Appalachian State University named a strong performer by Best's Review for its outstanding risk management and insurance program

Appalachian State University has been named a Strong Performer by Best's Review for its outstanding risk management and insurance (RMI) program.

The listing was including in the February 2018 issue of Best's Review, which, according to their site, is the insurance industry's premier monthly news magazine delivering insightful, award-winning coverage of compelling topics such as agent/broker, life, property/casualty, reinsurance/capital markets, technology and more.

Appalachian was noted for its RMI program's high industry engagement and graduates' strong work ethic and commitment.

According to the summary, an advisory board of industry professionals (brokers, agents, reinsurers) sets it apart, providing both guidance and unique resources. Appalachian may be the only program in the nation to offer an employee benefits minor and is also one of the few that teaches an international markets course.

The resources and engagement opportunities are coordinated through Appalachian's Brantley Risk & Insurance Center, housed in the Walker College of Business.

"We are honored to be named a College Standout by Best's Review," said Brantley Center Director David Marlett. "Thanks to the work of our industry partners and the guidance and support of our Brantley board of advisors, our RMI students enjoy tremendous opportunities both on- and off-campus."

Appalachian is the only university in North Carolina or its neighboring states to be recognized by Best's Review.

Related: Appalachian's Risk Management and Insurance Program named Global Center of Insurance Excellence

About the Brantley Center

The Brantley Risk and Insurance Center in Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business enhances the academic experience by providing space and staff to assist risk management and insurance majors with networking, job placement preparation and contact with faculty members outside the classroom. It provides students opportunities to participate in professional designation and licensing programs, and invites industry leaders to participate in classes and speak to student organizations. It also fosters research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of continuing education programs and helps educate the public about the insurance industry. Learn more at

About the Walker College of Business

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Learn more at

Appalachian State University named a strong performer by Best's Review for its outstanding risk management and insurance program
Published: Feb 21, 2018 3:37pm