Pre-RendezBlue FAQ

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Check out some of our frequently asked questions to get you ready for Pre-RendezBlue 2019!

If I am not scheduled to live on-campus during the 2019-2020 academic year, can I stay on-campus during Pre-RendezBlue?

Unfortunately, no. All of our residence hall rooms have been assigned to students who will be living on-campus; we will not have any vacant rooms available for off-campus students to occupy during Pre-RendezBlue.

Nevertheless, if you are an incoming student who will not have an on-campus housing assignment for 2019-20, you are still welcome to participate in Pre-RendezBlue. If you will be participating in Wilderness Experience or Blue Ridge Experience, you will not need to worry about making any plans regarding your overnight accommodations since both of these programs will be camping. 

If you will be living off-campus and will be participating in one of the other Pre-RendezBlue programs (Work of Art, Justice for All, Catcher in the Rhyme, Wellness in Action, All That Jazz, It's Easy Being Green or CSI: Community Service Involvement), call 828-251-6584 to let us know about your living situation.

Any off-campus student participating in Pre-RendezBlue will be responsible for coordinating their own transportation to and from campus every day during Pre-RendezBlue 2019. 

What is the difference between an urban and outdoors program within Pre-RendezBlue?

We differentiate between the Pre-RendezBlue programs based on where the programming occurs.

Outdoor Programs: The Wilderness Experience and Blue Ridge Experience programs within Pre-RendezBlue are oftentimes referenced as outdoor programs because participants in these two groups will be camping off-campus.

Urban Programs: All of the other Pre-RendezBlue programs (Work of Art, Justice for All, Catcher in the Rhyme, Wellness in Action, All That Jazz, It's Easy Being Green or CSI: Community Service Involvement) are called urban programs because all programming for these programs will be held within the Asheville area (campus and city).

Move-In Day FAQs

Where do I go to check-in for Pre-RendezBlue 2019?

Check-in for rendezblue will be held in the Highsmith Student Union, which is building #7 on the campus map

Where can my parents and I stay if we have to arrive on Saturday night?

UNC Asheville has several business partners throughout the Asheville community that offer discounts to Friends and Family of UNC Asheville. Please visit the UNC Asheville Preferred Accommodations website for a list of hotels.

Can I move my belongings in before Sunday even if I am not staying on campus?

Sunday, August 11, 2019 is the earliest that any Pre-RendezBlue participant will be able to move on campus. Only students who have an on-campus housing assignment will be able to stay in the residence halls during Pre-RendezBlue. Students who will not be living on-campus during the 2019-20 academic year are still welcome to participate in the program, but will be responsible for coordinating their transportation to and from campus every day during the program. 

What day can I move in and what time?

You can move-in on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. As explained in the Welcome Letter (which will be sent to your email address once you register for the program), you must arrive at the meeting place for your program by 1 p.m.

It is critical that you arrive during the designated move-in time noted above. All of the programs follow a specific schedule, with some leaving campus at 1 p.m. Arriving late could impact your ability to participate that day.

How long will check-in take and what do I need to bring with me?

Check-in will take place from 8 a.m - 11 a.m. Plan on allotting approximately 30 minutes for completing the check-in process.

You will need to bring any incomplete required forms (deadline for form submission is July 19) and your OneCard or government-issued identification with you to check-in.

If you have not yet paid your registration fee, you must bring a check payable to UNC Asheville or cash.

Do you provide breakfast on move-in day, Sunday?

Because of the varied arrival times of participants, we do not provide breakfast or lunch on move-in day. When you arrive at your program meeting place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, you should have already eaten lunch. Urban programs will not have dinner until 6 p.m. that evening, so be sure to pack snacks if needed.

Where will I be staying during Pre-RendezBlue? Will I be allowed to move into the residence hall room that I’m assigned to for the academic year when I check-in for Pre-RendezBlue?

All Pre-RendezBlue students who have an on-campus housing assignment for the 2019-20 academic year will move all their belongings into the residence hall room they have been assigned to on Sunday morning. For a list of items to bring and not to bring, please see Residential Education's packing list.

The only programs that will not stay overnight on campus during Pre-RendezBlue are Wilderness Experience and Blue Ridge Experience. Wilderness Experience will be backpacking for the first 3 days, then camping at a local summer camp. Blue Ridge Experience will be in a cabin all week at a local summer camp. 

I just want to move into my residence hall early. Can I sign up for pre-rendezblue and just not participate?

No. By registering for Pre-RendezBlue, you commit to participating in all activities in your chosen program. Participation in activities is required and if you choose to not participate, you will be asked to leave campus until regular move-in day on Friday, August 16, 2019.

Trip Details FAQs

What level of physical activity does each program entail?

Each program entails at least a moderate level of physical activity every day throughout the day. The urban programs engage in several walking tours through areas of both urban and wooded trails, as well as active classes such as dancing and yoga. These programs are designed to be tightly coupled from activity-to-activity so that you can experience as many opportunities as possible -- please be prepared to be physically active throughout the day. The outdoor programs engage in walking through outdoor trails throughout the week. Both programs require at least moderate physical activity, so be sure to get physically and mentally prepared for an engaging and fun week!

Please be sure to indicate on your health forms if you have any physical limitations. If you do not indicate a physical limitation in advance, we will be unable to accommodate your needs.

I filled out my health forms but now my details have changed. (meal preferences, physical ability, medications, etc)

Email us at as soon as possible to update your health forms. Any changes made within 4 weeks of the program might not be accommodated, so make sure to let us know as soon as possible of any changes.

Because we must coordinate with restaurants, stores, and our trips, meals are planned well in advance of the program. If you change your meal preferences or restrictions after you've filled out the health forms, we might not be able to accommodate changes requested after July 15. Additionally, if you do not indicate that you have a meal preference or restriction, we will not have specific meals for you and your preferences or restrictions will not be accommodated. Please indicate vegan, vegetarian, etc. on your health forms and please indicate any physical accommodations including any consideration that might impact your group (slow walker, back issues, knee surgery, etc.). We are happy to accommodate, but if you do not indicate a need or consideration in advance, we will be unable to do so upon your arrival. 

How important is it to fill out the health forms accurately and honestly? 

The health forms are the single most important piece of information you give us in preparation for the program. If you do not indicate a preference, restriction, or consideration in advance, we will be unable to accommodate you and this will impact your group's experience. We can only accommodate a meal or physical preference or restriction if you have informed us of that restriction or preference. 

Urban program participants: Please keep in mind that the Pre-RendezBlue program is built to introduce you to new experiences, including critically acclaimed local restaurants (possibilities include Indian, American, Southern, Japanese, etc., to name a few) and engaging and physically active tours and classes such as downtown walking tours, yoga classes, and community service activities. If you do not indicate on your health form that you have a physical restriction, we will be unable to change the planned experiences and you will impact your group's experience. Please also keep in mind that these programs require at least a moderate level of physical activity, so you will need to be prepared both physically and mentally to be engaged throughout the week and prepared to keep up with your group. Again, we are happy to accommodate, but we must know in advance of the program of any considerations.

Will I have time to take care of on-campus paperwork?

If you need to take care of on-campus paperwork, please do so either before or after Pre-RendezBlue. By registering for Pre-RendezBlue, you are committing to the program for the entire day.

There will not be time to take care of paperwork or other on-campus obligations outside of your Pre-RendezBlue program.

Will I have time to set up my residence hall room?

If you are participating in either Blue Ridge Experience or Wilderness Experience, you will be able to get your room organized from the time you complete check-in until 12:45 p.m. on Sunday. You will not return to campus until Thursday evening, so please keep this in mind when planning your arrival for check-in.

All other Pre-RendezBlue programs (which are the urban programs) are planned to last from approximately 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Once participants leave their residence halls in the morning, they will not have the opportunity to return until the evening. 

The program I want is full. Is there a wait list?

There are no wait lists for each program. Please check out some of our other great programs that still have space left.

Is participation in all activities with my group required?

All activities with your group are required. If you have any physical restrictions, be sure to share those via the program forms that must be submitted by July 13.

I have not turned in any of my forms yet. What should I do?

Urban program participants should submit their forms online. This will be the same form you submitted to complete your registration. You can continue to submit your information via Eventbrite such that all questions are completed. 

Outdoor program participants should scan and email forms to or fax to 828.232.2988, ATTN: Pre-RendezBlue

All forms are due in our office by Friday, July 19, 2019.

What do I need to bring with me to Pre-RendezBlue?

You will need to bring all the items you will need for your residence hall room for the academic year since you will be moving into your residence hall for the year.

If you are participating in an outdoors program, please refer to the communication you have received via your UNC Asheville email. We will post a packing list, also, so check back.

I have not heard any communication about my program. Do you have my information?

Contact us to make sure you have signed up for Pre-RendezBlue by searching your inbox for a confirmation email from We will be sending out final confirmations, details, and follow up messages at the end of July. 

If you have not received an email from our program, we have not received a registration from you for Pre-RendezBlue. 

When will I hear about the Karpinos Scholarship (Wilderness Experience, It's Easy Being Green, and CSI: Community Service Involvement only)?

Karpinos Scholarship recipients will be informed of the funding decisions by mid-July. Please note that scholarships can be either full or partial funding.

Blue Ridge Experience & Wilderness Experience FAQs

What is the difference between Blue Ridge Experience and Wilderness Experience?

Blue Ridge Experience will spend the five days traveling around Western North Carolina doing activities each day like canoeing, hiking, service work, and climbing etc. Instead of sleeping outside in tents, the participants will spend every night in a cabin at a local summer camp. Once Wednesday comes around, Blue Ridge Experience will be joined by all the Wilderness Experience participants at base camp, giving everyone an opportunity to meet 50 other students during a Pre-RendezBlue picnic, a campfire, etc.

If you’re interested in the outdoors and getting to know the local area of Asheville,  but not too sure how comfortable you’d be backpacking, sleeping outside in a tent, and doing more sport-specific activities, then Blue Ridge Experience is the program for you. This trip allows the participants to get their feet wet through a variety of activities and enjoy a rewarding outdoor experience that they can revisit throughout their college career.

Wilderness Experience will spend the first Four days and three nights of the week backpacking in Pisgah National Forest. Thursday will be spent doing one of the following two sports selected during registration (first available basis): rafting, rock climbing, biking, or canoeing.

If you’re interested in the outdoors and experiencing some challenges while sleeping in a tent, then Wilderness Experience is the program for you.

Both programs

Provide a learning based experience for the participants, and work to make connections to the town of Asheville, the University, and the local beauty we’re lucky to be close to in Western North Carolina. Restrooms (but no showers) are available at the summer camp.

After Pre-RendezBlue FAQs

What will I do until the other students arrive after Pre-RendezBlue is over?

Pre-RendezBlue will wrap up on Thursday evening with a closing banquet. All other incoming freshmen arrive on campus on Friday. Since you will already be settled into your residence hall room, you will have the opportunity to get some rest and meet your incoming classmates on Friday before RendezBlue starts.

RendezBlue begins after all other incoming freshmen have moved into their residence hall rooms on Friday. You will receive a RendezBlue schedule, which will note the time and location for you to meet your EmBark Orientation Leaders to walk together to Convocation, which is the first major event that kicks off RendezBlue.