Freshman/Family Orientation Dates:
January 8 & 9 (parents attend
Jan. 8 only)
*Sign up for Spring 2015 Orientation will open August 28, 2014
Freshman/Family Orientation Deadlines:
Freshman/Family Orientation Fees:
$110.00 (January & August Sessions)
$130.00 (June Sessions)
Parents & Families
$50.00 per person (January & August Sessions)
$60.00 per person (June Sessions)
Transfer/Family Orientation Dates:
*Sign up for Spring 2015 Orientation will open August 28, 2014
Transfer/Family Registration Deadlines:
Transfer/Family Orientation Fees:
$75.00 (All Sessions)
Parents & Families
$25.00 per person (All Sessions)
Freshman & Transfer Orientation Refund Information
Requests for refunds must be received in writing by the Transition Programs Office by 5 p.m. on the deadline below. No refunds will be granted after the deadline.
Refund Request Deadlines:
All January Sessions - December 8, 2014
All requests should include:
- Student's name and identification number (850#)
- What your refund is for (i.e. cancel parent Orientation reservation)
- Name and address of the refund recipient
Please email this information to email@example.com. A refund check will be mailed within 3-4 weeks of receipt.
Students who are no longer planning on attending the University need to notify the Admissions Office to cancel their admission. If students have on-campus housing, they will also need to notify Residence Life and Housing in writing regarding your housing.
Welcome, New Seahawks!
Be sure to keep checking you UNCW e-mail for additional Orientation information
Our Orientation program is designed to help you make a smooth transition to UNCW. You will learn what you need to know to make a successful academic and personal adjustment to UNCW.
Class registration, placement testing, and information about services
provided to students are integral parts of learning about a new place and a new
experience. Orientation is also a time for you to become more familiar with
the campus and what we have to offer. You will also meet some of your future classmates, friends, and faculty.
Because we consider this information vital to your academic success, all first-year students at UNCW are required to attend Orientation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in the registration
The Freshman student fee includes: All meals for the time you will stay on campus, 1 night stay in the residence hall (June sessions only), a tote bag and t-shirt, workshops and presentations, social activities, all advising materials, and parking. It also includes programs throughout the first year to assist in your transition to UNCW.
The Freshman family fee includes: Breakfast and lunch for the time you will be on campus; workshops and presentations, informational materials, a tote bag and t-shirt, and parking. As a reminder - the August and January parent Orientation is one day only.
The Transfer student fee includes: breakfast and lunch, a tote bag and t-shirt, workshops and presentations, advising materials, and parking.
The Transfer family fee includes: breakfast and lunch, a tote bag and t-shirt, workshops and presentations, informational materials, and parking.
change my Orientation date?
An Orientation date can be changed only one time, and only if there is a spot available in the session to which you want to move. If there is a price increase because of the change, you will be required to pay the fee at the time the change is made. Please be aware that we cannot take credit card payments over the phone, so a check, money order or cash are required for any fee increases. Call the Office of Transition Programs at 910.962.3089 to make the change.
I cannot attend one of the scheduled Orientation dates?
You will need to call the Office of Transition Programs at 910.962.3089 to schedule a make-up session. Make-up sessions will be held after all Orientation sessions are completed and will be an abridged version of what was offered. Please be aware that these sessions also take place after all new students have registered for class. You cannot register for classes until you have attended a make-up session and meet with an advisor. We will do everything possible to coordinate with your advisor but ultimately, it is up to you to make yourself available at his/her availability. The same Orientation fees are required for make-up sessions.
As a student, am I
required to stay in the residence halls during Orientation?
No. However we encourage freshmen to stay in the residence hall as it is an excellent opportunity to meet other students. In addition, your Orientation schedule will keep you busy between 7:45 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Most students find it more convenient to stay on campus.
Residence halls will not be available to students and family members attending Orientation in May, August, or January. However, students with on-campus housing assignments will be allowed to check into their assignments the day prior to August or January Orientation. Please contact Housing and Residence Life at 910.962.3241 with any questions.
If I have signed up for
Early Arrival, but my plane is delayed, will I still be able to check-in at the
Yes. Go to the Residence Hall listed on your confirmation letter. The desk receptionist will call the staff assistant to let you into your room.
Early Arrival is not available to students and family members attending Orientation in May, August, or January.
If I need to leave
before 5 p.m. on the final day of my Orientation, can I register for classes
No. Attendance is required at all Orientation programs prior to registering for classes. While you may finish prior to 5 p.m., we cannot guarantee it.
Are all the
Orientation programs offered at Orientation required?
Yes, all the programs for students are required. If you do not attend all of Orientation sessions required, you will not be allowed to register for classes. We believe that Orientation is important to a smooth transition to UNCW and your success as a student. If you miss a program, you will be required to come back during the next available session in order to complete Orientation. You will not be able to register prior to attending all Orientation programs.
provided if I stay on-campus for Orientation?
Yes, linens are provided at no additional charge. Please note that there are no overnight accommodations available during the May, August, or January Orientation sessions.
Should family members attend
Yes. It is important (but not required) that parents or family members attend Orientation. We encourage parents or family members to attend because they have so many good questions and concerns about college life that students might not have considered. Parents and family members will attend a separate program and will hear information that will help students adjust to UNCW.
a family member from the Wilmington area. Should I attend Orientation?
While you might have been on-campus before, Orientation is much more than a campus tour. It includes lots of valuable information that family members might not know just by living in Wilmington. We believe families can never have too much information about what their student will be experiencing.
Can a parent or family member assist me in registering for classes?
While we encourage family members to review possible course schedules with their students prior to Orientation, family members are not permitted in the registration room. Students will be assisted by academic advisors when choosing their classes.
Are there accommodations for students with disabilities at Orientation?
In order to secure appropriate accommodations, documentation must be submitted to Disability Resource Center for approval. Additionally, requests for accommodations at Orientation must be received by the Orientation office a minimum of 15 business days in advance.
I find more information about finding a place to live
Thinking of living off-campus? UNCW’s Center for Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Services can help! Click HERE for more information.
How do I
obtain information about residency for tuition purposes?
Please visit the following websites: State Residence Resources, Residency Manual and North Carolina Residency Statuses and UNC Policies.
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