embark Orientation

Welcome to UNC Asheville! 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. 

embark Orientation is required for all incoming degree-seeking transfer and freshman students. 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!


Orientation Fee

Students

The embark Orientation fee is $150 per student, which covers the cost of food, materials, and programming during orientation. Students who attend embark Orientation, but subsequently do not attend UNC Asheville, will still be billed for the orientation fee. The orientation fee is assessed directly to the student account, so please do not send in a separate payment as the fee will come automatically due alongside tuition, after financial aid is applied to the account. It is not waivable or refundable.

Parents & Family Members

A separate registration and registration fee is required for each family member planning on attending a full-day (not the Quick Start) embark Orientation. Please see the "Parent & Family Registration" tab below for more information.


Orientation dates for the incoming January 2017 class

Quick Start sessions for Transfers

Quick Start sessions are provided for incoming transfer students who are unable to attend the full-day embark Orientation session scheduled for January 13, 2017. The Quick Start sessions provided an accelerted format of the embark Orientation schedule. 

Please note: Academic advising sessions are not included in the Quick Start sessions since these are held in the evening. As such, participants of the Quick Start sessions are responsible for complete the necessary follow-up with academic departments, as well as other departments outlined on the New Student Timelines to ensure all requisites are met before the first day of class.

students attending this session need to live within a 2-hour radius of Asheville

Quick Start Session #1: Tuesday, December 6

Quick Start Session #2: Thursday, December 15

Check-in from 5:15 -6:00 p.m.

Event: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Parents and family members do not have a separate registration for Quick Start sessions and will not receive email communication from our office unless a student enters the family member's email to his/her embark registration. 

Students may bring up to 2 guests, if they indicate the guests attendance in the embark registration form. 

Scroll to the Student Registration link (near the bottom of this page) for the RSVP link for either of these sessions.

Full-Day session for all incoming students: Friday, January 13

Check in: 8:00 - 8:45 am
Event: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

On-campus resident students will be allowed, but not required, to move into their residence halls on Thursday, January 12.

Scroll to the Student Registration link (near the bottom of this page) for the RSVP link for this session.


Start Preparing Now!

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 students to assist with helping you meet other new students, learn about campus resources and social activities, navigate the curriculum requirements, and help you find your niche.

embark Orientation is required for all new, incoming degree-seeking transfer and freshman students.

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, but you must finish the OAR Course by one week in advance of whichever embark session you register for.

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

Orientation Fee

A non-refundable orientation fee is placed on the student account as part of tuition and fees once a student registers for classes.

Please do not send an orientation fee payment; the fee will appear on your student account. It is not waivable or refundable.

The embark Orientation fee is $150 per student, which covers the cost of food, materials, staffing, and programming during orientation. 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.

Orientation Schedules

  • Parent and family sessions run concurrently with student sessions on the same days and during the same time frame. A separate registration and registration fee is required for each family member attending the full-day orientation. See the "Parent & Family Registration" tab below.
  • Orientation is not required for family members, but is required for all incoming, degree-seeking freshmen and transfer students

Orientation dates for the incoming January 2017 class

Quick Start session 1 for Transfer Students within a 2-hour radius of Asheville: Tuesday, December 6

Quick Start session 1 for Transfer Students within a 2-hour radius of Asheville: Thursday, December 15

  • Check in: 5:15 - 6 pm in Brown Hall 217 (take the elevator down to the 2nd floor from the University Heights entrance)
  • Event: 6 - 9 pm
  • Parents and family members do not have a separate registration for Quick Start sessions and will not receive email communication from our office unless you explicitly add an email during registration. You may bring up to 2 guests if you indicate their attendance during your registration.
  • Register here for either Quick Start session.

Full-Day session for all incoming students: Friday, January 13

Orientation dates for the incoming August 2017 class

Transfer Full-Day session: Friday, June 16, 2017

  • Transfers are encouraged to attend the full-day session, but we will hold 3-hour Quick Start sessions for transfers only in July. Only local students may attend these Quick Start sessions.

Freshman students may choose one of the following sessions

Freshman session 1: Monday-Tuesday, June 19-20

Freshman session 2: Thursday-Friday, June 22-23

Freshman session 3: Monday-Tuesday, June 26-27

Freshman session 4: Thursday-Friday, June 29-30

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 up once they have been filled due to limited space.

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

Student Registration

Registration for Students Entering January 2017

Quick Start Sessions for Transfer Students who Live within 2 Hours of Asheville

Tuesday, December 6 from 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, December 15 from 6-9 p.m.

Check in 5:15-6 p.m. in Brown Hall 217 (take the elevator down to the 2nd floor from the University Heights entrance)

Full Day Session for All Students

Friday, January 13, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check in: 8-8:45 a.m. Location to be announced.

Orientation Fee

A non-refundable orientation fee is placed on the student account as part of tuition and fees once a student registers for classes.

Please do not send an orientation fee payment; the fee will appear on your student account. It is not waivable or refundable.

The embark Orientation fee is $150 per student, which covers the cost of food, materials, staffing, and programming during orientation. 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.

Parent & Family Registration

Parents and family are not required to attend embark Orientation with their student, but many parents and family members find it helpful to learn the information presented. 

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 of the student sessions noted in the section below.

Each family member must register and pay the registration fee. A link will be posted on this page.

Quick Start Sessions for Transfer Students who Live within 2 Hours of Asheville and their Parents and Family Members

Parents and Family Members attending a Quick Start session are registered during the student's registration process. There is no additional fee or registration process required. As such, you will not receive email communication from us unless your student explicitly lists your email in the registration process.

Tuesday, December 6 from 6-9 pm

Thursday, December 15 from 6-9 pm

Full Day Session for All Students and Family Members

Parents and family members must register to attend this full day session.

Friday, January 13, 2017 from 8 am - 5 pm

Register Here

embark 2016 Presentations

Below are links to the presentations provided during the June 2016 Parent and Family embark Orientation sessions.