Appalachian State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$4,242

2% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$10,473

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

3.68%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

70%

14,009 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

18,811

90.5% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

73.4%

2,176 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 Kinesiology & Exercise Science (222 degrees awarded), General Psychology (216 degrees), and Registered Nursing (192 degrees).

In 2017, 4,845 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Appalachian State University. 57.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (4,200 degrees), 19.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (216 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Appalachian State University is $4,242, which is $-16,491 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Appalachian State University is $4,242, which is $-16,491 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,473.

In 2017, 47% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 48% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,242

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Appalachian State University was $4,242. The cost of tuition at Appalachian State University is $-16,491 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$10,473

2017 Value

3.01%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Appalachian State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,473. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Appalachian State University grew by 3.01%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,250

Room and Board

$700

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Appalachian State University was of $8,250 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $700. The cost of room and board increased by 1.95% between 2016 and 2017. 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

48%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

47% of undergraduate students at Appalachian State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 2.17% with respect to 2016, when 46% 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.

3.68%

2016 Default Rate

125

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Appalachian State University was 3.68%, which represents 125 out of the 3397 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 14,009 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 6.11% annual growth. Out of those 14,009 applicants, 9,807 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 70% acceptance rate.

There were 18,811 students enrolled at Appalachian State University in 2017, and 60% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Appalachian State University has an overall enrollment yield of 33.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

70%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

9,807

Accepted Out of 14,009

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Appalachian State University was 70% (9,807 admissions from 14,009 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 68.3%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 6.11%, while admissions grew by 8.73%.

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SAT Scores

60%

Submission Percentage

1,996

Scores Submitted

60% of enrolled first-time students at Appalachian State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Appalachian State University has a total enrollment of 18,811 students. The full-time enrollment at Appalachian State University is 17,021 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,790. This means that 90.5% 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% White, 5.62% Hispanic or Latino, 3.76% Black or African American, 3.48% Two or More Races, 1.69% Asian, 0.292% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0744% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Appalachian State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (45.9%), followed by White Male (36.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (54.3%), followed by White Male (31.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.16%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.5%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Appalachian State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 18,811 students. The full-time enrollment at Appalachian State University is 17,021 and the part-time enrollment is 1,790. This means that 90.5% of students enrolled at Appalachian State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%

2017 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 89%. 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

    15,610

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,057

  3. Black or African American

    707

The enrolled student population at Appalachian State University is 83% White, 5.62% Hispanic or Latino, 3.76% Black or African American, 3.48% Two or More Races, 1.69% Asian, 0.292% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0744% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 234 students (1.24%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 765 more women than men received degrees from Appalachian State University. The majority of degree recipients at Appalachian State University are white (4,200 degrees awarded). There were 19.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (216 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Appalachian State University is Kinesiology & Exercise Science (222 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (216 degrees) and Registered Nursing (192 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 (314 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (96 degrees), and Library Science (16 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 (194,634 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (150,576 people), Postsecondary teachers (118,628 people), Physicians (77,904 people), and Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing (69,710 people).

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (314 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (96 degrees), Library Science (16 degrees), Physical Sciences (146 degrees), and Communications (288 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, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Dentists, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (314 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (96 degrees), Library Science (16 degrees), Physical Sciences (146 degrees), and Communications (288 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 (293,133 people), Elementary & secondary schools (285,652 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (169,972 people), Computer Systems Design (137,184 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (101,756 people).

The most specialized majors at Appalachian State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (314 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (96 degrees), Library Science (16 degrees), Physical Sciences (146 degrees), and Communications (288 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. 222 degrees awarded

  2. 216 degrees awarded

  3. 192 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Appalachian State University was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 222 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,040

  2. 2,805

In 2017, 2,040 degrees were awarded to men at Appalachian State University, which is 0.727 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,805).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 170 degrees were awarded to men at Appalachian State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.13 times more than the 80 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 180 degrees were awarded to women at Appalachian State University in General Psychology, which is 3.75 times more than the 48 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

46%

100% Completion Time

71%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 46% of students graduating from Appalachian State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 71% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 73% 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.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Appalachian State University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.79% of graduates (39 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,200 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    216 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    139 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Appalachian State University is white (4,200 degrees awarded). There were 19.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (216 degrees).

1.38% of degree recipients (67 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,423 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,777 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    121 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Appalachian State University is white female (2,423 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,777 degrees).

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Operations

Appalachian State University has an endowment valued at nearly $81.7M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.32M (5.28%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Appalachian State University had a total salary expenditure of $406M. Appalachian State University employs 298 Professors, 232 Associate professors, and 206 Assistant professors. Most academics at Appalachian State University are Male Professors (175), Male Associate professors(123), and Female Professors (123).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Appalachian State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 379 employees, Service, with 331 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 193 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$81.7M

2017 Endowment

15.2%

decline from 2016

Appalachian State University has an endowment valued at about $81.7M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Appalachian State University declined 15.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $48.6M 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. $5.62M - Federal

  2. $112k - State

  3. $67k - Local

As of 2017, Appalachian State University received $5.62M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $112k from state grants and contracts, and $67k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$182M

2017 Salaries

5.23%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Appalachian State University paid a median of $182M in salaries, which represents 44.8% of their overall expenditure ($406M) and a 5.23% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.45% decline from 2015 and a 3.97% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$73.3M

Instructional Salaries

970

Number of Employees

In 2017, Appalachian State University paid a total of $73.3M to 970 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

298 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

379 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Appalachian State University were Professor with 298 employees; Associate professor with 232 employees; and Associate professor with 206 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Appalachian State University were Office and Administrative Support with 379 employees; Service with 331 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 193 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Appalachian State University was Male Professor with 175 employees, Male Associate professor with 123 employees, and Female Professor with 123 employees.

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

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