Family EmBark FAQs

Check out some of our frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your orientation experience at UNC Asheville!


How do I register for Family EmBark?

Family members will register and pay via our Eventbrite site for the session that corresponds with the session your student will attend. You can register for Family EmBark Orientation at our Eventrbrite site.  


Are parents required to attend Family EmBark?

Family EmBark Orientation provides an opportunity for parents to ask questions and get to know all the ins and outs of UNC Asheville. It is highly recommended – especially if this is your first student attending a liberal arts university. However, attendance is not required. Nevertheless, we invite you to participate in Family EmBark Orientation so that you can receive a solid foundation in understanding UNC Asheville and how it works.


How much does it cost to attend Family EmBark Orientation?

The fee for Family members to attend are $50.00 per person for adults ages 18 and up.  Tickets for youth ages 12-17 are $25.00.  Children 11 and younger are free. This fee includes meals  throughout the day, materials given, and staffing of the event.


When will I receive information about Family EmBark?

Once admitted to the university, your student will begin receiving all UNC Asheville-related information through their UNC Asheville email account. Your student will receive information about EmBark Orientation and the process of registering for orientation after submitting their enrollment deposit.

With that in mind, encourage your student to make it a habit to check this account daily as no information is sent to family and guests prior to registration for EmBark.


Exploring Asheville

I would like to get to know my student’s new surroundings. Do you offer area discounts?

We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to get to know your student’s new surroundings by participating in one of the following optional activities while you are in Asheville. We have worked with local businesses to provide special UNC Asheville EmBark Orientation rates. Please visit the link below for more information.

Does UNC Asheville have partnerships with local hotels?

The following hotels offer discounts for UNC Asheville guests and visitors. Rates will vary based on season, and reservations are based on availability. A portion of the proceeds from your stay will be donated to UNC Asheville.

Use the links below to receive the UNC Asheville Friends and Family Rate online, or request it when making your reservation over the phone.

Aloft Asheville Downtown
51 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
31 Woodfin Street
Asheville NC 28801

Virtelle Group

Element by Westin Asheville Downtown
62 College Place (Opening in 2021)

Holiday Inn Asheville Biltmore West
435 Smokey Park Highway

Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore East
1430 Tunnel Road

Comfort Suites Outlet Center
890 Brevard Road

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Asheville SW
12 Rocky Ridge Road