Points of Pride

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review named App State’s Walker College of Business in its “The Best Business Schools 2021” list, which recognizes a total of 244 national colleges and universities for having the best on-campus Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs. 


CEO Magazine

CEO Magazine named Appalachian a Tier One MBA school for a fifth year running.


U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report named Appalachian State University to its “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” list, and 19th in the nation for online bachelor’s in business programs. US News & World Report also included Appalachian in its 2022 ‘Best Graduate Schools’ list


University HQ

University HQ named Appalachian State University as one of the 100 Best Most Affordable Business Colleges, and noted the college in several of its more specialized 2021 lists, including:

  • #35 on the Most Affordable Finance Colleges list.
  • #64 on the Affordable Accounting Colleges list.
  • #69 on the Best Affordable Business Management Colleges list.


  • Accounting alumnus and Business Advisory Council Member Emeritus James “Jamie” E. Harris ’84 was appointed to App State's Board of Trustees. Previous appointments include computer information systems and management alumnus James M. Barnes ’84, insurance and real estate alumnus J.Jeffries Chesson ’77, accounting alumnus Scott K. Lampe ’94 and finance and banking and risk management and insurance alumnus James K. Reaves ’93.
  • Marketing alumna Sara Godwin D’Ambrosio ’01 is the current president of Appalachian's Alumni Council, and several business alumni serve as council members.
  • Computer information systems alumnus Chris Taylor ’09 ’11 is now spearheading the department’s new cybersecurity concentration.
  • Marketing and supply chain management alumna Jateria Pittman ’15 was featured in a Wall Street Journal. The story, She Left the Corporate Ladder to Become a Travel Entrepreneur, details how Pittman launched her company to help young people who face challenges of affording travel while simultaneously tackling debt. 
  • MBA alumnus Zak Ammar ’15 is one of 25 business school graduates across the globe honored by AACSB International (AACSB) — the world's largest business education alliance — as the 2021 Class of Influential Leaders. The annual challenge recognizes notable alumni from AACSB-accredited schools whose inspiring work serves as a model for the next generation of business leaders. MBA alumnus Jesse Pipes was named an Influential Leader in 2020.
  • Management alumnus Frank Eaves ’16 tries to make every experience a winning experience — whether as a student-athlete, in his sales career or walking a tightrope as a competitor on “The Amazing Race,” an Emmy Award-winning television reality series.
  • Risk management and insurance alumna Rumbi Masamvu '13 was named a 2020 Risk All Star by Risk & Insurance.
  • Finance alumna Jesse Pierce was featured as a district leader in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Management alumnus Edward "Mitch" Purgason '15 is a clothing designer based out of Charlotte, North Carolina who has worked with the likes of businessmenMark Cuban and Gary Vaynerchuk; athletes including Christian McCaffrey; coaches such as Jeff and Jason Capel; and more.
  • Accounting alumnus Brad Sparks ’97 ’98 was named director of The Prince of Wales's Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) US CFO Leadership Network.