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A Transformational Experience

App State gives each student their own unique “Transformational Experience.” What does that mean?

Students tell us that when they work towards academic success in the classroom and take part in diverse opportunities on campus - they become critical thinkers and effective leaders. Because the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership “lives” in the student union where many on-campus programs happen, we develop relationships with students. Overtime, we see students who are successful both in and out of the classroom accepting preferred internships, pursuing graduate programs and finding full-time positions that reflect their values and aspirations.

These co-curricular programs help students apply what they learn in the classroom. We support over 400 student-led organizations, host a variety of on-campus programs and events led by students, guide 35 fraternity and sorority organizations, provide service opportunities that make our communities stronger. We also employ over 150 students who are responsible for the daily operations of the student union. We challenge students to continually meet strategic personal goals that help them lead purposeful lives as global citizens.

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Our Mission

Through involvement in programs, services and facility operations - students learn communication and leadership skills to serve a global society.

Our Vision

Cultivate transformative experiences that foster personal growth and development.

Our Values


Embrace personal and professional growth that encourages self-awareness, lifelong learning and purpose.


Develop supportive relationships that encourage collaboration, creativity and community.


Along with basic courtesy, engage in respectful discourse because it helps us understand one another and models inclusive behavior that honors diverse identities, perspectives, lifestyles, and cultures.


Seek behaviors and structures that preserve, restore, and care for our well-being, our community, and our environment.



Department of Student Engagement and Leadership

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Contact Us

Rm. 231, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608
Fax: (828) 262-2937