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The Office of the Registrar is currently processing course changes from Academic Departments in response to Fall 2020 Covid-19 planning.  You may notice changes in your course schedule or in the instruction modality for some of your courses.   As we get closer to the start of classes on August 25th, check your schedule regularly. Students have the ability to make changes to their schedule through the end of the drop/add period. If you have questions, check with your academic advisor.

Thank you for your patience as we all work together to navigate the plans for a safe Fall semester!  Additional information on Covid-19 planning can be found on https://cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks/

This is a very popular question!  Thanks for asking it!  The Office of the Registrar cannot override or register students into courses.  Course enrollment is maintained by the academic departments.  Only a Department within a School can grant capacity or pre-requisite overrides.  Keep in mind, not all Departments grant overrides.  Each Department sets their own criteria for review and approval of overrides.

Registration Reminder
This is a reminder that course registration will be open to the campus at 8:00 am (EST) on Saturday, August 8, 2020.  Helpful information regarding the registration process can be found on the Help & Training tab in MyCharleston on the Office of the Registrar Student Resources channel.
Make sure you take some time to review your registration status prior to this date.  Registration status can be found on the Registration Tools channel on the Academic Services tab of MyCharleston.  If you have a registration hold on your account, you will not be able to register for courses until this hold is cleared by the department who placed the hold.  For more information on registration holds, please visit Registration Holds and Required Verifications.
If You Have Already Applied to Graduate
Students who have already applied to graduate will not be eligible to register for courses or change registration for previously registered courses until they submit a Graduation Update form.  If you need to extend your expected graduation term, please visit the Graduate Update webpage for more information.
If You are an Incoming Student Who Has Not Attended Your Orientation Session Yet
Incoming students who have not yet completed their Orientation session will register for courses on their assigned date.  Students who have questions regarding Orientation should contact orientat@cofc.edu.

Registration is currently closed due to New Student Orientation. All students will be able to make adjustments to their fall schedule from 8:00 am (EST) August 8, 2020 through August 31, 2020 or the end of the drop/add period. Students who need assistance earlier should consult with the department chair in their major or contact the department offering the course.

It is important to know the difference between Online and In-Person classes for Fall 2020!  Here are some helpful definitions:

ONLINE (ASYNCHRONOUS):  Courses taught online but can be accessed at a student’s leisure. There is no specific class meeting time but there are due dates for assignments.

ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS):  Courses taught exclusively online at the same time(s) and day(s) each week. Showing up to class will be via an online platform from a location of the student’s choosing

IN-PERSON (HYBRID):  Sometimes students will attend class at the listed location/time AND there will be an online component. Courses taught “in-person” will vary depending on the professor or department. Check the course syllabus for specific details.

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The Office of the Registrar is currently processing schedule changes from Academic Departments in response to Fall 2020 Covid-19 planning.  As a result, you may notice a change in your course schedule or in the instruction modality for some of your courses.  Please be patient while we complete this work.  All students will have an opportunity to make changes to their schedule beginning August 8th through the end of drop/add. You will have an opportunity to talk with your advisor and faculty about any concerns you might have about your schedule then.  Additional information on Covid-19 planning can be found on http://cofc.edu/covid19/

Fall Course Registration After June 15, 2020

By Mary Bergstrom
Posted on 15 June 2020 | 11:46 am

After June 15, 2020, registration is limited for Fall 2020 courses during the summer.  Registration is available during the following date range:

  • August 8th though Drop/Add deadline (refer to the Academic Calendar for the Drop/Add deadlines for Fall 2020)

60+ Registration Information for Spring 2020

By Mary Bergstrom
Posted on 18 December 2019 | 5:10 pm

60+ Tuition Exemption Program Registration

Spring 2020

Beginning with the 2019 Fall Semester, admitted 60+ students have the ability to register themselves for courses before the first day of classes.  You can view the announcement from Provost McGee by clicking: 60+ Tuition Exemption Program Fall 2019 Update (PDF).  All College of Charleston students register online for courses according to their number of earned credit hours.  This now includes you.  Even if you have zero earned credit hours, your registration entry date will occur before the first week of classes.  https://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/entrytimes.php

This change in our registration process will require you to prepare for registration in a new way.  Students will need to become familiar with the online course registration process.  Below please find several resources designed to help you adequately prepare for admission and registration for the Spring 2020 60+ Tuition Exemption Program.  Students may also download a copy of this information by clicking 60+ Tuition Exemption Program Overview Guide (PDF).

When Can I Register?

Students register according to earned credit hours (EHRS) for an upcoming semester.  The Registration Entry Times for each semester are posted on the Office of the Registrar website: http://registrar.cofc.edu/courses/index.php.   Students can view earned credit hours on their unofficial transcript located in Self-Service Banner.

How Do I Register for Courses?

Student registration takes place online in MyCharleston (my.cofc.edu) on the Registration Tools channel of the Academic Services tab. Students use the Registration Tools channel to add classes, drop classes, withdraw from classes, view holds and more!  A quick guide for the registration process can be found by clicking Student Course Registration Quick Guide (PDF).  Additional resources are available on the Help & Training tab in MyCharleston.

  • Registration is on a space-available basis.  Only the professor and department offering a course can approve an override request for students to join a closed course or courses requiring pre-requisites or special permission. Students should contact the Department directly.
  • Students who wish to repeat a course must complete the Course Repeat Request Form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by the drop/add deadline (http://registrar.cofc.edu/forms/index.php).
  • Graduate Courses:  Only students who have been accepted to the Graduate School as a degree or non-degree seeking student may register for graduate-level courses.
  • Additional guides on course registration can be found on the Help & Training tab in MyCharleston on the Office of the Registrar Student Resources channel.

Taking Courses for Credit or Audit

All course registrations default to credit, which means the course is being taken for a grade.

Students may audit a course after obtaining permission of the instructor on the Permission to Audit Form, which is available on the Registrar’s Office website.  Students must first register for a course and then submit the Permission to Audit Form to the Registrar’s Office no later than the last day of drop/add for the term in order to finalize their audit.  A student may only make a change to course grading status (graded or audit) prior to the last day of drop/add for the term.  A course audit will be recorded on a student’s transcript with the Status Indicator AU. No credit or quality points are earned.  Full tuition is charged for audited coursework (does not apply to 60+ students).

Not all courses offered by the College may be audited.  Departments and Programs may limit the number of audits per course section and may also designate courses that do not accept any auditors.  Students should consult with the appropriate Department or Program prior to seeking permission to audit a course.  Faculty determine the course requirements for auditing students (e.g. attendance, participation, submission of assignments, exams, etc.).

Course Registration Requirement

Students may attend a course only if they are officially registered in the course and appear on the instructor’s official course roster.  Faculty, Program Directors, and Department Chairs do not have the authority to permit students to attend a course for which they are not registered.  This requirement applies to students who intend to earn course credit and to students who intend to audit a course.

Deadlines

Students are responsible for meeting all deadlines posted by the Office of Admissions, Office of the Registrar and on the Academic Calendar.

Familiarize Yourself with College of Charleston Technology

Once admitted to the College of Charleston, students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the College’s technologies.  These include:

  • Student Portal MyCharleston (my.cofc.edu)
  • Self Service Banner (located in MyCharleston)
  • Student learning management system (OAKS)
  • College of Charleston Cmail system.  Your College of Charleston email address will end with @g.cofc.edu.  College of Charleston business cannot be conducted via personal email addresses.

 Where Can I Find the Academic Catalog?

The academic catalog is an important resource for current and prospective students to review information on academic programs, policies, degree requirements, course descriptions, and more!  The College of Charleston academic catalogs can be found on the web page, catalog.cofc.edu.  Use the drop-down menu in the upper right hand corner to select the undergraduate or graduate catalog.

Technology Assistance

  • Students who need assistance with their MyCharleston or email login or password should contact the IT Service Desk:  843.953-3375 or itservicedesk@cofc.edu
  • Several helpful student information guides are located on the Help & Training tab in MyCharleston.

Maintain Active Student Status

Students are responsible for maintaining active status as a College of Charleston student.  If a student is not enrolled for one semester, they must contact the Office of Admissions to request reactivation in order to register for courses.  Students who are not enrolled for two semesters or more must reapply for admission to the College.  Summer enrollments are not considered in determining continuing enrollment status for the fall.

Where Do I Pay for My Courses and Fees?

  • Students can pay their bills at the Office of the Treasurer, located at 170 Calhoun Street.
  • Students may also pay their bill online through MyCharleston using these instructions:  Treasurer Payment Instructions
  • Student should review the Treasurer’s Office billing schedule and due dates to avoid being dropped from courses for non-payment.  The billing schedule can be found on this website: http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/index.php

Where Do I Purchase Textbooks?

Students can purchase books in the College of Charleston Barnes and Noble bookstore located at 160 Calhoun Street.  Students should consult the course syllabus or speak with the instructor prior to purchasing books.

This information is also available on the Office of the Registrar website: https://registrar.cofc.edu/courses/60+-tuition-exemption-program-registration.php

 

Dear 60+ Tuition Exemption Student, 

We are so glad you have decided to take classes at the College of Charleston!

We have received two popular questions regarding the registration process for 60+ Tuition Exemption students over the past few weeks.  We have included the questions and responses below:

When I register for a course, does it automatically know I am intending to audit the course?

No, all course registrations default to credit, which means the course is being taken for a grade.

Students may audit a course after obtaining permission of the instructor on the Permission to Audit Form, which is available on the Registrar’s Office website.  Students must first register for a course and then submit the Permission to Audit Form to the Registrar’s Office no later than the last day of drop/add for the term in order to finalize their audit.  A student may only make a change to course grading status (graded or audit) prior to the last day of drop/add for the term.  A course audit will be recorded on a student’s transcript with the Status Indicator AU. No credit or quality points are earned. 

Not all courses offered by the College may be audited.  Departments and Programs may limit the number of audits per course section and may also designate courses that do not accept any auditors.  Students should consult with the appropriate Department or Program prior to seeking permission to audit a course.  Faculty determine the course requirements for auditing students (e.g. attendance, participation, submission of assignments, exams, etc.).All students are expected to have the required prerequisite(s) for courses they intend to take. If you receive a prerequisite error when to register for a course, please contact the appropriate academic department to see if they will grant you permission to take the class. Academic departments have the ability to register students into classes. Here is additional information which may be useful to you during your visit this semester. This information can also be found via your MyCharleston account and on the College of Charleston Website at www.cofc.edu.

Steps To Audit a Course:

1.       Register for the Course via MyCharleston.
2.       Complete a Permission to Audit Form (Make sure that the Instructor signs the form)
3.       Turn the form in to the Office of the Registrar by the drop/add date:

  • Express I  Courses:            August 22nd
  • Full-term Courses:            August 27th
  • Express II Courses:           October 11th

I keep getting a missing prerequisite error when attempting to register for a particular course.  Why?

All College of Charleston students must meet the pre-requisite requirements for course registration.  Registration is on a space-available basis.  Only the professor and department offering a course can approve an override request for students to join a closed course or courses requiring pre-requisites or special permission. Students should contact the Department directly. 

Don’t forget, full details about this program and other registration resources regarding this program can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website (http://registrar.cofc.edu/courses/60+-tuition-exemption-program-registration.php) 

Permission to Audit Form: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/permission-to-audit.pdf  

60+ Tuition Exemption Program Overview Guide:  http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/60+-tuition-exemption-program/tuition-free-registration-process-fall-2019.pdf 

Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2019fall.pdf  

Undergraduate Catalog: http://registrar.cofc.edu/ 

Student Course Registration Quick Guide:  http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/student-course-registration-quick-guide.pdf 

If you have any issues with accessing your MyCharleston or email account, please contact Helpdesk at helpdesk@cofc.edu or 843-953-3375. 

College of Charleston Map: http://www.cofc.edu/visit/documents/campusmap_illopt.pdf  

Classroom Building Acronyms and Information: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/classroom-building-location-acronyms.pdf  

College of Charleston Cougar Card Services: http://cougarcard.cofc.edu/  

Student Privileges: http://cougarcard.cofc.edu/students/index.php  

Have a great semester! 

Office of the Registrar

If you are at least 60 years old and a resident of South Carolina, you may apply to the College to take courses on a tuition-free basis.  Want more information on the 60+ Tuition Exemption Program?  Please visit these websites:

60+ Admissions Process and/or Registering for Courses Office of the Registrar

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