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).


January 2021 Orientation Dates

For the health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff, the College of Charleston January 2021 New Student and Family orientation programs will be held online. 

The following sessions are for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in spring 2021.  New students who pay the enrollment confirmation fee to the Office of Admissions will begin to receive orientation information in their email in early November. Orientation registration is completed online through MyCharleston. 

Session Day of the Week Date Note Per Session
January - Session 1 Thursday January 7, 2021 This is a one day virtual session
January - Session 2 Friday January 8, 2021 This is a one day virtual session

The first day of classes for the spring semester is currently scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2021.  For additional semester dates, please refer to the academic calendar for each semester.  

Technology and Internet Access Needs for Virtual Orientation

In order to participate in virtual new student orientation, we recommend that you have access to a laptop or desktop with a webcam and a strong Internet connection. Mobile and tablet devices may be used if necessary.   

Please make sure to set up your College of Charleston zoom account and access it the day of your orientation.  You can find directions at https://bit.ly/313TyiP

If would not be able to access the recommended technology on your assigned orientation date, please complete the survey at https://forms.gle/shEixr2pDAoo53rh8 five days before your orientation session so we can work on alternate plans.  We will contact you at your CofC email address in 5 business days from when you submit the survey.   If you are not able to submit it five days before your session, please complete the form and email orientat@cofc.edu with your technical needs.  

Notification of Confirmation

Please do not make plans to take off work to attend the virtual orientation until your 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.”

How to Register for Orientation

(Technology Note: The registration process is not designed to be completed on your smart phone or touch-screen tablet.)

  1. Go to my.cofc.edu, use your Cougars account information to log in (this would be the letter log in and not the number one you used as an applicant), and select the “academic services” tab.
  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 on to the registration form. Follow the instructions and complete the entire reservation form. Please answer all the questions. 

If you have additional questions, check out the orientation registration booklet.   

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 sessions. 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.  

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