EmBark Orientation

Programs for Summer 2023

EmBark 2023

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 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!

For students joining us Fall 2023, 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.

Summer Welcome Days

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.


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, click here to visit the Pre-Orientation Website!

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 Mentors, 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.

Before Registering for EmBark

The first step you need to take is to confirm your enrollment.

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 web pages to prepare for your orientation.