Seahawk Preview Day


Saturday March 30, 2019

Registration will open in February!

Seahawk Preview Day is the University of North Carolina Wilmington's spring open house event for admitted students. We hope you are able to discover the academic and experiential opportunities that await you as a member of the Seahawk community. We believe visiting the campus is the best way for students to get a true feel of the university and its programs, we hope you enjoy your visit!

To view the previous Seahawk Preview Day schedule and session offerings, please see below.

Schedule & Sessions

  • Check-in will take place in Trask Coliseum beginning at 8:00 am. We will host a formal welcome session from 9:00 - 9:30 AM, but registration will remain open until 11:30 for those who do not wish to attend the morning welcome.
  • At Check-in you will receive your registration packet including your detailed schedule, campus maps, and other materials.
  • A variety of sessions will be available to allow you to learn more about different aspects of academic and campus life at UNCW.

Below is the tentative schedule for Seahawk Preview Day 2018. Seahawk Preview Day is designed to allow students and their guests to select sessions that are most important to them throughout the day. You are encouraged to divide and conquer sessions as necessary. Visitors should plan to check-in at Trask Coliseum (if arriving before 11:30 AM) or James Hall (if after 11:30 AM) for a comprehensive visit packet, including locations for all of the below mentioned sessions.

Seahawk Preview Day Session Descriptions
April 7, 2018

Check In:  Trask Coliseum Lobby, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Legacy and Alumni Breakfast: Golden Hawk Room (Trask 2nd Floor), 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM

The UNCW Alumni Association invites incoming legacy students (students with a parent, grandparent or sibling who have attended UNCW) and their families, to join us for a breakfast to celebrate our most devoted Seahawks. Please register here

Welcome Address: Trask Coliseum, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Next Steps: CIS 1003 (Financial Markets Room), 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Have you made your decision to attend UNCW? We’re here to help! Work with UNCW staff members to pay your $100 enrollment deposit (by credit or debit card only), register for your required orientation session, and turn in your immunization and medical history form. You will also have the option to pay your $105 contract fee and fully contract for on-campus housing (required for first-year students, optional for transfer students).

Campus Tours: Campus Commons Amphitheater, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Campus tours will last approximately one hour and groups will depart regularly between 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM.

NOTE: Residence Hall tours are available separately (see below).

Residence Hall Tours: Cornerstone, Honors House, Graham/Hewlett, Galloway, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Meet Housing & Residence Life staff, tour designated first-year residence halls, and learn about living on-campus. You are encouraged to drive your vehicle to these areas since the campus tour will not visit residence halls. 

Academic and Student Services Fair: Burney Center, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit with representatives from academic departments and student service offices on-campus to learn more about UNCW majors, programs, and resources. Light refreshments will be provided for guests in the Burney Center lobby.

Introduction to the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS): McNeill 1005, 11:00 - 11:20 AM

Learn more about the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at UNCW. These sessions will provide an overview of programs within CHHS, including Nursing, Exercise Science, Social Work, and more!  

CHHS Departments Fair: McNeill 1051, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

An extension of the Academic Departments Fair, this fair will have representatives available to answer questions about each of the individual majors within CHHS including Nursing, Clinical Research, Social Work, Public Health Studies, Exercise Science, Physical Education and Health Teacher Licensure, Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management, and Recreation Therapy.

NOTE: Visitors can visit the CHHS Office of Student Success table in the Academic Departments fair for general information and directions to McNeill Hall. 

Watson College of Education (WCE) Majors Fair: Education Building, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Discover the variety of majors available within UNCW’s Watson College of Education. You will have the opportunity to speak with faculty, staff and Watson Student Leaders to hear specifics about each specific major within Watson College of Education.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Open House: Chancellor’s Walk, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Explore the various majors and opportunities available within the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty and staff from each major will be demonstrating what makes their department great with hands-on presentations and activities for guests. Departments will be stationed along Chancellor’s Walk (activities will move inside in the event of rain).

NOTE: Visitors can visit the College of Arts and Sciences representative in the Academic Departments fair for general information and a map of department locations.

Financial Aid FAQs: Warwick Center Ballroom, 10:00-10:30 AM & 10:45-11:15 AM

Learn about the financial aid process and timeline, and get answers to frequently asked financial aid questions. We strongly recommend all visitors who are interested in 1:1 Financial Aid counseling attend this session first.

Financial Aid 1:1 Counseling: Financial Aid Office (Warwick Center), 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (check in before 2:30 PM)

Students will have an opportunity to meet face to face with a financial aid counselor to discuss individual concerns regarding their financial aid that were not addressed in the Financial Aid FAQs session.  Award information is communicated via UNCW email addresses and the student’s on-line SeaNet account. Please bring your UNCW ID number (found on your decision letter) with you.

First-Year Students, What’s Next?: Cameron 105 (Cameron Auditorium), 10:00-10:45 AM, 11:00-11:45 AM & 12:00-12:45 PM
First-Year students admitted for Fall 2018 can learn more about what to expect as you prepare to transition from high school to UNCW. Representatives from the Office of Housing & Residence Life, Office of Transition Programs, and University College will provide information about orientation, academic advising, and on-campus housing, and the appropriate steps you should take to ensure a successful transition.   Note: This session is for Fall admits. There is a separate FYSA Students, What’s Next Session.

Transfer Students, What’s Next? : Morton Hall 100 (Bryan Auditorium), 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM & 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Learn more about what to expect next as you Transfer to Teal, including when academic advising occurs, when and how your transfer of credit is applied, and how to prepare for orientation. 

First-Year Student Q&A Panel: Lumina Theatre, 9:30 - 10:15 AM & 10:30-11:15 AM

Hear from current UNCW students about things like the transition from high school to college, what it is like to live on campus, getting involved in student organizations, and more. 

NOTE: This session is for all accepted first-year students.

Transfer Student Q&A Panel: Morton Hall 100 (Bryan Auditorium), 10:00-10:45 AM

Hear from current students who also Transferred to Teal about things like getting involved on campus, finding local housing, and why UNCW is a great place for transfer students!

NOTE: This session is for accepted transfer students. 

Off Campus Housing: Wrightsville Beach Room (Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor), 10:45-11:15 AM
Find out everything you need to know about off campus housing for transfer students. Learn about the one mile radius, and what living within that means for students. Participants will learn about the Off-Campus Housing website and leave with a packet of apartment complex brochures. Note: This session is recommended for transfer and first-year spring admit students only.

Study Abroad, Career Center & Applied Learning: CIS 1008, 9:30 – 10:15 AM & 10:30 – 11:15 AM

Discover how you can give flight to your imagination as a Seahawk! UNCW provides a variety of resources for students to engage in exciting opportunities outside of the classroom and gain practical experience before graduating. In this session, learn about the opportunities and resources available to students through the Office of International Programs (Education Abroad), The Career Center and ETEAL (Applied Learning).

CHHS Master Class: McNeill 1005, 11:30AM – 12:15PM

Attend a mock class with faculty from the College of Health and Human Services. Presented by Dr. Jennifer McCall, Assistant Professor in Clinical Research. Class title: Getting New Medicine to Patients in Need: the Clinical Research Process”

WCE Master Class, Education Building, 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Attend a mock class with faculty from the Watson College of Education. Presented by Dr. Jeremy Hilburn. Class title: The work of a teacher: Assessing Understanding. 

CAS Master Class, Dobo 134, 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Attend a mock class with faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences. Presented by Dr. Sally MacKain, Professor of Psychology and recipient of the 2017 Board of Governor's Teaching Excellence Award.

Learning Communities for First-Year Students: Lumina Theatre, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Come hear what learning communities are and the possible benefits of being in one during your first semester at UNCW. Find out about the different learning community options UNCW has to offer (both to students living on campus and students living off campus) and learn how to apply. Ask questions of current students who were in communities their first-year.

Early College Student Info Session: Lumina Theater, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

This information session will provide Early College High School students and their families with

specific advising information to help in a successful transition from Early College programs to UNCW. Meet with academic advisors and UNCW students.

Pre-Professional Info Session: Lumina Theater, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM

Learn about Pre-Professional Programs at UNCW.  This session will provide students with information related to Pre-Law and Pre-Health (pre-med, dentistry, pharmacy, PA, PT, OT, etc.). An overview of Pre-Professional advising, courses, programs, and resources at UNCW will be given.

FYSA Students, What’s Next? Azalea Coast Room (Fisher University Union, 2nd Floor), 10:00 – 10:45AM

First Year Spring Admit Students will have the opportunity to hear from the various staff members who will work with you throughout your transition to UNCW. The information session will help you learn more about the resources UNCW has to offer, and the various fall opportunities available to FYSA students.

Seahawks Together: Clocktower Lounge (Fisher Student Center), 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  
Birds of a feather flock together. UNCW is a home that brings future Seahawks with different backgrounds, cultures, identities and ethnicities together as one. Joins us for an opportunity to learn, adapt and flock together. Following the social, guests will have an opportunity to visit our Centro Hispano, LGBTQIA Resource Office, and Upperman African American Culture Center. Please register for the social here

Transfer to Teal Social: Sharky’s Game Room (Fisher Student Center, 1st Floor), 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Network with both newly admitted and current transfer students and meet various staff members who will work with you throughout your transition to UNCW. The Transfer to Teal social is an opportunity to get a jump start on your transition and learn more about the resources UNCW has to offer transfer students. Please register for the social here

Military Affiliation Social: Dub’s Café (Warwick Center) 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
All active duty and veteran service members. As well as dependents and their guests, are invited to join us for a social! Learn about resources for military affiliated students, the residency and financial aid processes, and network with other military affiliated students. Please register for the social here.



Tips & What to Expect at Seahawk Preview Day


Before you arrive, be sure you have prepared to spend your morning and afternoon on-campus. Here are some pointers which will help you enjoy your stay:

  • Suggested Hotels - click here for a list of suggested hotel and discounted rate information.
  • Dress Comfortably -- rooms may be warmer or cooler than the temperature outside, be prepared for a rain shower, and wear comfortable shoes (you will be walking throughout the campus).
  • Eat Breakfast -- light refreshments and beverages will be available during the day, however, lunch will not be provided due to the strict schedule of events we must adhere to. Several dining locations on-campus will be open.
  • Carpool -- we are expecting a large crowd, you are encouraged to carpool, if possible.
  • Come Prepared -- pay close attention to the confirmation e-mail you receive! Bring your id number, e-mail address and other information with you. Plan to bring spending money, a credit or debit card to pay for enrollment, housing, and orientation fees and deposits.

If you have additional questions about Seahawk Preview Day, please call the Office of Admissions at (910) 962-3243 or email us at (Subject: Seahawk Preview Day).