Appalachian State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

Appalachian State University Stadium
Appalachian State University Stadium. allison / Flickr

Appalachian State has an acceptance rate of 68 percent. Students with good grades and good test scores have a pretty decent shot of being admitted to the school. Applicants must submit scores from either the SAT or ACT. Both are accepted, without preference given to one over the other. Students must also submit an application, application fee, and high school transcripts. Personal resumes, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement are not required but are strongly encouraged.

Appalachian State University is a public university located in Boone, North Carolina. The university frequently ranks well among best value colleges because of its strong academic programs and relatively low tuition. The university offers 140 major programs through its six colleges and schools. Appalachian State has a 16 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 25. The university has higher retention and graduation rates than the majority of schools in the North Carolina system. In athletics, the Appalachian State Mountaineers compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 18,295 (16,595 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,136 (in-state); $21,652 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $700 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,119
  • Other Expenses: $2,986
  • Total Cost: $18,941 (in-state); $33,457 (out-of-state)

Appalachian State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 68%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 39%
    • Loans: 49%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,448
    • Loans: $5,618

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 49%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Soccer, Golf, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics