Academic advisors and advising
University College provides academic advising for all freshmen and undeclared transfer students. Advisors offer guidance and encouragement in: selecting courses and deciding on majors, meeting academic requirements and considering possible career choices. You may meet with your advisor at any time; however, we highly recommend that you meet your advisor sometime during the first three weeks of the fall semester to discuss schedule changes, educational goals or other concerns. It is mandatory to meet with an advisor at least once per semester to plan course registration.
The academic catalogue is available online. Your academic catalogue presents information that, at the time of preparation, most accurately describes the course offerings, faculty listings, policies, procedures, regulations and requirements of the university.
University Learning Center - tutoring and much more!
The University Learning Center is committed to being a vital part of UNCW students' education. It includes learning services, tutoring services, math services, study sessions, writing services, supplemental instruction and much more. Find out more on the University Learning Center's website.
Randall Library offers an abundance of resources. Start in the Learning Commons where there are more than a 100 computers and numerous study areas. Reference librarians at the Help Desk will assist you in finding online and print resources for your research. Borrow a laptop and other equipment from the Technology Assistance Center (TAC), print from iPrint stations or go to the second floor if you need a quiet place to study. Be sure to visit Java City for coffee and refreshments. More details on the Randall Library website.
Choosing and declaring an academic major
The Career Center offers numerous resources to help you choose an academic major. View the options below to get off to the right start.
- Talk with a Career Counselor - Call for an individual appointment throughout the
year. Express hours are also offered for brief assistance without an appointment.Visit the Career Center website for more information.
- Take a Career Assessment here.
- Check out these helpful online resources:
To declare your major you should consult with your academic advisor in the University College. View details on when and how to declare a major.
Bookstore - textbooks and more
The UNCW Bookstore makes finding and renting/purchasing your books easy because your professors let the bookstore know which editions of textbooks to order. You can buy the books online or visit the bookstore in Fisher Student Center.
In addition to textbooks, the bookstore also offers Seahawk apparel, gifts, school supplies and more. View complete details on the campus bookstore.
Free technology resources for academics
- TealWare: Whether you are on or off campus, using a PC, Mac or mobile device, you can access free UNCW software (including Microsoft Office) through TealWare in the Teal Cloud. Check out details on the TealWare information site.
- TIMMY file storage: Back up important classwork in your personal TIMMY file folder. All students have a secure TIMMY file folder for storing up to 20 MB of data. View details and instructions on Timmy File Storage.
- SharePoint: SharePoint is a collaboration software solution which offers many features such as document management, online calendars, team discussions and much more.
- SkillPort CBT & Books 24x7: SkillPort offers you a huge collection of online books, courses and videos for free! Access SkillPort easily via mySeaport. SkillPort CBT & Books 24x7 instructions and details here.
- Be sure to check out UNCW's Video Tutorial - Beginner's Guide to Blackboard Learn.
The purpose of the First-Year Seminar (FYS) is to support new students as they integrate into UNCW and into the college experience. As a three-credit required course in the University Studies curriculum, FYS reflects a commitment to ethical and intellectual development and to promoting the growth of well-informed, creative, literate members of society.