What are the Orientation Session Dates?

Summer 2015 Orientation

The following session is for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in fall 2015.  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 March will receive information regarding orientation registration in the mail.  Students can complete their orientation registration online through MyCharleston starting March 18, 2015.  Students will include the number of family members attending family orientation on the student registration form.

HONORS COLLEGE prefers that their students attend session 1, 2, 4 or 6. At these Honors College Preferred sessions, Honors College faculty and staff will be available to meet with students for advising.

TRANSFER STUDENTS are welcome to attend any session 1-8, but we encourage them to attend those that are denoted as transfer preferred, sessions 3, 6, or 9. These sessions are designed especially for you.

Session 1 Monday and Tuesday June 22 and23 Honors College Preferred CLOSED
Session 2 Thursday and Friday June 25 and 26 Honors College Preferred
Session 3 Monday and Tuesday June 29 and 30 Transfer Preferred
Session 4 Thursday and Friday July 9 and 10 Honors College Preferred
Session 5 Monday and Tuesday July 13 and 14
Session 6 Thursday and Friday July 16 and 17 Honors College Preferred, Transfer Preferred
Session 7 Monday and Tuesday July 20 and 21
Session 8 Thursday and Friday July 23 and 24
Session 9* Monday and Tuesday August 17 and 18 *Transfer Students Only- See special notes below
Session 10** Thursday and Friday August 20 and 21 **Freshmen Students Only- See special notes 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 17-18), 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 20 and 21) is limited to freshman students who live 700 miles or more away from Charleston, SC.

Sorority recruitment will be August 18-23. If you are participating in sorority recruitment you may attend any orientation session OTHER than sessions 9 or 10.

Summer Preview will be August 20-22.  If you are participating in summer preview you can attend any orientation session other than the August sessions.

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.”

Where is the Office of New Student Programs?

Office of New Student Programs

Physical Location of New Student Programs Office
Lightsey Center Annex
(Behind the College of Charleston Bookstore at 160 Calhoun St.)

Use this E-mail address for general inquiries
[email protected]

Parents should use [email protected] for questions.

Office Hours
M-F 8:30-5:00
Closed SC state holidays

Phone Number

Fax Number

Mailing Address
Office of New Student Programs
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424

The mission of the Office of New Student Programs is to assist all new and readmitted students and their families through educational programming and services that support and enhance the overall curricular and co-curricular experience. Services will include the development of diverse learning opportunities which facilitate student engagement and personalized peer education experiences.

How do I sign up for orientation?


Orientation is a two-day program designed to help new students make a smooth transition to the College. All new students are expected to participate in both days of orientation before classes begin. Check-in for orientation occurs in the Cougar Mall between Maybank Hall and the Robert Scott Small building.

Students register for orientation by logging into their MyCharleston account with their permanent log in (which is comprised of letters), selecting the academic services tab and going to the orientation channel in the first column.  Students will need to complete the questions in the orientation registration booklet before they login to register for orientation.

To register for orientation, students must have paid their tuition deposit.

If you pay your tuition deposit after the registration form is available, please wait one week for your deposit to be processed before attempting to register.