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 1||Monday and Tuesday||June 22 and23||Honors College Preferred||CLOSED|
|Session 2||Thursday and Friday||June 25 and 26||Honors College Preferred||CLOSED|
|Session 3||Monday and Tuesday||June 29 and 30||Transfer Preferred||CLOSED|
|Session 4||Thursday and Friday||July 9 and 10||Honors College Preferred||CLOSED|
|Session 5||Monday and Tuesday||July 13 and 14||CLOSED|
|Session 6||Thursday and Friday||July 16 and 17||Honors College Preferred, Transfer Preferred||CLOSED|
|Session 7||Monday and Tuesday||July 20 and 21||CLOSED|
|Session 8||Thursday and Friday||July 23 and 24|
|Session 9*||Monday and Tuesday||August 17 and 18||*Transfer Students Only- See special notes below|
|Session 10**||Thursday and Friday||August 20 and 21||**Freshmen Students Only- See special notes 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 17-18), 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.
** Freshmen living 700 miles away or further. Session 10 (August 20 and 21) is limited to freshman students who live 700 miles or more away from Charleston, SC.
Sorority recruitment will be August 18-23. If you are participating in sorority recruitment you may attend any orientation session OTHER than sessions 9 or 10.
Summer Preview will be August 20-22. If you are participating in summer preview you can attend any orientation session other than the August sessions.
How to Register for Orientation
- 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.**
- Scroll down and locate the “orientation” box.
- Click on the “orientation registration” link in the “orientation” box.
- You will automatically be routed to the online registration form.
- Verify that your name and email address are displayed and continue to the registration form.
Student HoldsAll students have an orientation hold on their file until they attend orientation. It does not affect the ability to register for orientation.
Notification of ConfirmationPlease 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.”