First-Year Students Fall 2020

As a new Bulldog, you have a few steps to complete between now and your first day of classes. Follow the timeline below to complete your next steps.

During this time, it is critical to regularly check your UNC Asheville email account, as it’s the main way we’ll communicate with you regarding registration and the start of classes. Please contact the Office of Admission & Financial Aid at 800.531.9842 or admissions@unca.edu with any questions.


First Steps

Step 1: Submit your enrollment deposit!

You aren’t officially enrolled until you submit your enrollment deposit. Follow the instructions to submit your $300 enrollment deposit and guarantee your spot at UNC Asheville. The enrollment deposit deadline is May 1, but the sooner you submit your deposit, the sooner you can apply for housing and register for classes.

Step 2: Apply for financial aid

Students interested in financial aid should complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible for maximum consideration. Visit financialaid.unca.edu for more information.

After completing FAFSA, check your OnePort account and email to view your financial aid application status.


After You Enroll

Step 3: Apply for housing

Complete the housing application by logging in to your OnePort account and selecting Housing Portal. Apply by the priority deadline of May 1 for the best availability.

Disability-related on-campus housing requests should be submitted to the Office of Academic Accessibility, accompanied by supporting documentation, by May 1. Visit oaa.unca.edu for more information.

Please note that all incoming first-year students are required to live on campus.

Step 4: Sign up for EmBark Orientation (required)

EmBark Orientation is a fun, informative program for new students and is required for all first-year students. The Fall 2020 session dates will be announced soon. Sign up for EmBark Orientation at transition.unca.edu/embark.

Step 5: Begin the class registration process

After your enrollment deposit is processed, you will receive an email invite to complete an online form. Your class schedule will be created for you by an academic advisor before your EmBark Orientation session in June.

Check your Spring Semester Class Schedule in OnePort before your EmBark Orientation session.

Step 6: Submit required paperwork

Immunization Records: Immunization records should be faxed or mailed by your primary care doctor to our Health and Counseling Center by the first day of class on August 17. Visit healthandcounseling.unca.edu for more information.

Transcripts: Final official high school transcripts, AP scores and transcripts from any other colleges you’ve attended must be mailed by your school counselor by May 1. If you’ve taken courses that have earned you college credit, view the Transfer Articulation Agreement in OnePort to verify your transferable credits.

Health Insurance: Complete the Health Insurance Waiver if you will be using your own health insurance. Visit healthandcounseling.unca.edu/bcbsnc-health-insurance-information.

Accessibility Requests: Students seeking academic adjustments or accommodations associated with a disability should submit the Voluntary Disclosure and Receipt of Policies Forms to the Office of Academic Accessibility at oaa.unca.edu.


Final Steps

Step 7: Attend embark Orientation (required)

Attend your EmBark Orientation Session. You’ll get to meet other students and learn about campus life, services, and academics.

Step 8: Finalize Your Class Schedule

Consult with the Academic Success Center if you need to make changes to your semester schedule. This takes place through the first week of classes.

Step 9: Move In

Move into your residence hall on August 14. 

Step 10: Go to class!

The first day of classes is August 17.