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Best for the Nest: A Guide for Returning to Campus

Best for the Nest: A Guide for Returning to Campus

Review Chancellor Sartarelli's planning update for Fall 2020. This update includes information about the UNCW Academic Calendar.  Additional information includes Campus Safety, Health and Other measures being put in place for students, faculty and staff. 

Best for the Nest: We encourage you to explore this website as well as the related guide. The information and protocols outline the steps students, faculty, staff, and visitors must follow to protect and preserve our campus community during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus. Please do what is “Best for the Nest” by complying with these requirements until further notice.

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Test Waiver: 2021 First Year Applicants

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on test availability and the likelihood of additional cancellations, the UNC Board of Governors waived the standardized test requirement for first-year students applying for admission in Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021

This means that for spring 2021 and fall 2021 first-year applicants, submitting the SAT or ACT will be optional. If you have SAT and/or ACT scores that you feel are reflective of your academic ability, you can choose to submit them with your application. If you do not have any scores or choose not to submit them, your application will not be negatively impacted. Please note that this policy is only for students applying for a term in 2021. 

This waiver will apply to all 17 campuses of the UNC System. Click here to review our frequently asked questions regarding standardized test scores.

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Campus Tours Update (Updated 9/30/20)

The health and safety of our campus community is our first priority. Out of an abundance of caution and with guidance from campus leadership and state authorities, the UNCW Office of Admissions will be offering guided campus tours at a limited capacity beginning on Monday, October 5Please visit our Campus Tours website to learn more.

In addition to guided campus tours, we are currently offering the following ways to explore UNCW:

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Virtual Sessions

UNCW has created several virtual events to help you explore the campus, meet our faculty and staff, and learn more about the Seahawk community. We will be updating the webinar calendar and will be releasing "Seahawk Experience" videos from our current students each week.  Be sure to check back often for new events! 

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Housing & Residence Life: Two-Year Residency Requirement

Beginning in Fall 2021, UNCW students will following the Two-Year Residency Requirement. Students admitted in the fall as a First-Year student will be required to live in on-campus housing for their first and second academic years. Students admitted in the fall as a Transfer student will be required to live in on-campus housing for one academic year, unless they have more than 60 credit house. The Two-Year Residency Requirement policy in full, information regarding who qualifies as a First-Year and Transfer student, and exceptions can be found on the Housing & Residence Life webpage

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Check your Application Status on SeaLevel

Students can log into their SeaLevel account and click on "Items Missing" to view the items UNCW needs to complete their application. If students have recently submitted the missing items(s), please note that it may take up to two weeks for credentials to be processed. If you have any questions, please email us at admissions@uncw.edu, writing "ATTN: Missing Credentials" in the subject line of your email. 


UNCW Admissions Calendar
August 1 Fall & Spring 2021 Application Opens
October 15 Spring 2021 Transfer Priority Deadline
November 1 Fall 2021 First-Year Early Action Deadline
February 1 Fall 2021 First-Year Regular Decision Deadline
March 1 Fall/Summer 2021 Transfer Priority Deadline
May 1 Enrollment Deposit Deadline


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COVID-19 Update: Cancellations


UNCW Office of Admissions has made the difficult decision to cancel all on-campus events until further notice. For more information and ongoing updates about the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit uncw.edu/coronavirus/


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