Appalachian State University (ASU) is a comprehensive (Master's/L),public, coeducational university located in Boone, North Carolina, United States. Appalachian (pron.: /ˌæpəˈlætʃən/) State (also referred to as Appalachian, App State, or simply App) was founded as a teacher's college in 1899 by brothers B.B. and D.D. Dougherty. It expanded to included other programs in 1967, and joined the University of North Carolina system in 1971. It is the sixth largest institution in the system with about 15,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. 103 undergraduate and 49 graduate majors are offered, as well as a doctoral degree in educational leadership. The university has been ranked among the top 10 Southern Master's Universities since the U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges Guide began publication in 1986.
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