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Academic Life

Meet your academic advisor

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.

View the academic catalogue

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.

Get academic help (@University Learning Center)

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.

Visit Randall Library

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.

Learn how to choose and declare 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.

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.

Visit the UNCW Bookstore for textbooks & more

The UNCW Bookstore makes finding, renting and purchasing your textbooks easy, because your professors let the bookstore know which books to order. The bookstore has the right book and the right edition, with every option all in one place. You can buy textbooks online or in person in the Fisher Student Center.

In addition to textbooks, the bookstore also offers Seahawk apparel, gifts, school supplies and more. View complete details at the campus bookstore.

Check out 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 200 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.

Log in to Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn (Bb Learn) is your online course management system. You may log in to Blackboard via mySeaport or through

Learn about the First-Year Seminar

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.

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