Orientation and Summer Welcome

EmBark Orientation

Students Register HERE

Mandatory programming: August 17th-20th

New students living on campus will move in on August 16th. EmBark Orientation will occur August 17th-20th and then the semester will begin on August 21st. Transfer Students are required to join us during the day on August 17th and 18th. 

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  UNC Asheville’s curriculum, 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 First Year 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!


Summer Welcome Days

Students Register HERE

Families and Supporters Register HERE

Optional Programming: June 19th, 23rd, or 26th

Summer Welcome Days are optional Orientation dates that will occur in June. These will be day-long programs that will allow students and their supporters to get to know campus before move-in day in August.  You and your supporters will learn about campus resources, buildings, and get assistance in navigating various processes such as class registration and housing selection.



Students Register HERE

Optional programming in July and August

Pre-Orientation is an optional week-long program that allows you to select a topic of interest and explore UNCA’s campus and the Asheville community. Pre-Orientation groups are small, so you’re guaranteed to make connections with peers who have similar interests. There are a few different weeks to choose from in July and August and various different topics and activity levels. If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Pre-Orientation Website!