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Experience LaUNCh!

LaUNCh offers you the opportunity to develop relationships with other new students, student leaders, and staff or faculty. Service projects and immersive activities create an intimate environment that can positively impact your student experience before the first semester begins! The costs cover the activities, meals, and lodging.

LaUNCh is developed and coordinated by New Student Orientation and Outdoor Pursuits.

LaUNCh is open to all Summer and Fall 2020 incoming (new, transfer, and nontraditional) students who will have completed their Orientation requirements prior to the experience. If the last day of your orientation session ends on the same day a LaUNCh begins, this is acceptable.

Note: Completion of Orientation requirements will be verified. This program is not available to students who plan to attend an Orientation session in August.

*There are limited spaces for each LaUNCh! Reservations will be made in the orientation reservation system.

Dates & Costs:

LaUNCh into Adventure (Backpacking)

July 27 – 30

Cost: $250 (includes transportation from UNC, technical equipment, entrance fees, and meals)

Join us at the end of July for a backpacking trip in the Holy Cross Wilderness near Eagle, Colorado! Our trip will start the morning of July 27th at UNC’s Ropes Course for a four hour course experience of high and low elements. The afternoon will be spent distributing equipment and prepping for our backpacking trip. We will then pack up on the morning of the 28th for the wilderness! The next two nights will be spent in the backcountry, camping and carrying everything we need on our backs. We will be hiking a 12-mile-loop over three days and two nights. No previous experience is necessary and all technical equipment including backpacks, sleeping bags, headlamps and group gear can be rented from Outdoor Pursuits for free.


LaUNCh into Adventure (Mountain Retreat)

August 11 – 14

Cost: $250 (includes transportation from UNC, lodging, entrance fees, and meals)

Join us two weeks before the start of the fall semester and spend four days with fellow students starting at UNC just like you! This trip will kick off at UNC’s Ropes Course located on campus and then we will drive to Estes Park, Colorado to stay at our university-owned cabins that back up to Rocky Mountain National Park. Once in Estes Park, we will have the next two days to hike, climb, and complete a service project together. Outdoor Pursuits can also provide you with technical equipment such as a headlamp, camp chair, and sleeping bag for no additional cost. 


LaUNCh into Adventure

Adventure based LaUNCh sessions include some sort of outdoor activity. In the past, students have gone backpacking while sleeping in tents or escaping into the mountains while spending the evenings in a cabin. 


*Photos were taken by Outdoor Pursuits and New Student Orientation staff members.


Once you have submitted your reservation for LaUNCh, there is a non-refundable fee applied, which the specific price is listed in the details for each specific LaUNCh. Once it is 4 weeks before the start date of a LaUNCh, the reservation is completely non-refundable.