Seahawk Preview Day


Seahawk Preview Day on Saturday, March 28 has been postponed. At this time we have not rescheduled, but we are reviewing options and will update admitted students and the campus community as soon as possible.

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 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 11:00 for late arrivals.
  • 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 schedule for Seahawk Preview Day 2020. 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. 

Seahawk Preview Day Session Descriptions
March 28, 2020

Check In:  Trask Coliseum Lobby, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Please plan to arrive and check-in between 8:00 -9:00AM as the formal welcome will begin promptly at 9:00AM. Guests who arrive after 9:00 are still permitted to check-in in the Trask Lobby until 11:00AM.

Legacy and Alumni Breakfast: Golden Hawk Room, 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. Register here! 

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

Next Steps: Congdon Hall 1003 (Financial Markets Room), 11:00 AM – 1:30 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 sign your housing agreement and pay your $105 fee for on-campus housing (required for first-year students, optional for transfer students). You can also receive preliminary information that every Seahawk needs to know about submitting your photo online for your one card, meal plans, ordering books, parking, bike share and much more!

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, Schwartz, Graham/Hewlett) , 10:00 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.

College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) Overview and Student Panel: McNeill 1005, 11:00 – 11:30 AM

Join the College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) to learn more about our majors, college-wide initiatives, and student opportunities.  Current CHHS students will be available for a short Q & A period at the end of the session.

CHHS Featured Programs: McNeill Lobby, 10:30 AM – 12:30PM

The College of Health & Human Services will be showcasing featured programs offered in conjunction with the College.  Please stop by to learn more and get involved!

College of Health & Human Services Majors & Minors Fair: McNeill Hall 1051, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

CHHS will have representatives available to answer questions about CHHS majors and minors including: Nursing, Clinical Research, Social Work, Public Health, Exercise Science, Healthful Living & Fitness Education, Recreation, Sport Leadership & Tourism Management, Recreation Therapy, Gerontology, and Yoga Studies.

Nursing Simulation Lab Tours: McNeill Hall 2nd Floor Lobby, 11:30 AM & 12:00 PM

*Due to popularity, day-of sign up is required and is limited to prospective students only. Students can sign up for the 11:30am and 12:00pm tours in the McNeill Hall first floor lobby from 10:30-11:45am. Sign ups will be held on a first-come, first-served basis.

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: Warwick Center, 10:00 AM – 12:00 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.

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: Trask, 9:30 - 10:15 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), 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (check in before 1:30 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?: Congdon Hall 1008, 10:00-10:45 AM, 11:00-11:45 AM & 12:00-12:45 PM

Join us to learn about the first-year experience at UNCW.  This session will be focused on what first-year admitted students for Fall 2020 can expect as they prepare to transition from high school to life on-campus.  Housing and Residence Life, Transition Programs, and University College will provide information about how to navigate the first year. Come ready to learn about what life on-campus is like, what transitional resources are available 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? : Wrightsville Beach Room (Fisher Student Center), 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.

Study Abroad, Career Center & Applied Learning: Azalea Coast Room (Fisher University Union, 2nd Floor), 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 Applied Learning.

Watson College of Education Master Class, Education Building, 12:00 – 12:30 PM

Attend a mock class with faculty from the Watson College of Education taught by Professor Eleni Pappamihiel, Class Title: Culture Shock-The funny feeling you get when your understanding of the world collapses. Almost everyone has experienced culture shock at some point in their lives, even if they never travel outside of the United States. In this mini-class we'll explore culture shock, the different stages, and how to prepare for an alleviate some of the worst aspects of this common occurence.

Watson College of Education Student Panel: Education Building 162, 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Join current Watson College of Education students for a panel discussion. The panel will allow you to meet students who have recently been in your shoes and give you the opportunity to ask them about their experiences. Feel free to ask about their first year, interactions with professors, our education lab, tutoring, and field experiences in area schools.

Learning Communities for First-Year Students: Morton 100, 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 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.

FYSA Students, What’s Next?: Morton Hall 100, 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. Learn more about various fall opportunities available to FYSA students, including the FYSA in the UK program, a study abroad partnership with Bangor University.

Honors College: Congdon Hall 1012, 10:00 – 10:45 AM, 11:00 - 11:45 AM & 12:00 – 12:45 PM

Come hear what UNCW’s Honors College is all about.  Meet with representatives from the Honors College as well as current Honors College students. Learn about the application process, Honors curriculum, research opportunity and service activities available to students within the program.

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. Register 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. Register 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. Register here!

Seahawk Shuttle: Fisher Round-a-bout, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Need to rest your feet? Hop on our Seahawk Shuttle and take a loop around UNCW’s beautiful campus.  You will have the chance to get off at our residence halls, or take some time to sit back and relax while a representative provides you with detailed information regarding campus. The shuttle will take continuous loops around campus from 10:00 -2:00 PM.

NOTE: The shuttle can seat 31 guests.



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 hotels.
  • 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).