Chancellor Everts’ message to parents and family

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The mountains of the High Country are especially lovely throughout the summer season. The natural beauty and tranquility are complemented by cool temperatures and endless activities — like An Appalachian Summer Festival. It’s no wonder so many students and faculty continue their academic work throughout the summer months.

Mountaineers who take advantage of our summer academic offerings are in good company! About 65% of our students take at least one summer class during their time at Appalachian. This valuable strategy saves both time and money, as four- and five-year graduation rates are much higher for students who attend Appalachian’s Summer Sessions.

Throughout the year, the hard work of our students, faculty and staff reaps dividends for our university and our state, and this pays off for our students. The value of an Appalachian education can be measured in many tangible ways:

  • Appalachian’s retention and graduation rates are well above national and state averages. Of our first-year class, 87.2% achieve second-year status — nearly 20% above the national average.

  • Our students are also in high demand in the workplace after graduation. Nearly 70% report employment within one year of graduation. One-third report enrolling in a program of advanced study.

  • Appalachian students and alumni pay down their college loan debt at a rate that is 25% higher than the national average.

These statistics exemplify some of the more measurable aspects of the Appalachian Experience. They are evidence of the diligence and efforts of our faculty, staff and students, and underscore what makes Appalachian the premier, public undergraduate university in the state.

No matter what your students are engaged with this summer, their work now will yield important results for years to come.

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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.

Want to save BIG on everything for your student’s room or apartment?

The Big Sale

Come to the BIG Sale on Saturday, August 17th between 8am-2pm to purchase anything from carpets, to mini fridges, to school supplies, to clothes and shoes. Anything your student needs for the year can be found at the BIG Sale for very low prices. All items for sale were collected during student move out, and were cleaned and stored for the summer. This initiative saves an estimated 70 tons of waste from entering the landfill annually.

All money raised during the BIG Sale is given to local non-profit agencies in the form of energy efficiency grants.

Want great stuff for super cheap? Want your money to go to a great place for a great case? Then the BIG Sale is for you!

MS Shook Student Health Service – Common Questions

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We are having fun attending orientation and meeting incoming Appalachian Mountaineers!

Is insurance required to use the Student Health Service?
All that is required is that the Student Health Fee is paid, which is $162.50 per semester for 2019 – 2020 academic year. This fee is included automatically for students taking 9 or more hours.  However any student my elect to pay the fee.

Do I have to use Student Blue insurance for the Student Health Service?
The UNC System requires that all students who are enrolled in six or more hours (both undergraduate and graduate students) have insurance.  Student Blue is a policy negotiated by the UNC System that is offered and will be charged unless the student waives out with another plan.

I have a question about my student’s care.  Who do I call?
We welcome all comments related to the Student Health Service.  However, we are bound by the same federal regulations as our University colleagues.  We must have permission from the student to disclose any information.

Call us anytime at 828.262.3100 with questions.  We want to make the transition to Appalachian as smooth as possible

Welcome Weekend Kicks Off Your Student’s Transfer Experience!

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Every fall new students kick off their Appalachian memories with Welcome Weekend, their official welcome to Appalachian. This weekend, held this year August 16 - 18, offers transfer students - who often live off-campus - a way to connect socially with other new students while getting comfortable with the campus before classes start. Specifically designed programs are offered to help transfer students get to know the campus, their classmates and the community. Some highlights include:

  • Social for students living off-campus OR Floor Meeting for students living on-campus

  • T-Shirt Swap & Lunch with the Office of Transfer Services

  • Faculty Exchange & Common Reading Discussion

  • Taste of Boone Restaurant Crawl

  • Club Expo

The full schedule and event descriptions can be found on the Welcome Weekend website (updated throughout the summer). Transfer students are encouraged to fully participate in the weekend’s events! As classes begin on Monday, the Office of Transfer Services will continue to offer other activities to engage transfer students. Our schedule of Fall events can be found on our website. Please feel free to contact the Office of Transfer Services with any questions!

Presnell Appointed Director of Common Reading Program

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Dr. Don Presnell will assume a new position as Director of the Common Reading Program in University College at Appalachian State University beginning July 1, 2019. 

Presnell holds M.A. degrees in English and Spanish and the Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership from Appalachian and has taught First Year Seminar since 2009. Each year, he facilitates Common Reading book discussions and Student/Faculty exchange sessions with incoming students at Appalachian during Welcome Weekend. He also serves as President of the Watauga Education Foundation, a local nonprofit organization.

He served as the Associate Director of Academic Advising in University College at Appalachian since 2008. During that time, he has been nominated for the ASU Board of Governors Teaching Award (2014); the Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in First Year Seminar (2012, 2019); the Harvey R. Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award (2014, 2017, 2018); and the University College Award for Excellence in Community Engagement (2019).

Presnell's research interests include multimodality; literature; comics and graphic novels; film and television studies; English and Spanish language and literature; pedagogy and instructional design; and educational leadership. He is the co-author of A Critical History of Television's The Twilight Zone, 1959-1964(McFarland, 1998).

According to outgoing Common Reading Director Dr. Martha McCaughey, "Don's enthusiasm, exceptional communication, and leadership skills, and overall knowledge of the Common Reading Program and how it fits into First Year Seminar will make him an excellent Director who can take the program forward in exciting new directions."

Pre-Professional Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences

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Pre-Health Professions Programs

If your student is considering a professional health career such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary science or physician assistant, a degree from Appalachian will provide them with a comprehensive skill set that will make them highly competitive for admission to post graduate professional schools. Typically those students pursue the B.S. degree in either Biology (Cell/Molecular concentration) or Chemistry (Biochemistry concentration) in which the professional school prerequisites are built into the curriculum. However there are other less traditional majors, such as psychology, mathematics or even philosophy, that can be designed to incorporate the professional school requirements.

The Health Professions Advising Office, located in the Holmes Convocation Academic Lobby and in Levine Hall 101, is available to assist students and alumni in planning for, applying to and gaining acceptance into graduate health professions programs. For more information, contact Ms. Celeste Crowe, Director, or visit:


Many programs at Appalachian, including those in history, philosophy, sociology and political science prepare students to pursue a law degree after graduation. Specifically, the B.S. degree in Political Science (Pre-Professional Legal Studies concentration) is designed to introduce students to the law school curriculum and prepare them for law school admissions. The coursework in political science, criminal justice, law, communications, statistics, English and philosophy, help students develop strong critical thinking skills while learning about multiple aspects of the legal system, law, writing, logic and research, and prepare them for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The average LSAT exam score for Appalachian pre-law students has been 158 for the past three years.

The Arts and Humanities at Appalachian

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Did you know there are:

  • 600+ arts and humanities events on campus annually
  • 6 free student workshops each week at the Turchin Center
  • 10 departments offer degree tracks in the arts or humanities
  • 14 exhibition and performance venues on campus

Appalachian presents vibrant arts and humanities programs that enrich the cultural and intellectual climate of the campus and region. Join us for an event, performance, exhibition or workshop — you can find one almost every day of the year, for nearly every age level and interest.

For arts and cultural news, events, academic focuses and more visit the newly updated:

Still Accepting Graduate School Applications for 2019-2020

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Apply Today!

Are you or someone you know interested in applying to one or more of our 70 graduate degree or certificate programs? Our final fall 19’ application submission deadline for select programs is Monday, July 1.

If you are interested in enrolling in graduate level coursework this fall as a non-degree applicant, the application submission deadline is Monday, August 5.

The School of Graduate Studies is excited to help you learn more about our graduate student community. If you have questions about the graduate application process, contact Graduate Admissions at or (828) 262-2130. We look forward to receiving your graduate application for admission and are here to assist you. Submit your application today!

An Appalachian Summer Festival

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Recently named one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society, Appalachian State University's major summer arts attraction will celebrate its 35th anniversary season from June 29-August 3, 2019.

This month-long whirlwind of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming is held in venues across the university campus.

2019 Season Highlights

Plus lectures, chamber music, global award-winning films, visual arts workshops, and more! For updates and information, visit or call 800.841.ARTS.

Enjoy the Visual Arts in the Appalachian Summer Festival!

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An Appalachian Summer Festival is just a few weeks away! This celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. Celebrating its 35th season in 2019, the festival has risen in stature to become one of the nation’s most highly respected summer festivals, acclaimed for the breadth and quality of its artistic programming.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, is host for the visual arts portion of An Appalachian Summer Festival and provides a home for world-class visual arts exhibitions and programming. Summer festival offerings include a Summer Exhibition Celebration, Lunch & Learn conversations and the Rosen Sculpture Walk. More information can be found at

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