Appalachian State University Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Appalachian State University is a mountainous oasis in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campus is beautiful and it is quite close to many outdoor activities, such as hiking, climbing, and rafting. The faculty in the biology department are incredibly helpful and interested in helping the student succeed. Classes were academically challenging and interesting as well. There are so many options for various clubs and extracurricular opportunities, and if feels like an accepting environment for all. My time at Appalachian State has been some of the most rewarding in my life, and the friendships gained will last a lifetime.
The College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University is a wonderful program for people who want to pursue their masters in P.T, P.A, M.D, Athletic Training, Sports Training, and O.T. There are many opportunities to take classes focused in those areas.
Some teachers are great and really passionate about their subjects. My biggest issue is that I feel that none of the classwork prepared me for the real world. I have a degree that I can show to employers, but I did not have the experience I needed to feel confident when entering the workforce. I wish they had been more vigilant in opening up opportunities to work with businesses and gain hands-on experience, but in a small town like Boone, you don't exactly have a lot of access to businesses that aren't retail or fast food. I think they need to emphasize student learning experiences through internships and assignments that help benefit the local community. The few classes that did were the most memorable and the most beneficial.
If you want an amazing college experience in a variety of aspects, then Appalachian State University is the college for you. From the campus, to the people, to the classes, this University is outstanding. I transferred to Appalachian my junior year of college and it was the best decision I made. Being a transfer student can be extremely difficult, but the services offered here were very beneficial. They provided meetings you could attend to learn the in and outs of being a transfer student. I was able to meet other individuals in my situation that shared the same experience as I. I am also a Criminal Justice Major and the program offered here is amazing. The faculty are helpful, experienced, and passionate. They are very insightful and one of the professors encouraged me to attend graduate school. The class sizes are perfect; there is not 500 kids per class like many of the larger Universities. The campus is stunning with the mountainous terrain. It is perfect for those who love the outdoors. I have grown immensely with my time here at App. It is the perfect setting to pursue your goals and enjoy it all the while.
Appalachian offers a diverse spectrum of opportunities to both learn in a classroom and work hands-on in the career path that you choose. Along with that, they offer many internships and work with many partner organizations that provide those opportunities as well. For example, I was a Teaching Fellow, and Appalachian had a very prestigious Teaching Fellows program at that time. Through that, I took part in several internships, traveling opportunities, and professional developments that have helped me in my classroom as a teacher now.