Appalachian State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$4,159

5% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$10,167

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

4.26%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

68.3%

13,202 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

18,295

90.1% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

71.8%

2,022 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 (238 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (201 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (189 degrees).

In 2016, 4,656 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Appalachian State University. 56.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (4,045 degrees), 23.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (173 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Appalachian State University is $4,159, which is $-16,001 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Appalachian State University is $4,159, which is $-16,001 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,167.

In 2016, 46% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 47% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,159

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Appalachian State University was $4,159. The cost of tuition at Appalachian State University is $-16,001 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$10,167

2016 Value

11.7%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Appalachian State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,167. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Appalachian State University grew by 11.7%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,092

Room and Board

$700

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Appalachian State University was of $8,092 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $700. The cost of room and board increased by 1.26% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

46%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

47%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

46% of undergraduate students at Appalachian State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 2.22% with respect to 2015, when 45% 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.

4.26%

2015 Default Rate

145

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Appalachian State University was 4.26%, which represents 145 out of the 3403 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 13,202 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 0.91% annual growth. Out of those 13,202 applicants, 9,020 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 68.3% acceptance rate.

There were 18,295 students enrolled at Appalachian State University in 2016, and 51% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Appalachian State University has an overall enrollment yield of 34.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

68.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

9,020

Accepted Out of 13,202

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Appalachian State University was 68.3% (9,020 admissions from 13,202 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 66.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 0.91%, while admissions grew by 3.87%.

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SAT Scores

51%

Submission Percentage

1,606

Scores Submitted

51% of enrolled first-time students at Appalachian State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Appalachian State University has a total enrollment of 18,295 students. The full-time enrollment at Appalachian State University is 16,487 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,808. This means that 90.1% of students enrolled at Appalachian State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Appalachian State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 83.8% White, 4.61% Hispanic or Latino, 3.91% Black or African American, 3.09% Two or More Races, 1.79% Asian, 0.306% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.109% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Appalachian State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (46%), followed by White Male (37.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.68%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (54.4%), followed by White Male (31.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.43%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Appalachian State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 18,295 students. The full-time enrollment at Appalachian State University is 16,487 and the part-time enrollment is 1,808. This means that 90.1% of students enrolled at Appalachian State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%

2016 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 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), 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

    15,334

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    843

  3. Black or African American

    715

The enrolled student population at Appalachian State University is 83.8% White, 4.61% Hispanic or Latino, 3.91% Black or African American, 3.09% Two or More Races, 1.79% Asian, 0.306% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.109% 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 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% 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, 266 students (1.45%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 616 more women than men received degrees from Appalachian State University. The majority of degree recipients at Appalachian State University are white (4,045 degrees awarded). There were 23.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (173 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Appalachian State University is General Psychology (238 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (201 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (189 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 (319 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (105 degrees), and Library Science (21 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 Miscellaneous managers (234,426 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (130,839 people), Postsecondary teachers (117,078 people), Marketing & sales managers (101,971 people), and Physicians & surgeons (78,939 people).

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (319 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (105 degrees), Library Science (21 degrees), Communications (307 degrees), and Physical Sciences (116 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 Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Dentists, Chief executives & legislators, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (319 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (105 degrees), Library Science (21 degrees), Communications (307 degrees), and Physical Sciences (116 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 (267,903 people), Elementary & secondary schools (259,874 people), Hospitals (179,370 people), Computer Systems Design (120,806 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (96,342 people).

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (319 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (105 degrees), Library Science (21 degrees), Communications (307 degrees), and Physical Sciences (116 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. 238 degrees awarded

  2. 201 degrees awarded

  3. 189 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Appalachian State University was General Psychology with 238 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,020

  2. 2,636

In 2016, 2,020 degrees were awarded to men at Appalachian State University, which is 0.766 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,636).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 173 degrees were awarded to men at Appalachian State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.01 times more than the 86 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 173 degrees were awarded to women at Appalachian State University in General Psychology, which is 2.25 times more than the 77 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

44%

100% Completion Time

70%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 44% of students graduating from Appalachian State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 70% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 71% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Male

Highest Graduation Rate (86.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Appalachian State University is Male and Asian (86.7% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 1.98% of graduates (40 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,045 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    173 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    135 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Appalachian State University is white (4,045 degrees awarded). There were 23.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (173 degrees).

2.23% of degree recipients (104 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,287 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,758 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    100 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Appalachian State University is white female (2,287 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,758 degrees).

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Operations

Appalachian State University has an endowment valued at nearly $102M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.98M (2.93%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Appalachian State University had a total expenditure of $373M. Of that $373M, they spent $177M on salaries and $373M on benefits.

Appalachian State University employs 293 Professors, 240 Associate professors, and 195 Assistant professors. Most academics at Appalachian State University are Male Professors (183), Male Associate professors(124), and Female Associate professors (116).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Appalachian State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 357 employees, Service, with 316 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 182 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$102M

2015 Endowment

5.92%

growth from 2014

Appalachian State University has an endowment valued at about $102M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Appalachian State University grew 5.92% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $73M 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. $0 - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $302k - Local

As of 2015, Appalachian State University received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $302k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$177M

Salary Expenditure

$373M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Appalachian State University had a total expenditure of $373M. Of that $373M, they spent $177M on salaries and $373M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Appalachian State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$177M

2015 Salaries

3.97%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Appalachian State University paid a median of $177M in salaries, which represents 47.5% of their overall expenditure ($373M) and a 3.97% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.31% growth from 2013 and a 3% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$65.6M

Instructional Salaries

930

Number of Employees

In 2015, Appalachian State University paid a total of $65.6M to 930 employees working as instructors, which represents 37% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

293 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

357 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Appalachian State University were Professor with 293 employees; Associate professor with 240 employees; and Associate professor with 195 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Appalachian State University were Office and Administrative Support with 357 employees; Service with 316 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 182 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Appalachian State University was Male Professor with 183 employees, Male Associate professor with 124 employees, and Female Associate professor with 116 employees.

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

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