Appalachian State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,242
2022 Average Net Price
$13,084
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.31%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
83.1%
22,255 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
20,436
89.2% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
75.2%
2,348 Graduates

About

Appalachian State University is a higher education institution located in Watauga County, NC. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Appalachian State University were General Psychology (309 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (274 degrees), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (190 degrees).

In 2022, 5,388 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Appalachian State University. 62.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,414 degrees), 10.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (405 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Appalachian State University is $4,242, which is $−19,754 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Appalachian State University is $4,242, which is $−19,754 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,084.

In 2022, 45% of undergraduate students attending Appalachian State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 39% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,242
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Appalachian State University was $4,242. The cost of tuition at Appalachian State University is $−19,754 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$13,084
2022 Value
2.74%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Appalachian State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,084. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Appalachian State University grew by 2.74%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,032
Room and Board
$800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Appalachian State University was of $10,032 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 6.78% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of books and supplies increased by 14.3% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

45%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
39%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

45% of undergraduate students at Appalachian State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 6.25% with respect to 2021, when 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.31%
2019 Default Rate
48
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Appalachian State University was 1.31%, which represents 48 out of the 3662 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Appalachian State University received 22,255 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 5.37% annual growth. Out of those 22,255 applicants, 18,489 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 83.1% acceptance rate.

There were 20,436 students enrolled at Appalachian State University in 2022. 12% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Appalachian State University has an overall enrollment yield of 21.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

83.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
18,489
Accepted Out of 22,255

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Appalachian State University was 83.1% (18,489 admissions from 22,255 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 84.7%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 5.37%, while admissions grew by 3.37%..

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SAT Scores

12%
Submission Percentage (2022)
471
Scores Submitted (2022)

12% of enrolled first-time students at Appalachian State University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Appalachian State University had a total enrollment of 20,436 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Appalachian State University is 18,223 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,213. This means that 89.2% of students enrolled at Appalachian State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Appalachian State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 80.9% White, 7.85% Hispanic or Latino, 4.3% Two or More Races, 3.66% Black or African American, 1.63% Asian, 0.23% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0147% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Appalachian State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.3%), followed by White Male (35.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.82%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (54%), followed by White Male (28.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.61%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

89.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Appalachian State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 20,436 students. The full-time enrollment at Appalachian State University is 18,223 and the part-time enrollment is 2,213. This means that 89.2% of students enrolled at Appalachian State University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Appalachian State University was 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Appalachian State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    16,536 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,604 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    878 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Appalachian State University is 80.9% White, 7.85% Hispanic or Latino, 4.3% Two or More Races, 3.66% Black or African American, 1.63% Asian, 0.23% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0147% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,384 more women than men received degrees from Appalachian State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Appalachian State University is white (4,414 degrees awarded). There were 10.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (405 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Appalachian State University is General Psychology (309 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (274 degrees) and General Marketing & Marketing Management (190 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Appalachian State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (45 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (405 degrees), and Education (869 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,568,016 people), Secondary school teachers (470,022 people), Education administrators (263,795 people), Special education teachers (186,896 people), and Postsecondary teachers (175,129 people).

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University in 2022 are Library Science (45 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (405 degrees), Education (869 degrees), Physical Sciences (115 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (191 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Library Science (45 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (405 degrees), Education (869 degrees), Physical Sciences (115 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (191 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,782,545 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (372,765 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (257,360 people), Individual & family services (143,324 people), and Outpatient care centers (128,083 people).

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Library Science (45 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (405 degrees), Education (869 degrees), Physical Sciences (115 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (191 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Appalachian State University.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 307 degrees awarded
  2. 228 degrees awarded
  3. 166 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Appalachian State University was General Psychology with 307 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,002
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
3,386
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 2,002 degrees were awarded to men at Appalachian State University, which is 0.591 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,386).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 143 degrees were awarded to men at Appalachian State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.49 times more than the 96 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 244 degrees were awarded to men at Appalachian State University in General Psychology, which is 3.44 times more than the 71 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

54%
100% Completion Time
73%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 54% of students graduating from Appalachian State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 73% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 74% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (83.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Appalachian State University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (83.3% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.98% of graduates (23 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    4,414 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    405 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    203 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Appalachian State University is white (4,414 degrees awarded). There were 10.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (405 degrees).

0.705% of degree recipients (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    2,777 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,637 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    276 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Appalachian State University is white female (2,777 degrees awarded). There were 1.7 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1637 degrees).

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Operations

Appalachian State University has an endowment valued at nearly $191M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 8.9M (4.67%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Appalachian State University had a total salary expenditure of 478M. Appalachian State University employs 339 Professors, 240 Lecturers and 225 Assistant professors. Most academics at Appalachian State University are Male Professor (189), Female Professor (150), and Female Lecturer (142).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Appalachian State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 415 employees, Service, with 325 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 212 employees.

Endowment

$191M
2022 Endowment
6.24%
growth from 2021

Appalachian State University has an endowment valued at about $191M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Appalachian State University grew 6.24% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $144M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $6.99M - Federal
  2. $2.02M - State
  3. $812k - Local

As of 2022, Appalachian State University received $6.99M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.02M from state grants and contracts, and $812k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$209M
2022 Salaries
0.373%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Appalachian State University paid a median of $209M in salaries, which represents 43.6% of their overall expenditure ($478M) and a 0.373% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$83.9M
Instructional Salaries
1,043
Number of Employees

In 2022, Appalachian State University paid a total of $83.9M to 1,043 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
339 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
415 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Appalachian State University were Professor with 339 employees, Lecturer with 240 employees, and Assistant professor with 225 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Appalachian State University were Office and Administrative Support with 415 employees, Service with 325 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 212 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Appalachian State University was Male Professor with 189 employees, Female Professor with 150 employees, and Female Lecturer with 142 employees.

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