Office of the Registrar

Unclassified Students


An unclassified student may enroll in up to 18 credit hours of courses in a semester, but may attempt no more than a cumulative total of 30 credit hours while unclassified. If the student does not qualify for degree status after 30 credit hours have been attempted, the student's enrollment will end and the student may not reapply for admission. Unclassified students are subject to all applicable academic regulations of the university. Unclassified students are not eligible for federally funded financial aid programs.

Orientation & Advising

Unclassified students do not need to attend orientation. Additionally, the student will not have an academic advisor assigned. Course selections will be determined by the Office of Admissions. If you have questions regarding pre-requisites and/or the registration process at UNCW, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (910) 962-3125 or

See also Conversion from Unclassified Status in the University Regulations section of the catalog.

Main Campus vs. Extension Tuition and Fees

A full-time regular-term student is an undergraduate student that is enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of on-campus courses or a graduate student enrolled in 9 or more credit hours of on-campus courses. These students will be billed according to the Campus Rates for tuition and fees for all courses (including extension courses) and not billed at the Extension/Distance Education Rates.

Students enrolled in a combination of campus and extension courses (not meeting the definition of full-time regular-term student) will be billed at campus rates for main campus courses and billed at the extension rates for distance education courses (section 800).

Note: Full-time enrollment status may be determined differently for purposes other than tuition billing; i.e. financial aid.