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 First-Year Orientation Overview

First-year orientation is designed for students who recently graduated from high school and will begin their 4-year university experience at UNCW. Below you will find information on the four parts to the first-year orientation experience.

The deadline for students to register for a July session is June 28, 2020. Click here for more information on the guest orientation sessions. 

Part 1: Pre-Orientation Online Modules

The online modules are designed to provide first-year students with information about campus resources, academic requirements, behavioral expectations, campus policies and engagement opportunities. There are two parts to the pre-orientation online modules: UNCW Online Orientation Modules in VisualZen and Violence Prevention Modules through Catharsis.

UNCW Online Modules

UNCW’s online orientation is separated into multiple modules that will provide you with information that will be helpful during your time at UNCW. You can complete the online orientation at your own pace; the system will save your progress and allow you to return to the last module you completed. It should take you approximately 4.5 hours to complete the modules.

At the beginning of each module, you will see its approximate completion time. Each module contains a quiz at the end. Answer each question and click 'Save & Continue.' Once you answer all the questions correctly, you will be taken to the next module. 

To access the online orientation, log into the orientation registration system. Click on the "PRE ORIENTATION" tab. You can also access the orientation registration system through mySeaport.

U Got This! Violence Prevention Modules

In addition to the UNCW modules, you need to complete the U Got This! modules. Emails with the U Got This! modules are sent out every Monday. There can be a week delay in receiving these emails, based on the day of the week you paid your orientation registration fee.

The email from Catharsis will include a unique access URL to the U Got This! modules. It will take you 45 minutes to complete the U Got This! modules.

Part 2: Virtual Academic Advising

Once students have completed their pre-orientation modules, they will complete a virtual advising appointment survey. University College will contact students with more information on their virtual advising appointment.

Part 3: Virtual One-Day Orientation

When students register for orientation, they will be able to select a date in July for their virtual orientation. During the virtual orientation, students will meet their Orientation Leader, learn more about campus resources, connect with other first-year students, and register for fall courses. There will be eight one-day orientation sessions offered in July. All students must complete their virtual orientation during the month of July.

Part 4: Orientation Welcome Event

Join us on-campus for our Orientation Welcome Event to pick-up your orientation bag and t-shirt, student ID card, parking decal (if applicable), drop-off your medical records and immunization forms, sign the Honor Code banner, and take a campus tour (weather permitting). Visit us anytime during the dates and times below:  

July 31 - August 9, August 13-18
10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Burney Center 

Parking for the Orientation Welcome Event is available in Lot M.

How-To Instructions

It is very important to check your dates! Many students register for orientation without considering graduation rehearsals, family vacations, and other conflicts. Your session can only be changed if space is available in another session.

UNCW employees should check with Human Resources about special benefits for faculty, staff and their dependents prior to submitting an orientation reservation for your or your child. Click on the Employee Fee Waiver tab on the left for information on how to submit your reservation. here to follow the process to complete an undergraduate orientation fee waiver. No refund will be given if we do not receive your form before your reservation is made.

Review the step-by-step instructions below:

To register follow these instructions:

  • Log-in to your mySeaport with your UNCW username and password. If a student is logging in for the first time their password will be their 8 digit birthdate (i.e. 01011990)
  • If you have trouble accessing the orientation registration system, click here, for direct access. 
  • Click on the Teal Ticket tab at the top
  • Click on Register for Your Required Orientation
  • You will be brought to the VisualZen Orientation Registration system
  • Follow the prompts, choose your session, and submit payment by the appropriate deadline
  • Immediate payment is not required. However, orientation registration is not complete and your spot is not secured until payment is received. We accept MasterCard or Visa
  • Reminder e-mails will be sent out periodically until payment is received
  • Once completely submitted, students and registered guests will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Many students register for orientation without looking at graduation rehearsals, vacations, and other conflicts. Changing sessions is easy! Please note that you must change sessions before the stated deadline.

To change sessions follow these instructions:

  • Log-in to your mySeaport with your UNCW username and password. If a student is logging in for the first time their password will be their 8 digit birthdate (i.e. 01011990).
  • Click on the Teal Ticket tab at the top.
  • Click on Register for Your Required Orientation.
  • You will be brought to the VisualZen Orientation Registration system.
  • Once in VisualZen Orientation, click on Dates on the left-hand navigation.
  • Depending on available seats, you can pick any open session. If a desired session is full, you can check back regularly to see if spots have opened. There is no waitlist option for closed sessions.
  • Click Save & Continue.

An orientation date can be changed only if the session that you want to move into is open. If there is a price increase because of the change, payment is required before the change can be made. If a desired session is full, sign back in to the VisualZen Orientation system and check regularly before the deadline to check space availability.

 

The family and guest orientation program is optional. You can learn more about the program before registering here. Many family members and guests decide they want to attend orientation after the student has already registered. Adding a family member or guest is easy!

To add a guest follow these instructions:

  • Log-in to your mySeaport with your UNCW username and password. If a student is logging in for the first time their password will be their 8 digit birthdate (i.e. 01011990).
  • Click on the Teal Ticket tab at the top.
  • Click on Register for Your Required Orientation.
  • You will be brought to the VisualZen Orientation Registration system.
  • Once in VisualZen Orientation, click on Guests on the left-hand navigation.
  • Click on the icon of a person with a green plus sign where it says "Add a Guest".
  • Fill out the necessary information for your guest.
  • All guests will receive their own registration confirmation to the e-mail that is provided.
  • Adding guests will generate additional fees so when you click "add", your balance will increase. All fees need to be paid by the stated deadline for registration to be complete.
  • If you wish to add more guests, click on the icon of a person with a green plus sign where it says "Add a Guest" and go through the same process again.