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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).

Orientation Check In and Parking - Summer 2016

Check In for the two-day orientation program is on Cougar Mall on Monday morning for check in between 7:30 and 8:15 am. 

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

**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

Directions to campus are under “driving directions” at

Maps of the campus are available at

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.

Summer 2016 New Student Orientation

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 will begin to receive orienation information in the mail at the beginning of March.  Students may complete their orientation registration online through MyCharleston starting March 16. 

Update as of June 7, 2016 - the mileage limitation for session 10 has been lifted and all freshman can register for session 10 (please see notes about sorority recruitment, Cougar Excursion and Summer Preview) 

Session 9 Monday and Tuesday August 15 and 16 Transfer Students Only
Session 10 Thursday and Friday August 18 and 19 Freshman Student Only - ** See note below 

* Transfer students only. Transfer students are welcome to attend any of the sessions 1 through 8 (including Transfer Preferred sessions), but you are eligible to attend orientation session 9 (August 15-16), which is designed especially for transfer students. There are a limited number of seats available that we will reserve on a first-come, first-served basis.   

**  Sorority recruitment will be August 15-21.  If you are participating in sorority recruitment you may attend any orientation session OTHER than sessions 9 or 10. 

Summer Preview and Cougar Excursion will be during session 10.  If you are participating in either of these programs, you can attend an orientation session in June or July. 

How to Register for Orientation

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

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.

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.