Welcome, Bulldogs!

Information for New Students

Students Patting the Rocky statue

AVLBound Portal

Over the summer, you’ll be asked to complete several tasks to prepare for your arrival on campus in August. All information about these tasks and confirmation of completed steps can be found in the Enrollment Checklist in your AVLBound Portal.

Parents and Families

a new student in their new dorm room with their family on move in day

We understand and appreciate the important role that parents and family members play in their student’s overall success. We value the opportunity to establish relationships with you and are here to help in any way we can. Through programming like Summer Welcome Days and Family Weekend, you’ll experience firsthand the sense of community and pride that exists throughout our campus. We can’t wait to introduce you to the faculty and staff who have developed UNC Asheville into a thriving living and learning environment for your students. 

We are here to serve as a continuing resource for you. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at transition@unca.edu or 828.232.2417.

Family Weekend: September 20-22, 2024

The next Family Weekend will take place the weekend of September 20-22, 2024. Registration will open in August.

Join us for a fun-filled weekend with your loved ones at UNC Asheville. Family members of students in any class – first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior – are encouraged to attend! Explore the beautiful campus and take part in guided tours to discover the rich history and culture of Asheville. Don’t miss the chance to meet esteemed faculty members and learn about the exceptional academic programs offered at our University. For the sports enthusiasts, we’ll have a men’s soccer game during the weekend. Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable weekend full of laughter, joy, and cherished family time. We can’t wait to welcome you to Family Weekend 2024!

Registration for Family Weekend 2024 will open in August.   

The following types of tickets will be available for Family Weekend:

  • Adult ticket: $50 (*if you are an alumnus of UNC Asheville, please include your graduation year with your last name)
  • Ages 18 – 6: $25
  • Ages 5 & under: free

*Current UNC Asheville students do not need to purchase a ticket in order to participate in Family Weekend.

Holiday Inn- Biltmore West
435 Smokey Park Highway, Asheville, NC 28806

Comfort Suites-Outlet Center
890 Brevard Rd, Asheville NC, 28806

Quality Inn and Suites- Biltmore East
1430 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

Holiday Inn Express and Suites- Asheville Outlet Center Area
12 Rocky Ridge Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

Element by Westin Downtown Asheville
62 College Place, Asheville, NC 28801

Join the UNC Asheville Family Experience to stay up to date on events and programming happening on campus and learn about resources available to you and your students. Through this portal, you can sign up for newsletters, get alerts about events, ask questions, and much more!

Meet Our Team

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Director of Student Transitions & Family Programs

Abby Genter

Abby Genter

Associate Director of Student Transitions & Family Programs

Contact Us 

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.