Appalachian State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Appalachian State University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 69%. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the university frequently ranks well among best value colleges because of its strong academic programs and relatively low tuition. Appalachian State offers 150 undergraduate and graduate major programs through its six colleges and schools. The university has a 16-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 27. In athletics, the Appalachian State Mountaineers compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference.

Considering applying to Appalachian State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Appalachian State University had an acceptance rate of 69%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 69 students were admitted, making Appalachian State's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 16,154
Percent Admitted 69%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 31%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Appalachian State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 50% of admitted students submitted SAT Scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 640
Math 540 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Appalachian State's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Appalachian State scored between 560 and 640, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 540 and 630, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1,270 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Appalachian State University.

Requirements

Appalachian State does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Appalachian State University participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Appalachian State requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 48% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 28
Math 22 26
Composite 23 28

This admissions data tells us that most of Appalachian State's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Appalachian State received a composite ACT score between 23 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

Appalachian State does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Appalachian State University superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming Appalachian State University freshman was 4.29, and over 92% of incoming students had average GPAs above 3.75. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Appalachian State have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Appalachian State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Appalachian State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Appalachian State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Appalachian State, which accepts just over two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Appalachian State University has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Applicants should consider including an "interest statement" which is optional, but recommended, to supplement their application. Note that Appalachian State does not require or recommend letters of recommendation.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school GPAs of "B" or better, combined SAT scores of 950 or higher (ERW + M), and ACT composite scores of 19 or better. Slightly higher numbers improve your chances of getting in significantly.

Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Appalachian State University did not gain admission.