Welcome to Student Transitions and Family Programs

The Office of Student Transitions and Family Programs coordinates programs and services that provide diverse opportunities and a set of shared experiences and common information for new students. Student Transitions and Family Programs facilitates meaningful connections that aid students in personal development, encourage student responsibility, achieve academic integration, and build community as students transition into university life.

Spring EmBark 2022

EmBark Orientation at UNC Asheville is the first and most important step in becoming a Bulldog and is required for your success at UNC Asheville. During embark Orientation, you will learn about academic advising, UNC Asheville’s curriculum, course registration processes, campus resources, and much more. Each embark session is also packed with opportunities to meet other new students!

Our Spring EmBark Orientation for students joining UNC Asheville in January will take place on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 10:00am – 5:00pm.  This EmBark Orientation program will take place in person with check-in beginning at 10:00am in Highsmith Student Union. Attendees will need to show a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours before check-in. More information about Covid-19 testing can be found here. Registration for EmBark  can be found here.  Family members who are interested in attending our Family EmBark session that will also take place on Friday, January 7th can register here. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to orient@unca.edu

Spring EmBark Orientation Schedules

EmBark Orientation 2022 STUDENT Schedule

EmBark Orientation 2022 FAMILY Schedule


For more information about our EmBark Orientation program, visit our EmBark Orientation page.

EmBark Orientation

EmBark Orientation is the first and most important step in becoming a Bulldog. Learn More

Pre-Orientation Programs

From the outdoors, to the arts, to community service opportunities, get to know Asheville before your first semester starts. Learn More

Student Populations

We are here to support all student populations in their transition to UNCA and throughout the academic year. Learn More

Parents & Families

We value the opportunity to establish relationships with our UNC Asheville family members. Learn More