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Boone, NC
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14,837
Tuition (in-state)
$18,107 ($6,059)
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Average
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Reviews 1350 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: A lot of diversity, but really everyone is kind and has that "don't care what I look like" vibe - in a good way. Not really worried about materialistic things, but then again you'll see some people that are. It's just a laid back, mountain, hippie atmosphere! Similar to Asheville, if you've been there.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Boone is small, so again if you love the club and things along that line, there isn't a ton of options. It can be fun if you have friends and enjoy just going out for a good time, no matter where you are. People host parties often on the weekends, especially after big games! Boone is a cool place, so it's just fun to chill!

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I didn't apply for scholarships, but I did receive Financial Aid and felt the office was very easy to work with and everyone over in the JET building is kind and willing to help you in any way! Just ask!

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The Health and Safety is great. Always there if you need them, and have a lot of good programs. Safe Ride is something I used often and was very thankful for it late at night.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: A lot of different options. Chick Fil A rocks of course, and McAlisters. Central has wonderful breakfast burritos and the ladies that work there are the sweetest people in the world.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Fluctuates a lot. Winters can be bad, but also fun if you love snow :) It does get pretty darn cold in the winter, but the summer is incredible. Perfect weather. Spring is fun, but be sure to keep a coat because it will definitely still snow on occasion in April!

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Boone has so many incredible places to eat. I miss that more than anything. So many local restaurants and really neat types of food. Most places have student discounts, so it's easy to eat for pretty cheap. I love the places on King Street. Melanie's is cute, Macados is the BEST. I worked at Galileo's and loved it. Most of the recipies are made by the owners, who are just wonderful people all around. Anywhere there is good food.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football is HUGE at App! EVERYONE loves to watch them play. Definitely a highlight of appalachian, and the games are such a blast. Baseball and Softball are pretty huge too. Varsity sports are well liked. Basketball not as much, but they still have a large support from the school. Intramural sports are amazing and well liked and well supported. Definitely be a part of it!

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I didn't notice much drug/alcohol in the dorms but I also didn't really partake in much of that. I didn't drink until I was 21 and when I did it wasn't in the dorm - i would socially drink with friends at the bar. Boone definitely has parties and that sort of thing, but it's not an overabundance that it's the only thing you can do or that you have to partake in it or be around it. It's going to be a part of any college campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Don't have many complaints about Housing - West side of campus isn't quite as nice as the East Side, but it's a much better community. Everyone hangs out on Duck Pond and there is so much to do, all the time! It's a good atmosphere. Some dorms are older, but they really aren't bad. I lived in Eggers, Belk, and App heights. App heights is great! Still dorm feel, because you share a room, but it has a kitchen and it's fun living with 3 other people! App does a great job with the housing lottery.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Appalachian has an extremely diverse campus and it's wonderful! I met and made so many friends of different cultures, ethnic and racial backgrounds while at ASU. Everyone is so friendly and willing to learn and be accepting of others. Many different religions and views, but it doesn't matter. People are so accepting at Appalachian.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Free Applecart system that runs all over campus and off campus, all the time. Very helpful and easy to access from so many places. Boone is small, so cost is not that bad for driving. A lot of places you live it's easy to just walk to class! Even when I lived far away I didn't feel it was bad. If you can park on campus, even better. Then you can just walk everywhere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Enjoyed most of my classes at Appalachian. A few professors were not very good, didn't take the time to get to know you or didn't seem to have any interest in helping you succeed. They were just there. Most were great though, and I loved the professors in my major. Very kind, very helpful, very sweet.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: So really, unless it is after 5 or 7 depending on the lot, there is NO place to park on campus. Even if you want to buy a parking pass, there is Stadium Lot (hella expensive), and that is the ONLY lot (for all students who are interested!) that is even remotely close to anything! Now Appalcarts are saviors, because most people just ride those. The other lot close to campus is Greenwood, but you take an Appalcart. Statefarm Lot? No one uses it except to store your car until you go home for breaks.

I'll cut some slack though, there's only so much space for App to expand, and I'd rather have extra dorms and facilities, but parking is just terrible... Tons of free space after 5 though! (Unless you want the library parking lot, in which case, forget it).

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Whenever I leave ASU, I miss all of the restaurants in our teeny tiny King Street! Wolfies Subs is to die for, Macadoos makes the best deli sandwiches in the world, and Cha Da Thai is by far the KING of asian restaurants (order #63 every time!) There are tons of places to eat, and I suppose since there is such a competition for space, only the very best stay! Super yummy & super close.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: West side is far away and smaller, and is largely an underclassmen throw-away zone. East is nicer, larger, cleaner, closer to classes, and all around newer (other than the actual "East" dorm). There's a pretty big dichotomy between East and West dorms, although I started out freshman year living in West. Social atmosphere is friendly on either side, but West is far more chilled out. Generally West is nice due to Trivette Dining Hall, but that is closed for renovations.

No complaints about the housing process.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: They have extensive computer labs throughout the library's floors, and I'm pretty sure there is a computer lab or two in every academic building. All of them have the entire Microsoft suite, Adobe suite, and pretty much anything you could need, while the library gives us access to a million databases. Printing is $0.03 per B/W sheet, which really isn't that bad (it's way cheaper than paying for your own ink/printer). Other than wireless flaking out sometimes, ethernet always works (and very quickly, too)! Landlines have no trouble in dorms or computer labs.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options, and with the free Appalcarts running all of the time to nearly every complex, it's very easy to live off campus, whether or not you have a car. With such a small amount of dorms for ASU to expand into, Boone has supplied a million places for students to live, with almost every variation of price to quality and space and amenity packages. I'd say nearly all complexes are very safe, and while guest parking can be a pain, most places have parking spaces for residents.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The atmosphere is remarkably friendly and nonjudgmental, and the surrounding mountains are not only wondrous to wake up to, but also incredible to explore. I love the facilities, academic program, study abroad opportunities, and the general energy of the campus. I would most certainly choose ASU again.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: We have lots of small shows at the coffee houses, and ASU's "Safe Ride" will pick up people from anywhere on campus into the depths of the night to take their drunk selves where they need to go, which a fantastic resource.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I think that our Student Recreation Center is phenomenal, and I love all of the food offered in the Central Dining Hall. Sanford Mall and many other lawns are very well-kempt and always active, and our library is extensive in both books, electronics, movies, and helpful staff! Computer labs are across campus, and we even have access to everything from pianos to all Rosetta Stones if we want it. Our Student Union is wonderfully active and extensive, and our Health Services and Counseling Center are great. Additionally, although this is largely part of the surrounding city, the free Appalcart is infinitely helpful in moving around the city without using your own car.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although somewhat lacking in ethnic diversity, we have a very active Multicultural Club, LGBT Center, Women's Center, and many other human rights groups, culminating in the Human Rights Week each year. ASU is certainly a very inviting environment when diversity is present, and many of us study abroad at some point. However, it's just that not very much diversity is present at all times.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People aren't very dangerous about what they partake in it, and other than the usual, stereotypical collegiate drunks, most tend to be very aware of the consequences and take proper precautions. Many are fine if you don't partake in the drugs, but there is certainly a slight pressure.

Policies are very strictly enforced.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It is expensive to park on campus during the day with a pass. In the evenings and weekends you can for free but you have to find a spot. You can never get away with parking without a pass without being towed or ticketed. Off of campus, it can be hard to find spots for longer periods of time.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are always the stereotypical "greek-life" students, but there are also a lot of unique people.

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