Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-Orientation is held every year in August before the beginning of classes. New 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 move in early to 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.

Registration for Blue Ridge Experience 2021 is OPEN!

Registration for Pre-Orientation

You will register for Pre-Orientation in our unique Point of Sale system.  This secure system allows you to submit your payment and submit health and information forms for Pre-Orientation in one place.

To register for Pre-Orientation follow these steps:

  • When logging into the system, it is very important that the profile is created for the UNC Asheville student using their UNC Asheville email and their UNC Asheville ID Number (this number can be found on your admissions letter and begins with 930).
  • After creating the profile, you will be able to register for the Pre-Orientation program you are interested in and you will submit your payment.  You must submit your payment in full or a minimum $35.00 dollar deposit to secure your spot.  All participants must submit the full payment by July 7, 2021.
  • You will receive a confirmation email of registration from CampDoc once you are complete.
  • If you have any questions, please email us at

Cancellation Policy

Please read the following information regarding cancellation. These policies have been established because operating funds for the trip must be committed long before the trip departs and few (if any) of these expenses can be recovered from late cancellations.

If UNC Asheville cancels the trip due to insufficient registration, weather, etc., you will receive a full refund.

  • Cancellations made on or before July 7, 2021 will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.
  • Cancellations made between July 8 and July 21, 2021will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations made on or after July 22, 2021 will not receive a refund.

Please also note that any registration that has not been paid in full by July 7, 2021 will be cancelled.

Pre-Orientation Programs

The Blue Ridge Experience: Aug. 8-11

Travel to some of the best scenic areas the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. Take in the views, challenge yourself to a hike, and try a new adventure sport like biking and canoeing while you get to know your classmates. By night, you will stay at base camp, cook dinner and sleep in a rustic cabin. Relax around the campfire, gaze at the stars, and get ready for your next adventure at UNC Asheville. No outdoor experience is necessary; all required equipment is provided.

New and transfer students, as well as their families, are welcome to join a Zoom info session about Blue Ridge Experience at 7pm on Tuesday, June 22nd. Questions are also welcome at

Register now!

Early Bird Registration (through July 7): $399

Regular Registration (July 8 – July 21): $425

*See below for information about Pre-Orientation Scholarships for Blue Ridge Experience.*

Wilderness Experience

The Wilderness Experience will not take place in August 2021, but is scheduled to return in August 2022.

Explore the natural beauty of your new home and sleep under the stars. Backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains will give you the chance to challenge yourself, make new friends, and learn more about what your college experience has to offer. Finish off the week with a night at base camp and a day participating in climbing, biking, canoeing or rafting trips (choose one trip during registration). No outdoor experience is necessary; all required equipment is provided. One of the six Wilderness Experience small groups will be designed specifically for transfer students.

Early Bird Registration (April 1 – July 1, 2022): $399

Regular Registration (July 2 – July 19, 2022): $425

*See below for information about Pre-Orientation Scholarships for Wilderness Experience.*


Pre-Orientation Scholarships

Scholarships are available for registered students participating in the Blue Ridge Experience 2021, Wilderness Experience, CSI: Community Service Involvement, and It’s Easy Being Green 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.