Transition Programs

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There is a separate program for adult family members that runs concurrently with the new student Orientation sessions. During the Family and Guest Orientation Program, there are information sessions designed especially for family members, as well as sessions that families will attend with their students. However, because of space limitations and other concerns, several of the student sessions, such as Academic Advising, must be attended by students only.

Accommodation Options for Guests 
(June orientation only)

Family and/or guests that are attending the Family Orientation may stay on campus the first night of orientation, in a separate residence hall than the students, for an additional $25 per person. This is for double occupancy with single beds. Please be aware that these are residence halls and not hotels. Each room has two single beds, desks, chairs, and includes linens. No other amenities will be provided. Family and guests will also have to walk down the hall to a shared bathroom. While there are no evening activities planned for families and guests, they are encouraged to check out what wilmington has to offer!

Family and/or guests may also opt-in to Early Arrival (accommodations the night prior to the start of orientation) for an additional fee of $25 per person.

2018 Freshman August Family & Guest Schedule

The June Orientation sessions are two days for family members and guests. The August and January Orientation sessions are only one day. All schedules are subject to change. Orientation is only required for students and is OPTIONAL for family members and guests. If attending, you will receive a copy of the schedule at check-in.

Access the Schedule from your Mobile Device

Download the UNCW App from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace using the key words UNCW Guide. Once you have the app, click on Download Guides, and click on New Student Orientation to access the schedule, resources, and PDF versions of Powerpoints. Or you can click this link to receive a download code directly to your phone.

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Day 1 (August 19)
7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Check-in Warwick Center Ballroom
7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast Burney Center Lobby
9 - 9:20 a.m. Welcome Burney Center Ballrooms B&C
9:30 - 10 a.m. Assisting Your Student with the Transition to College Lumina Theater, FSC 1006
10:05 - 11:15 a.m. Financial Matters: Services, Expenses and Accounts Lumina Theater, FSC 1006
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Shared Responsibilities Lumina Theater, FSC 1006

12:25 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

12:30 - 1 p.m.

12:30 -1 p.m.
12:30 -1 p.m.

Lunch, Optional Session & Campus Tours

45-minute Campus Tour

Optional Sessions: First Generation College Families
Optional Sessions: Military Affiliated Services & Support

Optional Session: Technology @ UNCW

Hawk's Nest, Chick-fil-A, & Subway, FUU 1st floor

Meet at Burney Center Steps
Wrightsville Beach Room, FSC 2017
Sunset Beach, FSC 1025

Lumina Theater, FSC 1006

1:25 - 2:05 p.m.

Explore, Prepare, Succeed: Thriving Academically at UNCW

On the envelope provided at check-in

2:15 - 3:05 p.m. Learning Beyond the Classroom Lumina Theater, FSC 1006
3:15 - 4 p.m. Reality 101 Lumina Theater, FSC 1006
4 - 4:30 p.m. Student Panel Lumina Theater, FSC 1006
4:30 p.m. Wrap-up Lumina Theater, FSC 1006 
View schedule and additional Orientation information on our Guidebook app.
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