Fast Facts

The College

16 departments

academic program


residential college

Quick Numbers

6,166 students

86 majors offered

49 minors offered

457 full-time faculty

67 staff

The Facts

31.5% of degrees awarded in the University are from the College

Over 70% of general education is taught in the College

49% of student credit hours produced on campus are in the College

19 out of 34 buildings on Appalachian's campus house CAS courses

120 out of 215 general classrooms are used for CAS classes

51 out of 114
designated lab classrooms are CAS teaching labs

Approximately 38,834 living alumni


Scholarships and Grants

$209,000.00 was awarded through 6 college-wide scholarships and 98 departmental scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. Learn more about the scholarships offered and the students that they have assisted,

$23,382.00 was awarded from the Student And Faculty Excellence (SAFE) College Fund to 21 faculty members and 52 undergraduate and graduate students for the 2018-19 academic year to assist with student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities. 

$3,699,734 awarded to the college in external grants during 2017-18 academic year. Read about many of these awards at:

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

International Connections

38 scholarships were awarded to CAS students studying abroad from the Office of International Education (OIED) for a total of $29,147 in 2017-18.

9 International undergraduate degree-seeking students in 2018-19 from:  Japan, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Congo, Spain, Bermuda and China.

15 CAS international teaching scholars during 2018-19.

2 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship award winners for summer 2019: 

  • Chloe Dorin, a senior biology major traveling to Australia and New Zealand on a five-week faculty-led trip called Flora and Fauna of Australasia;
  • Ilya Wang, an Honors College student and senior global studies major minoring in food and nutrition and Chinese from Rockwell, will conduct a research internship in Madagascar. While there, she will assess maternal dietary habits and breastfeeding patterns.

Fulbright Awards in 2018-19 (There were Fulbright Awards in 2017-18):

  • Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) will be a Fulbright Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Graz in Graz, Austria. 
  • Mark Powell (English).
  • Dr. Richard Gray (Physics and Astronomy).
  • Dr. Christina Verano-Sornito (Anthropology) will travel to the Philippines to perform research at the University of the Philippines Visayas in the city of Miagao.
  • Megan Holt-Smith ’15 ’16 Spanish, M.A. in romance languages head to Germany to be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA).
  • Emma Labovitz ’18, B.A. in political science and B.A. in global studies headed to the Netherlands on a Study/Research Award.
  • Caroline Webb '19, psychology headed to Timor-Leste to be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA).

5 students invited to participate in the Peace Corps in 2019

  • Talley Breedlove ’17, B.A. in global studies 
  • Montana Brown ’17,  B.S. in political science
  • Davis Clark, senior, environmental science
  • Itzel Cruz, senior, biology
  • Ramsey Wyles ’17,  B.A. in global studies

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) winner

  • Caroline Sager '18, Baku, Azerbaijan to learn Turkish through intensive language study in an immersive environment. The eight-week program covers approximately one academic year of university-level Turkish and is enhanced through homestays and cultural excursions across Azerbaijan.


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


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)

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.