Appalachian State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (25)
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.
Stepping on campus you can just feel the positive and exciting energy that surrounds Appalachian State University. The academics, the athletics, and the atmosphere can't be beat. Appalachian will turn anyone into a lover of the outdoors. Being minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, every hour and every season is sure to bring delight from the outdoors surrounding Appalachian. The people in Boone are the best you can ask for. I have met some of the friendliest and most influential people in my life the past two years. Truth be told, I owe Appalachian everything.
I am extremely satisfied with the quality of my education from Appalachian State University. I was surprised by the high level of care that each professor took in teaching their subject and helping me to be successful. ASU is located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, which offers so many unique outdoor experiences for students from classes in skiing, snowboarding, hiking, canoeing and even white water rafting. The curriculum was very challenging at times, but helpful when it came to applying my knowledge in real life situations. While there is not a great deal of diversity in the student population, the university is constantly seeking more ways to incorporate diversity and expand study abroad programs. If you are looking for a school with a friendly student body and an environment that feels like home, then Appalachian State is the place for you.
Simply put, the English department is really wonderful. Some of the professors are world-renowned for their research, and all the professors have really unique and insightful things to share. I, personally, am doing a concentration in film studies, and I cannot speak more highly of the film professors that I've had. They are very open and available for discussion, questions, and even criticism. They're incredible. So, I'm really, truly satisfied with my program. The university as a whole is lacking in diversity and, frankly, things to do. If you're interested in hiking and other outdoor activities, you'll be all set. Unfortunately, if you're like me and somewhat averse to outdoor activities, there's not a ton to do outside of campus. I will say, though, that there are many, many clubs and groups on campus that can help occupy your time. If you want to knit with other people, you can! If you want to talk about philosophy and pop culture, you can! Almost everything is available via clubs and organizations. Really, my favorite thing about ASU is the study abroad program. I'm gone to France, Germany, Austria, and Italy while here, and I've gotten funding for each trip. The faculty-led programs are really fantastic, and they are led by very passionate and friendly professors. If I could pick my favorite days over the last four years, almost all of them would be trip-related. They're honestly surreal. Also! The food in town is amazing. So, so, so good.