Parent and 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 the Parent and Family EmBark?

Registration for June Parent and Family EmBark Orientation will open on May 1st.


Are parents required to attend the Parent and Family EmBark?

Parent EmBark Orientation provides an opportunity for parents to ask questions and to 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 EmBark Orientation so that you can receive a solid foundation in understanding UNC Asheville and how it works.


I am not a parent. Can I still come?

Yes – be sure to register on the Parent and Family EmBark Orientation Registration page.


How much does it cost to attend parent/family member EmBark Orientation?

Guests (age 18+): $50.00/person

Guests (ages 17 and under): Free


What does my parent/family member EmBark Orientation registration fee cover?

The Office of 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 for all incoming students and their family members.

The Parent/Family EmBark orientation fee includes catering, an EmBark orientation handbook, handouts, staffing, and facility usage for EmBark’s orientation sessions throughout the academic year.


When will I receive information about Parent and 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 parents 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.

  • Biltmore Estate – enter the Biltmore Estate at a reduced rate. Tickets can be purchased at the UNC Asheville Bookstore.