The Graduate School


Congratulations, New Graduate Student!

Next Steps Checklist

  • Review Your Acceptance Letter
    1. Acceptance Letter - Verify your program, session/term, and type of acceptance
      Self Service Portal »
    2. Residency - Review your residency status and submit a residency determination to RDS, if needed
      Submit a Residency Determination »
    3. UNCW ID/Email Address - Record your UNCW ID number (begins with 850) and UNCW Email address

    4. Next Steps - Bookmark this page for future reference (
  • Enrollment Deposit
    1. Due - The enrollment deposit is usually due within two weeks of receiving your official acceptance letter. Specific guidance regarding the timeframe to commit to graduate studies is determined by your program.

    2. Credit - The $50 enrollment deposit is a credit towards tuition and fees and is non-refundable.

    3. Waiver Request - Do you meet the criteria for an enrollment deposit waiver?
      Enrollment Deposit Waiver Request »
      - Active-Duty Military member
      - International Student
      - Participating in an Online Accelerated Program
       - Receiving a financial award (applied for financial aid, scholarship, GAs, TAs, grants, private award, etc.)
      - UNCW undergraduate student transitioning to graduate school (may not pursue both simultaneously)
      - UNCW graduate student pursuing an additional or new graduate program, certificate or add-on-licensure  
      - UNCW faculty/staff/dependent


    4. Payment Through mySeaport - Pay the enrollment deposit (System available Monday through Friday)
      Enrollment Deposit Payment mySeaport »
      -Enter your username and password 
           username = UNCW e-mail address (without the "")
           password = Initially set to your birth date MMDDYYYY 
      -Choose "Student Services" then "Enrollment Deposit" tab (left column under the second blue header "Services")
      -Pay the non-refundable enrollment deposit which will be reflected as a credit on your student account

      Need help accessing mySeaport?
      Technology Assistance Center (TAC) | 910.962.HELP |

    5. Time Ticket - A time ticket is assigned 1 - 2 business days after the enrollment deposit has been paid or waived.  The time ticket allows registration and is assigned during registration periods. It is listed on SeaNet and indicates when you may register.
  • Advising & Registration Steps
    1. Advising - Typically the program will reach out to you directly for advising, but feel free to reach out to them directly.  Spring registration takes place each fall and Summer/Fall registration takes place each spring.
      Program Coordinator List »  
    2. Register for Classes - (Summer/Fall 2021 registration opens April 5, 2021)                                               
      SeaNet Login »  User Name: Student ID (850) number | Password: Your birthday (MMDDYYYY)
      Course Registration Instructions »
    3. Textbooks - The UNCW Bookstore link provides textbook information, however books may also be purchased through alternate sources. 
      UNCW Bookstore & Textbook Info »
    4. Degree Requirements & University Calendar - The University Catalogue and your Degree Audit are tools that provide guidance on the requirements to complete your program.  Review the catalogue requirements and discuss the degree requirements with your advisor.  Also, take a moment to review the University Calendar. 
      Review Degree Program & University Calendar »
    5. Important Dates - The Office of the Registrar provides a calendar that is a snapshot of important dates.
      Note:  The Online Accelerated Programs (OAP) use an alternate calendar and course model. 
      Review the Office of the Registrar Calendar »
  • Final Transcript

    If you were accepted pending receipt of a final baccalaureate transcript, ensure that one official copy of this transcript, reflecting a conferred degree, is sent to the Graduate School. Graduates of UNCW will have their transcript/degree pulled electronically, so an additional copy is not required.

    Transcript request instructions

    Submitting Transcripts

    Submit Paper Transcripts to:

    UNCW Graduate School
    Attn: Kimberly Goerne Harris
    601 S. College Rd.
    Wilmington, NC 28403-5955

    Electronic password protected transcripts may be sent directly from the institution to:

  • UNCW Email

    Your UNCW email address is active within 2 business days of acceptance.  UNCW email is considered the official method of communication, so check your email account frequently.

     Set Up UNCW Email » | Connect Your Mobile Device »
     Password: Initially set to your birth date MMDDYYYY, unless previously established

    Need help accessing your Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) or email? 
    Technology Assistance Center (TAC) | 910.962.HELP |

  • Semester Start Date and Expectations

    See the Academic Calendar for semester start/end dates and a calendar of events.

    Residential students (those taking classes on the UNCW campus) may be expected to arrive prior to the beginning of classes.

    Those students who are receiving teaching assistantships should plan to arrive well before the start of classes, as should some research and graduate assistants.

    Check with your graduate coordinator or advisor about your required arrival date.

  • Apply for Financial Aid

    Students who have applied for Financial Aid will not be able to view their aid packages until their enrollment deposit has been paid.

    • UNCW Scholarship Application, click here | Student FAQ, click here
    • Loans and Grants available to Graduate Students, click here.
    • Scholarships and Fellowships available to Graduate Students, click here.
    • Federal Loans, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)
      UNCW's school code is 002984. For more information on applying for FAFSA, click here.

    Graduate students are assigned to a Financial Aid Counselor. To discuss funding, financial aid, tuition payments and plan options, contact:

    Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid | | 910.962.3177

  • Pay My Bill

    Student account information is available through E-Bill. UNCW does not send a paper bill through the mail. It is imperative that you view your E-Bill and ensure that the proper payments are made before the published deadlines.

    Student Accounts | 910.962.4281 |

  • UNCW Faculty/Staff and Dependents

    Tuition Waiver & Benefit Information
    Student Accounts | 910.962.4281 |

    Textbook Scholarship Information
    Auxiliary Services |910.962.7145 |

    Staff Senate Scholarships
    Staff Senate | 910.962.3177 |

    Directory Disclosure Information
    Office of the Registrar | 910.962.3125 |

  • Immunization and Health Insurance Requirements

    Immunization Requirements 
    Have questions regarding immunization requirements?
    Abrons Student Health Center | 910.962.3280 |

    Health Insurance Requirements
    Health Insurance Waiver or Enrollment Process

    All UNCW graduate students have free access to the university's Student Health Center, which includes the Counseling Center, Disability Services and the Crossroads substance abuse program. Many services at the health center are covered by student fees, while others (including many medical tests and prescriptions from the pharmacy) are offered at dramatically reduced rates.

    Have questions regarding health insurance requirements?
    Abrons Student Health Center | 910.962.3280 | Tabitha Summerlin 

  • Parking

    Two business days after you register for classes, you may complete the application for parking. The application for parking is available online through mySeaport. Once logged in, click on the Student Services tab. The Parking Registration link is on the left, under the second blue heading titled "Services."

    Have questions regarding Parking?
    Parking & Transportation Services | 910.962.3178 |

  • UNCW OneCard

    You can obtain your UNCW OneCard two business days after you have registered for classes.

    All graduate students must come to the OneCard office in person to receive their UNCW OneCard. Your photo will be taken and the card will be printed while you wait. Do not use the online photo submission option. The cost of the card is $20 and will be charged to your student account.

    Your UNCW One Card provides access to:

    1. Materials at Randall Library
    2. Computer labs and the student recreation center
    3. Meal plans or food dollars at campus dining locations
    4. Free printing through iPrint. Click here for details.
    5. UNCW sporting, arts and entertainment events
    6. Free Seahawk Shuttle and WAVE Transit
    7. Residence hall doors

    Have questions about obtaining your UNCW One Card?
    One Card Office | 910.962.2008 | Sandy Marshburn

  • Housing

    Housing is available both on-campus and off-campus. There is no on-campus housing exclusively for graduate students.

    Have questions regarding off-campus housing?
    PERCH | 910.962.3119 |

    Have questions regarding on-campus housing?
    Housing and Residence Life | 910.962.3241

  • Student Life

    Graduate Student Association (GSA): The GSA supports all graduate students academically and socially, and promotes the interests and welfare of graduate students within the university.

    Code of Student Life: The rules and regulations for UNCW students can be found in the Code of Student Life. We have an expectation that our students will read it and become familiar with our community standards - we want them to know and understand the Code.


    PERCH services are provided by the Office of the Dean of Students to contribute to the successful transition and university engagement of off-campus, non-traditional, graduate. PERCH can assist with:

    • On-campus and off-campus housing search
    • Educational opportunities
    • Connecting students with UNCW and Wilmington resources/arranging opportunities for community development
    • Personal support

    Contact PERCH | 910.962.3119 | 

  • Employment Opportunities

    All campus positions available to graduate students are posted on UNCW's Career Services job site, Handshake. Most campus graduate assistant positions are also emailed to all graduate students at the time of their posting; it is advised that graduate students looking for campus work check their UNCW email address regularly.

    For more information on graduate assistantships, click here.

    To access Handshake for on-campus and off-campus jobs, click here.

  • Fall Orientation

    The Graduate School holds an optional general orientation session at the beginning of each fall semester.  Distance education or summer only admits are not required to attend the Graduate School General Orientation, but are welcome to attend.

    Graduate School Orientation Info