Boone, NC
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$18,107 ($6,059)
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Reviews 1464 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Are Just Like Non-Greeks – As a women in Greek life I can tell you in is pretty normal we don't have housing or a "Greek row" and most of us are involve in other things besides Greek life. It is not that big of a deal if you are not Greek. Most parties are not strictly to the frats or sorority and we do a bunch of things that involve everyone on campus

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We've Got Spirit..Kind of – If you want a crazy football game with tailgating a great band and tons of screaming college students then come on down! As for school spirit we gladly support our school colors in most things we do. However when it comes the the other sports like basketball, wrestling and soccer we are a bit lacking mostly due to the fact its getting colder and most people do not want to go out as much. I believe we show almost as much support to the soft ball and baseball teams as we do our football thought.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: Its Not Easy – I go to financial aid more then I can count. We are on a first name basis, the issue with financial aid is they do not offer any scholarship you have to do the research on your own. They sometimes point you the right direction but most of the time you are just chasing a circle.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Time of My Life – Ever since transferring into ASU it has been a wonderful experience. I do wish that I would have come here first instead of going to another college.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Great Housing – In Boone, NC you its hard to find good housing but I really did get lucky and after searching for a while found a great location close to campus.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Much to Chose from – Parking on campus is very limited! You have only a few places you can park without getting a ticket. The campus and everything about the school is awesome but this is its biggest downfall.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Mountain Campus – When the weather is nice there are tons of people out all over campus. Wether its in the coffee shop in the student center or people hanging up their own hammocks between trees, you will see people out and about everywhere enjoying themselves

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus and have never explored the option, so can't say.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football really brings the campus together, home games are always packed. Also, students get free tickets to ALL home athletic events, which is awesome and leads to there being a lot of student support. Basketball is also very popular. However, unlike other NC schools like UNC and State, football is the main focus here, not basketball. Baseball and soccer are sort of overlooked, but they both won conference titles this year. Athletic facilities are all really good. There are a lot of intramural and club sports on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Reasonable Prices but Limited Availability. As I mentioned in my On-Campus Housing review, a majority of Upperclassmen live off-campus, and most of them NOT with their families. So that's a lot of students trying to get apartments, not to mention that Boone is also attracting new residents. Some people go as far as Blowing Rock (15 minutes away) for a decent place. However, I did some research before I was sure if I'd get on-campus housing, and apartment prices are actually lower than in other NC college towns like Chapel Hill or Greenville.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I Feel Very Safe – There are blue light phones all over campus that can get you in contact with police. However, only twice have these been used to report an actual crime (usually it's for health emergencies or something). The university posts all crimes on the University Police's website and the status of them (if anyone was arrested, still investigating, etc.) which makes me feel safer because nothing is hidden from us. ASU police are a clear presence on campus. Watauga is the 3rd safest county in NC.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: I was actually really disappointed that it didn't snow a lot more this year, because it's one of the reasons I came to App, hopefully next year will be better. A lot of students complain about the weather, but I love the cold winters and cool spring and fall. You can really experience all 4 seasons, the leaves in fall are just wonderful. If you come from the coast or something it may be in adjustment, but I've never been anywhere else where I loved the weather this much.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: One Word: TERRIBLE – On-campus parking is extremely expensive and limited, and not available to freshmen anyway. Freshmen have to park a mile and a half away from campus and take a shuttle back. Parking in Boone is also pretty much non-existent. Enforcement is strict. On-campus, you may be ticketed or booted. In town, they'll tow your car away without hesitation.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most students at App are white, which is just an effect of being in the mountains. Also, most students are from in-state. However, that does not mean that everyone who comes to ASU is the same. The people who are from different races here feel welcomed. There are a lot of International students on campus that add a lot to this school. Living in the LLC, I was able to meet a lot of them. Also, there are people of different political opinions and various economic backgrounds. Also, there's a significant population of LGBT students here at App. So, while I do wish there was more racial diversity, I still feel like I've met a lot of new people and that I'm among a lot of different types of people while here.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Worst Part About App, Seriously – I was in the Living Learning Center (or the LLC), which is one of the nicest dorms on campus. However, the majority of dorms are very bad. Rooms are small in most of them, even compared to other colleges' dorms. Also, the West Campus dorms that haven't been renovated in forever are a nightmare - no A/C, falling apart, bad smells, etc. These are supposed to be renovated soon, but only at the rate of one a year, so it'll still be pretty bad. While the East campus dorms are nicer, the rooms are still prison-cell sized. The LLC was really inconvenient, it's located at the top of about 400 steps! Also, availability is a huge problem. For about 15,000 undergrads, they have on-campus housing for about 5,000 of them. I was lucky to be able to get on-campus housing next year as a sophomore!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Wouldn't Trade It for Anything – I had an amazing freshman year at App. I had awesome professors, made new friends, and I'm actually excited for what next year holds. I'm really glad I chose App.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most Professors Are Great – I liked all my professors this past year. They were all really helpful and informative. I think people sell the Academics at App short, it's really a great place to learn. All of my professors were faculty members, no TAs, and they all had doctorates, but more importantly they hall had a lot of expertise in their fields. We really have one of the most qualified faculty around.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a lot of computer labs in classroom buildings, the library, and even some newer dorms. There are Macs and PCs, which is awesome. Printing is like one cent a page and can be taken off your student account, so there's no need for your own printer. The wifi network gets good signal throughout campus, however it can often be very slow. I recommend getting an Ethernet cable because even if your dorm has good WiFi connection it will be faster with the cable.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Not Too Expensive, but Availability Might Be an Issue – There are many apartments in Boone so it is always possible to find a place to live off-campus however the location might be farther away than preferred. Many apartments are a few miles away from campus however there are buses that run each day so that students have transportation to wherever they need to go around town. The apartments are not that expensive unless it is downtown with a view of the school. Landlords are mostly fair however I have heard of stories in which the landlords were not as nice as people had expected them to be. Apartments downtown might charge you for a parking spot which is a great con however most apartments provide you with a free parking spot.

4 College Senior

Academics: Excellent Professors and Relative Curriculum – I came to Appalachian State University because of their excellent business program. I have yet to have one professor at AppState that I have disliked. Each were very helpful and understood the program well. The classes an average had about 30 students enrolled which made it very easy to get help from professors. The registration process is easy to follow and would allow early registration for those who are nearing graduation. There are many places to study, such as the quad, a solarium, the library with study rooms, and also an education building with its own computer lab.

4 College Senior

Academics: Professors Are Very Helpful and Understand the Curriculum. While attending Appalachian State for business management, I have had many great professors. With each class containing about 30 students, it is easy to communicate one-on-one with instructors for personal help. The professors understand the curriculum very well and teach lessons that are very beneficial to one's study. All of the facilities seem to be constantly expanding and all of them contain the latest technologies which allows students access to many things. The workload is challenging however it is not overwhelming. The college of business at AppState also has a department which helps students find internships and jobs when they are nearing graduation which was what really attracted me to this school.

4 College Senior

Computers: I have never had an issue finding a computer to use in the library or a computer lab. There are plenty of computers for students to use all the time. With all of the different computer labs, it is not necessary to have your own personal computer however it is recommended to have just in case. The wifi is also fantastic as there are two different networks, one for ASU students and also a visitor network, that people can connect to anywhere on campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Never Been – never been to the cafeteria on campus. i have been to mccalisters several times, it is bomb

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1 College Senior

Parking: It Sucks – there is very little parking around campus, and what is on campus is very expensive. they tow a lot and boot people all the time.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: There Are Drugs – There are drugs around and they are relatively easy to obtain

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