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| Academics - I've had a great experience at Appalachian so far. The Poli Sci department is great, and I've found the professors to be approachable even though many of the classes (especially in the first two years) are large lectures. They have all been extremely knowledgeable. I'm currently planning a study abroad trip to Egypt for next year and will be able to pay the same price I would for a semester at App. The biggest negative is that the gen ed program takes a lot of credit hours and the requirements can be very difficult to understand.|
On-campus Activites - I've had the opportunity to be involved in a lot of campus activities like the International Relations Association and ACT (community service). There are always bands coming to play on campus as well as $1 movies every weekend. There's always either a play, dance performance, or music concert happening. There are also some great free public speakers. By far the most popular event on campus is football games, which get really crazy even when the team isn't doing so well (like this year).
Parking/Transportation - Parking at App and Boone in general can be a real pain in the ass, especially for freshmen who can only park at an off-campus lot. Fortunately Boone has a totally FREE bus network called AppalCart. AppalCart can get pretty crowded and usually is way off-schedule (because traffic in Boone is ALWAYS terrible), but it can take you pretty much anywhere you need to go.
Housing - It depends on luck mostly. Some of the dorms are old and hot, some are newly renovated. All of the freshmen dorms rooms are really small unless you happen to be an honors student.
Health/Safety - I've never felt unsafe on the ASU campus. There are emergency phones everywhere and at night you can call SafeRide to take you back to your dorm if you don't want to have to walk there in the dark. Health Services is really helpful, just make sure you call-in before going unless it's an emergency, it'll actually get you in quicker than if you just walk in. It's easy to stay fit because you can use the Student Recreation Center or the smaller Quinn Rec Center for free.
Food - Central is pretty good for college food at least. They have lots of vegetarian options which made my decision to become a vegetarian a lot easier. The Student Union has a McAlister's (which is an awesome deli, for those who don't know). Don't eat at Trivette unless you're there to use the waffle maker. Off-campus - Boone is a great college town with a lot of great bars and restaurants right near campus on King Street. It's also the BEST if you like outdoor activities. I got my phys-ed credit by taking skiing class. There are places to hike, ski/snowboard, camp, or jump off waterfalls all not too far from campus.
|Sep 14 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| I love Appalachian. After I completed my first year, I was ready to go back after a week or two of summer. I will break up into sections:|
Dorms- dorm life is always going to be kind of shitty. They're always going to be small, you're not paying for a private school. My AC/heat was always working and maitnence came in the same day when it did break. My RA was totally wonderful and I never heard about people having terrible RAs. I was in the all girls dorm in white and found that there were some very sweet girls and then I found the terrible, tacky sorority girl. You can find people you like easily and people are more friendly than they were back in my hometown of Charlotte, NC. If you can't make friends with people in your dorm, visit your friend dorm and meet people there. That's how I met a ton of new people. They have a kitchen in the dorms which was nice and I met a lot of wonderful people there and got to share and enjoy some awesome food. The cleaning crew, Ms. Rita and Ms. Mary, were so sweet and were always there to talk. Dorm life-it's manageable.
Academics- I am an Art Education major. The art department has been super helpful through one on one talks and through my classes. My professors were challenging and helped me to start thinking more out of the box. They taught me new techniques in art and after only one year, I saw my artwork become better which is a dream for any art student. I have to submit a portfolio to get accepted and my professors and professors I didn't even have we're always there to help me put it together and take my anxiety away. I have nothing negative to say about my department, they have been nothing but nice to me.
Social Life- I've seen some reviews of people saying they never could find anything to do and the town is terrible and they only stayed in their dorms and I can only say that these people never tried to embrace this town. I don't like to go clubbing and I'm not 21 so I can't go to bars, so I'm probably limited to what I can do right? No. I have found house shows and I have found small house parties for my weekend nights. During the day after classes, there are hiking trails behind frank hall that my friends and I would go to almost everyday for a nice walk. I have gone hiking and camping and fishing all along the blue ridge trail. I go antique shopping or I can go to the watauga humane society and give my time to some dogs and cats. You can join clubs for all different things or go to a football game or go to the gym and go swimming or rock climbing or do a workout class. Every month the town has an art walk and there are a few open galleries along king street and the campus has galleries to go to as well.
There are so many things the campus and town provide and people just don't want to look. Of course you are going to have days where you can't find anything to do and are bored, but that happens back in your hometown when you're not at college, right?
People- I have met people that I don't get along with and that's normal. You are not going to like everyone. I have met people that I love and they are my friends and my acquaintances. The townspeople are nice and for the most part, friendly. Keep an open mind. There are always going to be snobby people, hippies, tacky sorority girls/frat fucks, annoying people, jocks, art farts, pot heads, etc but I feel like people all kind of get along as a whole.
Transportation- incoming freshman, you don't need a car. It's expensive and a hassle and you live in campus. You don't need it. Take the free bus system, it's a blessing. Think about a car after freshman year, it's cheaper to park in your apartment lot.I love everything about Boone. If you come here, be open. It was my first choice and I have loved every minute of being here. It's a beautiful place with some really great people.
|Aug 13 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| Appalachian State puts too much effort into trying to market the campus. The school tries to market a "one love" diversity type feel to the campus, its very transparent. I transferred in '08. back when they really started to pour money into the campus via football. which what from I understand really changed the whole school.It bought a different type of people to the school than I imagained.The school milks the victory over michigan pretty hard, even though it was 5 years ago. Frats and Soroties got much bigger just within the three years I was there.Before I got there I think there were more "hippies" and other laid back liberal arts types.Appstate seemed like it was turned more into a business school than a liberal arts school when i was there. The student body is pretty cliquey (full of bro'd out stoners,finance majors,fundamentalist christians,frat boys, soroity girls,hispter types,atheletes,occasional hippies, somewhat outdoorsy types,and people who are really stoked about campus life.) Alot of the students can be self absorbed, including myself at one point. It can create a really superficial, unfreindly, and uptight enviroment.there are some good genuine people though you just got to dig. I attribute this to the town of Boone. It really can be a dull place to be with not much to do. Although it has quaint downtown. It has really pretty summers and great hiking and swimming spots. Watch out for floridians though they are the seasonal summer plague of western NC. There are some nice bars and beerstores surrounding. The bartenders at boone saloon can be really unfriendly(due to an undeserved beer snobbery)they are nice to girls though.The real estate is terrible.Most of the rental agencies rent cheap, crampt apartments. Some are owned by people in Florida others by people in town. They make a quick buck by exploiting the students into coughing up like 500-600 bucks a month on average for a small shitty apartment, I had a freind with black mold and his landlord refused to do anything about it. Not all are bad i would say 80% are pretty awful to rent from and a minority are sub-par to fine, just be careful when you live off campus, and you will the school is too small for the amount of students the school wants to bring in. Which means dorms are hard to get. the student advising is pretty poor, when I transferred I was assigned to this women who was a real dummy, i dont remember the specifics, but alot of people complained about her. Im not sure how she got her job. Finding summer jobs are tough here. |
Its not all bad though...there is a great local music scene growing with some coffee shops and houses, they bring alot of musicians regionally and nationally in which is really pretty cool. The art department changed alot when I was there, it got much better. One of the few saving graces of appstate are the devotion that the art faculty and other facutly have to their work. I was actually going to transfer a second time but through developing relationships with them convinced me to stay.I learned alot about art, probably more than I would have at the other school i previously attended. Appstate in that regard was not bad. The library has some sweet art books you can check out.The writing center helped me alot. The art department is okay as far as art schools go, you get out of it what you put in. I was never a fan of art expo though. I felt it bought an unhealthy rivalry with students. And fed egos. My art got way better out of school, which is the goal of art school. There are some galleries in town which are supportive of students and let them hang work and have shows. In retrospect i think I needed a school that was less football and less business focus.If your looking for public schools that have more of an "artsy" focus in NC try UNCG or UNCA. The students i met from there were alot nicer and much more freindly and open. I think there are defiantly better places to go to school and better places to live if youre a student in north carolina or Western nc like the Asheville area or even the chapel hill area. All in all i dont like Appalachian state or boone that much, but I made alot of cool freinds , and had some great experiences.
|Mar 17 2013|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |