Appalachian State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,242
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$10,525
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
3.94%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
76.8%
16,664 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
19,280
90.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
72%
2,177 Graduates

About

Appalachian State University is a higher education institution located in Watauga County, NC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Appalachian State University were General Psychology (237 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (190 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (180 degrees).

In 2019, 4,956 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Appalachian State University. 59.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,211 degrees), 16.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (252 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Appalachian State University is $4,242, which is $−17,784 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Appalachian State University is $4,242, which is $−17,784 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,525.

In 2019, 47% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 47% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,242
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Appalachian State University was $4,242. The cost of tuition at Appalachian State University is $−17,784 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$10,525
2019 Value
0.324%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Appalachian State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,525. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Appalachian State University grew by 0.324%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,840
Room and Board
$700
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Appalachian State University was of $8,840 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $700. The cost of room and board increased by 6.46% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

47%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
47%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

47% of undergraduate students at Appalachian State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.94%
2017 Default Rate
139
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Appalachian State University was 3.94%, which represents 139 out of the 3526 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 16,664 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 3.16% annual growth. Out of those 16,664 applicants, 12,800 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 76.8% acceptance rate.

There were 19,280 students enrolled at Appalachian State University in 2019, and 49% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Appalachian State University has an overall enrollment yield of 27.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

76.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
12,800
Accepted Out of 16,664

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Appalachian State University was 76.8% (12,800 admissions from 16,664 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 69.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 3.16%, while admissions grew by 14.1%.

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SAT Scores

49%
Submission Percentage
1,730
Scores Submitted

49% of enrolled first-time students at Appalachian State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Appalachian State University has a total enrollment of 19,280 students. The full-time enrollment at Appalachian State University is 17,494 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,786. This means that 90.7% of students enrolled at Appalachian State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Appalachian State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 81.9% White, 6.91% Hispanic or Latino, 3.87% Two or More Races, 3.67% Black or African American, 1.58% Asian, 0.306% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0415% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Appalachian State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (46.1%), followed by White Male (35.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (55.7%), followed by White Male (28.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.36%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Appalachian State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 19,280 students. The full-time enrollment at Appalachian State University is 17,494 and the part-time enrollment is 1,786. This means that 90.7% of students enrolled at Appalachian State University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%
2019 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 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Appalachian State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    15,796
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,332
  3. Two or More Races
    746

The enrolled student population at Appalachian State University is 81.9% White, 6.91% Hispanic or Latino, 3.87% Two or More Races, 3.67% Black or African American, 1.58% Asian, 0.306% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0415% 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 163 students (0.845%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 930 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 (4,211 degrees awarded). There were 16.7 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (252 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Appalachian State University is General Psychology (237 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (190 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (180 degrees).

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 Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (302 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (112 degrees), and Library Science (19 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Other managers (205,274 people), Postsecondary teachers (119,364 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (107,462 people), Marketing managers (83,837 people), and Physicians (79,050 people).

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (302 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (112 degrees), Library Science (19 degrees), Communications (323 degrees), and Physical Sciences (125 degrees).

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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, Physicians, Dentists, Advertising sales agents, and Financial analysts

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (302 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (112 degrees), Library Science (19 degrees), Communications (323 degrees), and Physical Sciences (125 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (297,222 people), Elementary & secondary schools (286,750 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (164,545 people), Computer Systems Design (152,252 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (105,085 people).

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (302 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (112 degrees), Library Science (19 degrees), Communications (323 degrees), and Physical Sciences (125 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 237 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 190 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 180 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Appalachian State University was General Psychology with 237 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

2,013
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
2,943
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 2,013 degrees were awarded to men at Appalachian State University, which is 0.684 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,943).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 162 degrees were awarded to men at Appalachian State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.28 times more than the 71 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 201 degrees were awarded to women at Appalachian State University in General Psychology, which is 3.79 times more than the 53 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

51%
100% Completion Time
73%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 51% 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 75% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (77.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Appalachian State University is Female and Asian (77.8% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 1.47% of graduates (32 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,211 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    252 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    173 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Appalachian State University is white (4,211 degrees awarded). There were 16.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (252 degrees).

1.25% of degree recipients (62 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,501 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,710 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    159 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Appalachian State University is white female (2,501 degrees awarded). There were 1.46 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,710 degrees).

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Operations

Appalachian State University has an endowment valued at nearly $133M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $5.5M (4.13%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Appalachian State University had a total salary expenditure of $428M. Appalachian State University employs 330 Professors, 229 Assistant professors, and 215 Associate professors. Most academics at Appalachian State University are Male Professors (192), Female Professors(138), and Female Assistant professors (117).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Appalachian State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 423 employees, Service, with 349 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 203 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$133M
2019 Endowment
8.81%
growth from 2018

Appalachian State University has an endowment valued at about $133M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Appalachian State University grew 8.81% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $94.7M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.98M - Federal
  2. $2.07M - State
  3. $34.4k - Local

As of 2019, Appalachian State University received $5.98M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.07M from state grants and contracts, and $34.4k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$197M
2019 Salaries
4.28%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Appalachian State University paid a median of $197M in salaries, which represents 46% of their overall expenditure ($428M) and a 4.28% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.85% growth from 2017 and a 5.23% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$76.2M
Instructional Salaries
1,014
Number of Employees

In 2019, Appalachian State University paid a total of $76.2M to 1,014 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
330 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
423 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Appalachian State University were Professor with 330 employees; Assistant professor with 229 employees; and Assistant professor with 215 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Appalachian State University were Office and Administrative Support with 423 employees; Service with 349 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 203 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Appalachian State University was Male Professor with 192 employees, Female Professor with 138 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 117 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Appalachian State University.

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