As part of the university's commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, University College was created to provide academic advising and support to UNCW students from the time of their admission until the time they declare a major, which is usually in their sophomore year (first-year students do not enter UNCW with a major). The primary foci of the University College is to ensure that students:
- make a successful transition to UNCW
- are retained in good academic standing
- identify and declare an appropriate major
Through its advisors and academic support programs, the University College works with students in their formative semesters to assist in developing interests, skills and talents to the fullest extent.