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Orientation

Welcome to New Student and Family Orientation

Every year, the College of Charleston's Office of New Student Programs introduces over 2,000 incoming freshmen, transfer students and their families to the campus. We welcome you to the College of Charleston legacy, a family tradition since 1770. We strive to make your adjustment to student life successful. Now that you've officially been admitted, the College of Charleston invites you to participate in the new student orientation and learning to Live the Life as a College of Charleston student.

We welcome your inquiries via e-mail or phone (843.953.2017).

Before Orientation Information!

Orientation check-in is between 7:30am – 8:15am at Cougar Mall on the first day of orientation. Cougar Mall is located on the corner of Calhoun and St. Phillips Street. Enter the open area of campus through the wrought iron gates by the cougar statue. Orientation interns will be available on campus to provide you with directions to Cougar Mall; 165 Calhoun St: (#26 on campus map).

**Remember to bring your Student ID number and cougars account user name and password (information you use to log in to MyCharleston) with you as you will be expected to use it several times during orientation.** 

You may find more information about the schedules at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation-schedules/index.php

Directions to campus are under “driving directions” at www.cofc.edu/visit/drivingdirections.php

Maps of the campus are available at www.cofc.edu/visit/campusmaps.php

The closest parking garages to campus are:

1.)     St. Philip St. Garage (89 St. Philips St.): located on St. Philip St. between Vanderhorst and Calhoun streets

2.)      George St. Garage (34 St. Philips St.): located on St. Philip St. between George and Liberty streets.

3.)    Wentworth St. Garage (81 Wentworth St.): located at the corner of Wentworth and St. Philip streets

The approximate fee for all-day parking is between $10.00 and $16.00. If you have a valid South Carolina state-issued handicapped placard, you can park in a garage free of charge. Upon exiting, you must present your driver’s license for verification. Note: Do not park in College of Charleston student or faculty/staff lots because you will be ticketed. The Office of New Student Programs does not validate parking.

Course Registration Process at the College

At the College of Charleston, course options will be available at each orientation session since seats are held open for each of the orientation session. Courses that may appear closed on MyCharleston may have seats open when new students register on the second day of orientation. This allows new students to have a chance to select the courses they may want.

The "perfect" schedule may not be available, but all students will be able to register for a full load of classes that will help them fulfill their core curriculum and degree requirements. New students should be prepared to be flexible and should not rule out registering for classes that begin as early as 8:00 a.m. or late in the afternoon.

Students who are not satisfied with their schedule can change it on MyCharleston between the end of their orientation session until the end of the drop/add period of that semester.

Summer 2015 Orientation Session Dates

The following session is for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in fall 2015.  Orientation is a two-day experience and students are expected to attend all programming both days.

New students who pay the enrollment confirmation fee to the Office of Admissions at the beginning of March will receive information regarding orientation registration in the mail.  Students may complete their orientation registration online through MyCharleston starting Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

HONORS COLLEGE prefers that their students attend session 1, 2, 4 or 6. At these Honors College Preferred sessions, Honors College faculty and staff will be available to meet with students for advising.

TRANSFER STUDENTS are welcome to attend any session 1-8, but we encourage them to attend those that are denoted as transfer preferred, sessions 3, 6, or 9. These sessions are designed especially for you. 

 Session 11 Monday- Friday, Monday August 24- August 31

STUDENTS ONLY. There is no family orientation during this session.

The Monday, August 24th session is full.  (updated 8/20)

Register online through your MyCharleston account
and the orientation office will contact you via email regarding the date and time for your session. 

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How to Register for Orientation

  1. Go to my.cofc.edu, use your Cougars account information to log in, and select the “academic services” tab. **Use your permanent log-in. It'll be letters not numbers.**
  2. Scroll down and locate the “orientation” box.
  3. Click on the “orientation registration” link in the “orientation” box.
  4. You will automatically be routed to the online registration form.
  5. Verify that your name and email address are displayed and continue to the registration form.

Student Holds

All students have an orientation hold on their file until they attend orientation. It does not affect the ability to register for orientation.

Notification of Confirmation

Please do not make travel plans and/or lodging reservations until your assigned orientation date has been confirmed. One week after you have submitted your online registration form, you’ll be able to see your confirmation online. (We do not mail or email confirmations.) Log onto my.cofc.edu, select the “academic services” tab, locate the “orientation” box and click on “orientation session confirmation.”