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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 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. 

Session 1 Monday and Tuesday June 20 and 21 Honors Preferred and Open for Freshman and Transfers CLOSED
Session 2 Thursday and Friday June 23 and 24 Honors Preferred and Open for Freshman and Transfers CLOSED
Session 3 Monday and Tuesday June 27-28 Transfer Preferred and Open for Freshman CLOSED
Session 4 Wednesday and Thursday June 29 and 30 Honors Preferred and Open for Freshman and Transfers CLOSED
Session 5 Monday and Tuesday July 11 and 12 CLOSED
Session 6 Thursday and Friday July 14 and 15 Honors and Transfer Preferred and Open for ALL Freshman CLOSED
Session 7 Monday and Tuesday July 18 and 19 CLOSED
Session 8 Thursday and Friday July 21 and 22
Session 9 Monday and Tuesday August 15 and 16 Transfer Students Only - see note below*
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.   

** Freshmen living 700 miles away or further. Session 10 (August 18 and 19) is limited to freshman students who live 700 miles or more away from Charleston, SC. 

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.

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.