With the quaint Blue Ridge Mountains as its backdrop, Appalachian State University interweaves sustainability into its teachings. It has a general education program that offers more than 150 bachelor’s degrees and 70 graduate programs. The university's popular Baccalaureate to Master’s program allows seniors to enroll in graduate courses to obtain a master’s degree within five years. ASU offers over 400 student organizations to choose from, including Greek life. This public institution is also committed to global learning, allowing students to research, participate in service-learning and study abroad.