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.

Parents will need to complete a separate registration to attend the full day embark Orientation session. Parent and Family Orientation is $25 per guest attending and can be paid with cash or check during the online registration process. See the link below. Parents are not required, but are encouraged, to attend the Parent and Family embark Orientation sessions.


Start Preparing Now!

Although June 2016 may seem like it's far into the future, there are some items you need to address between now and your arrival on campus. 

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 summer 2016

Transfers and Post Baccalaureate Students Seeking a 2nd Degree:

Friday, June 10, 2016

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Register for the transfer embark session

 

Freshmen (choose to attend one of the sessions listed below):

  • Monday, June 13 - Tuesday, June 14
  • Thursday, June 16 - Friday, June 17
  • Monday, June 20 - Tuesday, June 21
  • Thursday, June 23 - Friday, June 24

Day 1 check-in begins at 10 a.m. and Day 2 ends by 2 p.m.

Register for one of the freshman embark sessions


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.

Parents will need to complete a separate registration to attend the full day session. Parent and Family Orientation is $25 per guest attending and can be paid with cash or check during the registration process.

What to Expect at embark Orientation -- Schedule and Arrival Details

We will post the tentative embark Orientation schedules and check-in instructions for the upcoming summer sessions in early June 2016.

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 summer 2016

Transfers:

Friday, June 10, 2016

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Register for the transfer embark Orientation session

 

Freshmen (choose to attend one of the sessions listed below):

  • Monday, June 13 - Tuesday, June 14
  • Thursday, June 16 - Friday, June 17
  • Monday, June 20 - Tuesday, June 21
  • Thursday, June 23 - Friday, June 24

Day 1 check-in begins at 10 a.m. and Day 2 ends by 2 p.m.

Register for one of the Freshman embark Orientation sessions

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 summer 2016

Transfer Parent and Family Registration:

Friday, June 10, 2016

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Register for the Transfer Parent and Family embark Orientation session

 

Freshman Parent and Family Registration (choose to attend one of the sessions listed below):

  • Monday, June 13 - Tuesday, June 14
  • Thursday, June 16 - Friday, June 17
  • Monday, June 20 - Tuesday, June 21
  • Thursday, June 23 - Friday, June 24

Day 1 check-in begins at 10 a.m. and Day 2 ends by 2 p.m.

Register for one of our Freshman Parent and Family embark Orientation sessions


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

embark 2015 Presentations

Below are links to the presentations provided during the previous summer's Parent and Family embark Orientation sessions.