Jul 25, 2024  

Student Support Services and Programs

Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC)


The Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC) assists undergraduate students with all aspects of academic planning by promoting and encouraging self-exploration and resource utilization in support of academic success, as well as the timely and informed pursuit of an academic major. This is accomplished through student-centered, individualized, technology-enhanced advising appointments and the establishment of a relationship based on mutual trust with a diverse student population. Students meet with their academic advisor to explore their interests, discuss course options, consider majors, plan for the future, and address academic strengths and challenges.

Center for Disability Services (CDS)


The College of Charleston actively and affirmatively seeks to accommodate any currently enrolled student with a disability in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its 2008 amendments. Upon admission, students whose disabilities would require accommodations are urged to apply for services by contacting CDS before the semester begins.

Center for Student Learning (CSL)


The Center for Student Learning offers academic assistance and resources to all students. Conveniently located in the Addlestone Library, the Center is composed of walk-in labs including: Business, Spanish, Math, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Social Sciences, and Writing.  The walk-in lab environment provides students with consultants that are trained and experienced peer tutors. In addition, tutoring is available by appointment in general studies, foreign languages, and speaking consultations. Supplemental Instruction (SI) group sessions are offered in selected courses; in these courses, the SI leader has taken the class before, attends all class sessions again, takes notes, does the homework, and offers three Supplemental Instruction study sessions each week. These sessions focus on collaboratively reviewing material and practicing study and learning strategies. Peer Academic Coaching (PAC) is available to select student populations.  Study strategies assistance is offered by appointment and through scheduled workshops.

Center for International Education (CIE)


The Center for International Education (CIE) works with faculty and departments to develop study abroad programs, collaborates with the Office of Admissions on international student recruitment, coordinates international student enrollment and provides services for international students and faculty. Additionally, CIE works with schools and departments to identify and develop educational linkages with international partners in concert with the College’s goals and priorities, pursues and supports initiatives in support of the College’s internationalization goals, and serves as the general resource for all international matters. Through its programs, support services for international students and faculty, CIE fosters a climate that allows students to engage with and learn from global experiences and perspectives.

Career Center


The Career Center offers career counseling, help in finding part-time and full-time employment, assistance in choosing a major related to career objectives, internship information, graduate and professional school advice and post-graduation planning.  The Center is also responsible for all student employment functions, including finding a campus job and onboarding.  Workshops and programs on these topics are offered throughout the school year. Additionally, the Center hosts employers for campus interviews and plans several career fairs annually for students to meet directly with a wide range of companies and graduate schools.

Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library


The College of Charleston Libraries house a variety of print and electronic resources, offer instruction and research services, and  provide students with individual and group study areas. Addlestone Library also hosts the Computing Lab (250 desktop computers and 5 printers), 2 KIC scanners which scan books and other documents into multiple formats including searchable text and MP3 and a Starbucks café. Special Collections acquires and manages holdings that include rare books, manuscripts and digital collections.  Access and Instruction Services  provides walk up service as well as research consultations to assist students with projects, locating and evaluating information and understanding the research process. IT support for student laptops is also provided. The libraries collections include: over 700,000 books, over 600,000 ebooks, over 89,000 print and ejournals, 340 databases and 78,000 physical and streaming media.  In addition to research materials, a wide variety of technology is available for checkout including MacBook Airs, iPads, digital cameras, and multiple types of charges.  Library hours and other useful information can be found on our website: http://library.cofc.edu

Area Library Resources

College of Charleston students also have access to the library facilities of the following institutions:

  • Charleston Southern University
  • The Citadel
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Berkeley, Main and Palmer campuses of Trident Technical College

Students may also use the facilities of the following neighborhood libraries, subject to the policies of each institution:

  • Charleston County Library
  • Charleston Library Society
  • S.C. Historical Society

Marine Resources Library


The Marine Resources Library at Fort Johnson houses the extensive marine science holdings of the College of Charleston, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Resources Division and NOAA/NOS/CCEHBR/Charleston Laboratory.

Avery Research Center


The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, located at 125 Bull Street, is an archive and museum that has been established to document, preserve, and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in South Carolina and the Lowcountry.

Center for Academic Performance and Persistence (CAPP)


The Center for Academic Performance and Persistence handles matters related to the academic well-being of all undergraduate students. In addition to enforcing the academic standards and policies of the institution, the office provides support to students who are having difficulty in classes or are attempting to manage other issues that may be impacting their academic success.

First Year Impact Program


The Office of Admissions admits a select group of incoming students for their first academic year through the First-Year Impact program. During the academic year Center for Academic Performance and Persistence monitors student academic progress, makes referrals to campus resources, connects First-Year Impact students with peer educators, and serves as a resource for support regarding personal or academic issues. Each First-Year Impact student signs a contract prior to new student orientation and must earn 24 credit hours with a minimum 2.000 cumulative grade point average by the end of the first academic year to continue enrollment. Students admitted through the Charleston Bridge and iCharleston are required to engage in the First Year Impact Program.

ROTC - Air Force

Contact us at 843.863.7144 or email us at afrotc@csuniv.edu
Website: http://www.csuniv.edu/afrotc/index.html

AFROTC is currently a two-year program offered to College of Charleston students through a cross-registration agreement with Charleston Southern University.  In the fall of 2016 the program will be open to freshmen and sophomores as well.

ROTC - Army Pre-Commissioning Program


The Citadel Army ROTC Detachment offers both a four-year and two-year pre-commissioning program for College of Charleston students interested in pursuing a career as an Officer in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.

Cross-Registration: Charleston Higher Education Institutions

Office of the Registrar

The College of Charleston has agreements with the following Universities whereby undergraduate students enrolled full-time and paying full-time tuition may be able to take fall or spring courses concurrently at no additional cost* (with some requirements and restrictions). Cross-Registration is for Fall or Spring terms only.

  • Charleston Southern University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Citadel Military College

This is only a financial agreement between member institutions. At the College of Charleston, Coursework Elsewhere and Senior Residency Policies still apply (see sections on Senior Year Residency  and Courses Taken Elsewhere ). Students must submit a “Coursework Elsewhere” or “Coursework Elsewhere during Senior Year Petition” form, along with the Cross-Registration form, to the Registrar’s Office. All three forms are located in the “Forms” area of the Registrar’s Office website (http://registrar.cofc.edu/forms/index.php).

Failure to enroll at your Host Institution post Cross Registration approval will result in a drop from the program and may affect your financial aid.

In order to qualify for cross-registration, visiting students must:

  • Be enrolled in 12 credit hours at their home institution and pay full-time tuition at their home institution
  • Students must have already earned 15 hours or more at the home institution before cross-registering (with exceptions for those enrolled in special programs between specific institutions)
  • Be in good standing at their home institution and have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.000 on a 4.000 scale
  • Be enrolling in a course or courses not available at their home institution for which they meet the prerequisite requirements and have obtained the required approvals
  • Present a current, official transcript from their home institution along with this Cross-Registration Form
  • Pay additional special fees, such as science and foreign language lab fees directly to the host institution.

For additional information on cross-registration, please visit http://registrar.cofc.edu/forms/descriptions.php#cross-reg

*NOTE: This arrangement does not include summer session classes or undergraduate courses taken by graduate students.

Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development


The College of Charleston offers many non-credit continuing education courses for professional and personal enrichment. Intensive English language courses, technology and financial planning certificates, graduate test preparation and courses tailored to business and community needs are among the offerings.

For a complete list of non-credit courses offered by the College of Charleston visit http://sps.cofc.edu.

Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Learning

Office of Institutional Effectiveness


Assessment at the College of Charleston is an ongoing and systematic process of gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well goals are being achieved and expectations are being met at the course, program and institutional level. The College conducts assessments of academic achievement and student satisfaction; as well as personal and career development. At times these assessments involve the collection and assessment of anonymous student work; as well as the administration of national surveys and proficiency exams. The results are used to enhance the learning environment, improve learning outcomes, and renew curriculum and pedagogy. Assessment evidence demonstrates to stakeholders and accreditors that students are meeting stated learning outcomes and institutional objectives.

Office of Institutional Research


The Office of Institutional Research enables the success of students, faculty and staff, the College, and the local community by providing accurate data reporting and insightful analyses.

Nationally Competitive Awards


The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards works with students who possess the following qualities to prepare them as candidates for prestigious national and international fellowships:

  • GPA of 3.700 or above (recommended).
  • Command of the written word.
  • Demonstrated success beyond the classroom, in the form of research, community activism, leadership roles, or internships.
  • Academic interests beyond those of a single major (demonstrated by a serious minor or a double major).

Fellowships such as the Fulbright, Gates, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Rotary and Truman provide opportunities that enable highly qualified students to explore academic interests after graduation. These grants can enable one to travel, do research, study at a foreign university, attend graduate school, or pursue an internship. Some fellowships are highly specialized and can only be used for research in a specific country, for study at a specific school, or for academic pursuit in a well-defined area of academic interest. Others are very broad and are available to applicants with imaginative proposals. There are also scholarships and fellowships available for undergraduates with various interests, including: learning a new language (Critical Languages Scholarships), addressing environmental concerns (Udall), pursuing an education in math or science (Goldwater), and exploring understudied cultures (Boren). The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists qualified students in finding the fellowships that best fit their interests.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities


The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program supports creative and scholarly efforts undertaken by undergraduate students in collaboration with faculty mentors. These projects advance the knowledge of the student in an academic discipline, lead to new scholarly insights, and create new works that expand the wealth of the discipline. Participation by an undergraduate in a challenging, scholarly project can be the single most important experience that a student will have in college. Many people have realized their career ambitions and potential as a result of these endeavors, and the training and knowledge gained from the experience are often key factors in the acquisition of professional positions and acceptance in post-graduate programs. The URCA Program supports undergraduate scholarship by offering competitive grants that fund projects, that provide summer stipends for students, and that enable travel to conferences for dissemination of the work. Our broader mission is to enhance and strengthen the quality of faculty-student collaborations on our campus.

Maymester and Summer Sessions


Office of the Registrar


The mission of the College of Charleston Office of the Registrar is to develop and maintain effective processes, procedures, and services necessary for the accurate and timely creation, maintenance, storage, auditing, transmission, and retrieval of student academic records from matriculation to graduation.  Our office is located on the second floor of the Lightsey Center at 160 Calhoun Street.

Division of Information Technology


The Division of Information Technology works collaboratively across the College of Charleston campus to provide information management and technology solutions. Its primary office is located on the fifth floor of the Bell South Building at 81 St. Philip Street. Visit their website to learn about CWID, CMAIL, MyCharleston, and a Cougars Account. This division also assists students with the purchase and support of computer hardware and software.