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Spring 2021 Guest Orientation Information

Orientation is only required for students and is OPTIONAL for family members and guests. We have designed a virtual orientation tailored for guests to learn about campus resources, how to support your student, and how we can partner together to help your student succeed.


The cost of guest orientation is $85/person. To learn what the orientation fee covers, visit our FAQs webpage. All registrations must be made by the student by following registration instructions via their Teal Ticket. Family members and guests must be added as a "Guest" in the VisualZen Orientation Registration system in order to be registered for the family orientation.

Guests can be added in the VisualZen Orientation Registration system up until 5 days before their orientation date.  The deadline to request a refund is January 4, 2021. To learn more details about refunds, visit our Refund webpage.


Below is the guest orientation schedule. Guests who sign-up for the orientation will receive links for the virtual session, one week before their orientation date.

Guest Orientation

9 a.m.

Welcome & Assisting Your Student with the Transitions to UNCW 
Your student's transition to college will be full of new experiences for them and you.  This session will give you tips on how you can successfully help your student have a positive experience during their time at UNCW.  

10 a.m.

Financial Matters: Services, Expenses and Accounts 
During this session, you will learn about the services offered by Auxiliary Services (UNCW Bookstore, Parking and Transportation, Campus Dining/Meal Plans, UNCW One Card), Student Accounts, and the Financial Aid process and next steps.  

11:15 a.m.

Shared Responsibilities 
Your student’s success is a shared responsibility between our professional staff, the student, and you as parents/guardians. Senior leader from Student Affairs, the Student Health Center, Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling Center, and University Police will share information about their services and how we can work together to help your student succeed. 

12 p.m.


1:15 p.m.

Student Panel 
Learn about the UNCW student experience from our Orientation Leaders.  This session is for you and gives you the opportunity to ask students questions to learn about their experience at UNCW.  

2:15 p.m.

Explore, Prepare, Succeed: Thriving Academically at UNCW 
Learn about important academic policies, the university curriculum, and graduation requirements from Academic Affairs.  

3:15 p.m.

Learning Beyond the Classroom and Wrap-Up 
Applied learning is an important piece to undergraduate education at UNCW. Learn about opportunities for students to participate in undergraduate research, study abroad, and internships through the Career Center. 

Campus Resources

Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs consists of twelve departments, each of which is responsible for providing a variety of student support, service, and educational programs which are accessible to all members of the university community. The staff members are dedicated individuals known for their passion and commitment to implementing programs and services that affect student development over the course of a lifetime.

Student Affairs provides excellent delivery of student services that are responsive to student needs and promotes the quality of life and education both inside and outside of the classroom. We build institutional traditions and lifelong affiliations through creative programs, vibrant student organizations, and a living/learning environment built on core values and uncompromising principles. The Division of Student Affairs is a leader and primary spokesperson for students.

This site lists all of the Departments for Student Affairs.

Family Insider Guide Flipbook

Access a digital copy of the Parent Insider Guide that you receive in your bag at Orientation by clicking here!

Programs and Services

Here you can find a comprehensive list of Campus Resources, their websites, and useful links.