CofC Parent Weekly Updates – May 25-31, 2016

The College of Charleston will not have classes and departments will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.

 

 

Campus Directory:

Looking for a specific program, service, or personnel at the College of Charleston? Use the campus directory at http://cofc.edu/directory/.

 

Campus E-mails:

Campus Housing (summer/academic year): http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Campus Housing handles all on-campus room assignments for residence halls and historic houses. You can also find residence hall information and rates on the Campus Housing website. If you have questions about paying an early move in fee, applying for on campus housing, staying on campus during orientation, maintenance or repair work to rooms or halls, residence hall room assignment, roommate assignment, or specific residence halls or historic houses contact Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or 843-953-5523.

 

Degree Works: http://registrar.cofc.edu/degreeworks/index.php

Students may complete a degree audit using Degree Works to see the classes taken (or currently taking) and the classes still needed. You can also do “What if” scenarios with this tool so plug in any major and run an audit to see what classes would be needed for that major.

Cougar Alert Notification System:

To receive notification in case of an emergency, students should log onto MyCharleston to enter phone numbers. Up to six numbers may be included. Please note that Cougar Alert is not a news service and is only used if the College of Charleston campus is in crisis. Read more details about the system at: http://emergency.cofc.edu/cougaralert/

 

Office of the Treasurer:

Parents can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system. By doing this you will receive an email of the statement when your student gets their bill. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Websites of interest:

 

PROGRAMS FOR NEW STUDENTS:

Summer Orientations June-August:

The Office of New Student Programs provides 10 two-day summer orientations for new students and their family. If you have an incoming student attending the College of Charleston this fall we ask that parents let your student complete the online orientation registration thru MyCharleston.

For information about new student orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/student-orientation.php. If you have orientation questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call 843-953-2017.

 

Family Orientation:

Family members can attend orientation with your student this summer. A family orientation is offered during all ten of the summer orientation dates. The fee is $35.00 per family member. Students can register family members to attend Family Orientation when they register online. However, if your student did not include any family members to attend the family orientation when they registered for orientation just email orientat@cofc.edu with your student’s full name and CWID and we will add you!  The family orientation is highly evaluated and we encourage parents to attend if possible. To read about Family Orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/family-orientation.php. If you have questions call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

SPECTRA July 3-August 5, 2016: http://msps.cofc.edu/spectra/index.php

The SPECTRA programs provide an academic and transition experience for recent African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American (AALANA) high school graduates who have been accepted to the College of Charleston and are enrolling for the fall semester. SPECTRA students enroll in summer II classes, earn college credit, live in a residence hall on campus, and participate in a variety of programs and activities designed specifically to assist them with transitioning from high school to the academic life of a college student. Call 843-953-5660 or email msps@cofc.edu if you have questions.

*It is preferred that orientation is completed in June before the SPECTRA program begins.

 

Summer Preview for new students August 17-20, 2016:

Summer Preview is a four day experience that allows incoming students to feel, see and enjoy the Charleston environment.  12 spots are available for each of the four themes. Pre-registration (first come first served basis), participation fee and a waiver is required for this summer program. The $395.00 fee includes program, admission fees, meals, and gifts. Payment must be made by check. Students will move into their room in the residence hall on August 17 after 6:00p.m. Participants will check in for the program at designated times between 3:00-5:00pm on August 17. Additional details can be found at http://nsp.cofc.edu/summer-preview/index.php. If you have questions about this opportunity for new students email summerpreview@cofc.edu.

Summer Preview themes for 2016:

  • Discover Charleston

Mountain bike around Wannamaker County Park on purpose-built trails. Take up rock climbing or archery. Develop your leadership skills on a ropes course. Try your hand at disc golf. And hike through Caw Caw Regional Park while you enjoy the rugged beauty of the Lowcountry!

  • Explore Charleston

Get to know your new home. This city has become a tourist destination for people from all over the world. Find out why. Take a water taxi to the USS Yorktown, tour some of the oldest parts of the city in a horse-drawn carriage and take in the exhibits at the South Carolina Aquarium.

  • Serve Charleston

Volunteer, make connections, and give your time to local charities and organizations. Discover some of the ways you can continue your community service work in the Charleston area.

  • Dive Into Charleston

In Charleston, it’s all about being on the water. Want to learn to surf? Kayak with the dolphins on the Folly River? Try scuba diving in a local pool or yoga on the beach?

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10 or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in Summer Preview because the schedules will conflict.

 

Cougar Excursion August 18-20: http://hslc.cofc.edu/cougar-excursion/index.php

New Students participating in Cougar Excursion spend several days at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island participating in leadership activities. This experience is a great way for new students to meet other first year students and upperclassmen. Participants will move into their residence hall on August 17. Program fee is $225.00 for lodging, transportation and meals. An additional charge for early move in for three nights will be applied. If you have questions about this program call the Higdon Student Leadership Center at 843-953-6356.

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10 or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in Summer Preview because the schedules will conflict.

 

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE): http://fye.cofc.edu/index.php

All new students with less than one full year of college experience are required to complete FYE during the fall or spring semester of their first year. Students only take one FYE (either a first–year seminar or learning community) during the academic year. This is a part of their general education requirements. For FYE questions email fye@cofc.edu.

Center for Excellence in Peer Education: http://cepe.cofc.edu/

The Center for Excellence in Peer Education prepares outstanding students to mentor, tutor, and assist their peers in both curricular and co-curricular settings. Peer Facilitators lead a 50 minute Synthesis Seminar (FYSS) once a week during the semester. Students enrolled in FYE will have this weekly synthesis seminar on their course schedule. All students within the First Year Seminar or Learning Community are required to attend each weekly synthesis seminar.

 

Office of New Student Programs: Supporting new students and their families!

To view the programs offered through the Office of New Student Programs visit our website at http://nsp.cofc.edu/index.php. If you have questions call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

Resources for families:

Visit the CofC Parent Website:

Listserv members are encouraged to visit the Parent website at www.cofc.edu/parents, which is updated frequently by the New Student Programs staff. The website has a variety of resources for parents of new and currently enrolled students. You may also unsubscribe or change your listserv subscription setting using the link provided on the website. Email parents@cofc.edu if you need assistance.

 

Parent Blog: 

Too many emails from the listserv? Try the Parent Blog! The blog is available for parents and family members to keep updated on listserv postings from college faculty, staff, and administrators.  By signing up for the blog, you will receive an email if there are any new postings to the listserv from faculty and staff only (no parent postings are included). For some the blog may be easier to handle than the listserv since the listserv can be very active. To receive the parent blog go to http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=cofc/Nagt&loc=en_US and enter your email to request subscription to the Blog.

 

College of Charleston Social Media:

You may want to check out the social media directory for the college, which has a list of campus offices and departments on many different social media platforms, at http://social.cofc.edu/social-media-directory/index.php

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Spring 2016 Commencement Videos Available

You may be interested in the Spring 2016 commencement highlight video and the 3 ceremonies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7T0kv_9b0M

Commencements:

 

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – May 9-15, 2016

Fall 2016 Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2016fall.pdf

 

Campus Housing (summer/academic year): http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Campus Housing handles all on-campus room assignments for residence halls and historic houses. You can also find residence hall information and rates on the Campus Housing website. If you have questions about paying an early move in fee, applying for on campus housing, staying on campus during orientation, maintenance or repair work to rooms or halls, residence hall room assignment, roommate assignment, or specific residence halls or historic houses contact Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or 843-953-5523.

 

Undergraduate Academic Services:

Students with questions about their academic status, academic probation, dismissal, leave of absence, or the withdrawal process may contact Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS) at undergrad@cofc.edu or call 843-953-5674. Students can also schedule an appointment with Undergraduate Academic Services online using Appointment Manager. They can also schedule an appointment though MyCharleston under the Academic Services Tab. At the end of the semester final grades will be reviewed to determine if students have met the minimum scholastic requirements. Students on academic probation will be reviewed to determine if they have met their target GPA to get back to good standing or have met your Satisfactory Academic Progress number calculated by UAS. Final grades are posted on May 3 by 5:00pmEST.

 

Academic Standards: http://undergrad.cofc.edu/academic-standards/index.php

Students enrolled at the College of Charleston must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) to avoid being placed on academic probation. These requirements are on a sliding scale based upon the total number of credit hours earned by the student.

Credits Earned GPA Required
0-19 1.50
20-59 1.80
60 and up 2.0
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, meets the minimum requirement as listed above, but is below 2.0, then the student will be placed on academic warning.
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, is less than minimum requirement as listed above, the student is placed on academic probation.
  • First year provisionally admitted students must earn 24 hours with a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

 

Degree Works: http://registrar.cofc.edu/degreeworks/index.php

Students may complete a degree audit using Degree Works to see the classes taken (or currently taking) and the classes still needed. You can also do “What if” scenarios with this tool so plug in any major and run an audit to see what classes would be needed for that major.

 

PROGRAMS FOR NEW STUDENTS:

Summer Orientations June-August:

The Office of New Student Programs provides 10 two-day summer orientations for new students and their family. If you have an incoming student attending the College of Charleston this fall we ask that parents let your student complete the online orientation registration thru MyCharleston.

For information about new student orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/student-orientation.php. If you have orientation questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call 843-953-2017.

 

Family Orientation:

Family members can attend orientation with your student this summer. A family orientation is offered during all ten of the summer orientation dates. The fee is $35.00 per family member. Students can register family members to attend Family Orientation when they register online. However, if your student did not include any family members to attend the family orientation when they registered for orientation just email orientat@cofc.edu with your student’s full name and CWID and we will add you!  The family orientation is highly evaluated and we encourage parents to attend if possible. To read about Family Orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/family-orientation.php. If you have questions call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

SPECTRA July 3-August 5, 2016: http://msps.cofc.edu/spectra/index.php

The SPECTRA programs provide an academic and transition experience for recent African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American (AALANA) high school graduates who have been accepted to the College of Charleston and are enrolling for the fall semester. SPECTRA students enroll in summer II classes, earn college credit, live in a residence hall on campus, and participate in a variety of programs and activities designed specifically to assist them with transitioning from high school to the academic life of a college student. Call 843-953-5660 or email msps@cofc.edu if you have questions.

*It is preferred that orientation is completed in June before the SPECTRA program begins.

 

Summer Preview for new students August 17-20, 2016:

Summer Preview is a four day experience that allows incoming students to feel, see and enjoy the Charleston environment.  12 spots are available for each of the four themes. Pre-registration (first come first served basis), participation fee and a waiver is required for this summer program. The $395.00 fee includes program, admission fees, meals, and gifts. Payment must be made by check. Students will move into their room in the residence hall on August 17 after 6:00p.m. Participants will check in for the program at designated times between 3:00-5:00pm on August 17. Additional details can be found at http://nsp.cofc.edu/summer-preview/index.php. If you have questions about this opportunity for new students email summerpreview@cofc.edu.

Summer Preview themes for 2016:

  • Discover Charleston

Mountain bike around Wannamaker County Park on purpose-built trails. Take up rock climbing or archery. Develop your leadership skills on a ropes course. Try your hand at disc golf. And hike through Caw Caw Regional Park while you enjoy the rugged beauty of the Lowcountry!

  • Explore Charleston

Get to know your new home. This city has become a tourist destination for people from all over the world. Find out why. Take a water taxi to the USS Yorktown, tour some of the oldest parts of the city in a horse-drawn carriage and take in the exhibits at the South Carolina Aquarium.

  • Serve Charleston

Volunteer, make connections, and give your time to local charities and organizations. Discover some of the ways you can continue your community service work in the Charleston area.

  • Dive Into Charleston

In Charleston, it’s all about being on the water. Want to learn to surf? Kayak with the dolphins on the Folly River? Try scuba diving in a local pool or yoga on the beach?

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10 or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in Summer Preview because the schedules will conflict.Last modified on March 25, 2016 by flemingw

 

 

Cougar Excursion August 18-20: http://hslc.cofc.edu/cougar-excursion/index.php

New Students participating in Cougar Excursion spend several days at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island participating in leadership activities. This experience is a great way for new students to meet other first year students and upperclassmen. Participants will move into their residence hall on August 17. Program fee is $225.00 for lodging, transportation and meals. An additional charge for early move in for three nights will be applied. If you have questions about this program call the Higdon Student Leadership Center at 843-953-6356.

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10 or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in Summer Preview because the schedules will conflict.

 

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE): http://fye.cofc.edu/index.php

All new students with less than one full year of college experience are required to complete FYE during the fall or spring semester of their first year. Students only take one FYE (either a first–year seminar or learning community) during the academic year. This is a part of their general education requirements. For FYE questions email fye@cofc.edu.

 

Center for Excellence in Peer Education: http://cepe.cofc.edu/

The Center for Excellence in Peer Education prepares outstanding students to mentor, tutor, and assist their peers in both curricular and co-curricular settings. Peer Facilitators lead a 50 minute Synthesis Seminar (FYSS) once a week during the semester. Students enrolled in FYE will have this weekly synthesis seminar on their course schedule. All students within the First Year Seminar or Learning Community are required to attend each weekly synthesis seminar.

 

Office of New Student Programs: Supporting new students and their families!

To view the programs offered through the Office of New Student Programs visit our website at http://nsp.cofc.edu/index.php. If you have questions call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

Transition Year website:

Parents may be interested in the Transition Year website provided by The Jed Foundation. The website provides information about the complex transition from high school to college and includes many resources to help parents anticipate, plan for, and protect the emotional health of their college student. This guide was designed with input from authorities on college mental health. The Transition Year website can be accessed at http://www.transitionyear.org/ – click on the nametag PARENT to view information. You do not have to register/login to access information.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Visit the CofC Parent Website:

Listserv members are encouraged to visit the Parent website at www.cofc.edu/parents, which is updated frequently by the New Student Programs staff. The website has a variety of resources for parents of new and currently enrolled students. You may also unsubscribe or change your listserv subscription setting using the link provided on the website. Email parents@cofc.edu if you need assistance.

 

Parent Blog: 

Too many emails from the listserv? Try the Parent Blog! The blog is available for parents and family members to keep updated on listserv postings from college faculty, staff, and administrators.  By signing up for the blog, you will receive an email if there are any new postings to the listserv from faculty and staff only (no parent postings are included). For some the blog may be easier to handle than the listserv since the listserv can be very active. To receive the parent blog go to http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=cofc/Nagt&loc=en_US and enter your email to request subscription to the Blog.

 

Cougar Alert Notification System:

To receive notification in case of an emergency, students should log onto MyCharleston to enter phone numbers. Up to six numbers may be included. Please note that Cougar Alert is not a news service and is only used if the College of Charleston campus is in crisis. Read more details about the system at: http://emergency.cofc.edu/cougaralert/

 

Office of the Treasurer:

Parents can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system. By doing this you will receive an email of the statement when your student gets their bill. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Websites of interest:

Campus E-mails:

College of Charleston Social Media:

You may want to check out the social media directory for the college, which has a list of campus offices and departments on many different social media platforms, at http://social.cofc.edu/social-media-directory/index.php

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Summer 2016 Dining Hours

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – May 2-8, 2016

Looking for a specific program, service, or personnel at the College of Charleston? Use the campus directory at http://cofc.edu/directory/.

 

Important Dates:

  • May 3 – Final grades posted after 5:00pmEST
  • May 4 – Graduation rehearsals (See website for time based on School)
  • *May 6, May 7 – Graduation
  • May 8 – Happy Mother’s Day to all of our CofC Moms!!!
  • August 23 – Fall classes begin!

 

*PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY CAMPUS DEPARTMENTS WILL CLOSE AT 12noon ON FRIDAY MAY 6 TO ACCOMMODATE PARKING NEEDS FOR THOSE ATTENDING GRADUATION.

 

Graduation Rehearsal Dates: (May 4)

http://cofc.edu/commencement/information/rehearsal.php

 

Commencement Information:

http://www.cofc.edu/commencement/

 

Fall 2016 Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2016fall.pdf

 

Undergraduate Academic Services:

Students with questions about their academic status, academic probation, dismissal, leave of absence, or the withdrawal process may contact Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS) at undergrad@cofc.edu or call 843-953-5674. Students can also schedule an appointment with Undergraduate Academic Services online using Appointment Manager. They can also schedule an appointment though MyCharleston under the Academic Services Tab. At the end of the semester final grades will be reviewed to determine if students have met the minimum scholastic requirements. Students on academic probation will be reviewed to determine if they have met their target GPA to get back to good standing or have met your Satisfactory Academic Progress number calculated by UAS. Final grades are posted on May 3 by 5:00pmEST.

 

Academic Standards: http://undergrad.cofc.edu/academic-standards/index.php

Students enrolled at the College of Charleston must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) to avoid being placed on academic probation. These requirements are on a sliding scale based upon the total number of credit hours earned by the student.

Credits Earned GPA Required
0-19 1.50
20-59 1.80
60 and up 2.0
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, meets the minimum requirement as listed above, but is below 2.0, then the student will be placed on academic warning.
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, is less than minimum requirement as listed above, the student is placed on academic probation.
  • First year provisionally admitted students must earn 24 hours with a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

 

Degree Works: http://registrar.cofc.edu/degreeworks/index.php

Students may complete a degree audit using Degree Works to see the classes taken (or currently taking) and the classes still needed. You can also do “What if” scenarios with this tool so plug in any major and run an audit to see what classes would be needed for that major.

 

Campus Housing (summer/academic year): http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Campus Housing handles all on-campus room assignments for residence halls and historic houses. You can also find residence hall information and rates on the Campus Housing website. If you have questions about paying an early move in fee, applying for on campus housing, staying on campus during orientation, residence hall room assignment, roommate assignment, or specific residence halls or historic houses contact Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or 843-953-5523.

 

PROGRAMS FOR NEW STUDENTS:

Summer Orientations June-August:

The Office of New Student Programs provides 10 two-day summer orientations for new students and their family. If you have an incoming student attending the College of Charleston this fall we ask that parents let your student complete the online orientation registration thru MyCharleston.

For information about new student orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/student-orientation.php. If you have orientation questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call 843-953-2017.

Family Orientation:

Family members can attend orientation with your student this summer. A family orientation is offered during all ten of the summer orientation dates. The fee is $35.00 per family member. Students can register family members to attend Family Orientation when they register online. However, if your student did not include any family members to attend the family orientation when they registered for orientation just email orientat@cofc.edu with your student’s full name and CWID and we will add you!  The family orientation is highly evaluated and we encourage parents to attend if possible. To read about Family Orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/family-orientation.php. If you have questions call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

SPECTRA July 3-August 5, 2016: http://msps.cofc.edu/spectra/index.php

The SPECTRA programs provide an academic and transition experience for recent African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American (AALANA) high school graduates who have been accepted to the College of Charleston and are enrolling for the fall semester. SPECTRA students enroll in summer II classes, earn college credit, live in a residence hall on campus, and participate in a variety of programs and activities designed specifically to assist them with transitioning from high school to the academic life of a college student. Call 843-953-5660 or email msps@cofc.edu if you have questions.

*It is preferred that orientation is completed in June before the SPECTRA program begins.

 

Summer Preview for new students August 17-20, 2016:

Summer Preview is a four day experience that allows incoming students to feel, see and enjoy the Charleston environment.  12 spots are available for each of the four themes. Pre-registration (first come first served basis), participation fee and a waiver is required for this summer program. The $395.00 fee includes program, admission fees, meals, and gifts. Payment must be made by check. Students will move into their room in the residence hall on August 17 after 6:00p.m. Participants will check in for the program at designated times between 3:00-5:00pm on August 17. Additional details can be found at http://nsp.cofc.edu/summer-preview/index.php. If you have questions about this opportunity for new students email summerpreview@cofc.edu.

Summer Preview themes for 2016:

  • Discover Charleston

Mountain bike around Wannamaker County Park on purpose-built trails. Take up rock climbing or archery. Develop your leadership skills on a ropes course. Try your hand at disc golf. And hike through Caw Caw Regional Park while you enjoy the rugged beauty of the Lowcountry!

  • Explore Charleston

Get to know your new home. This city has become a tourist destination for people from all over the world. Find out why. Take a water taxi to the USS Yorktown, tour some of the oldest parts of the city in a horse-drawn carriage and take in the exhibits at the South Carolina Aquarium.

  • Serve Charleston

Volunteer, make connections, and give your time to local charities and organizations. Discover some of the ways you can continue your community service work in the Charleston area.

  • Dive Into Charleston

In Charleston, it’s all about being on the water. Want to learn to surf? Kayak with the dolphins on the Folly River? Try scuba diving in a local pool or yoga on the beach?

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10 or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in Summer Preview because the schedules will conflict.

 

 

Cougar Excursion August 18-20: http://hslc.cofc.edu/cougar-excursion/index.php

New Students participating in Cougar Excursion spend several days at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island participating in leadership activities. This experience is a great way for new students to meet other first year students and upperclassmen. Participants will move into their residence hall on August 17. Program fee is $225.00 for lodging, transportation and meals. An additional charge for early move in for three nights will be applied. If you have questions about this program call the Higdon Student Leadership Center at 843-953-6356.

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10 or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in Summer Preview because the schedules will conflict.

 

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE): http://fye.cofc.edu/index.php

All new students with less than one full year of college experience are required to complete FYE during the fall or spring semester of their first year. Students only take one FYE (either a first–year seminar or learning community) during the academic year. This is a part of their general education requirements. For FYE questions email fye@cofc.edu.

 

Center for Excellence in Peer Education: http://cepe.cofc.edu/

The Center for Excellence in Peer Education prepares outstanding students to mentor, tutor, and assist their peers in both curricular and co-curricular settings. Peer Facilitators lead a 50 minute Synthesis Seminar (FYSS) once a week during the semester. Students enrolled in FYE will have this weekly synthesis seminar on their course schedule. All students within the First Year Seminar or Learning Community are required to attend each weekly synthesis seminar.

 

Office of New Student Programs: Supporting new students and their families!

To view the programs offered through the Office of New Student Programs visit our website at http://nsp.cofc.edu/index.php. If you have questions call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

Transition Year website:

Parents may be interested in the Transition Year website provided by The Jed Foundation. The website provides information about the complex transition from high school to college and includes many resources to help parents anticipate, plan for, and protect the emotional health of their college student. This guide was designed with input from authorities on college mental health. The Transition Year website can be accessed at http://www.transitionyear.org/ – click on the nametag PARENT to view information. You do not have to register/login to access information.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Visit the CofC Parent Website:

Listserv members are encouraged to visit the Parent website at www.cofc.edu/parents, which is updated frequently by the New Student Programs staff. The website has a variety of resources for parents of new and currently enrolled students. You may also unsubscribe or change your listserv subscription setting using the link provided on the website. Email parents@cofc.edu if you need assistance.

 

Parent Blog: 

Too many emails from the listserv? Try the Parent Blog! The blog is available for parents and family members to keep updated on listserv postings from college faculty, staff, and administrators.  By signing up for the blog, you will receive an email if there are any new postings to the listserv from faculty and staff only (no parent postings are included). For some the blog may be easier to handle than the listserv since the listserv can be very active. To receive the parent blog go to http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=cofc/Nagt&loc=en_US and enter your email to request subscription to the Blog.

 

Cougar Alert Notification System:

To receive notification in case of an emergency, students should log onto MyCharleston to enter phone numbers. Up to six numbers may be included. Please note that Cougar Alert is not a news service and is only used if the College of Charleston campus is in crisis. Read more details about the system at: http://emergency.cofc.edu/cougaralert/

 

Office of the Treasurer:

Parents can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system. By doing this you will receive an email of the statement when your student gets their bill. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Websites of interest:

Campus E-mails:

College of Charleston Social Media:

You may want to check out the social media directory for the college, which has a list of campus offices and departments on many different social media platforms, at http://social.cofc.edu/social-media-directory/index.php

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Maymester/Summer School Class Calendar – Summer 2016

The Maymester/Summer Calendar can be found at http://summer.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php. Maymester classes begin May 16.

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Home (Bitter) Sweet Home: A College Student Perspective

Since today is the last day of classes and students are headed home for the summer, you may find this article of interest from Grown & Flown http://grownandflown.com/home-bitter-sweet-home-from-a-college-students-perspective/

Have a great summer everyone – 116 days until fall semester begins!!!

 

Melinda (Mindy) Miley│Asst. Vice President, Educational Programs & Services

New Student Programs│COLLEGE of CHARLESTON

66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424

mileym@cofc.edu │843-953-2017

 

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Summer discussions: Managing money

Summer is a great time to talk with your student about managing money and creating a budget. This will be an especially timely conversation if your student has a summer job. Lack of money is often cited by many students as the reason for leaving college. Also, be sure to talk to your student about applying for credit cards, credit card interest/debt, credit history, credit reports, and having a good FICO score. Students may be unfamiliar with these terms and how debt can affect things like buying a car, renting an apartment, or buying a home.

Take a look at some of the resources provided below and plan time to have this discussion with your student. Learning how to budget, manage finances, plan for changes, and prepare for the unexpected will help your student reach their financial and academic goals.

Saving Money

Budgeting

Managing Your Money

Helpful Resources and Tools

Additional resources:

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – April 25-May 1, 2016

Important Dates:

*PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY CAMPUS DEPARTMENTS WILL CLOSE AT 12noon ON FRIDAY MAY 6 TO ACCOMMODATE PARKING NEEDS FOR THOSE ATTENDING GRADUATION.

 

Graduation Rehearsal Dates: (May 4)

http://cofc.edu/commencement/information/rehearsal.php

 

A Charleston Affair:

For information about alumni weekend events and the Charleston Affair event in the Cistern Yard check out the website: http://acaweekend.cofc.edu/ (registration/tickets required).

 

Fall 2016 Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2016fall.pdf

 

Senior Information website: Questions – graduation@cofc.edu

Graduation information is posted on the Senior Information website as it becomes available. Graduates may receive five tickets for their guests to sit with them on the Cistern Yard. Additional guests may sit in the “satellite” venues that do not require a ticket.

 

Campus Housing (summer/academic year): http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Campus Housing handles all on-campus room assignments for residence halls and historic houses. You can also find residence hall information and rates on the Campus Housing website. If you have questions about paying an early move in fee, applying for on campus housing, staying on campus during orientation, residence hall room assignment, roommate assignment, or specific residence halls or historic houses contact Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or 843-953-5523.

 

Undergraduate Academic Services:

Students with questions about their academic status, academic probation, dismissal, leave of absence, or the withdrawal process may contact Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS) at undergrad@cofc.edu or call 843-953-5674. Students can also schedule an appointment with Undergraduate Academic Services online using Appointment Manager. They can also schedule an appointment though MyCharleston under the Academic Services Tab. At the end of the semester final grades will be reviewed to determine if students have met the minimum scholastic requirements. Students on academic probation will be reviewed to determine if they have met their target GPA to get back to good standing or have met your Satisfactory Academic Progress number calculated by UAS. Final grades are posted on May 3 by 5:00pmEST.

 

Academic Standards: http://undergrad.cofc.edu/academic-standards/index.php

Students enrolled at the College of Charleston must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) to avoid being placed on academic probation. These requirements are on a sliding scale based upon the total number of credit hours earned by the student.

Credits Earned GPA Required
0-19 1.50
20-59 1.80
60 and up 2.0
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, meets the minimum requirement as listed above, but is below 2.0, then the student will be placed on academic warning.
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, is less than minimum requirement as listed above, the student is placed on academic probation.
  • First year provisionally admitted students must earn 24 hours with a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

 

Degree Works: http://registrar.cofc.edu/degreeworks/index.php

Students may complete a degree audit using Degree Works to see the classes taken (or currently taking) and the classes still needed. You can also do “What if” scenarios with this tool so plug in any major and run an audit to see what classes would be needed for that major.

 

PROGRAMS FOR NEW STUDENTS:

Summer Orientations June-August:

The Office of New Student Programs provides 10 two-day summer orientations for new students and their family. If you have an incoming student attending the College of Charleston this fall we ask that parents let your student complete the online orientation registration thru MyCharleston.

For information about new student orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/student-orientation.php. If you have orientation questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call 843-953-2017.

 

Family Orientation:

Family members can attend orientation with your student this summer. A family orientation is offered during all ten of the summer orientation dates. The fee is $35.00 per family member. Students can register family members to attend Family Orientation when they register online. However, if your student did not include any family members to attend the family orientation when they registered for orientation just email orientat@cofc.edu with your student’s full name and CWID and we will add you!  The family orientation is highly evaluated and we encourage parents to attend if possible. To read about Family Orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/family-orientation.php. If you have questions call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

SPECTRA July 3-August 5, 2016: http://msps.cofc.edu/spectra/index.php

The SPECTRA programs provide an academic and transition experience for recent African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American (AALANA) high school graduates who have been accepted to the College of Charleston and are enrolling for the fall semester. SPECTRA students enroll in summer II classes, earn college credit, live in a residence hall on campus, and participate in a variety of programs and activities designed specifically to assist them with transitioning from high school to the academic life of a college student. Call 843-953-5660 or email msps@cofc.edu if you have questions.

*It is preferred that orientation is completed in June before the SPECTRA program begins.

 

Summer Preview for new students August 17-20, 2016:

Summer Preview is a four day experience that allows incoming students to feel, see and enjoy the Charleston environment.  12 spots are available for each of the four themes. Pre-registration (first come first served basis), participation fee and a waiver is required for this summer program. The $395.00 fee includes program, admission fees, meals, and gifts. Payment must be made by check. Students will move into their room in the residence hall on August 17 after 6:00p.m. Participants will check in for the program at designated times between 3:00-5:00pm on August 17. Additional details can be found at http://nsp.cofc.edu/summer-preview/index.php. If you have questions about this opportunity for new students email summerpreview@cofc.edu.

Summer Preview themes for 2016:

  • Discover Charleston

Mountain bike around Wannamaker County Park on purpose-built trails. Take up rock climbing or archery. Develop your leadership skills on a ropes course. Try your hand at disc golf. And hike through Caw Caw Regional Park while you enjoy the rugged beauty of the Lowcountry!

  • Explore Charleston

Get to know your new home. This city has become a tourist destination for people from all over the world. Find out why. Take a water taxi to the USS Yorktown, tour some of the oldest parts of the city in a horse-drawn carriage and take in the exhibits at the South Carolina Aquarium.

  • Serve Charleston

Volunteer, make connections, and give your time to local charities and organizations. Discover some of the ways you can continue your community service work in the Charleston area.

  • Dive Into Charleston

In Charleston, it’s all about being on the water. Want to learn to surf? Kayak with the dolphins on the Folly River? Try scuba diving in a local pool or yoga on the beach?

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10 or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in Summer Preview because the schedules will conflict.

 

Cougar Excursion August 18-20: http://hslc.cofc.edu/cougar-excursion/index.php

New Students participating in Cougar Excursion spend several days at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island participating in leadership activities. This experience is a great way for new students to meet other first year students and upperclassmen. Participants will move into their residence hall on August 17. Program fee is $225.00 for lodging, transportation and meals. An additional charge for early move in for three nights will be applied. If you have questions about this program call the Higdon Student Leadership Center at 843-953-6356.

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10 or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in Summer Preview because the schedules will conflict.

 

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE): http://fye.cofc.edu/index.php

All new students with less than one full year of college experience are required to complete FYE during the fall or spring semester of their first year. Students only take one FYE (either a first–year seminar or learning community) during the academic year. This is a part of their general education requirements. For FYE questions email fye@cofc.edu.

 

Center for Excellence in Peer Education: http://cepe.cofc.edu/

The Center for Excellence in Peer Education prepares outstanding students to mentor, tutor, and assist their peers in both curricular and co-curricular settings. Peer Facilitators lead a 50 minute Synthesis Seminar (FYSS) once a week during the semester. Students enrolled in FYE will have this weekly synthesis seminar on their course schedule. All students within the First Year Seminar or Learning Community are required to attend each weekly synthesis seminar.

 

Office of New Student Programs: Supporting new students and their families!

To view the programs offered through the Office of New Student Programs visit our website at http://nsp.cofc.edu/index.php. If you have questions call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

Transition Year website:

Parents may be interested in the Transition Year website provided by The Jed Foundation. The website provides information about the complex transition from high school to college and includes many resources to help parents anticipate, plan for, and protect the emotional health of their college student. This guide was designed with input from authorities on college mental health. The Transition Year website can be accessed at http://www.transitionyear.org/ – click on the nametag PARENT to view information. You do not have to register/login to access information.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Visit the CofC Parent Website:

Listserv members are encouraged to visit the Parent website at www.cofc.edu/parents, which is updated frequently by the New Student Programs staff. The website has a variety of resources for parents of new and currently enrolled students. You may also unsubscribe or change your listserv subscription setting using the link provided on the website. Email parents@cofc.edu if you need assistance.

 

Parent Blog: 

Too many emails from the listserv? Try the Parent Blog! The blog is available for parents and family members to keep updated on listserv postings from college faculty, staff, and administrators.  By signing up for the blog, you will receive an email if there are any new postings to the listserv from faculty and staff only (no parent postings are included). For some the blog may be easier to handle than the listserv since the listserv can be very active. To receive the parent blog go to http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=cofc/Nagt&loc=en_US and enter your email to request subscription to the Blog.

 

Cougar Alert Notification System:

To receive notification in case of an emergency, students should log onto MyCharleston to enter phone numbers. Up to six numbers may be included. Please note that Cougar Alert is not a news service and is only used if the College of Charleston campus is in crisis. Read more details about the system at: http://emergency.cofc.edu/cougaralert/

 

Office of the Treasurer:

Parents can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system. By doing this you will receive an email of the statement when your student gets their bill. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

 

College of Charleston Social Media:

You may want to check out the social media directory for the college, which has a list of campus offices and departments on many different social media platforms, at http://social.cofc.edu/social-media-directory/index.php

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CofC Move out Information – Spring 2016

Housing Information

In the next few weeks, the RA’s will be having hall meetings to go over the move out procedures for spring 2016.  All meetings should be complete by April 15th.

 

All students who live on campus will need to make an appointment with their RA 24 hours prior to the actual move out to have the room checked.  At the meeting, the RA will provide details about what needs to be cleaned, etc.  If their RA is not available at a time that works for the student, they can sign up with another RA in the building.

If you have any questions, check out the Residence Life and Housing website at http://reslife.cofc.edu/.  If you have additional questions, please email reslife@cofc.edu.

Move Out Drive – Move Out 2016

  1. There will be bins in the lobby to donate items you don’t want to take home. These should be “gently used” items that someone might want to purchase at a Good Will. DO NOT leave items unattended in the lobby or near the bins when you are moving out. They might get picked up during a collection.
  2. Do not give mattress pads, hangers, open detergents or boxes of trash bags, food items, underwear/bras, and toiletries.

Parking Information for Move-Out from Residence Halls – Spring 2016

 The College of Charleston’s offices of Residence Life, Public Safety, New Student Programs, and Parking Services have partnered together so that we can provide convenient parking for the families of students moving out of residence halls for the summer.

Be advised that any street parking other than metered spaces will be ticketed by The College of Charleston and/or the City of Charleston. Parking on streets in areas that are not designated as parking areas restricts traffic flow and creates safety concerns for both pedestrians and other vehicles. Leaving someone to stand guard at a vehicle that is parked on the street will not prevent that vehicle from being ticketed.

Tip:  Don’t forget to bring hand trucks or dollies for move out.  Each residence hall will have a limited number in the lobby so it may be a good idea to bring your own to assist in the moving process.

SURFACE LOT AVAILABILITY

 

Selected surface lots that will be available for move-out on the dates and times provided below the following list:

  • G Lot (close to Buist-Rivers; please note that you cannot park in a space that is marked as “handicap accessible” or “Residence Hall Director”)
  • BS Lot (close to Bull Street historic houses please note that you cannot park in the space that is marked as “Residence Hall Director”)
  • Q Lot (close to Coming Street historic houses)
  • CS Lot (close to Coming Street historic houses)
  • I Lot (close to McConnell; CofC marked spaces only)
  • P Lot (close to McConnell and Wentworth Street historic and fraternity houses)
  • W Lot (at 298-300 Meeting Street)
  • WP Lot (close to Warren Place and Kelley House; also fairly close to Berry and McAlister; excludes the service space and the Residence Hall Director space)

 

We will not be ticketing the selected surface lots listed above during the following timeframes ONLY:

Friday 4/22/2016 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Saturday 4/23/2016 from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Sunday 4/24/2016 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Monday 4/25/2016 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Tuesday 4/26/2016 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Wednesday 4/27/2016 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Thursday 4/28/2016 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Friday 4/29/2016 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Saturday 4/30/2016 from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM

 

For exact locations of these surface parking lots, please consult the College of Charleston parking map. Printed copies of the map are available at Parking Services or Public Safety.

 

These are the only surface lots that will be available, and they will only be available during the timeframes provided above. Exams do not officially end until 4/29/2016, and students and employees with permits for these lots will still need access to their spaces while other students are moving out. Even if a lot appears to have several available spaces, it will be ticketed; the only exceptions are in the lots listed above during the designated timeframes.

GARAGE PARKING

 

For students who are moving out at times when there will not be surface lot availability, or for students whose residence halls are close to the PG, GG, or WG garages, we will offer complimentary two-hour garage parking for one vehicle per student. Please read the following information very carefully:

 

  • Upon request students will be provided with one 2-hour parking voucher for one of the following garages: PG Garage, GG Garage, or WG Garage. For exact locations of these garages, please consult the College of Charleston parking map. PG Garage is convenient to Berry and McAlister, and is reasonably close to Warren Place, Kelly House, and College Lodge. GG Garage is convenient to Craig Hall, George Street Apartments, and Liberty Street Residence Hall, and is reasonably close to Buist-Rivers. WG Garage is convenient to the Wentworth Street historic houses and the fraternity houses, and is reasonably close to McConnell and Craig.
  • Garage parking vouchers will be available at the Parking Services office beginning on Friday, 4/22/2016, and must be picked up during business hours (Monday through Friday; 8:30 AM – 5 PM). A valid Cougar Card must be presented in order to receive your garage parking voucher. (Public Safety will have a limited supply of garage parking vouchers if you need to pick one up after 5 PM.)
  • Garage vouchers may be redeemed at any time of day between 4/23/2016 and 4/30/2016.
  • Garage vouchers will represent the only parking option to students who plan on moving out on a weekday prior to 5 PM.
  • There is a strict two-hour time limit on the parking garage vouchers, so please have all belongings packed and ready to go before you begin moving them out. If time parked exceeds two hours, patrons will be responsible for paying the additional fees.
  • You must retain the ticket that you pulled upon entering the garage in order to be eligible for the two hours of free parking. You must surrender both the ticket and the voucher to the cashier in order to be eligible for the two hours of free parking.
  • Garages are not always staffed 24/7, but there is usually a cashier on duty at the following times: weekdays from 7 AM until 7 PM and weekends from 9 AM to 5 PM at PG; any day between the hours of 7 AM and 10 PM at GG and WG. Unfortunately, vouchers cannot be presented when there is not a cashier on duty. In order to avoid flat-rate exit fees, we recommend that you park at a metered space if you will be leaving campus after the posted cashier hours.

 

Please feel free to call Parking Services at 843.953.7834 or email parkingservices@cofc.edu if you have any questions.

 

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