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Orientation

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 2017 New Student and Family Orientation Dates

The following sessions are for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in fall 2017.  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 22, 2017.   

Session 1 Monday and Tuesday June 19 and 20 Honors Preferred;also open to freshman and transfers 
Session 2 Thursday and Friday June 22 and 23 Honors Preferred;also open to freshman and transfers 
Session 3 Monday and Tuesday June 26 and 27 Transfer and Veteran Preferred;also open to freshman
Session 4 Thursday and Friday June 29 and 30 Honors Preferred;also open to freshman and transfers 
Charleston Bridge Friday July 7 Only for students in Charleston Bridge program
Session 5 Monday and Tuesday July 10 and 11
Session 6 Thursday and Friday July 13 and 14 Honors and Transfer Preferred;also open to freshman 
Session 7 Monday and Tuesday July 17 and 18 Veteran Preferred;also open to freshman and transfers 
Session 8 Thursday and Friday July 20 and 21
Session 9* Monday and Tuesday August 14 and 15 transfer students only
Session 10** Thursday and Friday August 17 and 18 freshman only; must live 700 miles or more away from Charleston, SC


*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 who live FURTHER than 700 miles away from Charleston. You are welcome to attend any of the first eight sessions. If you plan to participate in sorority recruitment, you will not be able to attend this orientation session.  Please note: There are a limited number of seats available that we will reserve on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 my.cofc.edu, 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.

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.