First-Year Students Fall 2019

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 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

Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at by March 1 to receive priority awarding. Visit 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. The housing application will be available Feb. 1. Apply by the priority deadline, 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 the May 15 deadline. Visit for more information.

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

Step 4: Sign up for an Admitted Student Day (optional but highly encouraged)

Explore the campus in depth! Sign up to visit on April 12 or April 19. Visit, or call the Admissions Office at 800.531.9842 to register. These days are optional but highly encouraged!

Step 5: Sign up for EmBark Orientation (required) and Pre-RendezBlue (optional)

EmBark Orientation is a fun, informative program for new students and is required for all first-year students. Sessions on June 17-18, 20-21, 24-25, or 27-28. Sign up for EmBark Orientation at opens on April 1.

Pre-RendezBlue is an optional program that gets students involved in the Asheville community and allows them to move in the residence halls early and meet fellow students and staff who share their interests. Register at

Step 6: Attend an Admitted Student Day

Visit campus on April 12 or 19 for an Admitted Student Day. These days are optional but highly encouraged!

Step 7: Begin the class registration process

After your enrollment deposit is processed, you will receive an email invitation to complete the Online Advising & Registration (OAR) course via Moodle on April 22. After you complete the course, submit the e-form (provided in the course) notifying the Advising Office that you’re finished.

Complete the OAR course by June 3 so your advisor can build your class schedule before you attend your EmBark Orientation Session.

Check your Fall Semester Class Schedule in OnePort before your EmBark Orientation Session.

Step 8: 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 June 30 priority deadline. Visit 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 July 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 by Sept. 4. Visit

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

Final Steps

Step 9: Attend embark Orientation (required)

Attend your EmBark Orientation Session on June 17-18, 20-21, 24-25, or 27-28. You’ll get to meet other students and learn about campus life, services, and academics (including your summer reading book, David Isay’s Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work).

Step 10: Finalize Your Class Schedule

You will receive your Registration Access Number (RAN) via email from OneStop. Consult with your OneStop Advisor if you need to make changes to your fall semester schedule. This takes place from late July through the first week of classes.

Note: You must retain a first-year course with 178 designation.

Step 11: Move In

Move into your residence hall on August 16. After you move in, attend Convocation, a mandatory ceremony to kick off the start of your college experience. Then head over to the Quad for a celebratory picnic and lawn games at Rockypalooza.

Step 12: Go to class!

The first day of classes is August 19.