EmBark Orientation

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

In this unprecedented time, we have made the decision to host a hybrid EmBark Orientation for our incoming students and family members.  We will host virtual EmBark for both parents and students starting UNC Asheville from June 11 through June 25, 2021.  We will host an in-person August EmBark program from August 12-15, 2021.  Both June and August EmBark programs are mandatory to complete EmBark.  To register for EmBark, click here

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!

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.

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. Family members and guests who wish to attend EmBark Orientation must register for the Family EmBark session that runs concurrent to the EmBark session their student is registered to attend.

Check out our Orientation Handbook as it serves as a great resource for what will be addressed during EmBark Orientation.

Family Member Orientation Fees

If you are interested in receiving updates from the Office of Transition and Parent Programs regarding the Family Orientation sessions and other family events, please complete this google form.

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.

EmBark Materials and Presentation

Below are links to the materials and presentations provided during the June 2018 Parent and Family EmBark Orientation sessions.