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 2019 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 the Arts
July 11–14, 2019
Cost = $250.00
Come spend an extended weekend on UNC’s campus immersed in performing and visual arts. During our time together you will have the option to participate in various workshops like aerial silks, photography, improv, and more. We will also get to know Greeley by touring Distortions Unlimited (home of the television show Making Monsters), attending Friday Fest, and volunteering at a local community center by engaging in the arts with children. Finally, three musicals being put on by UNC’s Little Theatre of the Rockies are included; Lobby Hero, Xanadu the Musical, and Angel Street. All workshops, day trips, meals, housing, and shows are included in the cost of attending LaUNCh into the Arts.
Note: No refunds available after June 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. Mountain Time for students signed up for LaUNCh on July 11–14, 2019. $100 non-refundable fee applied from time of completed reservation submission. Activities during this LaUNCh are subject to change.
LaUNCh into Adventure (Whitewater Rafting)
July 18–21, 2019
Cost = $275.00
Come spend an extended weekend in UNC’s very own cabin in Estes Park, Colorado. During our time together we will go whitewater rafting on class III and IV rapids, hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, do service work together in the National Park and rock climb near the cabin. The cost of the trip is all inclusive including transportation, entrance fees, meals and housing. Outdoor Pursuits can also provide you with camping supplies such as a headlamp, camp chair and sleeping bag for no additional cost.
Note: No refunds available after June 20, 2019 at 4 p.m. Mountain Time for students signed up for LaUNCh on July 18–21, 2019. $100 non-refundable fee applied from time of completed reservation submission. Activities during this LaUNCh are subject to change.
LaUNCh into Adventure (Backpacking)
July 23–26, 2019
Cost = $150.00
Come hit the trail with us this summer for a backpacking trip in the beautiful Arapahoe National Forest located just outside of Dillon, Colorado. We will be carrying everything we need on our backs and hiking between 4-7 miles each day. This trip is fit for beginners and experienced hikers alike. Before the trip you will be prepped with equipment, meal rations and instructions on packing. All of your meals, transportation, entrance fees and technical equipment (sleeping bag, backpack, headlamp, tent, camp stove etc.) will be provided for you. This is a great trip for anyone who loves hiking and camping and is looking for a wilderness experience.
Note: No refunds available after June 25, 2019 at 4 p.m. Mountain Time for students signed up for LaUNCh on July 23–26, 2019. $100 non-refundable fee applied from time of completed reservation submission. Activities during this LaUNCh are subject to change.
LaUNCh Scholarship Opportunity
This scholarship is for any student who would like to participate in the 2019 LaUNCh into the Arts or LaUNCh into Adventure programs at UNC. You can be awarded up to the full amount for the cost of attendance. To be considered for the award, you must allow the scholarship selection team to review your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as well as provide up to a one-page double-spaced essay based off of prompts provided in the application. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, your scholarship application materials must be received by Wednesday, May 29, 2019. New Student Orientation will contact the scholarship winners by Friday, May 31, 2019.
Open the LaUNCh Scholarship Application to review the full details, review the essay prompts, and to fill the application to submit.
- If you are awarded a LaUNCh scholarship and have already signed up and paid for a LaUNCh, you would be refunded the amount.
- You do not need to have already signed up/paid for LaUNCh if you are applying for the LaUNCh scholarship; you would gain access to sign up for LaUNCh if you are awarded a LaUNCh scholarship and have not signed up/paid for LaUNCh yet.
There are two types of LaUNCh sessions available for you to participate in. Learn more information below and scroll through past years of photos!
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 white water rafting while spending the evenings in a cabin.
LaUNCh into the Arts
Arts based LaUNCh sessions include an immersed experience in performing and visual arts. In the past, students have participated in various workshops like improv, ceramics, movement, and photography.
*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.