embark Orientation

Register for the final embark Orientation session for incoming, degree-seeking students! 

If you were unable to attend any of our embark Orientation sessions during June or the transfer Quick Start sessions in July, you'll need to attend our make-up session to fulfill your orientation requirement (see below for specifics).

Friday, August 17, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Highsmith Union, Alumni Hall
Check-in will open at 8:30 a.m. in the Highsmith Union Grotto (building #6 on the campus map).

Since the final embark Orientation coincides with freshman move-in, be sure to arrive on campus early to ensure you have enough time to find a parking space. This will be all incoming, degree-seeking students' last opportunity to fulfill the mandatory embark Orientation requirement.

The online registration form for the August 17, 2018 make-up embark Orientation session is open and accepting registrations. Parents, family members, and other guests are not asked to complete a separate registration form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email at orient@unca.edu or give us a call at 828.232.2417.

Important Information for On-Campus Students Who Are Registered for August's Final embark Orientation Session

If you have registered to attend the embark Orientation session on Friday, August 17th and you have an on-campus housing assignment for the 2018-19 academic year, you will need to make plans to move into your residence hall on Thursday, August 16th.

If you are living on-campus, you will need to complete the early arrival agreement form ASAP in order to move-in your residence hall on Thursday, August 16.

  • To do this, log into your OnePort account and select the Housing Portal.
  • Once there, go to menu item titled “Forms and Agreements” and select "Early Arrivals & Late Stay Requests" to access the early arrival form.
  • Completing this form alerts our Housing Office to your need to move-in on that day.

Please complete this form ASAP - our Housing Office needs as much lead time on your early arrival as possible.

Parking for embark Orientation 

If you are planning to attend our final embark Orientation session on Friday, August 17th, please plan to arrive early. Freshman move-in will be taking place that morning, along with some construction near Highsmith Union and Brown Hall.

In turn, embark participants will need to park in the following parking lots: 

P25, P26, P27 and P28 parking lots (which you can view on our online campus map). 

Let's Get Started

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.


embark Orientation is required for ALL incoming, degree-seeking students. 

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. 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!

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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, known as the Blue Crew Orientation Leaders, to assist with helping you to meet other new students, learn about campus resources, 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 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.

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 do not attend embark Orientation, or those who attend 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. 

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.

Driving Directions to UNC Asheville

Driving Directions to UNC Asheville

For GPS use, the university’s address is One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804. You can also use our driving directions, which are noted below:

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. From Broadway, you can either enter campus via Campus Drive or via WT Weaver Boulevard. Scroll toward the bottom of this page for instructions for both options.

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. From Broadway, you can either enter campus via Campus Drive or via WT Weaver Boulevard. Scroll toward the bottom of this page for instructions for both options.

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. From Broadway, you can either enter campus via Campus Drive or via WT Weaver Boulevard. Scroll toward the bottom of this page for instructions for both options.

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 4th traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1.25 miles away). Proceed 1/2 mile to the roundabout/traffic circle. Take the first exit in the roundabout/traffic circle onto University Heights. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will need to veer to the right. Afterward, you will take the first road on your left (which continues as University Heights). You will ascend a steep hill and then, as you begin to descend it, the designated parking for embark Orientation will be on your right (Parking lots P11 and P12). Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

Directions if you are entering campus via W.T. Weaver Boulevard:

Once you are on W.T. Weaver Boulevard, drive to the roundabout, which serves as the main entrance of campus (you will see a large UNC Asheville sign at the roundabout). Follow the signage that will lead you up the hill on University Heights. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will need to veer to the right. Afterward, you will take the first road on your left (which continues as University Heights). You will ascend a steep hill and then, as you begin to descend, the designated parking for embark Orientation will be on your right (Parking lots P11 and P12). Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

Directions if you are entering campus via Campus Drive:

Campus Drive is accessible via Broadway Street. Once on Campus Drive, you will ascend a hill that initially has a small incline (which will increase as you make your way further up the drive). When you reach the stop sign (near the top of the hill), take a sharp right turn. Parking lots P11 and P12 will be on your left. Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

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. 

Parent/Family Member Orientation Fees

  • Family/guests age 18+: $40/person 
  • Family/guests ages 11-17: $20/person
  • Family/guests ages 10 and under: Free 

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.