Appalachian State University: Narrative Description

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Boone, NC 28608
Tel: (828)262-2000
Admissions: (828)262-2120
Fax: (828)262-3296
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of North Carolina System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1899. Setting: 340-acre small town campus. Endowment: $46.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $875,693. Educational spending 2003-04: $5210 per student. Total enrollment: 14,653. Faculty: 946 (674 full-time, 272 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 9,683 applied, 68% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 88% from top half. Full-time: 11,983 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 1,163 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 23 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 5% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Wake Forest University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. State resident tuition: $1821 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,188 full-time. Mandatory fees: $1530 full-time. College room and board: $5270. College room only: $2770. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 210 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, Inter-University Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, Circle K, Criminal Justice Association. Major annual events: First Night Celebration, Winter Wonderland Gala, homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,070 college housing spaces available; 4,756 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Carol Grotnes Belk Library plus 1 other with 904,597 books, 1.5 million microform titles, 5,306 serials, 92,558 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.1 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian State University is in the middle of one of the most popular year-round recreation areas in the East. The campus is only a few miles from several major ski resorts, and Pisgah National Forest and the Appalachian Trail are easily accessible from Boone. Grandfather Mountain and "Tweetsie" railroad are famous tourist attractions. "Horn in the West" is a historical drama portraying with music and dance the story of Daniel Boone and the struggle to establish freedom in the southern Appalachian Highlands. This is performed in an outdoor amphitheater in a lovely mountain setting during July and August. The climate in the area is temperate. The average summer temperature rarely climbs above 80 degrees, and when it does a brief, refreshing shower usually cools things off. Fall brings clear, brisk and color-splashed days and cool evenings. Winter means picturesque snowfalls and fireside nights. Besides skiing, the area offers ample opportunities for other outdoor recreation, including river canoeing, hiking and camping. Three highways, U.S. 421, reaching from the Great Lakes to the North Carolina coast, and U.S. 321 and 221, all come through Boone, providing easy travel in all directions. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway is only six miles from campus. The area, both urban and rural, is rich in contrasts between a growing university town and traditional sou

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