Appalachian State University is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, N.C. At an elevation of 3,333 feet, Boone began as a frontier outpost named after pioneer Daniel Boone, who first explored the area in the 1760s. Since that time, the area has attracted those seeking natural beauty, adventure and learning.
Appalachian is a member of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system. The university offers a challenging and stimulating learning experience for nearly 17,000 students. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large, research institution. It is particularly known for its research and outreach in health-related fields and the areas of energy/environment/economics.
Distinctively residential, the main campus encompasses 411 acres. It includes 19 academic buildings, 20 residence halls, four dining facilities and 11 recreational and athletic facilities. Appalachian also operates a living-learning center in New York City. Off-campus programs are offered in 10 counties through collaboration with area community colleges.
The university is characterized by close collaboration between students and faculty, quality academics, and life-changing co-curricular activities that develop graduates with real-world capabilities. Appalachian also emphasizes the importance of sustainability and service to communities, both locally and globally.