Recent Alumnus 2012-06-25T18:44:02Z
Amazing Appalachian – Appalachian State is a great school. The faculty are very welcoming and ready to help, and the campus resources are phenomenal, especially for undergrads. The area around King Street is great for socializing, and there's always something going on nearby. The area's attractions, especially the outdoors, are wonderful, and even the nearby towns (Blowing Rock, Banner Elk) are fun to explore and meet people. With Lees-McRae nearby, there's always a lot of healthy competition and fun to go around.
College Junior 2012-06-22T20:49:04Z
Football and Club Sports – The mountaineers will always rule the football field and after living with the entire collection of freshmen player I can safely say they are also great people. There is nothing quite like watching a football game in the pouring snow. I also play in a club at App and they are highly competitive but very fun to be a part of. We have every thing from lacrosse and ultimate to quddictch and kayak water polo.
College Junior 2012-06-22T20:40:45Z
New SRC and Library – Appalachian is always building new dorms to replace the older ones. Now that the stadium and new library are finished the school seems to be focused on updating the dorms and the student union. Other than that, campus is gorgeous. The grounds are well kept except for the ever present cigarette butt problem.
College Junior 2012-06-22T20:33:56Z
A Very Relaxed Campus – Most RAs are calm and lenient with their residents. Teachers are relaxed and don't bother you out of class. Boone is full of police and despite the uber amount of speeding tickets they give out, they do more good than harm. They don't really enforce the campus rules against skate boarding or about smoking near buildings but are willing to help you if your car needs a jump or if you get lost.
College Junior 2012-06-21T15:13:32Z
Guys & Girls:
The first thing I noticed was the selection in guys...hot,jocks,frat,country, you name it.There is a person for everyone. The girls are great too. Most people who choose to go to Appalachian are down to earth, caring people. Although there are parties that will suffice the random hook-up, most people seem to find their dream guy/girl. As far as interests go, the amount of student involvement makes it easy for any person to find a group of people who have a complimenting personality.
College Junior 2012-06-21T14:52:13Z
The buses are really the only option to get around, but these are hardly reliable. They come late, and not nearly enough. The time spent waiting for a bus could usually be used to walk where ever you need to go. They are nice on the weekend someone needs to go shopping for supplies, but even then there is only a certain time window available. However, they do get you to most places nearby, and are nice to have as an alternative to walking.
College Junior 2012-06-13T00:05:34Z
Loving the View – Appalachian State offers many different things to do and to be involved in. Appalachian State also has activities that involve outside organizations, which give people a chance to interact with the outside community. Appalachian State is placed in the best spot I could ever think of!!! It is located just a few minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blowing Rock, NC. The shopping in Boone and Blowing Rock give you an experience that you will remember for a lifetime because they both offer attractions and stores that you will not see in a bigger city. The local attitude toward students is very positive and supportive because the local community works very hard to help the students, faculty, etc in anything that is needed, for example, the community helps when the university puts on blood drives, homecoming activities, etc. There is always something to do on campus or off campus. Everyone definitely works together to make sure that each person has the experience of a lifetime while also receiving the education of a lifetime.
College Junior 2012-06-12T23:51:31Z
Working to Diversify – Appalachian State has many different opportunities to bring those of different races, religions, political stands, etc. There are many organizations on campus that give students the opportunity to bond with others that have the same views, ideals, etc. It also gives students the ability to see the different views of other people and gives them an opportunity to make their own decisions about who they support, accept, etc.
College Sophomore 2012-06-12T00:30:24Z
Appal Cart – This bus is free and can take you all around Boone!
College Junior 2012-06-04T17:56:52Z
Appalcart and Safe Ride – The AppalCart is awesome to have for its convienence, but it gets crowded and is very rarely on-schedule. Still, if you don't have time constraints it can get you pretty much anywhere in town and save you a lot of gas money. Plus it's hard to complain when it's free.
Safe Ride is for if you're on campus at night and for whatever reason you don't feel like it would be safe to walk back to your dorm. They'll pick you up and take you back. I've never used it, but it seems like a pretty cool feature.
College Junior 2012-06-04T17:51:40Z
Great Range of Choices, but Not All Are Good – McAlister's and Chick-fil-a have on-campus locations that are very popular. There are a bunch of options at Central Dining Hall but some are better than others. Breakfast food seems to be particularly bad for whatever reason. The food at Trivette Hall is absolutely sub-par. There are coffee shops in the Library and Student Union that are awesome for when you're studying.
College Junior 2012-06-04T17:46:36Z
Very Difficult Time – I had a very hard time getting financial aid. I didn't feel like the Financial Aid office was willing to help me. For example I had an unsatisfied requirement for a month that I didn't know about because I was never called or e-mailed. Final awards didn't go out until MID-JULY which was just ridiculous.
College Senior 2012-05-31T04:16:32Z
If you're willing to pay a hefty fee for the school year, any student can get parking as long as you do it by the deadline. For the most part, the parking distance is within reason from campus. Lots are definitely well kept and well lit at night. There are also emergency phones in every lot and public transportation buses run to every one. If you aren't there early however, it is hard to find a spot. Police are very strict about parking so if you dont have a permit, you're pretty much guaranteed to get caught and receive a ticket. However, a plus is that after 5 pm and on weekends, all of campus is unrestricted parking. You pay even more for a yearly parking permit through a private company off campus and most of the time the conditions aren't much to brag about.
College Senior 2012-05-31T03:26:16Z
Good Overall – For the most part, Appalachian is good about their computers. You can normally find a spot in the labs or library and printing is never a problem as long as you have money on your express account. I have my own computer and I personally think that is easier but I dont think it would negatively effect your school performance if you didnt. The only thing I dont like about it, is that the WiFi is pretty much hit or miss. It can be good at times, but 9 times out of 10, it is slow and annoying. It causes a lot of problems and frustration for me. Typically, a students biggest issues arise around exam time when it comes to computers.
College Senior 2012-05-17T21:25:39Z
Wonderful All Around – In the sustainable development department, everyone is welcoming an really does want you to be sucessful. The send out opportunities through email almost daily. Anything you need, the staff is there to hhelp.
College Senior 2012-05-17T21:05:23Z
Getting Into SD – It was very easy. There are no requirements, but the classes tend to be on the more difficult side.
College Senior 2012-05-17T21:02:13Z
Sustainable Development – Love every professor ive had in this department. They aren't all easy, but you will really learn things in the classes. I dont have concerns about finding a job due to all the help you can get from professors and the career dept.
College Senior 2012-05-17T21:00:32Z
There are always computers to use. There are computer labs in every building which have printers. The only bad thing is wireless service is not very good.
College Senior 2012-05-17T04:12:43Z
Health & Safety:
Appstate...A Safe School – The safety precautions instituted at Appalachian State have been implemented to ensure safety at all locations on campus. The campus offers excellent lighting of the pathways throughout campus, and phones strategically placed in the event of an emergency. In addition, a valuable service to all students is Safe Ride which transports studnets on campus during the evening and overnight hours to ensure safety. Overall, I believe Appalachian State offers a beautiful learning environment with every potential safety concern addressed throughout the campus.
College Senior 2012-05-17T03:57:53Z
Sorority Row...The APH – The sororities are housed in a former hotel with a hint of southern charm. The rooms are large and each has its own facilites including separate bathroom and inidividually controlled air condition. The university is continuallly growing and building eco friendly, home like dorms to accomodate the growth. Through a collaborative effort between the universiyt and the community, public transporetation is offered for all students living in the dorms and off campus.
College Senior 2012-05-17T03:53:33Z
Greek life has fostered new relationships, numerous community opportunites, and academic excellence for me. Ongoing community activites are available and encouraged with a point system. In addition, the leadership opportunities within the sorority have fostered professional and personal growth. Greeks collaborate with each other and offer numerous opportunities for members.
College Senior 2012-05-15T17:37:36Z
Boone Is a Small Town – Boone, NC is a very small town. So the nightlife can easily be monotonous
College Senior 2012-05-15T17:36:25Z
No More No Less – The parking on campus is great in relation to the size of the campus. I do not believe anything really needs to be changed other than maybe lowering the permit costs just a bit.
College Senior 2012-05-15T17:33:34Z
The computers at school are definitely not top notch but I do not see the need to have extremely nice computers when the money saved on the perfectly usable computer we have can be used on many other things
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-13T20:05:57Z
Pick Your Moment – There are some good bars and clubs but you have to be careful when you go. Galileo's is great on Friday since there's kareoke night, which is always popular. The Tapp Room is a good bet for food and drink, but go to Char if you want to dance. Beware of Parthenon and Klondike on weekends if you're allergic to the fraternity element. House parties at App are GREAT if you pick the right one. Under 21s beware, you'll be doing some hiding in bedrooms if you drink.
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