Archways Offers Unique Start for New Asbury Students

New Asbury University students are invited to register for Archways, a pre-orientation wilderness experience (Aug. 4-8).

WILMORE, Ky. — For a group of new Asbury University students, the fall semester will begin, not in Wilmore, but in the back country of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Archways, a pre-orientation wilderness experience open to new freshman and transfer students, will offer opportunities for teambuilding initiatives, backpacking, camping, climbing and rappelling in a fun and welcoming environment (Aug. 4-8). To learn more about Archways and to register, visit:

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Trent Ellsworth, director of Asbury’s Center for Adventure Leadership. “It can be tempting to stay home with family one more week or work your summer job one more week, not realizing how impactful this trip can be — but if you go, you’ll be pleased with the choice afterwards.”

Archways is integrated with Welcome Week events so that students who participate won’t miss out on orientation activities. The experience is designed for all interest and experience levels — students don’t have to be “outdoorsy” to have a great time. 

“I thought Archways wasn't for me because I am not an ‘outdoors’ person, but once I applied and went, it was the amazing!” said Tinson Lam ’19. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me as I got to connect with God through nature while backpacking, rock climbing and camping. You will not regret it!” 

Most importantly, Archways provides an additional opportunity for students to begin building friendships that will last through four years at Asbury and beyond. Archways is one of many ways Asbury invests in campus community — and it gives students a running start on college life.

“Archways helps incoming freshman and transfer students go into the school year with some community already formed that they can build off of,” said Kiara Yee ’18. “Everyone can tell who the Archways participants are during Welcome Week — they are less scared, more comfortable, more confident and are generally having more fun together. It's the best way to start your college years, and the friendships I made at Archways, and when I helped lead, are some of the best friendships I have ever had.”


To learn more about Archways and to register, visit:

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