Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-Orientation is held every year in August before the beginning of classes. Incoming First-Year and First-Semester Transfer Students are invited to get a head start on their UNC Asheville education by delving into the many aspects of their new community, and it offers special-interest programs that showcase Asheville. Participation in Pre-Orientation allows students to live in the residence halls and meet fellow students and staff who share their interests.

Pre-Orientation is a program that keeps our students active and engaged throughout the week. Please be prepared for at least a moderate level of physical activity. Each program involves walking, sitting, and participating in group activities throughout the week from breakfast through dinner-time. If you have any concerns about the level of physical activity, please reach out to our office to discuss further! We look forward to having you in the program!

Each program includes meals, instruction, equipment, and transportation.

What Programs are being offered?

Check back closer to Summer 2023 for program updates!

Pre-Orientation Scholarships

Scholarships are available for registered students in certain programs through the Karpinos Scholarship Fund. Students may apply for either the needs-based or service-based scholarship. Scholarships may be full or partial. Learn more about scholarships and how to apply here.


Interested? The last day to register is July 10th. Learn more about the registration process here.