Get Onboard!

Preparing for Your First Day

Once you've accepted an employment offer from UNCW, you can begin getting ready for your first day at the university by taking care of some important business on your first few days.

Review the New Employee Checklist (PDF)

I-9 Form

The form is easy to complete, but it does require you provide evidence of your identity and work authorization. Section 1 of the I-9 form must be completed on or before the first day of work, and Section 2 of the form, for which you must provide proof of identity and ability to legally work in the U.S., must be completed with a UNCW Onboarding Specialist (preferably in the Onboardind Center on your first day) or with a UNCW authorized staff member no later than three days after your first day of work. (list of acceptable documents)


On your first day, you'll need to bring a voided check or an account verification form from your bank to set up direct deposit and complete W-4 and NC-4 tax withholding information. You must know the number of exemptions to list on your tax forms. If you aren't sure how many exemptions to take, consult an accountant or other trusted advisor.

Other topics you should review before your first day:

  • Benefit options- You'll need to make your selection within 30 days of employment.
  • Retirement options- You'll need to make your selection within 60 days of employment.