Appalachian State was founded as a teacher's college in 1899 by brothers B.B. and D.D. Dougherty. 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. It is the sixth largest institution in the system with about 16,000 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students. Go Black and Gold wedges. Go App State bags. Go Mountaineers!