May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Student Support Services and Programs

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.

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, assists students with the study abroad process, 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 strategic plan, 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.

Center for Sustainable Development (CSD)

The Center for Sustainable Development serves as a hub for experiential learning, operational management and public engagement, both on campus and in the greater Charleston community. Our collective team of sustainability-focused staff, faculty and students build and foster strong partnerships across campus and advocate for policies and practices that enable our university to advance ambitious climate and zero waste goals.

The Center’s mission is to provide Cougar students, faculty and staff with the knowledge and tools to transform the present and positively influence the future.

The Center’s name reflects the universally adopted Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations. These goals intend to solve challenges felt both globally and locally in communities like Charleston, particularly poverty, hunger, gender and racial inequality, environmental degradation and climate change. The Center directs the College’s Sustainability Action Plan, which translates these global goals into local action.

Students interested in helping to solve these 21st century problems can join the Center as interns and volunteers, where they are invited to spearhead projects and initiatives stretching across environmental, social and economic spaces.

To learn more or get involved, visit the Center’s headquarters at 14 Green Way or follow our collective progress online at and on social media, @SustainCofC.

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.

Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC)


The Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC) offers graduate programs of study for credit aimed at advancing the careers of working professionals in the Greater Charleston Metro Area. Courses are conveniently scheduled on weekday evenings and weekends to accommodate demands of a full-time job. The graduate certificates or degrees are conferred by the host institution supplying faculty; namely: one of the three institutions that are members of the LGC consortium - the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina, and The Citadel - or another state-owned institution of higher education that partners to bring a program to the LGC, such as UofSC, South Carolina State University, or Clemson University. Hence, the LGC functions as a portal to facilitate a variety of instructional formats. Programs are often interdisciplinary in nature, with faculty from different colleges or schools within an institution or from multiple institutions.

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, the Center for Student Learning, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 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 appointments to assist students with projects, locating and evaluating information and understanding the research process. The Libraries’ collections include 378 online databases and over 700,000 books, 700,000 ebooks, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 110,000 physical and streaming media titles. Library hours and other useful information can be found on our website:

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.

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.

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 at the College of Charleston provides ongoing, site-based support for all aspects of technology implementation. From troubleshooting a computer glitch to outfitting an entire department with the latest instructional technology, IT works behind the scenes to make the College’s use of technology run smoothly.

Maymester and Summer Sessions