Appalachian State University Reviews

4.13 out of 5 stars
(33 Reviews)
  • Boone (NC)
  • Annual Tuition: $22,171
86% of 33 students said this degree improved their career prospects
91% of 33 students said they would recommend this school to others
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3.7 out of 5 stars
Kaitlyn Sitterson - 1/9/2020
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2018
"I absolutely loved being a student at Appalachian State University. I came in as a transfer student planning to major in Secondary Social Studies Education. With App State being founded as a teacher's college well back in the day, education is most definitely one of their top majors and they certainly produce some phenomenal teachers. However, being a History, Social Studies Education major (which is the official degree title, or at least was in 2017) really just made me feel like I was a History major that took a few occasional education classes. It somewhat didn't make me feel like I was that prepared to take on the world of teaching high school immediately following graduation, and to be honest I didn't. I will say that I can't and won't blame my experience on App State. I came in as a transfer student that during my first two years of general education courses really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, so I only spent 2 years at App State. To speak on the transfer-friendliness, I can say that App State is one of the most transfer-friendly schools in North Carolina, with a surprising number of their total enrollment being made up of transfer students. They did accept all of my general education credits upon entering which was a relief however I always felt rather disconnected from the school and campus activities seeing that I never lived on campus during my time as a student there. I would have really liked maybe to have a little more outreach from the Transfer Services office to come onto campus and get involved, which might have helped me as well with my performance in the classroom. My advice to transfer students would be to get out and get active on campus, and make sure that you make the connections with both your peers and your professors, as those are going to be important moving forward in both the professional or post graduate educational world. Despite these things, I still had an amazing experience at App State and would recommend this school to everyone! It is one of the most affordable state schools in NC, and I think that truly some of the most friendly people and professors grace this campus. It also doesn't hurt that the backdrop for the school is the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are absolutely beautiful."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Anne S - 9/24/2019
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2011
"Appalachian State University is a great university that I would recommend to anyone. The quality of instruction in my Elementary Education program was incredible. Faculty and staff truly cared for me as a student, were well prepared for class, helped us find internships and student teaching placements, and set the example by creating engaging lesson plans. The student to faculty ratio is low, and I met so many great people. The cost to attend was well priced compared to other schools I considered which decreased my stress level when attending."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Anne S - 9/24/2019
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2011
"Appalachian State University is a great university that I would recommend to anyone. The quality of instruction in my Elementary Education program was incredible. Faculty and staff truly cared for me as a student, were well prepared for class, helped us find internships and student teaching placements, and set the example by creating engaging lesson plans. The student to faculty ratio is low, and I met so many great people. The cost to attend was well priced compared to other schools I considered which decreased my stress level when attending."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Iqra Munawar - 6/30/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018
"My undergraduate university Appalachian State introduce me to the new world. In college, I had a chance to talk to students around the world including countries like Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, Nepal, India, and many more. I was always eager to learn about their countries and cultures. These students were thousands of miles away from home. Their stories incredibly inspired me. Learning from them excited me and made me realize that our world was so diverse and yet very much connected. There was so much to see, learn, and teach. They put a curiosity in my mind to go out and see the world. Coming from a low-income family I had never gotten a chance to travel anywhere outside of North Carolina, but with the help of many scholarships I studied abroad in Thailand where I discovered and learned about Thai culture and made many long-lasting friends. For that I am so grateful to Appalachian State University. They did a great job to help me with my scholarship applications and made sure I had everything that I needed to study abroad. Their writing center is amazing and always want to help their students to become better writers. Appalachian State University have great faculties, and they are always willing to meet students that need extra help outside of class hours."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Chelsea Keller - 6/23/2019
Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2013
"I could not have asked for a better undergraduate institution than Appalachian State University. From the first day, it felt like a true family experience. The students, professors and staff are unparalleled. I felt supported throughout my time there and feel that I was well prepared for life after college."
1.0 out of 5 stars
I Hate This School So Much - 7/11/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017
"If you value your time then do not even entertain the thought of attending this poor excuse of a school. There is a complete lack of organization and it can take weeks to get a response from anyone in the faculty concerning time sensitive dates and materials. The Financial Aid Office is the worst part of this school. If you need help....you won't receive it. If you need answers...no one can assist you. Please listen to me and DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS PLACE."
2.5 out of 5 stars
James - 4/24/2018
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2010
"Everyone's situation is different, and I blame myself for attending this school (and not transferring). I'm perfectly fine with where I am in life, so no sour grapes. But I owe absolutely nothing I've done post-collegiately to this place, and I wish I had gone somewhere with more emphasis on academics and career-building. If you consider your absolute ceiling 2.5 children, a golden retriever, and a stable sales job in Raleigh or Charlotte, then App may be the school for you. That's what the two or three most successful people I know from App are up to a decade later. If you have any interest in leaving North Carolina and/or pursuing bigger goals, then a degree from here will not do you any favors. I don't know what it's like now. But when I graduated, I planned to move to a major city. A week after I graduated, I popped into the alumni center to ask about any alumni network there. I was looked at like a crazy person. On the few occasions I met with someone in career services as a student, I was made to feel like I was wasting their time for bothering. Nothing was provided for me that I couldn't have just Googled. This is stuff that is supposed to be "normal" at large universities. There's just really not much learning done outside of the classroom, and I feel that this is reflected in both career services and the reach of any alumni network (or lack thereof). As for the classes themselves... I was challenged so much more in high school AP and IB classes. I really enjoyed the content of most classes in my major, and I had a few top notch professors. But everything was still very easy. I had extremely "country" classmates (especially freshman and sophomore years) who couldn't even speak or write proper English. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but those people were not helpful at all to have as peers. Pretty much all group work I did throughout college was absolute hell. Most people were not motivated at all. I knew maybe 4-5 people in my entire four years who did summer internships. Almost every single person I knew graduated and either moved back in with their parents to job hunt, or stayed in Boone working hourly restaurant/retail jobs. Again, not that there's anything wrong with that. But based on my friends' experiences at other schools, that is not normal. Some positive things I can say... The people were friendly, and it was a nice collegiate atmosphere. The campus is also very pretty. The surrounding outdoors opportunities are really good by East Coast standards. And if small-time D1 football is your thing, then you're in luck. Because that's what the entire county revolves around during the fall. With the right amount of effort and independent legwork, you can do well here. As I wrote earlier, I'm perfectly pleased with where I am in life. If you're motivated though, I just don't see the point in putting yourself in a position where you don't have the real-world resources a university is supposed to have. If anything in my review speaks to you, then I'd seriously recommend going to a school where the long-term expectation is better than making $50k/yr in NC for your entire life.If you're like I was (enticed by scholarship money), think long and hard about whether you want to be a big fish in a small pond here. If I had to do it all over again, I would have gone somewhere better."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Diana S - 4/16/2018
Degree: Child Development
Graduation Year: 2011
"Appalachian State is a truly beautiful school. The surroundings are picturesque. The community around the school is small. It's a small, rather rural area. The sense of community is strong and powerful. You get the feeling that the entire town is in it with you. They are all there with you pushing you to succeed. There is definitely something in the air, especially on a game day. There is so much to do off-campus. There is hiking, swimming, backpacking, camping, skiing, and so much more. The Child Development program was wonderful. The teachers are so passionate and they know what they are talking about. There is a child development lab program right on campus that is priceless as a student. I loved all of my field placements. It was amazing to take what I was learning in class and apply it in the real world. What I learned about typical and atypical development has been so valuable. I would recommend this program to anyone looking a future working with children."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Justin Bowling - 2/26/2018
Degree:
Graduation Year: 2014
"Attending Appalachian State was the worst experience of my life. I was part of the Recreation Management program. The program was a joke. There is no way to learn how to be an outdoor leader from a classroom. The time spent outdoors was minimal and seriously lacks behind any real institution for outdoor education. I left the school feeling as if I had been cheated and robbed of an amount of money I will never be able to fully pay back. In trying to find employment, I am told my education experience is not enough and overall irrelevant. Please don't make the same mistake as I did; if you're thinking of majoring in Recreation Management at Appalachian State, consider other options such as the AMGA, NOLS or any reputable outdoor education program. Overall, my time spent at ASU was a massive waste of my time and money."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Clay Massa - 10/10/2017
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017
"Appalachian State University has a good business school that employs many professional professors that work as well as teach. This gives students the real world experience to pair with the classroom knowledge. I am thankful to have gone to a school that is so devoted to preparing its students for real jobs surrounded by professors that are highly invested in the students they serve."

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