From the day a student arrives on campus for orientation, to the day they walk across the stage at graduation, an academic advisor will work closely with each student during their academic journey at UNCW.
All first-year students enter the university without a major through the University College, UNCW's center for general academic advising. Usually during their sophomore year, students will declare their major. At this point, students will be reassigned a new advisor in their specific degree program for the duration of their career at UNCW.
Transfer students enter the university with a major, and as such, they are assigned an academic advisor in their degree program upon starting classes at UNCW.
A student's academic advisor at UNCW is more than an individual with a checklist of degree requirements. Through our "open door" policy university-wide, students are encouraged to use their academic advisor as a vital resource during their undegraduate studies. Advisors at UNCW are leaders and mentors, dedicated equally to their pupils' academic achievement in the classroom and continued personal growth and success as an alumni of the university.
In addition, UNCW's offers pre-professional advising services for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in health-related fields and law, as well as additional advising for students seeking add-on licensure through the Watson School of Education. The universiy also maintains several partnerships with sister institutions in the UNC System for those students interested in pursuing undergraduate studies in engineering.