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App State has earned high rankings for having graduates with low student loan debt — lower than that of their statewide and national peers, according to recent reports from The Institute for College Access and Success and U.S. News & World Report. Pictured are App State students on the university’s Boone campus. Photo by Kyla Willoughby

Less college debt + more lifetime earnings = the App State advantage
May 7, 2024

BOONE, N.C. — Is a college degree a good investment? At Appalachian State University, the answer is clear: An App State education continues to be a pathway to a better life for North Carolinians, paving the way for higher wages and greater opportunities.

University News, Students
Gracie Bullington was named the Appalachian State University Student Teacher of the Year for the 2023-2024 academic year. Bullington, originally from Mount Airy, North Carolina, completed her Bachelor of Science in history/social studies education in December 2023.

Gracie Bullington recognized as the App State Student Teacher of the Year
May 3, 2024

Gracie Bullington was named the Appalachian State University Student Teacher of the Year for the 2023-2024 academic year. Bullington, originally from Mount Airy, North Carolina, completed her Bachelor of Science in history/social studies education in December 2023.

University News, Students
Professor Alex Hooker playing “Cotton Eyed Joe” on the banjo for his Appalachian Strings class. Feb. 14, 2024. Hooker demonstrates how the song is supposed to sound before guiding his students along. Photo by Devon Richter

Strings of legacy: Alexander Hooker’s 25-year impact on App State
Apr 19, 2024

Alexander Hooker’s journey to old-time folk music started gradually, then suddenly. He has been a professor of Appalachian Strings here at App State for 25 years.

University News, Faculty & Staff
Dr. Britt Wray

April 25: "Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Anxiety" with Dr. Britt Wray
Apr 3, 2024

Our climate change anxieties have never been more overwhelming—but they’re also the key to saving the planet. Britt Wray shows us how to embrace our complicated, messy emotions about the climate crisis.

University News, Events
Raspberry Pi hardware sits on the honeycomb patterned cushion of Senior graduate research assistant Sophie Columbia’s desk on Jan. 24. The AppMAIS team has the computer out as they work on their coding in Anne Belk Hall.

Computer science majors ‘buzzy’ with saving the bees
Mar 19, 2024

Honey bees play a vital role in the environment and the human food chain, but the species is facing a rapid population decline. However, a team of computer science majors at App State have been working to change that.

University News, Grants & Research, Students
Tommy Guy '07

A Pathway to Perspective: Tommy Guy '07
Feb 19, 2024

Learning to approach problems from an interdisciplinary perspective has long been one of the defining characteristics of an App State education. Tommy Guy ’07 said the out-of-the-box thinking he learned as a Mountaineer has been fundamental to his success since graduation.

Alumni, University News
Four award-winning authors will visit Appalachian State University’s Boone campus this spring as part of the university’s 2023–24 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

4 Acclaimed Authors to Visit App State for Spring 2024 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series
Feb 16, 2024

BOONE, N.C. — Four award-winning authors will visit Appalachian State University’s Boone campus this spring as part of the university’s 2023–24 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

Arts & Cultural, Events, University News
App State’s online bachelor’s programs and graduate programs in business, education and nursing rank among the nation’s best for 2024, according to U.S. News & World Report, which recognized the university in its annual “Best Online Programs” rankings. Photo by Chase Reynolds

App State Online Bachelor’s, Master’s Programs Named Among Nation's ‘Best’ for 2024 by U.S. News & World Report
Feb 16, 2024

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University has strengthened its standing among the nation’s best schools for online education, according to U.S. News & World Report, which named the university in its “2024 Best Online Programs” rankings, released Feb. 7.

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Dr. Michael Madritch, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University. Photo by Chase Reynolds

Dr. Michael Madritch Named Dean of App State’s College of Arts and Sciences
Feb 13, 2024

BOONE, N.C. — After a national search, Dr. Michael Madritch has been named dean of Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. His role became effective Feb. 9.

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