What are the Orientation Session Dates?

January 2016 New Student Orientation

The following session is for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in spring 2016.  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 at the beginning of November will receive information regarding orientation registration in the mail.  Students may complete their orientation registration online through MyCharleston starting mid November.

January 2016 Tuesday and Wednesday January 5 and 6, 2016

How to Register for Orientation

  1. Go to my.cofc.edu, 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 my.cofc.edu, select the “academic services” tab, locate the “orientation” box and click on “orientation session confirmation.”

Summer 2016 New Student Orientation

The following session is for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in fall 2016.  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
Session 2 Thursday and Friday June 23 and 24
Session 3 Monday and Tuesday June 27-28 Transfer Preferred and Open for Freshman
Session 4 Wednesday and Thursday June 29 and 30
Session 5 Monday and Tuesday July 11 and 12
Session 6 Thursday and Friday July 14 and 15 Transfer Preferred and Open for Freshman
Session 7 Monday and Tuesday July 18 and 19
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 will be August 18-20.  If you are participating in summer preview you can attend any orientation session other than the August sessions.

What address should I use to send my transcripts to the College of Charleston?

If you are an undergraduate student APPLYING to the College of Charleston, please send your transcripts to: 

Office of Admissions and Adult Student Services

Attn: Transcripts 

College of Charleston

66 George Street

Charleston, SC 29424-0001

If you are a CURRENTLY ENROLLED undergraduate student who has taken courses at another institution, please send transcripts to:

Office of the Registrar

College of Charleston

66 George Street

Charleston, SC 29424-0001


If you are APPLYING to or are CURRENTLY ENROLLED in a program at the The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina – College of Charleston, please send all transcripts to:

The Graduate School – The University of Charleston, South Carolina

College of Charleston

66 George Street, Suite 310 Randolph Hall

Charleston, SC 29424-0001


To verify that your transcript has been received, please call the respective department.

Admissions: 843.953.5670

Office of the Registrar: 843.953.1849

The Graduate School: 843.953.5614

What residence halls are there on campus?

Residence Halls

On-campus living is an exciting and rewarding part of the college experience. For the most up-to-date information about residence hall renovations, fees and policies, visit our website reslife.cofc.edu.

Joe E. Berry Jr. Residence Hall (Coed)

NOTE:  The second and third floors are for Honors College students (by invitation only).  Floors four through six are set aside for Living and Learning Communities (open to any first-year student)

Berry Residence Hall is a six-story building that houses approximately 636 students and offers four-, six, and seven person suites; bedrooms accommodate either two or three students. Students share a common living area and bathroom. Each suite has a furnished living area with microwave and compact refrigerator, and all rooms are vinyl tiled.

Buist Rivers Residence Hall (Coed)

Buist Rivers Residence Hall is our most traditional residence hall. Buist provides an excellent opportunity for them to make a lot of new friends in a community environment. This four-story building houses approximately 100 men and women who live in three-person rooms and share community bathrooms. Each room has a compact microfridge (a combination microwave and refrigerator). Men and women live on separate floors.

College Lodge (Coed)

College Lodge is a six-story coed residence hall. It houses approximately 200 students in double rooms. Two students share a large room with an in-room bath, sitting area, microwave and refrigerator.

Glenn McConnell Residence Hall (Women)

Glenn McConnell Hall is a four-story building housing 240 women in suites consisting of four bedrooms, two baths, a shared common room with kitchenette containing microwave and full-size refrigerator and cabinet space for residents to share.

Craig Residence Hall and Craig Union (Men)

Housing approximately 150 men, Craig Residence Hall is a three-story building. Craig Union is the original structure in which three double rooms are arranged around a common room and a large common bath. Craig Hall is suite style where two-, three- and four-bedroom suites share a common living area and two baths. Craig offers laundry facilities, a shared group dining facility, and a computer room. It also features a large lounge for studying, meeting with friends and watching a large-screen TV. Each suite in Craig has a microfridge (a combination microwave and refrigerator) for the residents to share.

George Street Apartments (Coed/Upperclassmen)

This facility provides full apartments for 199 coed upperclassmen. Each apartment has three to five fully furnished single bedrooms with full-size beds, a fully furnished living room, a kitchen (equipped with stove, microwave and full-size refrigerator), a washer and dryer, and either one or two bathrooms. All units overlook an open furnished courtyard. There are retail outlets on the first floor and the cafeteria is located on the first floor of the Liberty Street Residence Hall, which is next door. The George Street Apartments are open continuously from August to May. Students must have earned 30 cumulative hours to live in the George Street Apartments.

Liberty Street Residence Hall (Coed)

Located on the corner of Liberty and St. Philip streets, near the center of campus, this coed complex houses 420 students in two-person rooms. A shared bathroom connects two bedrooms. The building also features such amenities as game rooms, lounge areas, study rooms, home theaters and many common spaces. Each room is equipped with a microfridge (a combination microwave and refrigerator) for the residents to share. The cafeteria is located on the first floor. Liberty Street is open continuously from August to May.

Kelly House (Coed)

Kelly House is a four-story building housing approximately 236 students in apartment-style suites. Each apartment offers a kitchen (equipped with stove, microwave, and full-size refrigerator), a fully furnished living room and furnished bedrooms with carpet throughout all living areas. A laundry room for students to use is located on the premises. The building has a spacious, landscaped courtyard and a covered bicycle storage area. Kelly House is open continuously from August to May. Note: Kelly House does not have an elevator.

Marcia Kelly McAlister Residence Hall (Coed)

McAlister is a six-story residence hall housing approximately 536 students. It offers four- and six-person suites with two students per room. Students share a furnished common living area and kitchenette with microwave and full-size refrigerator. Each bedroom has access to its own bathroom and walk-in closet. McAlister lounge, and a laundry facility are on the first floor. Room sizes and measurements may vary. McAlister is open continuously from August to May.

Rutledge Rivers Residence Hall (Coed) – currently under renovation – will reopen Fall 2016

Rutledge Rivers Residence Hall is a four-story building housing approximately 100 Honors College men and women in apartment style suites. Each suite offers a furnished living area, kitchen and bath, shared by two, four or five students. Every kitchen is equipped with a stove, microwave and compact refrigerator. Rutledge Rivers has furnished common rooms for the students to enjoy. Residents of Buist and Rutledge Rivers have nicely furnished lounges available for their individual use or for hall programs, as well as a computer room and laundry room.

Warren Place (Coed)

Warren Place is a residential complex consisting of three buildings (1 Warren, 10 Warren and 20 Warren Street). This coed complex houses 287 upperclassmen in apartments consisting of two, three, four or five bedrooms. All bedrooms in this complex are single occupancy. Each apartment offers a full kitchen (stove, full-size refrigerator, and microwave) with carpet throughout all living areas, and fully furnished living room and bedrooms. The complex has a laundry facility, covered bicycle storage and furnished lounge area on site. Warren Place is open continuously from August to May.  To live in 1 Warren and 20 Warren,  students must have earned 30 cumulative hours.

Historic Houses (Upperclassmen)

The historic houses are another type of “residence hall,” typically for upperclassmen. Each bedroom sleeps one, two or three students. Some of our historic houses have their own kitchen and laundry room (check the features chart in this book). Residents also have access to laundry and computer facilities in the house itself or in Craig, College Lodge, McConnell, Buist Rivers and Rutledge Rivers Residence Halls. Houses include Knox-Lesesne House and carriage house ; 17 St. Philip Street; 90, 92 Wentworth Street; 13, 29, 31, 70, 72 Coming Street; 298, 300 Meeting Street; 8 Kirkland; and 2, 4, 6, 8, 24 Bull Street. Each individual house/carriage house has a distinct personality and charm. Floor plans vary between houses, making them all unique living and learning environments. All houses are open continuously from August through May.

What and when is Convocation?

Convocation is an annual celebration at which students and faculty gather to celebrate the official opening of the scholastic year. Originally, “convocation” meant a gathering of the clergy or the divisions of a diocese; however, at the College of Charleston, the word and the event have evolved from their ecclesiastical roots to embrace the intellectual community as well.

The College’s convocation welcomes new students to the liberal arts and sciences community and encourages them to consider their own intellectual journey. This occasion also serves to familiarize incoming students with the College’s academic traditions as well as the institution’s history, symbols and mottos.

As part of convocation, new students pass through the arch at Porters Lodge and convene in the Cistern Yard to officially sign “the book.” The inscription on that historic arch reads (in Greek) “Know Thyself.”

Convocation for the fall 2015 semester will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015.

All new undergraduate students are expected to attend Convocation. It is the first formal event of your college career, just as Commencement is the last.

For more information:

Call the Office of New Student Programs at 843.953.2017 or the Office of Academic Affairs 843.953.5527.

What is the status of my transfer credit?

Students offered admission to the College of Charleston may use Degree Works to view an updated list of awarded and pending transfer credit.

  • Accepted students who have paid their deposit:  Degree Works is located on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston.
  • Accepted students who have not paid their deposit: Degree Works is located on the Admissions Status tab in MyCharleston.
  • The “Term by Term History” link in Degree Works provides the best view of transfer credit, although the information is also visible in the degree audit area.

Students who have not yet been accepted to the College of Charleston may submit questions regarding transfer credit evaluation to the Office of Admissions.

Accepted and currently enrolled students should e-mail the transfer evaluation staff in the Office of the Registrar at transferevaluation@cofc.edu.

Am I required to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States?

Section 17 of the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act (H. 4400, Act 280), enacted June 4, 2008, requires South Carolina public colleges and universities to verify the lawful presence in the United States of their students.  To attend a public college or university in the state, a student must be a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States.

Students must provide proof of lawful presence in the United States before being allowed to enroll or continue enrollment at the College. The Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston has approved a verification process to comply with the law.

Please print and deliver a hard copy of your verification letter to the Office of the Registrar.

Verification Letter: Current Students

Verification Policy: Policy & Procedures

Click on the link below for more information.

How can I declare my major?

The Program of Study Management (POSM) system is an electronic workflow that allows undergraduate students to manage their degree program(s) online.  The POSM channel is located on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston.  Students can use this system to:

  • Declare or Add a Major
  • Declare or Add a Minor
  • Undeclare a Major
  • Undeclare a Minor
  • Change, Add or Remove a Cognate, Concentration or Track
  • Change Degree (BA, BS or AB)
  • Update Major or Minor Catalog Year

All changes to a student’s degree program must be approved by the academic department or program. Submission of a POSM request does not change a student’s degree program instantaneously. It is the first step of the approval process by the academic department or program. Once a student completes a POSM request form and clicks submit, the information is electronically delivered to the appropriate approval personnel within the requested program/department.  The department/program will notify the student if additional information/action is needed to complete the POSM request.  Some departments/programs have specific requirements (i.e. a face-to-face meeting, a writing sample, an audition, etc.) for their major applicants.

Notifications will be sent to the student’s college-issued e-mail account regarding the status of a request. Students will receive a confirmation e-mail when the process is complete.  Once a student has received a confirmation e-mail regarding your POSM request, the program of study change will appear on their Academic Profile channel which is located on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston.

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is a web-based degree audit application and academic advisement tool that provides a clear and convenient method for students and advisors to track degree progress. It is intended to assist students in reaching their academic goals and achieving a better understanding of degree requirements.   

Where can I find Degree Works?

Students and their advisors have access to Degree Works via their MyCharleston portal account. The Degree Works access channel is located on the Academic Services tab for students and on the Advising tab for faculty/staff. Once you have located the Degree Works channel, click the hyperlink for Open Degree Works.

What are the benefits of using Degree Works?

Degree Works provides students with access to their unofficial degree audit which lists information regarding their current program(s) of study including institutional requirements, general education requirements, major requirements (with concentration, cognate or track, if applicable) and minor requirements.  When using Degree Works, students will be able to:

  • Learn the degree requirements for their major(s) and minor(s)
  • See how all completed courses apply to degree requirements
  • Identify courses needed to complete their degree(s)
  • View their grades and academic standing
  • View their cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) and their major GPA
  • View College of Charleston and transfer credit hours earned
  • Calculate a GPA based on their performance for the term
  • Calculate the grade combination(s) needed to achieve a goal GPA
  • Plan for registration in future semesters
  • Create What-If audits to process speculative degree audits based on current class history
  • Estimate how many semesters it will take to graduate
  • And more…!

Important Note:  Degree Works is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising, but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions, the Academic Catalog or the Office of the Registrar. Degree Works is neither an official academic transcript nor an official notification of completion of degree requirements.