When August rolls around, new students attend RendezBlue, a series of social and educational activities that are scheduled for the weekend leading up to the start of fall semester classes. It is free and open to all students!
RendezBlue includes Convocation, Rockypalooza, and a weekend of social entertainment events that allow students time to get settled into their new surroundings in preparation for their first semester.
Students will receive the 2019 RendezBlue schedule via email, and they will receive a finalized copy of the schedule on Move-In Day, August 16.
Parents and family members are welcome to attend Convocation in the Kimmel Arena. After Convocation ends, students will depart to participate in Rockypalooza.
Transition Student Welcome Ceremony (for transfer students and non-residential freshmen only)
Get to know some of your fellow classmates, as well as receive important information to assist in your transition into UNC Asheville. We’ll also highlight upcoming events within Transition Student Programs, as well as how to register for those events.
Campus Picnic and Rockypalooza
Have dinner with your fellow classmates, professors, and UNC Asheville staff with a picnic on the Quad! We’ll have activities such as 4 Bay Bungee Trampoline, a 24″ Rock Climbing Wall, a GIANT Connect 4, and more to get this exciting weekend started!
Keys to Success
Discover what you need to know to succeed as the Dean of Students and the Chief of Police offer important information and candid insight into navigating your classes, activities, and the campus.
Hunt Down Your Schedule
Bring your schedule with you and let your Orientation Leaders help you find out where you’ll be going on Monday! Finding all your classes – and getting signatures – will earn you extra chips for the fun you’ll have during Casino Night!
Meet with Your Academic Advisor (freshmen only)
Meet your LA 178 professor, who will also serve as your academic advisor when you begin your academic career at UNC Asheville. Check the schedule you’ll receive during move-in for a list of where your class will be. (Hint: It might not be in the classroom you’ll be in during the semester, so make sure you take note!)
Freshman Summer Reading Discussion (freshmen only)
Immediately after meeting with your LA 178 professor, you will discuss this summer’s reading book, David Isay’s Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, with your fellow classmates.
Wrap up an exciting day with an eventful evening of craps, roulette, and blackjack in one of our most popular traditions! You’ll quickly get caught up in the fun, regardless of your skill.
Find an On-Campus Job
Learn how to identify on-campus job openings, prepare your resume, apply and interview for jobs with members of the Career Center staff.
Party on the Porch
Join us as we celebrate the opening of the Student Life Porch in Highsmith Student Union; a place that promises to be a central hub for student organizations and involvement on campus! Meet representatives from student organizations and resource offices. Free snacks, desserts, games and competitions (including giant Jenga), coffee tastings, t-shirts, coffee mugs and so much more!
Hooking up can often sound like harmless fun, but it can also be a cover for some very unhealthy behaviors. This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators. This session is mandatory for all freshmen, and in turn, will be provided in two back-to-back sessions. An email will be sent to all incoming freshmen’s UNC Asheville email accounts regarding which session they need to attend.
Visit the Transition & Parent Programs website for additional information about our orientation programs and resources for first-year, first generation, transfer, and Veteran students.