Planning for your Parent Orientation Session

Orientation Costs:

The charge for parent orientation includes all orientation materials, parking, and one meal. You do not need to purchase an additional meal unless you have a guest that will be joining you for the meal only (and not any sessions.)

  • 1-Day Orientation Sessions fee:
    • $45 for the first family member and $40 for the 2nd and each guest after.
    • Included meal: Lunch



Lodging for Parents at Orientation:

We do not provide housing for parent and family members during orientation. Parents and families may wish to reserve a room at one of our partner hotels:

Comfort Suites * Offering a 15% discount to Parents & Families*
1184 SR 105, Boone, NC 28607
(828) 268-0099

Fairfield Inn & Suites * Offering a 15% discount to Parents & Families*
2060 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607
(828) 268-0677

Baymont Inn & Suites  *Offering the "AppState" rate of $63 (weekdays) & $89 (weekends)*
1075 Highway 105 Boone, NC 28607
(828) 264-0077

Courtyard by Marriott
1050 Hwy 105 Boone, NC 28607
(828) 265-7676

La Quinta Inn of Boone
165 Highway 105 Boone, NC 28607
(828) 262-1234

Country Inn & Suites
818 E. King Street Boone, NC 28607
(828) 264-4234

Quality Inn & Suites University
840 E. King Street Boone, NC 28607
(828) 266-1100

Sleep Inn
163 Highway 105 Ext Boone, NC 28607
(828) 262-0020

Super 8
2419 Highway 105 South Boone, NC 28607
(828) 264-4133


one of the many hotels in Boone.



Students & Parents can park in the Rivers Street Parking Deck (Rivers Street is #31 on the map). Look for yellow and black Orientation signs on Rivers Street to guide you to the parking locations.



If you need accommodations due to a disability/temporary impairment during your scheduled orientation or would like to discuss how your condition may be impacted at orientation, please contact with your request, challenges and dates of orientation as soon as possible.


What Parents Need to Bring:

  • Warm/cool clothing for Boone Weather
  • Comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothes
  • Sweater or sweatshirt (the union is often kept cool)
  • Umbrella
  • Notepad or tablet for taking notes
  • Snacks/water as needed

Food pantry and free store

Help our Food Pantry & Free Store! The Office of Sustainability Food Pantry and Free Store The Food Pantry offers non-perishable staples as well as seasonal, local fruits and vegetables as available. The Free Store offers school supplies, home goods, clothing, and more. Bring your donation with you to Orientation.

What Students Need to Bring:

  • Make sure immunization information has been completed in the MedPortal (A Health Services Representative will be available to answer questions during check-in on the morning of your first day of orientation.)
  • Casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes for Orientation
  • Backpack and water bottle for Orientation
  • Copy of Advanced Placement scores, and /or International Baccalaureate scores, if available
  • If you are transferring credits from another institution, an Appalachian transcript evaluation mailed to you by Appalachian's Office of Admissions; and unofficial copies of your transcript from your previous school.


Contact Us

Rm. 324, Plemmons Student Union

Allison Dodson

(828) 262-7398
Allison Dodson

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