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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 2018 Orientation Dates

The following sessions are for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in fall 2018.  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 orientation information in the mail at the beginning of March.  Students may complete their orientation registration online through MyCharleston starting March 7, 2018.    

Session 1 Monday and Tuesday June 18 & 19  honors preferred; also open to all students Session Closed
Session 2 Thursday and Friday June 21 & 22

honors preferred; also open to all students

Session Closed
Session 3 Monday and Tuesday June 25 & 26

transfer preferred & military student preferred;
also open to all students

Session Closed
Session 4 Thursday and Friday June 28 & 29

honors preferred; also open to all students 

Session Closed
Session 5 Monday and Tuesday July 9 & 10

honors preferred; also open to all students

Session Closed
Session 6 Thursday and Friday July 12 & 13

transfer preferred; also open to all students

Session Closed
Session 7 Monday and Tuesday July 16 & 17

military student preferred also open to all students

Session Closed
Session 8 Wednesday and Thursday July 18 & 19 Session Closed
Charleston Bridge Friday July 20
Session 9* Monday and Tuesday August 13 & 14 Transfer students only Session Closed
Session 10** Thursday and Friday August 16 & 17 Freshman students only
Extended Orientation Monday-Friday, Monday August 20-24, 27 students should register through MyCharleston and will receive theirassigned date and time via email after 3pm the day they register

*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.   

If you are participating in sorority recruitment or Cougar Excursion, you will not be able to attend Session 10 on August 16-17.

How to Register for Orientation

Information regarding orientation registration can be found in the Summer 2018 Orientation Registration booklet

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.

Orientation Check-in

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).  

For directions to public parking near campus, go to  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.

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.