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 Junior

Academics: I came to Appalachian for the education program, which I was thoroughly disappointed with. However, since changing my major, I have come to love the new program in which I am in. I love the campus, the weather (which is what some people hate about Boone), the kindness of my peers, the plentiful opportunities to get involved, and the overall atmosphere of Appalachian. It is a wonderful school, just don't go there for Elementary Education!

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Fill Out FAFSA – You fill out the FAFSA. I have not had much experience with Financial Aid.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is a nightmare. Students can only park in a few dedicated lots during the week. Once the weekend starts, almost all lots are open, but it is still hard to get a spot, and when its time for parents to come, its so crowded your family is lucky to even be on a street with their hazards on.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Received Help from Professors and Advisors – When I switched my major to nursing, I was lacking in certain courses, and my first advisor made a mistake in her counseling to me. However, I contacted professors who were very approachable and who waived some pre req requirements so that I could finish my courses in time to apply for the nursing school. My next advisor was very helpful in figuring out how best to work with my class load. Everyone was very helpful and concerned about my condition. I was more than a number.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Never Lived Off-Campus – I've never lived off-campus, but my friends do. The apartments are small, outdated, and way far from campus on crappy bus routes. The ones close to campus are the most expensive and the most outdated. The nicer apartments are so far from campus you have to drive your car and the prices are way out of a college student's budget.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Beautiful Campus – App State has the most beautiful campus of all that i toured (i toured close to 15 campuses). its got lots of trees and grass and outdoor space and outdoor activities and everything it within walking distance :)

4 College Junior

Academics: Class Sizes – I love the super small class sizes at Appalachian, the class feels more like friends talking than a prof talking at you. Problem, its hard to register for classes because there are so few seats and some (not all) profs are stingy about letting extras in :( tis a bummer sometimes

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation is excellent at Appalachian State. There is an campus wide transportation system available to all students. It is free and easy to access.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students at Appalachian State are diverse. Although, the population is made up of different students , the students are united in there common interest of school pride.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a transfer student, but so far I have already interaced with the professors. My professors are eager to help me purue my degree in Nursing

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: App Is Great – App is really what you make of it. You can be a party-goer if you choose, but you can just as easily not. It gets really cold here, but that's prime time for studying. Buy some good snow shoes, a warm jacket, and you'll love it.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Pretty Fair Judgement – Sure, you'll get in trouble for alcohol and drugs, but depending on who catches you, you might get an easy time depending on the circumstances. Don't speed, though! Speeding tickets are pretty common on campus, and only park on campus if you have a pass.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Meal Plan Is Great – I like the meal plan a lot. There are no set limits on meals or snacks per day or week, and there are two markets on campus that are like mini grocery stores, which is great if you like to cook your own food. There are two main dining halls other than that, and a food court in the student union. The school is definitely vegetarian friendly, too.

3 College Student

Parking: PARKIN... Yeaa About That – The ASU Police Usually do crack down on unwanted cars parking on campus during NON-parking Hours. Because of this, everyone knows the rules: NO parking without a permit before 5:00pm but the car is allowed to be parked anywhere at anytime on the weekends. I suggest that you DONT park your car on campus during campus hours unless you have a parking pass!

3 College Student

Diversity: There are lots of people from different cultural backgrounds, and races, and ethnicities here at APP. Although most of the population there is Caucasian, there are many other races and ethnicities that really make this college a diverse one. The people here dont judge by skin color. We are one big happy family!

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Average Priced – Boone has many off-campus housing options. We have a housing fair every quarter that specifically offers students different apartments around campus. They are all remotely close to campus and if not there is always the Appalcart, our campus bus. I would highly reccomend our off-campus housing

4 College Junior

Weather: Beautiful in the Beginning and End – When you first get there and when you are leaving are the prettiest times. The winter snow storms can be a pain.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did receive as much financial aid as I think I should have gotten but the amount was adequate. The staff on campus are somewhat hard to deal with and they are not very helpful. It would probably be in best interest to ask a student worker in the financial aid building for advice rather than the actual worker because they are a lot more helpful and cooperative.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Parking Is Intense – It's hard to park anywhere on campus without getting fined for it. Everywhere there are limits to where you can park and most of the time a cop is always out to mark your tires if you stay in that spot too long.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Most Popular – Drugs on Appalachian's campus are pretty prevalent. The main drug seen visibly is Marijuana. I have seen it out walking around on campus often. Drinking is also an issue but the drugs are even bigger.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Love It Here – I would never transfer from App because it is the best place to go to school. The chancellor really cares about the students and he get involved in so many things. He attends every home football game, he has students over to his house, which is on campus, for dinner and if you have a suggestion for something to improve he will take it into serious consideration. It is small enough that the professors know your name but big enough to get a diverse education and have the opportunity to be involved in many different clubs and sports and whatever else you want to do. You can walk just about everywhere and the bus system is awesome and runs all day.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Boone Might Be Small but There Is a Lot to Do – Boone is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway so going to that is a big thing lots of people do on the weekends and on breaks. There are many beautiful attractions within 30 minutes from campus and they are easy to find.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Professors Are Awesome!!! I came to Appalachian because of the School of Music and the professors who teach here. They are so willing to help with anything you need and want you to succeed. The curriculum is very well-rounded and I feel like I have learned a lot from my non-major classes. I have never had a problem with the registration process and my workload is average for a music major, 12 classes/18 hours. ASU offers so many study-abroad options that anyone would be able to find something they are interested in.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: We Just Became a Wet County 10 Years Ago – Nightlife is ok in Boone, most of the time you have to make your own fun. The three bars we do have are 21 or older and the ABC Spirits closes at 9pm. It is a small town and we used to be a dry county until recently so not much.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Not Enough Room for Everyone – There aren't enough dorms on-campus for everyone who needs to live on campus. After sophomore year, you are lucky to get housing on campus because there is nowhere to grow in Boone. I knew I wasn't going to get housing on campus for next year so my roommate and I got an apartment but I am student teaching next spring so I have to find a subleaser for that semester.


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