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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).

Summer 2019 Orientation Dates

The following sessions are for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in fall 2019.  New students who pay the enrollment confirmation fee to the Office of Admissions will begin to receive orientation information in the mail at the beginning of March.  Students may complete their orientation registration online through MyCharleston starting March 13, 2019. 

Session 9

Monday and Tuesday

August 12 and 13

transfer students only


Session 10

Thursday and Friday

August 15 and 16

freshmen students only - as of 7/3 the mileage restriction was lifted  who live FARTHER than 700 miles away from Charleston


Extended Orientation

Monday - Friday,

August 19 - 23, 26 and 27

students should register through MyCharleston and will receive their assigned date and time via their CofC email

Session 9 is for transfer students only. Transfer students are welcome to attend any of the first eight sessions. You may not register for session 10.  Please note: There are a limited number of seats available that we will reserve on a first-come, first-served basis.

Session 10 is for freshmen only who live FARTHER than 700 miles away from Charleston. You are welcome to attend any of the first eight sessions. Please note: There are a limited number of seats available that we will reserve on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are participating in sorority recruitment or Cougar Excursion, you will not be able to attend Session 10 on August 15-16.

The first day of classes for the fall semester is Tuesday, August 20, 2019. For additional semester dates, please refer to the academic calendar for each semester.  

How to Register for Orientation

(Technology Note: The registration process is not designed to be completed on your smart phone or touch-screen tablet.)

  1. Go to, use your Cougars account information to log in(this would be the letter log in and not the number one you used as an applicant), and select the “academic services” tab.
  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 on to the registration form. Follow the instructions and complete the entire reservation form. Please answer all the questions. 

If you have additional questions, check out the orientation registration booklet at

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.”

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.

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 sessions. 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.

After students attend New Student Orientation, they may make changes to their semester schedule through MyCharleston during designated open registration periods.  It is recommended that students consult with their academic advisor about schedule changes.