ASCEND Supplemental Orientation





The ASCEND Program is an engaging, intentional, high-impact supplemental orientation program* targeting students from marginalized and historically underrepresented backgrounds. The ASCEND Program is based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and establishes a solid foundation for new students to feel a sense of belonging and community, be empowered to succeed with knowledge, connections, and resources, and to explore and give back to their new home-away-from-home. Highlights of the ASCEND Program include:


One night camping at Camp Broadstone - No experience necessary! (

Exploration of ASU Traditions and History, and understanding what it means to be a Mountaineer

Informal meetings with ASU Faculty and Staff that will support your success as an ASU student

A day of service to the Boone/Watauga County community


Each participant will be assigned a Peer Mentor who will reach out to them before the program begins to answer any questions, lead small group activities and discussions, and will be a continued support throughout the Fall semester. Additionally, each participant will be assigned a Staff/Faculty mentor to help encourage and connect them, challenge them, as well as hold them accountable. Participants in the ASCEND Program will also recieve:


FREE Early Move-In**

All meals for the duration of the program



Ascend Deadline for completed applications is July 13, 2018 @ 5:00pm.


*ASCEND orientation was created collaboratively by Staff of the Office of Multicultural Student Development and Students, to support the needs of marginalized students at Appalachian State University. This program is a supplement (in addition) to the Freshman Orientation program that occurs in the summer and is hosted by the Orientation Office. Before being accepted to ASCEND, MSD will confirm that you have registered for New Student Orientation. Every new student must register for  and attend Freshman Orientation. To register, please visit

**The experience of each of our Participants is our first priority in all our programming. Therefore, by applying for the ASCEND program, you are agreeing to fully participate and engage in all activities-- even those that may be new or uncomfortable for you. In order to assure equity and integrity in our selection process, any student found to not be present throughout the ASCEND program will be held financially responsible for the cost of their early move in.


Questions can be sent to J. Spenser Darden ( or Danielle Carter (

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Office of Multicultural Student Development


Phone: (828) 262-6158
Fax: (828) 262-6155

Suite 255, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608

Central Office Hours:
M-F: 8am - 5pm


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