App State’s Honors College is a small college within our larger university located at the center of campus. Our community supports approximately 550 students from all majors. The hallmarks of App State’s Honors College include:

  • Small, discussion-based, interdisciplinary courses;
  • Personalized and holistic mentoring and advising;
  • The Honors College residential learning community;
  • Study abroad or other international education opportunities;
  • A closely mentored research or creative project (Honors thesis).

Our Mission

In the Honors college at Appalachian State University students, faculty, and staff from across campus explore, discover, create, innovate, learn and grow together. We support students’ individual holistic development and engagement beyond themselves, across disciplinary boundaries, and in collaboration with others.

Our Values and Vision

The Appalachian State Honors college values and embraces difference. We make it our shared responsibility to build a community and a world where everyone feels safe, heard, welcomed, and supported. We empower students to collaborate across differences, lead with humility, and collectively and creatively address complex challenges.

Weekly Message

June 19, 2024

Dear Honors students,

I’ve been excited to get to know many of our 152 incoming Honors students at our on-campus orientations over the past few weeks. Most of our newest students began building their Honors community even before visiting campus for orientation. Honors academic mentors have been meeting with new students throughout May and June, beginning to build relationships that should last throughout these students’ careers at App State. Our mentors are doing much more than helping incoming students select coursework for the fall; they are taking time to learn more about each student’s interests and goals in order to best connect them with opportunities. They work to build deeper connections in order to encourage you to challenge yourselves, knowing that you are supported and cared for.

As continuing Honors College students, you have opportunities to strengthen our community by encouraging, supporting, and mentoring our incoming students. If you are interested in volunteering to be a peer mentor, please email me. If you will be in Boone during the week of August 12 and would like to help with welcome week activities—leading a group in our day of service, joining our welcome lunch with pub-style trivia, participating in the Honors club expo, etc.—email Dr. Mead.

Best wishes,


Click here for the full version of the latest Honors Wednesday Memo.

Strengthening connections

The Ask a Mountaineer Honors College Circle offers expert guidance and insights for App State Honors alumni and students. To get professional support, feedback, and advice from Mountaineer alumni near and far, simply submit your question and receive a response in your email inbox.

Meet the Interim Dean


Welcome to our Honors College webpages. Please explore to learn more about how our college nurtures community through collaborative classrooms, integrated advising and mentoring, and an embrace of experiential learning. In the Honors community, students, faculty, and staff learn from and grow with each other. App State’s Honors College and departmental Honors Programs across campus connect great students to great opportunities. You can learn about many of those connections here and, when you are ready, I invite you to get to know us better by chatting with our current students during an on-campus Honors College tour or scheduling a conversation with me