Appalachian State University is one of the seventeen constituent institutions of the statewide University of North Carolina system. This campus has been the site of Summer Ventures institutes since the inception of the program.
ASU is located in Boone, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, close to the borders of Virginia and Tennessee. The campus covers about 250 acres; the architecture ranges from rustic to modern. The pleasantly warm days and cool evenings make this region one of North Carolina's favorite vacation spots. Nearby tourist attractions include Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, Linville Gorge and many vacation resorts.