Family College Weekend

The Asheville School College Office is pleased to host the 2018 Family College Weekend on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17. This program is for the parents and families of our Fifth Form students, but any interested Asheville School parents or families are welcome to attend.

The weekend will give parents and students a chance to talk to college admissions professionals to get a better understanding of the college search and admissions process. Topics include what expect over the next year, how to begin building an application list, and how selection processes works for different colleges. Parents will also have the opportunity to work together to evaluate mock-applications.

This year, we are excited to host the following college admissions panelists for the weekend:
Chris Gruber, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid at Davidson College
Heath Einstein, Undergraduate Admission Counselor at Texas Christian University
Barbara Polk, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

If you have any questions, contact College Office Director Leah Lambert or 828-254-6345 ext. 4202.

2018 College Weekend Resources

Register for the Weekend

Please use this form to register for the event, and let us know if you're able to attend. If you're traveling from out of town, you can use the same form to sign up for a meeting time with your child's College Advisor.

Contact College Office Director Leah Lambert with any questions at or 828-254-6345 ext. 4202.


For Parents and Fifth Form Students

  • 6 -7 p.m. -- Buffett dinner in Sharp Dining Hall
    Parents can also take their children out to dinner.
  • 6:45 p.m. -- Check-In in Graham Theater Lobby
  • 7 p.m. -- Welcome and Introductions in the Graham Theater
  • 7:10 p.m. -- Keynote
    Chris Gruber, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid at Davidson College
  • 7:30 p.m. -- Navigating the Road to College: How to conduct a thoughtful (and fun!) college search...and keep your family sane along the way.
    Chris Gruber (Davidson), Heath Einstein (Texas Christian Univ), Barbara Polk (UNC Chapel Hill), Leah Lambert, Burke Rogers, and Scott Miller
    • Balancing the college list
    • Campus visits
    • Test prep and the importance of testing
    • Completing applications
    • Reacting to admission decisions
  • 8:40 p.m. -- Q & A: Students ask questions of the Deans
  • 9 p.m. -- Conclusion of evening program:
    • Parent Reception at the Bement House, hosted by Director of Parent Engagement Lynn Gilliland
    • Students return to dorms or depart campus

For Parents and Fifth Form Students

  • 8:30 a.m. -- Coffee and snacks in the Graham Theater Lobby
  • 9 a.m. -- Financial Aid and Scholarships
    Chris Gruber (Davidson)
  • 10:15 a.m. -- Break
  • 10:30 a.m. -- Mock Admission Committee
    We will divide into small groups and discuss four different student applications with guidance from the Deans.
  • 11:15 a.m. -- Debrief Admission Committee Exercise
  • 11:30 a.m. -- Naviance: Making Good Use of this Web-based Counseling Tool
  • 11:45 a.m. -- Q & A: Parents ask questions of the Deans and the College Office
    Students Dismissed

Mock Admission Committee Documents


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