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Reviews 1820 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Weather: We get snow occasionally and it only moderately influences our class schedule; our school is prepared for and used to snow conditions.

3 College Junior

Majors: So far, the Bio teachers I've had don't know how to teach.

College Junior

Majors: I haven't officially declared my major yet.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of off-campus choices, and bus routes that can pick you up on-campus and take you where you need to go. There are lots of fast-food places, but there's also some more local places that the students love to hang out at.

3 College Junior

Technology: The internet is very slow sometimes and won't always let you connect to it. To this day, I still am only able to connect to the "Guest Network", which probably will explain why the network isn't as reliable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I currently live in Frank Hall and am a part of the Residential Learning Community: Art Haus. Frank was recently renovated and our rooms have a sink in our room- something I was not expecting but greatly appreciate! I've been in Bowie and compared to ours...let's just say they have a very college feeling dorm. The cost is affordable, and doesn't exceed what you would be paying every month in rent (in fact, in every dorm, it's still about 200 dollars cheaper). Living on Stadium drive is very lively, and on game days, tailgaters are here bright and early. Not a problem if you;re an early riser or plan on going to the game, but a little noisy if you're trying to sleep in. All of the dorms are relatively old, but the furniture is not falling apart and I'm definitely not complaining, because there is plenty of room for both my roommate and I to be in here at the same time. People of my floor have become my best friends- and I love being able to talk to everyone around you. Finding a dorm is way easier if you choose an RLC (also makes gaining friends easier because you have common interests).

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Being an out-of-state student, financial aid was one of the first things I looked into. App has been very helpful for the whole process, they are very understanding and want you to come here. Of course, I would want my loans to be a little bit less, but I knew I wanted to come to school here, and I'm glad I did. I would recommend DO NOT procrastinate on getting your information into the school- the quicker you can look at the numbers, the quicker you can decide if you actually want to go to school here. The financial aid office still emails me with support or helps me if I have questions.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: As far as I know, the best parties happen far off campus. Parties meaning small to medium get-togethers. Clubbing is limited to one location on campus called Char, which is a restaurant during the day, and takes anyone 18+. I think you have to travel pretty far to find actual night clubs when you're in this area. We have a large system of Beepers (payed students who are willing to drive you just about anywhere for the right amount) and they also have a facebook page that is really helpful for getting back on campus. I don't think a lot of the students here come to App for the nightlife, and that's one reason why it may seem lacking. There is always someone throwing a party though- it's just all about finding a ride. Also, during the summer months, many App students leave and the town of Boone doesn't need 100 clubs for the vacationers who come to the area. People who like to hang out will find other people who like to do that too- there just hasn't been too many ragers that aren't broken up by the cops within an hour.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Alright, so I suppose you could say this is one of the major problems Appalachian State has faced. We are not only in North Carolina, but we are in the mountains. And historically, not much diversity besides Irish immigrants settled in this part of the country. I only notice it sometimes; because my high school in Florida was very diverse. But for the most part, diversity is something App is working on. When it does come to diversity acceptance at school, there is no problem. You're always going to have one or two people who have been brainwashed with their parents beliefs, but luckily I haven't ran into those kinds of people yet. This goes with politics, religion, and sexual orientation too. I don't think it would be a stretch to say the ideals of people in the surrounding area of Boone (i.e off campus) are not as liberal as we are. I love being surrounded by people my age, interested in the same things as I am, and for the most part holding the same views. App is an affordable and beautiful place to go to school, and I haven't seen any discrimination of people for their beliefs by other students here

4 College Freshman

Administration: Because our campus is relatively small, it seems people get in trouble all the time here. Drinking in the dorms is rarely, if ever tolerated here (same for drug use). Attendance has become a major problem in many college campuses- and the fact we are a smaller school, makes this policy (and your absences) stand out more. Many classes will give extra points at the end of a semester if you attend all classes. I have only had two or three large classes, and in these attendance was more lenient. But after a while, the teachers begin to recognize you, and the only way you can excuse an absence is with a doctors note or school related note. I feel guilty if i even think about skipping a class, so I don't usually have this problem. People are openly allows to voice their opinions here- even if they aren't students. Because we are in the south, there have been some religious groups speaking on the campus lawn, but never violent or burdensome. On campus strictness is also hard to enforce when so many things still happen off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Our library at school is where a majority, if no all, students who do not have laptops, go to work on homework. There are different computer labs through out campus, but much school work requires the books the library supplies too. Here at App, they charge you I believe 10 cents a page when you print from a shared printer. Luckily, I have my own printer so it isn't too bad. You can pay this amount with a system called an Express Account- which is the same account we use to pay for our laundry. Network reliability- oh man...it could be better. There are two networks on campus students and teachers can use- resnet and visitor. Resnet is usually so crowded, I keep my laptop and phone on the visitor network- because it's so much faster. The wireless will sometimes cut in and out- maybe once every month and a half- and no one knows why. When you're on the internet here, however, is very fast when you're on it. I like the reliability of having your own laptop and printer- only because you don't have to wait for the library to be open to do work (and deadlines are easier to meet). Having a laptop isn't necessary at App, but it makes school easier.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Moving from a big city to a small town does make you notice some of the lacking qualities App has culture wise. There are many different restaurants to choose from- but many ethnic or cultural options I'd like to have are not here. But there is still variety. Chain restaurants are in the same numbers and original restaurants here too, which is nice. A lot of the students themselves aren't interested in ethnic food- which is a bit discouraging. However, all restaurants here are affordable and pretty easy to get to! Because I don't have a car at school with me, when me and my friends do eat out- we often go to Kings Street. Here my favorite place to eat is a place called Our Daily Bread! They make the best sandwiches, all with either bagels, pita, wheat or organic options to choose from! Many of the students here are vegetarian or vegan, and this restaurant has so many variations to try.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The weather conditions can get fairly bad up here- and sometimes buses do not run to locations really far from campus. I travel to the airport often, and the bus ride to get there is affordable, however, it does take 2 hours to get to the closest airport. Public transportation is for the most part efficient here, and there are many different routes to take you around town. Many students share rides (we even have a facebook page dedicated to App State Ride Share Group) to towns like Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh. When you come to Boone, you know yo make sacrifices for things that would be readily available and close in a big city- so I'm not complaining! But it would be nice to have more times the bus can take you to airports.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally have not seen security often enough to make a mental note about it. During game days they are all around campus- but during the week, I feel the campus is open yet safe enough for me to walk anywhere. There are Appalachian State issued vehicles that drive around most of the parking lots during the night hours. And access into any dorm building requires a card, assigned to each individual student. There are also Emergency polls places around campus, so if there ever was an emergency, you could get help. The police are not overbearing, but because the campus is so mountain-esque, many crimes go un-reported to unnoticed. Our campus is not sprawling, and for the most part it is pretty contained, which could lead some students to believe police are everywhere-but I've never had a problem with feeling secure!

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The experience of Boone is something so different from a lot of other college campuses. The entire town has a very folksy, bluegrass-y, and creative vibe. People have such varying degrees and interests, it keeps the town thriving with variety. There is always some type of music performance going on around town- we love outdoor venues here in the mountains. The street called Kings Street runs straight through town, and that's where most attractions and festivals happen. There are many little different kitschy restaurants to go to, with a lot of organic or vegan options. People delve into Boone 100% here, and every student loves where they chose to go to school. Skiing of course is huge up here, as well as snowboarding and tubing. Outdoorsy people with a flare for music, yoga, and adventure are here! I will say, if you come from a big city like I did (I'm originally from Tampa) coming to such a small town can be a bit of a reverse culture shock. But it is nice having the best of both worlds- because a lot of people forget towns like Boone still exist, and even thrive the way they do.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: We have a lot of professors who went to school here. I feel like that is saying something about how awesome Appalachian is. If professor want to teach at the school that shaped them, then we must be a note worthy school.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am actively involved in the housing process on campus. I just applied to be an RA and I have currently served two years on Hall Council. I love the housing component of campus because I feel like it is a great way to meet new people, learn to be a leader and get students involved on campus. Our housing department on campus is superb and I love everything about it.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: This is Boone, so there are a lot of different local places who promote local raised food. One of my favorite parts of Boone are the places to eat.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not like sororities because of the people who join. I like the idea of greek life because it promotes so much, I think it is a unique tradition but I am not involved.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have a service call safe-ride and it is the best thing this campus has. You call and tell them where you are on campus and where you want to go on campus and they will be there to get you. Great system for girls at night. Drivers are super friendly and all around I praise them. We also have this thing for weekends and they are called, Beepers. You call them and they will take you anywhere you want to go for two dollar. They are students and it is a student organized thing that promotes safe drinking and not driving while under the influence.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have the bus that goes to every main off campus housing and you can always rely on. Cars are good if you want one here, its not a necessity. I do not have a car and I have had no trouble thus far.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you are not in that crowd you do not notice it.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: I feel safe at my school, we actually were ranked number eleven for drug and alcohol busts. Meaning that we take these things seriously and people get caught easily, not that we are the number eleven party school.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Perfect little town that has friendly people and makes you feel as if you were home the moment you arrive. Your heart will always feel something for Boone. Everyone loves it and hates to graduate because they will miss the people and the beauty of Boone.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am a second year student who lives on campus and plans to live on campus again next year. I rated the review about based on friends who live off campus and things I hear people say.

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