Message from the Chancellor

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Our campus is quickly approaching the end of the semester. I’d like to thank you again for entrusting your student to Appalachian’s faculty and staff. We have worked diligently to prepare them for what’s next:

  • A recent study found that 85 percent of undergraduate and nearly 100 percent of graduate alumni, tracked from Appalachian State University’s 2015 graduating class, were either employed or enrolled in some level of post-secondary education within one year of graduation.
  • Feedback from employers indicates they appreciate our graduates’ abilities to think critically, build relationships and communicate effectively.

We wish our graduating students great success and encourage them to continue the Mountaineer way of contributing in their communities.

For those of you with students who will be returning, we encourage you to talk with them about long-term educational goals. Sophomores and juniors who plan now can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from Appalachian in a shortened period of time. Why not explore our Accelerated Admission: Baccalaureate to Master’s program? It is structured to save significant dollars and time, allows students with a 3.4 GPA to skip the GRE, and is a sound choice career-wise:

  • Employment growth in occupations requiring master’s degrees is 13.8 percent, compared to 8.2 percent growth in occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree
  • The average weekly salary for a master’s degree is $1,341, 8.5 percent higher than a bachelor’s degree. (Source:

On the academic front, these recent articles from and Appalachian Magazine speak to the quality of students and faculty Appalachian attracts. We are proud of these special achievers:

  • Six high school seniors who received the Wilson Scholarship, Appalachian’s most prestigious, merit based award
  • Faculty whose “original and collaborative” projects were funded by the Chancellor’s first Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program
  • Appalachian professor Tracy Wilson Smith who received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

And, please read more about our other faculty of distinction here. They are dedicated to and engaged with your students.

Finally, but most importantly, thank you for your strong support during the #iBackApp fund drive May 4. We had record participation of more than 2,300 individual donors and raised more than $175,000.

Have a wonderful summer.

Chancellor Sheri Everts
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At Appalachian, we put students first, always, and together we are building a bright future. Ultimately, the reason Appalachian’s stellar faculty and staff come to work every day is to realize this vision.