Adult/Nontraditional Students

Adult/Non Traditional Students

All new students must attend an orientation session. The College of Charleston offers an express orientation program for students who are at least 25 years of age.   Express Orientation is a abbreviated program providing you with essential information, an appointment with an advisor and registration for the upcoming semester.  Your check in time will be different than the traditional check in time so please watch your email for the confirmation information with your check in time.  

Express orientation during the January 2023 orientation session. A $133 fee will be billed to your student account after your registration is processed.  The fee is due with your tuition on the tuition due date.  Orientation options for non traditional students in summer 2023 will be announced in February.  

Orientation Information

Check-in: You will check in for orientation at the location listed in your email. 

Campus Business: While on campus, you may need to complete business with the following offices (Hours are M-F 8:30am to 5:00pm):

  • Visit Campus Services HQ to pick up your Cougar Card.  Campus Services HQ is located in Berry Residence Hall on the Calhoun Street side(#6 on campus map). The office number is 843.953.1100.
  • If you have questions about parking on campus, visit Campus Services HQ which is located in Berry Residence Hall on the Calhoun Street side of the building (#6 on campus map). Their number is 843.953.7834.
  • If you have financial questions, visit the Office of the Treasurer and/or the Office of Financial Assistance and Veteran’s Affairs.  The Treasurer’s Office is located beside the Starbucks on Calhoun Street (#10 on campus map).   The Office of Financial Assistance and Veteran’s Affairs is located in the Lightsey Center (#5 on campus map) and their number is 843.953.5540.
  • If you are a military veteran, currently in the military or a dependent, the Veteran and Student Military Services office is a great resource.  The office and student lounge is located in the basement level of the Lightsey Center. 

Directions to Campus

You can find directions to campus on the campus map . Public parking is available at the garage on St. Philip St. north of Calhoun Street and the two on St. Philip Street south of Calhoun Street. The maximum fee for all day parking is between $16 and $20.  We are unable to validate parking.


Students register for the express orientation online.  

You will use MyPortal to view your financial aid, register for classes, pay your bill, etc.  You should log into the portal before you attend express orientation. 

You should receive an email to the account you used when you applied to the College of Charleston with instructions on setting up your log-in and password for this portal. If you have not received it, please contact admissions at

College email account

All new students are assigned a student CofC email account accessible through Cmail. You will need to check this email account frequently before orientation. 

You can access your email account through MyPortal. 


Contact the Office of New Student Programs at 843.953.2017 or by email.