App State ranks among ‘Best’ schools in US, Southeast for 2021 and 2022

BOONE, N.C. — U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes magazine ranked Appalachian State University as one of the country’s best higher education institutions.

The three national publications recently recognized App State for its academics, innovation, benefits for student veterans, programs to enhance the first-year experience and other aspects, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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“Year after year, App State’s rankings affirm that we are an epicenter of educational leadership — from groundbreaking research and creative endeavors, to engaging first-year experiences and resources for student-veterans,” said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts.

She continued, “The value of an App State education speaks to the excellence of our faculty and staff, who continually find new ways to support and mentor our ambitious and supportive community of students.”

App State one of ‘Best Colleges’ for 2022 — US News & World Report

For the second year in a row, App State topped the list for Most Innovative Schools among Southern universities, identified as No. 1 by top college officials for making innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

App State also moved to second in the ranking for Southern universities in the Best Colleges for Veterans category, up one spot from last year, and earned the second spot among Southern universities in the Undergraduate Teaching category.

For 2022, the university also held its rankings for the third consecutive year in two categories: third in Top Public Schools in the South and sixth in Best Regional Universities of the South.

In other U.S. News honors, App State ranked in the following categories:

No. 13 in the Learning Communities category.

  • No. 22 among Southern regional universities in the Best Value category.
  • No. 28 for First-Year Experiences.

U.S. News collected data from more than 1,850 institutions and used 17 metrics — including graduation and retention rates — to measure the schools’ academic quality, with the most weight placed on outcomes.

U.S. News World & Report contributed to this article.

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