Sample Asheville

Each summer, the Office of Transition and Parent Programs welcome over 1000 students and their families to UNC Asheville for Family Weekend and our EmBark Orientation, and RendezBlue Welcome Week programs. Our students are excited to become members of the larger Asheville community and are looking forward to discovering the places in the area to grab a bite to eat, to hang out with friends, to shop, and to showcase to their families when they are visiting.  We are so fortunate to live in a place that has such a unique culture with thriving local businesses!

Our programs are completely funded by student fees, and while this covers most of the basic needs of the programs, it does not always provide our students and families with everything we need in order to give them the true Asheville experience.  Because of this, we are reaching out to local restaurants and business that may be willing to offer food, services, and/or gifts to supplement our programming for Summer and Fall 2019. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Provide meals/snacks for orientation training, parent receptions, or extended orientation programs.
  • Free/discounted services for Pre-RendezBlue groups or Family Weekend.
  • Gift cards/certificates that can be used to purchase supplies and/or offer as prizes for student events.

In exchange for your donation, we will reserve a free/discounted space for you at our Sample Asheville Expo during EmBark and include you as sponsors for our 2019 programs. Our students are excited to make the transition to the area, and the Sample Asheville Expos showcase all that the area has to offer. It is a unique experience for area businesses to market and to connect with students and their families when they are the most excited to do so.  Each year, students and parents tell us they enjoy getting to know Asheville right at their fingertips.

Even if you are unable to donate, you can still participate in the Sample Asheville Expos. There are four payment options, including a discount for attending all 5 Sample Asheville Expos as well as an early bird registration discount. Regardless of which option you choose, the Expo is a great investment since it secures your exposure to over 1000 new students and their families this summer.

You can register for Sample Asheville here. Online payments can be made here.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at or by telephone at 828.251.6584. We’re looking forward to you joining us for this year’s Sample Asheville Expo!