MyCharleston open/Academic Information

Current students and new students who attended orientation can make changes to their fall course schedule at this time. Students are encouraged to contact the Academic Advising & Planning Center at 843-953-5981 if assistance is needed with this process. The MyCharleston registration system will be closed for orientation from August 11-15. The deadline to make any fall course schedule changes is August 25.

All new students have an academic advisor assigned to them from the Academic Advising & Planning Center for their first year. They will have a mandatory meeting with this advisor during the fall to plan for spring. Once the student declares a major they will be assigned a faculty advisor. Information on the declaration of major is provided below.

Helpful links:

If you have specific questions about programs or services try the SEARCH feature found in the top right corner of the College of Charleston’s website at If you are looking to contact faculty of staff use the campus directory found at

We welcome the opportunity to assist you if you have general inquiries – email the Office of New Student Programs staff at


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Simple Selections Station in Liberty Fresh Food Company

We are excited to announce the Simple Selections Station in Liberty Fresh Food Co! Simple Selections is a station that offers a menu that is free of 7 of the top 8 allergies. And it’s open to everyone, not just students with food allergies!

Learn more by watching the quick video here!!

If you have any questions or if your student has a food allergy or dietary restriction, please email me back and i’ll be happy to put you in touch with our Health & Wellness Coordinator for an appointment!


Brittany Collins

Marketing Manager

Dining Services



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College of Charleston Computer Recomendations

If you are interested in buying a new computer for your student, We suggest that you  review recommendations at

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Fall 2014 On Campus Move In Information

The fall 2014 move in information is as follows:


Aug 10: (access pass required)
Move In for Orientation 9 (transfer students), PNMs, current PanHellenic members, summer preview and atheletes

4-6pm: Even Floors (based on your floor assignment)
6-8pm:  Odd Floors (based on your floor assignment)
Aug 13: (access pass required)
Move In for Orientation 10 (students 700 or more miles away), Organized Chaos volunteers and Peer Mentors

6-7pm: Even Floors (based on your floor assignment)
7-9pm:  Odd Floors (based on your floor assignment)
8-10pm: ALL Floors

Aug 15: (access pass required)
Move In for Buist (noon – 6pm)
Kelly House & George St (1st & 2nd floor: 6-8pm, 3rd & 4th floor: 8-10pm)
All Historic Houses (6 – 10pm)
Aug 16: (access pass required)
Move In for McAlister, College Lodge, McConnell, Craig, Liberty (Odd floors: 9 – 11am, Even floors: 11am – 1)
Berry & Warren Place (Odd Floors: 1 – 3pm, Even Floors:  3 – 5pm)
Aug 17:
Move In for All Buildings and All floors, 9am – 1pm (no volunteers on this date)

if your student is participating in sorority recruitment, you don’t have to inform the residence life office about their involvement.  The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life will send a list of names of the young women who are registered by the deadline (July 19) and your student will be able to move in on Sunday, August 10th.
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10 #ThingsToDoTheSummerBeforeCollege

By: Hannah Ashe

Summer’s just getting started, but school will be back again before you know it. Check out the College’s list of 10 things to do this summer to help you prepare for your first year.

1. Go to your favorite hometown places

You’ll have plenty of breaks over the next few years, but between study abroad and internship opportunities it could be a while before you live at home again. Eat at your favorite restaurants, walk through your favorite parks – make the most of your time there.

2. Set up a budget

You can use a website like Mint to create a budget that connects to your debit or credit cards. It’ll alert you when you’re over budget on, say, coffee or energy drinks and get you in the habit of saving before your first year.

3. Check out the First Year Experience (FYE) course options

FYE courses are required for all first year students in either fall or spring semester, which is good news because they’re awesome. Sort through courses with titles like “Bob Dylan and the American Dream,” “Sociology of Food,” and “Gaming 101: An Introduction to Videogames and the Study of Play.”

4. Connect with your new roommate

Reach out to him or her (and your suitemates) on the phone or through Facebook to decide who’s bringing what to the room – you don’t want to end up with four TVs in the common area.

Make sure to leave the personal stuff until you actually meet, as it’s easy to lose details or tone over texts and social media. Check out this list for more roommate tips.

5. Take a road trip with your high school friends

Whether your destination is two or 12 hours away, you’ll have a great time enjoying the summer and the sights with old friends.

6. Buy rain gear

If you don’t have a trusty rain jacket, umbrella and rain boots, get them. Hurricane season lasts from June to November – i.e. your orientation and almost your entire first semester of classes.

7. Speaking of orientation

Have you registered for your session? If not, register now because sessions are closing fast!

8. Scout out some new favorite locations in Charleston

Do you love live music? Then look at the calendars for some of Charleston’s many venues so you can buy tickets in advance. The College’s new George Street Fitness Center offers classes and state-of-the-art equipment, but if hot yoga is your thing, check out a few studios downtown. You’ll feel better coming to a new city when you know the lay of the land.

9. Learn how to write a proper email

Between professors, classmates and internship supervisors, you’ll write a lot of emails in college. Make it a habit to include an informative subject line and to sign your full name at the end of the message. Oh, and don’t start with “hey.”

10. Sharpen your mac & cheese skills

Chances are Easy Mac and ramen noodles will be some of your closest friends on those late nights leading up to midterms, so you should know they require water. It might seem obvious, but dry-microwaved ramen has set off many-a fire alarm in first-year residence halls.


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Move in Tips from other College of Charleston Families

  • Be prepared for your child to be a bit overwhelmed, excited, nervous and quick to sometimes “bark” at you.  Once it’s all in and somewhat unpacked, he/she will calm down a bit.  Remember that they are nervous, but don’t want to necessarily show it.
  • Try not to worry about remembering and packing every single item you could imagine your son or daughter needing for the dorm….
  • I wrote her name and room # in large letters on everything (after all, all Rubbermaid looks the same)
  • I would say they need about half of what they pack! It took us 3 trips to get her back home in May, good thing we are only 75 miles away!
  • The egg crate topper was great! The girls in the next room had purchased a bathroom shelf unit that was a good thing. Bed, Bath and Beyond had that.
  • One of the things we had to go buy was a LONG cable to connect the TV. The connection is in the bedroom part of the room in Liberty and they wanted it in the sitting area. Also needed a longer one for computer.
  • We took a visit to Target and Wal-Mart the day after move-in, with our list of items that we figured our daughter would be needing, only after seeing the bedrooms, measuring the bathroom space, looking at the kitchen and common areas, etc., etc.
  • Another tip: remove items from the original box or plastic wrapping before packing for the trip.  It makes the move in go faster with a lot loss trash to deal with on that day.
  • BYOTP: Bring your own Toilet Paper!!! There is never such a thing as too much toilet paper
  • Many of the dorms have centrally controlled HVAC so invest in a small UL approved dual heater/fan. It will be a life saver if there is the conflict of when the heat/AC should flip on/off or if there are the freaky weather days (which Charleston is known to have) where one day it’s 70 and the next it’s 50 (and I’m not exaggerating the temp changes!)
  • Make sure your student picks up a bus pass from Cougar Card Services…They ride for free
  • Our student (especially girls) will over pack!  Just let them, they will send stuff home on your first visit.
  • Have them check with their roommates about who’s bringing a TV, Printer, Standing fan, Etc.
  • Make sure they know the e-mail address for maintenance and know how to submit that request, they will need it.
  • When shipping packages, I highly recommend UPS or FedEx; you can track that status of your package.  UPS from Central Virginia to Charleston was 2 business days.  USPS up to 2 weeks!
  • Hopefully your time will allow those shopping trips….I remember Target had a wonderful mini tool kit that came in a case, which came in handy, and we were also able to choose some shelving for over the commode, in the bathroom, which comes in all different sizing….
  • Walk to the Harris Teeter on East Bay with another friend and share the cost of the cab ride back.
  • Helpful is to have a local cab company phone number stored in their cell phone.
  • Store public safety, Highway Patrol, Triple AAA, Charleston police, health services (on campus),  hospital and other safety numbers in their cell phone
  • Last year over the summer, I cut and pasted the entire move in recommendations from this site.  When the time came –I used them all!
  • Space Bags and suitcases work well.  The rolling suitcases make it easier to get things to the room and then you just take the empties home.
  • Try to eliminate big boxes – put items together the night before so you won’t have a lot of trash.  e.g.  Rolling carts, etc.
  • Bungees to keep things in place on the hand truck helped, too!
  • Egg crate foam was daughter’s favorite dorm purchase!  And she was very happy to have her own tool kit.  She needed it.  Wal-Mart sells a nice canvas bag set, about $20 that we added a few things to.
  • Definitely…buy an “egg crate” type foam mattress topper!
  • My daughter said rain boots are a must – at least for girls.  When it rains, it pours in Charleston!
  • Invest in an umbrella or some kind of rain wear! Trust me!
  • When we took our older daughter to college we really wished we had brought a small tool kit to put things together (i.e. shelves, adjusting beds, etc.).
  • Hand Cart
  • I got a hand cart at Wal-Mart which has come in “handy”    (LOL)
  • Wished we’d had a hand cart of some kind for move in/out!
  • The hand cart stored easily in the car and worked perfectly getting items in and out of Liberty.  It was worth every penny of its $50!!  It is made in the USA by Harper and can be found in the hardware area of your store.
  • Invest in a dolly NOW!!! It will be great for move in and if your student is like I was, they will have more stuff to move out with than they did when they moved in…If they don’t send things home early!!!!
  • There are fold-up dollies if you don’t have the space. We flew down and shipped packages with the dolly in it. Upon picking up the packages at Mail Services, we opened the one with the dolly in it and we were good to go. We each had a large suitcase on the plane (with all her clothes in it – mine was in a carry-on bag) so on the way home, I put the fold-up dolly in the suitcase along with some of those extra things she decided she really didn’t need
  • Our hand truck was really needed. It’s the light, folding type.
  • A fan and hand truck.   My husband found a hand truck that could be altered to move as a cart (much like a small luggage cart in a hotel).   We ended up using that method.  We were even able to park our car about 1 1/2 blocks away and then load and reload from there, which avoided the concerns about having a car parked out front unattended.
  • My kid laughed at me because I made up a small plastic box filled with Band-Aids, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, Tylenol, cough drops, sinus/cold meds, tums, etc. etc…all in travel size packages.  She stopped laughing when she caught her first cold/flu and it was all right there, in her room, close at hand saving her from a walk to CVS for a shopping trip while running a fever!
  • You might want to bring a supply of those “sticky” hooks, because most walls are block, and nails are not allowed.
  • Extra hanging bars for towels in the bathroom, placed over the back of the bathroom door was also a great way to have enough room for all the towels, since sharing spaces is the name of the game…………Good luck to all newcomers!!
  • Share the costs of supplying the bathroom (shower curtain, bathmat, rugs, etc.).  If you child has not made that contact with their roommates, just wait and get that stuff there.  Mt. Pleasant has everything (Target; Wal-Mart; Bed, Bath & Beyond, etc.).
  • I recommend a night light (Glade plug-in with light is great)
  • Toilet plunger!
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond has a program where they choose what they want in their local store (with a scanner) and you pick, when & what date to pick-up in the Mt. Pleasant store.
  • The long slide-out under the bed plastic storage containers will only last one year.   I don’t recommend them.
  • Recommend a curtain and rod for Liberty to divide the sleeping area from the common area of the room.
  • We also made certain that items which did not fit into boxes were put inside large trash bags, as we had been warned that sometimes you can be moving in a rain storm.   We had sunny weather; however, it was a great help to know we were protected.
  • If you have your student check in at front desk BEFORE you try to unload you will be out in the hot sun for a shorter period of time.
  • Plastic tubs are the best way to transport everything that you can. Then just bring them home with you when unloaded.
  • One person drives, the student goes to get their key, one person stays with the stuff on the curb!  Make sure someone stays with your “pile” until everything is in the room.
  • We purchased all the same size plastic containers so we could “unpack and stack” them.  We planned w/her roommate to stagger our move in times, so there wasn’t so many of us in there.
  • The items that were not in containers (pillows, etc.) I wrapped in large, black trash bags.
  • We did bring a dolly and a strong teenage boy if you have one.
  • We pulled up to the curb and her go inside for her key.  Then we started unloading at the curb.  By the time she came out, we were half way unloaded and she and her brother started climbing the stairs.   They stacked in the dorm room.
  • I know it seems like there won’t be enough storage, but there is plenty.  My daughter is a bit of a clothes horse and didn’t have a problem.  We bought one of those plastic cube units at Target.  One with 2 drawers and 3 w canvas drawer insert.  We put that ON TOP of the armoire.  She could easily get to that with one of those fold up step  ladders .I also recommend one of those as well, for making lofted beds  every day. (I say that tongue in cheek–she did NOT make her bed every day!)
  • My daughter was in Liberty.  The girls put their futon in the front room w a TV.  So you need several feet of TV cable, since the jack is in the back.  They lofted their beds w desks underneath, that means several feet of computer wire as the jack is in the front room.
  • Buy the 3M brand of “hanging tape”.  It really does just pull off when you’re done with it.
  • Ethernet Cable, as the hall she was in was not a wireless building, and both phone lines are on one side and the internet is on the other.
  • Pole lamp or standing light for the living room/dining area.
  • Rug for the living/dining floor, large comforter for the love seat.
  • Plastic containers to hold leftovers to heat in the microwave, also zip lock bags.
  • Small plastic container to put at the bottom the refrigerator to hold fruit, etc.
  • Stand up paper towel holder.
  • Dish cloths, towels, soap
  • Dishes
  • Place setting of 4 (more environmentally friendly than paper)
  • Silver ware
  • The kitchens in Berry have NO Pans, Utensils, Etc.!  And my daughter likes to cook & bake. Small sauce pan, small/medium fry pan, muffin tin, cookie sheet, mixing bowl, spoon, measuring cup/spoons,   spatula, egg beater, container to hold utensils.
  • Tool kit
  • First-aid kit
  • Rain gear
  • Surge protector
  • Extra computer cords
  • Black-out curtains
  • A very loud alarm clock
  • Kryptonite bike lock
  • Computer lock
  • Picture hangers
  • A plastic container FILLED with medicinal items such as Benadryl, Tylenol, thermometer, etc……any and all medicines
  • Copies of prescriptions, medical records, social security card, insurance card, passport
  • The FIRST book that students receive at orientation
  • Monthly calendar
  • Mattress pad
  • SHOUT color savers for the wash, fabric softener
  • We bought a clear plastic hanging shoe bag.  My daughter hung it on the back of the bathroom door and it held all the makeup, washcloths, toiletries and other items for her and her roommate.  Also the extra tall bed risers for Berry and she used large plastic bins underneath the bed like drawers.  I also bought a tall wire shelf for the common room for them to use for storage.  Bought a smaller one and she used it on her desk for over-storage.  Just raise the bottom shelf to give clearance.
  • Vacuum - even though there was a “community” vacuum on the floor of his dorm, the bag was usually full, the suction wasn’t good, and etc. as it was used a lot.  I would suggest bringing some small vacuum and a Swiffer.
  • I would also recommend an all fabric 21-24 inch duffel like the Vera Bradley duffels for the girls or military style duffel for the boys that the kids can wad up for their trips home. The duffels should be as wide as they are long for maximum capacity. Hard case luggage takes up too much space in their dorm. My daughter’s Vera Bradley duffle is 4 years old and has not lost a stitch.
  • A quick access ID carry all w/a key ring is helpful outside of their regular wallet.
  • In regards to clothing, it may also help to remind the kids that they will be home for thanksgiving or Christmas to bring back their summer clothes so they don’t need to bring all of their clothing for the year. I would recommend a warm fleece that they can layer under their rain/windbreaker for an unexpected cold spell prior to the holiday.
  •  We invested in the blue Glad large, XL and XXL zip lock bags to use for washed bedding, clothing on hangers from their closet, towels, shoes, paper goods and other soft goods. They have the Ziploc feature with handles. They are located in the storage bag aisle in the grocery stores or in the college seasonal aisle at Target. We have used these same bags for the last 3 years and will reuse them for our son. Since it folds up and takes minimal space, my daughter kept them in her dorm & when it was time to move after term, she would have those items packed up by the time we got there.
  •  My recommendation would be to get as much seasonal college items like the foam bed toppers, XL twin sheets and comforters prior to getting there, we tried that once and they were sold out in all of the stores. Have them sent prior or bring them washed. FYI, many of the packaged college bedding packs include scratchy poor quality sheets and pillow cases that are not worth its cost.
  • We went to Affordabike Bicycle Shop and made arrangements to have my son’s bike retro fitted to the college’s standards. You can also custom order bikes prior by going on their website: This way your student won’t have any downtime for transportation. They are located on 534 King Street.
  •  Along w/the first aid/medicine kit, a can of Lysol to start using to spray the hallways and door knobs during flu season in September. They’ll roll their eyes at first but will reach for it when everyone around them is sick.
  • I would recommend their favorite condiments to ease home sickness. Microwaveable Mac and cheese, plain and flavored rices, soups and pasta packs for those late night or busy times. And instant oatmeal packs and cereal for those busy mornings. For those who do not like tap water, we found a Brita pitcher was cheaper and easier than buying water bottles, besides the ecological benefits. The kids split the cost of the filter pack from Costco or Sam’s Club.
  • Reusable water bottles and a hot travel mug. Hot chocolate packs, a paring knife, small cutting board, and a Pyrex 2 cup measuring cup to warm up liquids in the microwave are to be considered for the dorm kids w/o full kitchens.
  •  In regards to cleaning supplies, we sent our daughter a multi surface spray or wipe cleaner. And disinfect wipes are highly recommended. Toilet brush, cleaner, shower caddy, garbage cans for bathroom and kitchen(should be assigned among roommate
  • We bought a small plastic container and filled it with all her first aid needs. Tylenol, band aids cough drops etc. Everything you could imagine your child may need if the get sick or gets a boo boo :) She never had to run to CVS for those things which were nice when she wasn’t feeling well. She used this her freshman year and we restocked it for sophomore year. I am sure we will do the same for her junior year.
  • Bring a mini tool kit and sewing kit. I did for my daughter – this is something my sister had done for me when I went away to school.
  • I bought her some flat gift wrap, tape, some blank greeting cards, a couple of gift bags and some stamps. She said that this came in handy!!
  • You may need to add:  perfume, Nyquil, cough drops, RAID, Brita System, reusable water bottle and ink cartridges for printer.
  • Duct tape, come in handy taping cords to baseboards and now comes in lots of different decorative designs.
  • Flashlight
  • A Laundry baskets are only a good idea if they fit under the bed, or on top of something, otherwise they take up valuable floor space. We found a collapsible hamper that my daughter also uses to transport her clothes back and forth to the laundry room (it is from Target).


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CofC is a Tobacco Free Campus as of July 1, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014 the College of Charleston has gone tobacco-free. This is a comprehensive policy covering all campus properties and all forms of tobacco use (including electronic cigarettes). Additional information and links to resources for cessation measures can be found at

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Bike Share Program

It’s important for students to get involved and there will be long range and one day events this academic year that students can get involved with through the Office of Sustainability – encourage your student to check them out at

One program that new students may be especially interested in is the College of Charleston Bike Share program developed by a student-led team, with organizational and planning support from the Office of Sustainability. It’s founded on the idea that bicycling can be a safe, healthy, sustainable, and fun way to get around campus and around Charleston. Read more about it at: It’s free and easy to sign up. Just watch a quick video and complete the information found at


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