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 embark Orientation. Please see the "Parent & Family Registration" tab below for more information.


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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 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

Please stay tuned for orientation dates and registration for the incoming January 2017 class.

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 links will be posted on this page.

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.

embark 2016 Presentations

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