What You Need to Know for the Spring Semester at UNC Wilmington

The start of the holiday season means the countdown to the end of the fall semester for University of North Carolina at Wilmington students.

But after just a few short weeks, UNCW students will find themselves back in session with the start of the Spring 2023 semester. To ensure students have the critical dates in mind for spring and summer 2023 at UNC Wilmington, here’s a rundown of what you need to know to prepare for the upcoming terms at UNCW.

How long is winter break at UNCW?

Students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have an entire month off for winter break, which runs from December 15th through January 11th.

The last day of classes for the Fall 2022 semester is Wednesday, December 7th, and students then have a one-day reading period to study for their final exams, which begin on December 9th. Final exams run from December 9th through the 15th, although not all students will have to be on-campus through the last day of finals, as schedules vary by course and department.

Commencement for those students graduating at the end of the Fall 2022 semester takes place on Saturday, December 17th. The remaining undergraduates can view their Fall 2022 final grades after 2 pm on Monday, December 19th.

When does the spring semester start at UNCW?

The Spring 2023 semester at UNC Wilmington starts on Wednesday, January 11th. Students will not have classes on Monday, January 16th, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, so the first week of spring classes won’t be until January 23rd.

Thursday, January 19th, is the last day to register for Spring 2023 classes and to drop or add a class to your schedule. Monday-only classes can be added or slipped through the following Monday, January 23rd.

How many hours is a full schedule of classes at UNC Wilmington?

University of North Carolina Wilmington students are considered full-time when enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.

For most students, this averages to about four classes per semester. Still, some degree programs, especially those with laboratory hours, may require more than 12 units during a given semester to meet their departmental graduation requirements.

Due to limited capacity on some courses, students may also find themselves going beyond 12 units to enroll in a required course for their graduation requirement. This can sometimes be offset by enrolling in fewer hours in another semester. However, students should confirm if any of their scholarship or grant programs require that they remain full-time as part of the eligibility requirement.

Students taking a mix of on-campus and extension courses may have different requirements to remain full-time, as extension courses have additional credit calculations. Those pursuing a blend of UNCW on-campus and extension courses should consult with the Office of the Registrar or their academic advisor to ensure they maintain a full-time schedule.

Does UNCW have a spring break?

Yes, UNC Wilmington has a Spring Break that runs from Saturday, March 4th, through Sunday, March 12th. This is earlier in the year than some other large state universities, although the U of A has an earlier spring semester start than most colleges.

Shortly after spring break, registration typically opens for both summer session and Fall 2023 classes, giving students little time to get back into the swing of their academic schedules. The Friday of the first week back to classes – Friday, March 17th – is also the last day to withdraw from a Spring 2023 class with a “W” for withdrawal in place of a bad grade.

Students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington enjoy a whole month off from school, starting on December 15 and ending on January 11.

Does UNCW have midterms?

Some courses at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have midterms, but overall it varies by program and course.

Classes with midterms typically hold them the week before spring break to give students a sense of their academic standing halfway through the semester. Students are advised to review the syllabus for their courses at the start of the semester and plan for midterms as required by their courses.

When do spring semester classes end at UNC Wilmington?

The last day of classes for the Spring 2023 semester at UNCW is Monday, May 1st. As with the fall semester, students have one day off as a reading period for studying before the start of final examinations. Classes that do not meet on Mondays wrap up at the end of April.

When are the finals at UNC Wilmington?

Spring 2023 finals at UNC Wilmington start on Wednesday, May 3rd, and run through Tuesday, May 9th. The UNCW Office of the Registrar has already posted the finals schedule for the Spring 2023 semester, allowing students to plan the days they will need to be on campus to complete their finals.

Commencement for those students graduating at the end of the Spring 2023 semester takes place on Friday and Saturday, May 12th and 13th, and remaining undergraduates can view their spring semester final grades after 2 pm on Monday, May 15th.

Does UNCW offer summer courses?

Yes, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has several summer course options for students looking to take additional units over the summer.

UNCW offers the following summer terms:

  • Summer I: May 22nd – June 21st
  • Summer II: June 27th – July 27th

Planning for Fall 2023 at UNC Wilmington

No spring semester would be complete without ensuring you have housing locked in for the upcoming school year. And for University of North Carolina Wilmington students looking for an off-campus apartment close to the university, there’s no better option than Seahawk Retreat.

Seahawk Retreat offers one, two, and three-bedroom apartments in a community full of amenities. Apartment homes with furnished options are the perfect selection for friends looking to live together in a neighborhood close to the UNC Wilmington campus. The community offers residents two outdoor pools, a 24-hour fitness center, study rooms, a resident lounge, a dog park, and onsite management & maintenance team.

For availability, roommate matching, and pricing information, contact the team at Seahawk Retreat at (910) 756-3642! 📞