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

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: App has a brand new dining facility in the center of campus that covers food from Asian, Mexican, burgers, to salads, comfort food, and Chick-Fil-A. The food is fresh, relatively well priced and is easy to come by. There are also 2 other smaller dining halls at each end of campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is not big at App State, but it is easy to have fun in one or out of one. The Greeks and normal students intermingle very easily and share parties very frequently. It is nice to have the comfortable option of joining Greek or not; you can have fun and be involved either way.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: My experience with classes and professors in my psychology major was very good. They are all very intelligent and fair graders. At Appalachian State I was able to be in two of my professors`s research labs and I gained great experience working with them. I was even able to go to a national psychology conference to present the research we worked on! I enjoyed all of my classes and I gained so much knowledge from the way my psychology professors lectured. They were not mysterious in what they expected from their students and were very willing to help out whenever anyone had questions. It was a wonderful program.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are plenty of places to eat and shop at in and around the area, but getting too far away from the campus starts to enter the more sketchy neighborhoods of Boone. They aren't close by any means, but after a certain point there is more mountain than civilization.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms have spacious rooms and you are close to the bathrooms and laundry, but most of the dorms are also kind of old. Luckily, each summer Appalachian State picks a dorm to refurbish and paint and clean up to bring it up to speed with the newer buildings.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is close to shops, as well as public transportation, but are not many new buildings. Most off campus housing starts at $500 and is not always the cleanest.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have no felt unsafe walking around campus, even after hours. The health services is easy to locate and available at great times to provide for the sick. Any place after dark is going to be a little creepy and there has been past reports around the Boone area about incidents, but nothing recently On campus.

1 College Senior

Parking: There is little to no parking on campus. On the weekends depending on what side of campus you live on and if there are social events occurring, sometimes you have to drive around for 30 minutes to find a spot. There are places to park, but most of them call for a long walk. During the day you have to have a pass unless you park in the deck and that costs 5 dollars a day.

4 College Senior

Academics: Appalachian State University is one of the best schools for how low the cost is. I tend to say that you get a great bang for your buck. The Business school is nationally ranked and the majority of the other programs are just as wonderful. The class size is not to big and if you make the effort all your teachers can be on first name basis with you. And or study abroad program is second to none. If you are a dedicated student and want to challenge yourself there is no limit to the opportunities that Appalachian State can offer you.

3 College Senior

Academics: The Psychology Program at Appalachian State University is growing. They are making changes to make the curriculum more well rounded and to include internships as a requirement. I loved all my classes and the professors are wonderful. I am just excited to see the program reach out and become more competitive.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: I do not feel that the drug scene at Appalachian State is small by any means, however people do it because they want to. There is not much peer pressure. If you want to you can but no one is forcing you. I wish that there were less drugs, but people are going to experiment and get their hands on things if they want to.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It is definitely colder here than it would be in other areas, but I love it here. The mountains are so beautiful especially when it snows. It snows a lot and it definitely hampers getting to class at times, but if it is too bad, they cancel. They are really smart about when to cancel class. I really don't mind the cold as much since I've been up here. You adjust really well and dress in layers to class.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are some events on campus hosted by Greek life, but at App, not everyone has to be into Greek life to have friends or get involved on campus. There are plenty of ways to do that without being Greek.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There are few parking spots on campus for students and those that are available are generally pretty expensive and kind of away from central campus.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Some of the facilities are kind of rundown in classrooms, but overall the campus is well maintained.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining is average. Dining isn't bad and the central dining hall is nice and new in its looks and feel. It just depends on what you get. There are plenty of options, but it does feel mundane after a while.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms have ridiculously small rooms.....Coltrane and Gardner probably have the smallest rooms in NC...but the residents are great...I think they get to know each other better because they spend less time in their rooms and more time mingling in the lobbies and study areas. Expect to move off campus by the time you are a junior though...there are not enough dorms for the amount of students enrolled...there is a sort of lottery system used after your freshman year...unless you are pretty lucky or involved in a Resident Learning Center, it is rare to spend your whole four years on campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The AppalCart Bus System is great...free..even to visitors. Serves campus and makes runs off campus to shopping, dining, living areas.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Just don't try to park anywhere on campus the day of a home football game!..They won't even let you "drive through" to drop off someone, or their stuff, at the dorms closest to the stadium.
But honestly, if you live on campus, you do not need a car.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus police are always around to help out students and stay on call at Appalachian State University. They are not lenient about illegal activities involving students on campus and even have a holding cell where intoxicated individuals can sober-up while being held open for anyone.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are a great place for freshman year at Appalachian State University, but after one year they are far too small and close for comfort to stay in. The options for living on campus are very limited for upperclassmen in terms of space, but upperclassmen have first pick of dormitories including apartment style suites.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Specifically in my courses for Psychology the required classes seem to be very relevant to my intended major however my main Psych teacher is a graduate student who has never taught before and therefore grades extremely harshly. The plus side is that she uses very up-to-date technology that keeps me interested in class.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Although Appalachian State University offers very great programs in a very relaxed environment, sometimes grading is very harsh and there are limited options for making up missed work.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options near Appalachian State University are the same as most places. There is fast food restaurants such as Burger King, McDonald, and Wendy. There is also Chilis, Applebees, and Cracker Barrel

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The price for housing is high. The good thing about it is that you can walk everywhere since most of the store are close by.

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