2021 Family Weekend Highlights

Parent and Family Services celebrated Family Weekend September 17 - 19th in conjunction with Founders Day and Appalfest. Our Appalachian families were able to create memories with their student in intimate campus environments. Families were welcomed into the Plemmons Student Union where we showcased the new Career Development Center and highlighted other programs and organizations

Many families joined us on the lawn between Valborg Theatre and Belk Library for a Grab and Go Picnic. UREC and WASU generously provided music and games for entertainment and engaging opportunities for our guests. Following lunch, our parents and families joined the rest of the Mountaineer fans in Kidd Brewer Stadium as we defeated Elon University (44 - 10).

Whether students and families participated in our events or created their own Family Weekend experience, we were grateful to see them around town and on campus enjoying time together.

We are looking forward to your involvement next year!

Judy and Monica


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Exercise is Medicine

The Exercise is Medicine On-Campus initiative calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and encourages students, faculty, and staff to work together to improve the health and well-being of the campus community.

During the month of October, University Recreation will be celebrating movement as medicine. In collaboration with our partners, there will be events, workshops, and opportunities to connect with the App State community. More information can be found here with a list of the month's calendar.

Let's get moving and honor exercise as medicine, App State!

See the video below:

App State - University Recreation - Exercise is Medicine

Oct 6
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Updates on Enrollment Information

Ms. Cindy Barr, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, has shared Fall 2021 Fall highlights with us.  Enrollment Management, consisting of the Office of Admissions, Transfer Admissions & Engagement, Registrar's Office, College Access Partnerships and the Office of Student Financial Aid & University Scholarships, is committed to designing, implementing, and providing the services necessary to promote student success from pre-enrollment to graduation.

Appalachian's total enrollment for fall 2021 is 20, 641, an increase of 3.1% compared to fall 2020 where we enrolled 20,023.  Click HERE to learn more about our enrollment numbers.  Also, please look at some of the additional highlights below:


  • 18.2% racially and ethnically underrepresented students (fall 2021)
  • 66% growth in underrepresented students since 2014 (fall 2021)
  • 108% growth in first-year underrepresented students since 2014 (fall 2021)
  • 86.2% overall student retention rate (fall 2021)
  • 82.7% retention rate for underrepresented students (fall 2021)
  • 42 : 58 male-to-female student ratio (fall 2021)
  • 112 enrolled foreign national students (fall 2021) - up from 92 previous fall
  • 34.3% students from rural areas in North Carolina (fall 2021)
  • 32% first-generation undergraduate students (fall 2021) 

AVC Cindy Barr wanted to share her sincere gratitude to Student Affairs for all of the support, collaboration, and team work this year and always. She appreciates the extraordinary work you do to support our students during their transition to Appalachian and throughout their time with us.

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Homecoming 2021: Haunted Homecoming Harvest

It’s that time of the year again!

At Appalachian, we aim to celebrate Homecoming traditions and instill Mountaineer pride in all members of the Appalachian State community through active virtual, remote, AND in-person engagement with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the local Boone community. Homecoming is an incredibly special tradition that takes place at a beautiful time of the year. It is an opportunity to reflect and appreciate our institution's history and traditions, recognize and celebrate our achievements, reconnect with friends and alumni, and promote Mountaineer spirit.

The 2021 Homecoming theme is "Haunted Homecoming Harvest'' and will focus on autumn and Halloween ideas. Homecoming events are open to all members of our community and we hope that you will join us for the fun!

Homecoming week is October 25-30! The events are as follows:

  • Oct 25 - Homecoming Kick-off & NEERly Naked Mile
  • Oct 26 - Movie on the Mall
  • Oct 27 - Wicked Wednesday
  • Oct 28 - LipSync Competition
  • Oct 29 - Parade, Kazoo Band, Apptoberfest, and NPHC Yard Show
  • Oct 30 - Homecoming Football Game at 3:30pm

Check out the Homecoming website for ALL the details. Happy Homecoming!

Do you want to get involved with Homecoming 2021?

Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS) and Campus Activities oversee student Homecoming events and are seeking faculty, staff, and grads to serve as judges for student organization competitions! All judges will receive a FREE Homecoming shirt as a thank you for supporting Homecoming efforts. If you are interested, please complete the following the Engage form link here: https://engage.appstate.edu/submitter/form/start/507117 by 5:00 pm on October 7 and let us know which competitions you are interested in judging.  

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