University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center for Executive Education


Swain Center at UNCW - Frequently Asked Questions




Refunds and Cancellation

Course Inquiries

Other Inquiries


How do I register for a Swain Center program?

Select ‘Programs’ under the Swain Center Web page navigation menu and click on the program of interest. Click on the ‘Register Now’ button to register. [Back to Top]

Can I register now and pay later? 

You will have to pay when you register for the course. [Back to Top]

What is the last day to register for a program?

It is best to register at least one week before the course starts to make sure you receive all of the materials. The date a course starts is posted on its program website. [Back to Top]

I am a student at UNCW – is registration different for me?

UNCW students register the same way, which is by clicking on the registration button on the corresponding program website. [Back to Top]

Do you start a waiting list if a particular course fills up?

Yes, we will keep a wait list and notify you one week before the program starts if there will be space available. [Back to Top]


Where do I park?

Parking instructions are sent to all individuals who register for a course. Visit our Contact Us page for directions IF your program is held on campus. Otherwise off campus parking information will be in an email you receive the week before the course begins. [Back to Top]

Do I need a parking pass for UNCW's campus?

Depending on the day and time of the course, you may need a parking pass. Please refer to the parking information here. [Back to Top]    


Are payment plans available?

You will have to pay in full when you register. You may pay with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card. [Back to Top]

Do UNCW employees or students receive discounts on the courses?

Yes - Anyone who is currently enrolled at UNCW and attending classes for academic credit, whether undergraduate or graduate, is eligible for the 10% discount on Swain Center open enrollment professional development courses and programs.  [Back to Top]

Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Many participants take courses that are paid by their employer or by a sponsoring institution. We encourage you to check with your employer about professional development expenses. The Swain Center does not provide scholarships or financial aid and UNCW financial aid is not available for courses through the Swain Center. [Back to Top]

Can the UNCW tuition waiver for employees be used for any of the Swain Center courses?

No as these are not for credit courses. [Back to Top]

If the military is paying, will you accept payment after course completion?

Payment for a course must be received at the time of registration.  [Back to Top]

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel your registration, you may be responsible for partial payment. We incur costs in registration, program materials, etc. that are reflected in our refund policy based on when notice is given for cancellation.

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Am I able to transfer my payment to the next program date?

You may transfer your registration to the next consecutive offering if a conflict arises and you are not able to attend. If it is an in-person workshop but an online option for the same topic is offered then you may select either option. In order to request at transfer, you must send your request by email (preferred) to or ATTN Swain Center, 601 S. College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403 Transfers must be requested before the start of the program.

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Course Inquiries

Do you have a course catalog?

A full list of Swain Center course offerings can be found on our programs page[Back to Top]

How do I stay current with the class material if I miss a session?

It is important that you attend all of the course/sessions. Attendance is recorded. You will need to ask a classmate to take notes for you if you miss a session. [Back to Top]

Can you shadow a course instead of formally registering?

Only participants who have paid for and registered for courses may attend them.  [Back to Top]

Do I need to purchase a textbook separately?

No - any course materials, including textbooks, will be included in the registration fee. [Back to Top]

Where do I pick up the course book?

All course materials will be provided to you when arrive for the course, unless otherwise indicated to you after you register. [Back to Top]

Other Inquiries

Where do I find Blackboard if I need it for my program?

UNCW's Blackboard Learn log-in page may be accessed here[Back to Top]

How long will I have access to Blackboard?

You will have access until the completion of the program. [Back to Top]

Will lunch be served for GMAT Review or Salesforce Administration?

Some programs include meals. Each program page describes what is included. [Back to Top]

Are there dining facilities close by?

For programs on UNCW’s campus there are several dining facilities within walking distance to campus buildings. A full list of facilities and their hours of operation can be found here[Back to Top]

What is the policy for weather-related events?

All Swain Center classes will continue to take place as long as the university remains open. Any canceled classes or workshops will be rescheduled. For the most up-to-date information on UNCW's status, please check their home page[Back to Top]