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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). You can also check out the Orientation blog for news about orientation, check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Summer Orientation Check In information

Orientation check-in is between 7:30am – 8:15am at the Cougar Mall on the first day of orientation. Cougar Mall is located on the corner of Calhoun and St. Phillips Street (Address: 165 Calhoun 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.

Summer 2014 Orientation Session Dates

Orientation Session Dates

The following sessions are for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in fall 2014.  Orientation is a two-day experience and students are expected to attend all progamming both days. 

Session 1 Monday and Tuesday June 23 and 24 (H) CLOSED
Session 2 Thursday and Friday June 26 and 27 (H) CLOSED
Session 3 Monday and Tuesday June 30 and July 1 CLOSED
Session 4 Thursday and Friday July 10 and 11 (H) CLOSED
Session 5 Monday and Tuesday July 14 and 15 CLOSED
Session 6 Thursday and Friday July 17 and 18 (H) CLOSED
Session 7 Monday and Tuesday July 21 and 22 CLOSED
Session 8 Thursday and Friday July 24 and 25
Session 9* Monday and Tuesday August 11 and 12
Session 10** Thursday and Friday August 14 and 15

(H) - designates a Honors College preferred session for students accepted to the Honors College.  All freshman and transfers are welcome to attend these sessions also.   

 * transfers only, transfer students are welcome to attend any of the sessions 1 through 8, but you are eligible to attend an orientation session on August 11-12 (Session 9), which is designed especially for you. There are a limited number of seats available that we will reserve on a first-come, first-served basis.

** The August 14 and 15 session is limited to freshman students.   

Sorority recruitment will be August 12-17.  If you are participating in sorority recruitment you can attend any orientation session other than August 14-15 if you are eligible.

Summer Preview will be August 11-15.  If you are participating in summer preview you can attend any orientation session other than the August sessions.

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 can complete their orientation registration online through MyCharleston on March 19. 2014.  

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, select the “academic services” tab, locate the “orientation” box and click on “orientation session confirmation.”