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UNC WOW (Weeks of Welcome)

UNC WOW Weeks of Welcome

Welcome Home to UNC WOW (Weeks of Welcome)!

We're excited to welcome new and returning Tar Heels to our community! We're looking forward to Fall 2022 and starting the year off safely and excitingly with over two weeks of programs, events, and special opportunities all geared to welcome you to UNC, help you learn about your new home, and get you connected to other new students!

What is WOW? WOW is over two weeks of programs, experiences, and opportunities with the goal of helping new and returning students transition to and become part of the Carolina community. From the moment you arrive for move-in, you'll be able to attend a number of events that make you excited to be a Tar Heel and make this place feel more like home. From meeting professors to making friends, from exploring campus to navigating Chapel Hill, and from free food to free gear, there's something at WOW for every student. 

When is WOW? WOW is Thursday, August 11 - Sunday, August 28.

What can I do to get ready for WOW? We've got tips below for you on how to get ready!

Students and FamiliesThe WOW schedule will be released during Summer 2022. We encourage you to stay up-to-date on communications with NSFP and to explore Heel Life, at our go-to site for events, organizations, and involvement at UNC, where we'll be sharing the WOW schedule once launched! Below is a sample carousel of events currently on Heel Life. On Heel Life, you'll be able to RSVP and save events that interest you so you don't miss them during WOW. Be sure to ask your Orientation Leader about WOW and Heel Life at New Student & Family Orientation!

Registered Student Organizations & University Offices - We invite you to submit programs and events to the WOW schedule, whether this is your first WOW or 20th WOW! Review our WOW 2022 Program Submission Guide for more details and instructions on how to share your event with us and new students! We encourage early submission as the WOW schedule will be shared with new students over the summer at New Student & Family Orientation sessions, which can be a great way to promote both your group and your program(s).

For more information, email us at uncwow (at)