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 students, including transfer 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

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.


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 for Fall 2016.


embark Orientation Dates for Students Entering Fall 2016

Transfers and Post Baccalaureate Students Seeking a 2nd Degree:

Our final orientation session will be held the morning of Friday, August 19, 2016. All transfer students who did not attend orientation in June or a Quick Start session in July are required to attend this session. Please register for that session here.

Freshmen:

Our final freshman session will take place on the morning of August 19. All freshmen who did not attend a session in June are required to attend this session.

If you are approved to attend this session, you will also be approved to move into your residence hall on Thursday, August 18. Once you register, we will send you more information via email regarding move-in and orientation. Register for the August 19 session here.


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 fun activities and chances 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 students. Register below!

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.

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.

Orientation Schedules

All schedules are tentative and may be changed without notice. A final schedule will be given during check-in.

Final Orientation Schedule

Friday, August 19 Schedule for all participants

Please see our FAQ page for driving directions and hotel accommodations.

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

embark Orientation dates for students incoming in fall 2016

Transfers and Post Baccalaureate Students Seeking a 2nd Degree:

Our final orientation session will be held the morning of Friday, August 19, 2016. All transfer students who did not attend orientation in June or a Quick Start session in July are required to attend this session. Please register for that session here.

Freshmen:

Our final freshman session will take place on the morning of August 19. All freshmen who did not attend a session in June are required to attend this session.

If you are approved to attend this session, you will also be approved to move into your residence hall on Thursday, August 18. Once you register, we will send you more information via email regarding move-in and orientation. Register for the August 19 session here.

In order to move in early on Thursday, August 18 in order to attend the August 19 orientation session, you must complete the Early Arrival form that can be accessed through OnePort in the Housing portal. If you have questions or difficulties accessing this form, please call Housing at 828.251.6700.

Move-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. on August 18 for those arriving early to attend the final embark session.

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.


embark Orientation Dates for Students Entering Fall 2016

Our final orientation session will take place on the morning of August 19. All students who did not attend a session this summer are required to attend this session. Participants may bring up to two additional guests with them to this session. There is not a separate registration for guests.

If you are approved to attend this session and living on-campus, you will also be approved to move into your residence hall on Thursday, August 18. Once you register, we will send you more information via email regarding move-in and orientation.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Next Steps to prepare for your embark Orientation.

embark 2016 Presentations

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