Welcome to New Student and Family Orientation

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⚠ COFC COVID-19: Your health and safety is our priority. This summer, orientation will be virtual, but we are offering optional on-campus visit days. On-campus visit days do not replace 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. For summer 2021 orientation, we will be welcoming students virtually. 
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 2021 Virtual Orientation Dates

Summer 2021 virtual orientation dates are available.  Orientation registration for students who have paid their tuition deposit and are starting in the Fall 2021 semester is open.  Virtual orientation registration is completed online through MyCharleston. 

The first day of classes for the fall semester is currently scheduled for Tuesday, August 24.  For additional semester dates, please refer to the academic calendar for each semester.  

Summer 2021 On Campus Visit Day Program

We will be offering an optional one day campus visit program in June and July.  Registration will be opening for the seventeen different session in May.  

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.