A. in Appalachian Studies, and M.A. in Romance Languages.