Fast Facts

Providing a Liberal Arts & Sciences Education

liber: li·ber, \ˈlī-bər, ˈlē-ber\, noun - free and unrestricted

The goal of a liberal arts education is to provide knowledge and understanding to develop intellectual capacities like reason and judgment.

A liberal arts education provides not just a specific trade, but a skill set for individuals to learn, adapt, act and thrive as individuals, as community stewards and as global citizens.

The College

16 departments

academic program


residential college

Quick Numbers

6,100 students

91 majors offered

457 full-time faculty

67 staff

The Facts

32% of degrees awarded in the University are from the College

Over 70% of all general education is taught in the College

48% of student credit hours produced on campus

21 out of 38 buildings on campus house CAS programs (fall 2016)

118 out of 203  general classrooms are used for CAS classes (fall 2016)

68 out of 155 designated lab classrooms are CAS teaching labs

50% of the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) competitive scholarships have gone to CAS students for the last two years

$3,699,734 awarded to the college in external grants during 2017-18 academic year

Approximately 38,834 living alumni



432 student internships from summer 2017- spring 2018

1,318 Undergraduate internships in 30 states and Washington, D.C. 2014-2017

382 Graduate internships in 19 states and Washington, D.C. 2014-2017

28 International undergraduate internships 2016-2017 including countries such as:

Colombia, Canada, South Africa, Zambia, Germany, Kenya, Romania, Maruitius, Spain, Egypt, India, China, United Kingdom, Malawi, Japan, Australia, Peru and Honduras


International Connections

393 travel and research grants awarded for a total of $100,725 to CAS students from the Office of Student Research 

19 Current international degree- seeking CAS students 2016-2017

11 CAS international teaching scholars during 2015-2017

Fulbright Awards 2017-18:  
Dr. Susan Lappan (Anthropology); Dr. Scott Relyea (History); Dr. Steve Hageman (Geological and Environmental Sciences); Megan Holt-Smith '16 (MA of Arts and Romance Languages); Ryan Hellenbrand '17 (Sustainable development and Global Studies); Johnna Reisner '17 (MA of English) 


Student Research and Creative Endeavors

74% of student participants in the Appalachian Celebration of Student Research & Creative Endeavors

65% of University Student Research Grants are given to CAS students

67% of University Student Travel Grants are given to CAS students

Scholarships for Students

The College of Arts and Sciences awarded 5 college-wide scholarships and the 16 college departments gave 132 departmental scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year in the amount of $218,000.00. Learn more about the scholarships offered and the students that they have assisted,

Pre-Professional Preparation

  • Pre-Medical School
  • Pre-Dental School
  • Pre-Pharmacy School
  • Pre-Veterinarian School
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Seminary

Teacher Licensure

  • Biology (9-12)
  • Chemistry (9-12)
  • English (9-12)
  • Earth/Environmental Sciences (9-12)
  • French (K-12)
  • History/Social Studies (9-12)
  • Mathematics (9-12)
  • Physics (9-12)
  • Spanish (K-12)

Accelerated Master's Program 

Core Facilities and Labs

Animal Facility

Microscopy Lab

Dark Sky Observatory

Rankin Observatory

Visualization Lab

Archeology Ethnography Lab