embark Orientation

Register to Attend embark Orientation

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!

embark Orientation is required for all incoming degree-seeking transfer and freshman students. Only incoming, degree-seeking students can participate in the student embark Orientation sessions. Parents, family members and guests who wish to attend embark Orientation must register for the Parent/Family embark session that runs concurrent to the embark session their student is registered to attend.

Please keep this in mind while creating travel and work plans. We want to provide a great foundation for you to start your academic career at UNC Asheville!

Each embark Orientation session has a limited capacity. Once a session has reached full capacity, its registration will be closed and you will be redirected to register for another available session.


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Check out the New Student Timelines that have been created for you. These timelines provide important reminders, by month, of items you need to address as you prepare to join our campus community. Questions? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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About embark Orientation

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 packed with activities as well as opportunities to meet other new students. embark employs UNC Asheville upperclassman students, known as the Blue Crew Orientation Leaders, to assist with helping you to meet other new students, learn about campus resources, navigate the curriculum requirements, and find your niche.

embark Orientation is required for all new, incoming degree-seeking transfer and freshman students. Only incoming, degree-seeking students can participate in the student embark Orientation sessions. Parents, family members and guests who wish to attend embark Orientation must register for the Parent/Family embark session that runs concurrent to the embark session their student is registered to attend.

Information for the required Online Advising and Registration (OAR) Course will be sent out to your UNC Asheville email beginning mid- to late-semester by onestop@unca.edu. You may sign up for your preferred embark session before you finish the OAR Course. 

Check out our Orientation Handbook as it serves as a great resource for what will be addressed during embark Orientation.

Orientation Fee

Transition and Parent Programs does not receive funds from the state of North Carolina nor from UNC Asheville. In turn, embark Orientation operates on a self-sustained budget and must cover all expenses associated with providing an Orientation session.

A non-refundable $150 orientation fee is placed on the student account as part of tuition and fees once a student registers for classes. The orientation fee includes meals, embark orientation handbook, handouts, embark water bottle, staffing, facility usage, and programming throughout each orientation session. Students who do not attend embark Orientation, or those who attend but subsequently do not attend UNC Asheville, will still be billed for the orientation fee. The fee is not waivable or refundable.

Please do not send an orientation fee payment; the fee will appear on your student account. 

Before Registering for embark

The first step you need to take is to submit your enrollment deposit to the Office of Admissions

Once you submit your enrollment deposit, you will receive emails about the upcoming semester, including information about registering for embark Orientation, the Online Advising and Registration (OAR) course, course registration, and tips to help you prepare for the upcoming semester.

Once you receive information regarding registering for embark Orientation, complete your registration as soon as possible. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, we are unable to open sessions once they have been filled due to limited space.

Please visit the Next Steps and Frequently Asked Questions webpages to prepare for your orientation.

Incoming Freshmen Students for Fall 2018: embark Orientation Registration

Every student registered for a freshman embark Orientation session will be required to stay on-campus for the evening of their designated embark session (regardless of housing assignment for the upcoming fall semester). Because of limited space and the quick turnover for each session, we are unable to provide accommodations in the residence halls for non-students. We also are unable to provide on-campus accommodations the night prior to or after each designated embark Orientation session.

Once you register for a session, you are committing yourself to stay for the entirety of your selected embark Orientation session.

Freshmen embark Orientation Dates

Please note that registration for Session#1: Monday, June 18 - Tuesday, June 19 has closed.
Session#2: Thursday, June 21 - Friday, June 22
Session #3: Monday, June 25 - Tuesday, June 26
Please note that registration for Session#4: Thursday, June 28 - Friday, June 29 has closed. If the final session is the only session you can attend, please email us at orient@unca.edu.

Each session will begin at 10 a.m. on the first day and end tentatively at 1:45 p.m. on the second day. 

If you are enrolled in the SOAR program for summer 2018, you need to register for the June 21-22 embark Orientation session.

Register to attend one of our Freshman embark Orientation sessions

Arriving at embark Orientation - for the FRESHMEN embark Orientation sessions

A picture of the campus map and the designated parking lot for the freshmen embark Orientation sessions will be sent to all incoming students registered to attend via their UNC Asheville email account a few days before their respective orientation session.

How do I get to UNC Asheville?

For GPS use, the university’s address is One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804. You can also use our driving directions, which are noted below:

From the North (on I-26): Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Turn left at the traffic light at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. From Broadway, you will enter campus via Campus Drive. See directions for student drop-off and parking below.

From the West (on I-40): Take Exit 46B (on the left) for I-240E/I-26W toward Asheville. Take Exit 4A (on the left) onto I-26W/US-19N/US-23N/US-70W toward Weaverville. Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. From Broadway, you will enter campus via Campus Drive. See directions for student drop-off and parking below.

From the South (on I-26): Take Exit 4A (on the left) onto I-26W/US-19N/US-23N/US-70W toward Weaverville. Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Veer right at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. From Broadway, you will enter campus via Campus Drive. See directions for student drop-off and parking below.

From the East (on I-40): Take Exit 53B for I-240W toward Asheville. Take Exit 5A for Merrimon Avenue/US-25. you will enter campus via Campus Drive. See directions for student drop-off and parking below.

Where do I park during embark?

Due to the construction projects taking place on campus, freshmen will be staying in West and South Ridge for their overnight visit as a part of embark Orientation. Because of this, it will be best for freshmen to be dropped off (or to park if they are driving themselves) at the Ridges Parking Deck, which is adjacent to where student check-in will occur (Parking lot P4).

Directions for Freshman drop-off:

From Broadway Street, you will enter campus via Campus Drive. Once on Campus Drive, take the second road on the right (which is Field Drive) and ascend the hill. At the top of the hill, you will see a parking deck on your right, along with some staff members, who will provide you with parking directions. Once you enter the parking deck, there will be a drop-off line for students to unload all of their belongings for the evening and check into orientation.

Since there are limited parking spaces within lot P4, we strongly encourage parents who drive their students to embark to drop-off their students at P4 and make plans to meet their student at the Welcome Session, located in Lipinsky Hall. The parking spaces in lot P4 will be designated for students who drive themselves to embark Orientation, which will allow them to unload their belongings for check-in.

Can freshmen drive themselves and park during embark?

Freshmen may drive themselves to the June orientation sessions; please keep in mind, however, that freshmen may not have a car of campus for their first year.

Directions for parents/guests attending the Freshman embark Orientation sessions:

If you will arrive at embark Orientation with your student, you will need to drop off your student in the P4 parking lot and then proceed back down Field Drive. At the stop sign at the bottom of Field Drive, you will make a right turn onto Campus Drive. You will then ascend a large hill on Campus Drive. Near the top of the hill, you will see a stop sign. You will need to make a sharp right turn at the stop sign. Parking lots P11 and P12 will be on your left. Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

Parents/Guests arriving separate from their students:

From Broadway Street, you will need to enter campus via Campus Drive. Once on Campus Drive, you will ascend a hill that initially has a small incline (which will increase as you make your way further up the drive). When you reach the stop sign near the top of the hill, take a sharp right turn. Parking lots P11 and P12 will be on your left. Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

***FRESHMAN PACKING LIST FOR EMBARK ORIENTATION***

Since all freshman embark Orientation participants will spend the night on-campus, don't forget to pack for your overnight stay! Below is a packing list to help make sure you have all you need for embark Orientation:

  • Sheets (twin/XL twin) or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towel, washcloth, toiletries
  • Pajamas
  • Change of clothing for the next day
  • Wear comfortable shoes: you will be walking to various locations around campus throughout your time at embark, so it’s important to keep comfort in mind when deciding what to pack for embark Orientation.
  • If rain is forecast, bring an umbrella. We will have ponchos available for you to use, but with the heavy rains experienced throughout Western North Carolina in the past month, an umbrella is a good choice.
  • If you have not yet had the opportunity to submit your immunization records or your final transcripts, please bring copies of them with you to embark Orientation
  • A pen and something to take notes with throughout the day. You will receive a folder at check-in with all of the corresponding handouts for embark Orientation, but it's best to be prepared to take additional notes as well.
  • You will be responsible for keeping up with your orientation packet, so if you prefer a tote bag to carry your folder, you'll need to bring one with you.

embark Orientation Schedules

Please note these schedules are tentative; the finalized schedules will be provided during embark Orientation check-in. 

Freshman embark Orientation 2018 (June 18-19, 21-22, 25-26, 28-29)

Parent and Family Member embark Orientation Registration

Parents and family members are not required to attend embark Orientation with their student, but many parents and family members find it helpful to learn the information presented. With this in mind, we provide a Parent/Family Member embark Orientation sessions, which are offered concurrently with each student embark Orientation session.  

Among this information, parents and family members receive an overview of UNC Asheville's curriculum, learn about strategies for student success, and participate in a presentation that addresses the important steps UNC Asheville has implemented to ensure student safety and responsibility. A Parent and Family embark Orientation is offered concurrently with each student embark Orientation session.

Parent/Family Member Orientation Fees

  • Family/guests age 18+: $40/person
  • Family/guests ages 11-17: $20/person
  • Family/guests ages 10 and under: Free

The Office of Transition and Parent Programs does not receive funds from the state of North Carolina nor from UNC Asheville. In turn, embark Orientation operates on a self-sustained budget and must cover all expenses associated with providing an Orientation session for all incoming students and their family members.

The Parent/Family embark orientation fee includes catering, an embark orientation handbook, handouts, staffing, and facility usage for both June's embark Orientation sessions and for August's rendezblue program.

Parent and Family embark Orientation for FRESHMAN family members 

Please be sure your embark Orientation registration matches the same session date as your student.

embark Orientation Fees

The Office of Transition and Parent Programs does not receive funds from the state of North Carolina nor from UNC Asheville. In turn, embark Orientation operates on a self-sustained budget and must cover all expenses associated with providing an Orientation session for all incoming students and their family members.

Student Orientation Fees

A non-refundable $150 orientation fee is placed on the student account as part of tuition and fees once a student registers for classes. The orientation fee includes meals, an embark orientation handbook, handouts, embark water bottle, staffing, facility usage, and programming throughout each orientation session, as well as programming provided during August's rendezblue program. Students who attend embark Orientation, but subsequently do not attend UNC Asheville, will still be billed for the orientation fee. The fee is not waivable or refundable.

Please do not send an orientation fee payment; the fee will appear on your student account. 

Parent/Family Member Orientation Fees

  • Family/guests age 18+: $40/person 
  • Family/guests ages 11-17: $20/person
  • Family/guests ages 10 and under: Free 

The Parent/Family embark orientation fee includes catering, an embark orientation handbook, handouts, staffing, and facility usage for both June's embark Orientation sessions and for August's rendezblue program.

Driving Directions to UNC Asheville

Driving Directions to UNC Asheville

For GPS use, the university’s address is One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804. You can also use our driving directions, which are noted below:

From the North (on I-26): Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Turn left at the traffic light at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. From Broadway, you can either enter campus via Campus Drive or via WT Weaver Boulevard. Scroll toward the bottom of this page for instructions for both options.

From the West (on I-40): Take Exit 46B (on the left) for I-240E/I-26W toward Asheville. Take Exit 4A (on the left) onto I-26W/US-19N/US-23N/US-70W toward Weaverville. Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. From Broadway, you can either enter campus via Campus Drive or via WT Weaver Boulevard. Scroll toward the bottom of this page for instructions for both options.

From the South (on I-26): Take Exit 4A (on the left) onto I-26W/US-19N/US-23N/US-70W toward Weaverville. Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Veer right at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. From Broadway, you can either enter campus via Campus Drive or via WT Weaver Boulevard. Scroll toward the bottom of this page for instructions for both options.

From the East (on I-40): Take Exit 53B for I-240W toward Asheville. Take Exit 5A for Merrimon Avenue/US-25. Turn left at 4th traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1.25 miles away). Proceed 1/2 mile to the roundabout/traffic circle. Take the first exit in the roundabout/traffic circle onto University Heights. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will need to veer to the right. Afterward, you will take the first road on your left (which continues as University Heights). You will ascend a steep hill and then, as you begin to descend it, the designated parking for embark Orientation will be on your right (Parking lots P11 and P12). Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

Directions if you are entering campus via W.T. Weaver Boulevard:

Once you are on W.T. Weaver Boulevard, drive to the roundabout, which serves as the main entrance of campus (you will see a large UNC Asheville sign at the roundabout). Follow the signage that will lead you up the hill on University Heights. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will need to veer to the right. Afterward, you will take the first road on your left (which continues as University Heights). You will ascend a steep hill and then, as you begin to descend, the designated parking for embark Orientation will be on your right (Parking lots P11 and P12). Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

Directions if you are entering campus via Campus Drive:

Campus Drive is accessible via Broadway Street. Once on Campus Drive, you will ascend a hill that initially has a small incline (which will increase as you make your way further up the drive). When you reach the stop sign (near the top of the hill), take a sharp right turn. Parking lots P11 and P12 will be on your left. Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

Incoming Transfer Students for Fall 2018: embark Orientation Registration

We offer one full-day session for transfer students and two abbreviated orientation sessions (July 19 and July 23). We strongly recommend you register for the full-day embark orientation session scheduled for June since it provides a comprehensive orientation experience, which includes the opportunity to meet a faculty advisor within the academic major you are interested in pursuing at UNC Asheville. The abbreviated orientation sessions are available for students who live within a two-hour radius from campus and do not provide an opportunity to meet with a faculty advisor. The cost of the sessions are the same, so it truly is in your best interest to register for and attend the full-day session scheduled for June 2018. 

Once you register for a session, you are committing yourself to stay for the entirety of your selected embark Orientation session.

Transfer embark Orientation (full-day session)

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please note that online registration is now closed for our June 15th embark Orientation session. If this is the only transfer session that you can attend, you are welcome to register as a walk-in at the door on Friday, June 15th.

Quick Start Orientation sessions (for transfer students who live within a 2-hour radius only)

Thursday, July 19 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Monday, July 23 from 6 - 9 p.m.

Register to attend one of the transfer embark Orientation Sessions

Arriving at embark Orientation - for the TRANSFER embark Orientation session on Friday, June 15, 2018

A picture of the campus map and the designated parking lot for the transfer embark Orientation session will be sent to all incoming students registered to attend via their UNC Asheville email account a few days before their respective orientation session.  Registered parents and families will receive this map as well. 

How do I get to UNC Asheville?

For GPS use, the university’s address is One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804. You can also use our driving directions, which are noted below:

From the North (on I-26): Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Turn left at the traffic light at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. From Broadway, you can either enter campus via Campus Drive or via WT Weaver Boulevard. Scroll toward the bottom of this page for instructions for both options.

From the West (on I-40): Take Exit 46B (on the left) for I-240E/I-26W toward Asheville. Take Exit 4A (on the left) onto I-26W/US-19N/US-23N/US-70W toward Weaverville. Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. From Broadway, you can either enter campus via Campus Drive or via WT Weaver Boulevard. Scroll toward the bottom of this page for instructions for both options.

From the South (on I-26): Take Exit 4A (on the left) onto I-26W/US-19N/US-23N/US-70W toward Weaverville. Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Veer right at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. From Broadway, you can either enter campus via Campus Drive or via WT Weaver Boulevard. Scroll toward the bottom of this page for instructions for both options.

From the East (on I-40): Take Exit 53B for I-240W toward Asheville. Take Exit 5A for Merrimon Avenue/US-25. Turn left at 4th traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1.25 miles away). Proceed 1/2 mile to the roundabout/traffic circle. Take the first exit in the roundabout/traffic circle onto University Heights. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will need to veer to the right. Afterward, you will take the first road on your left (which continues as University Heights). You will ascend a steep hill and then, as you begin to descend it, the designated parking for embark Orientation will be on your right (Parking lots P11 and P12). Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

Directions if you are entering campus via W.T. Weaver Boulevard:

Once you are on W.T. Weaver Boulevard, drive to the roundabout, which serves as the main entrance of campus (you will see a large UNC Asheville sign at the roundabout). Follow the signage that will lead you up the hill on University Heights. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will need to veer to the right. Afterward, you will take the first road on your left (which continues as University Heights). You will ascend a steep hill and then, as you begin to descend, the designated parking for embark Orientation will be on your right (Parking lots P11 and P12). Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

Directions if you are entering campus via Campus Drive:

Campus Drive is accessible via Broadway Street. Once on Campus Drive, you will ascend a hill that initially has a small incline (which will increase as you make your way further up the drive). When you reach the stop sign (near the top of the hill), take a sharp right turn. Parking lots P11 and P12 will be on your left. Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.