EmBark Orientation

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

In this unprecedented time, we have made the decision to host an on-line EmBark Orientation for our incoming students and family members.  We will host EmBark for both parents and students starting UNC Asheville in January from January 11-13th.

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. 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.

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.

Parent/Family Member Orientation Fees

Parents and Family members will be able to attend a series of Webinars and Question & Answer sessions throughout June and July to learn more about the University and how to best support their students during their time at UNC Asheville.

If you are interested in receiving updates from the Office of Transition and Parent Programs regarding these Parent and Family Orientation sessions and other parent and 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.