Making Family Connections, Earning Top Rankings

Friday, October 4, 2019

Appalachian’s Family Weekend welcomed hundreds of parents and families to campus for a first-hand look at their students’ Appalachian Experience. The weekend’s festivities included an alumni legacy reception, a breakfast with career services programming, a football game tailgate and a volunteer workday for the App Builds a Home project with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. Over the weekend, university staff captured candid thoughts and insights from Mountaineer families and compiled them into this delightful video.

Our university’s competitive advantages are well documented and supported through recognitions in national publications. Each honor attests to the quality of education provided to students by our world-class faculty and staff. Here are a few of the most notable recent accolades:

  • Appalachian ranks among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” for 2020.
  • Forbes magazine included Appalachian in its 2019 listings of “America’s Top Colleges” and “America’s Best Value Colleges.”
  • Appalachian was named in MONEY magazine’s “2019–20 Best Colleges Ranking,” The Princeton Review’s “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” web feature as a “Best in the Southeast” and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “Best College Values” for 2019.

A particularly meaningful recognition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Appalachian second among Southern universities in the Best Colleges for Veterans category. As of this fall, Appalachian enrolls more than 380 veterans and active-duty military members, and our university holds their service to our communities and country in the highest esteem. It is critical that we provide the necessary resources for these students, and Appalachian’s status as a Military Friendly® School affirms our success in doing so.

Thank you to the entire Appalachian Community for celebrating our many distinct offerings.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor

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