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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).

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.

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 progamming 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
Session 3 Monday and Tuesday June 29 and 30 Transfer Preferred
Session 4 Thursday and Friday July 9 and 10 Honors College Preferred
Session 5 Monday and Tuesday July 13 and 14
Session 6 Thursday and Friday July 16 and 17 Honors College Preferred, Transfer Preferred
Session 7 Monday and Tuesday July 20 and 21
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.

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.”