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.


Transfer embark Orientation information

We highly encourage all transfer students to attend the full-day embark Orientation session scheduled for Friday, June 15. Attending this session offers you the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff, as well as participate in an extensive overview of on-campus resources.

However, we realize not all transfer students can attend this session. Therefore, we offer two "Quick Start" sessions, which are exclusively for transfer students who live within 2 hours of Asheville. The Quick Start sessions last approximately 3-4 hours and provide truncated information; faculty advisors are not included in the itinerary for these particular sessions. Additionally, if you choose to attend a Quick Start session, you will be responsible for independently seeking out the additional resources that will not be included in the session. 

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

Register to attend one of our Transfer embark Orientation sessions


Freshman embark Orientation information

Every student registered for a freshman embark Orientation session will be required to stay on-campus for the first 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.

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


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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 to assist with helping you to meet other new students, learn about campus resources and social activities, 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 or 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 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. It is not waivable or refundable.

 

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 Students for Fall 2018

The embark Orientation dates for students admitted for fall 2018 have been set! Please note embark Orientation is required for all incoming, degree-seeking UNC Asheville students.

Transfer embark Orientation sessions

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.

Transfer embark Orientation (full-day session)

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

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

Thursday, July 18 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Monday, July 23 from 6 - 9 p.m.

Registration for the June 2018 Transfer embark Orientation session will open on Monday, April 2, 2018. Please return to this website at that time and you will find a registration link.

Freshman embark Orientation sessions

We will offer four separate two-day orientation sessions for incoming freshmen during June 2018. When you complete the embark Orientation registration form, you will have the opportunity to indicate which session you plan to attend. Each session is limited to 200 participants each, so we strongly encourage you to register for embark Orientation when the registration system opens on April 2, 2018.

The dates for the June 2018 Freshman embark Orientation sessions are as follows:

  • Session #1: Monday-Tuesday, June 18-19, 2018
  • Session #2: Thursday-Friday, June 21-22, 2018
  • Session #3: Monday-Tuesday, June 25-26, 2018
  • Session #4: Thursday-Friday, June 28-29, 2018

Registration for the June 2018 freshman embark Orientation sessions will open on Monday, April 2, 2018. Please return to this website at that time and you will find a registration link.

For parents and guests of incoming students for fall 2018

We provide a corresponding Parent and Guest embark Orientation to coincide with each of the orientation sessions listed above. When a student registers for an embark Orientation session, they (or a parent/guest) will need to complete a separate registration for the corresponding Parent and Guest embark Orientation session if they plan to have a family member or guest attend embark Orientation.

Parents will not receive emails about embark Orientation unless the student provides a parent email when completing their embark Orientation registration.

Registration for the June 2018 parent and guest embark Orientation sessions will open on Monday, April 2, 2018. Please return to this website at that time and you will find a registration link.

Parent and Family Member embark Orientation

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

Guests (age 18+): $40/person

Any guests ages 11-17: $20/person

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 TRANSFER family members (Friday, June 15, 2018)

Register to attend UNC Asheville's TRANSFER Parent and Family Member embark Orientation

 

Parent and Family embark Orientation for FRESHMAN family members 

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

Register to attend UNC Asheville's FRESHMAN Parent and Family Member embark Orientation session #1 (June 18-19, 2018)

Register to attend UNC Asheville's FRESHMAN Parent and Family Member embark Orientation session #2 (June 21-22, 2018)

Register to attend UNC Asheville's FRESHMAN Parent and Family Member embark Orientation session #3 (June 25-26, 2018)

Register to attend UNC Asheville's FRESHMAN Parent and Family Member embark Orientation session #4 (June 28-29, 2018)

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. The orientation fee cannot be waived or refunded.

Parent/Family Member Orientation Fees

First 2 guests (age 18+): $40/person 

Additional guests (age 18+): $30/person

Any guests ages 11-17: $20/person

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.

Driving Directions to UNC Asheville

Driving Directions to UNC Asheville

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. Turn left at second traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1/2 mile). Proceed 1/3 mile to traffic circle. Take the second exit onto University Heights to enter the UNC Asheville campus.

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. Turn left at second traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1/2 mile). Proceed 1/3 mile to traffic circle. Take the second exit onto University Heights to enter the UNC Asheville campus.

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. Turn left at second traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1/2 mile). Proceed 1/3 mile to traffic circle. Take the second exit onto University Heights to enter the UNC Asheville campus.

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 3rd traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1 mile). Proceed 1/2 mile to traffic circle. Take the first exit onto University Heights to enter the UNC Asheville campus.