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Preparing for Your Orientation Advising Session

The advising process works best when you are prepared ahead of time. Before you attend your orientation advising session and register for classes, please consult the steps below.

  • Log into MyCharleston prior to Orientation and be certain to bring login information with you to your session.
  • All new first-year students, except Honors, student athletes, and new transfers, advised by the Academic Advising and Planning Center should access a short online learning module in OAKS that will help lay a foundation for success at orientation and beyond. The Academic Advising and Planning Center will email students approximately two weeks prior to their registered Orientation session with instructions for accessing the online learning module.
  • Complete the Math Placement Test.
  • Review foreign language placement information for French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
  • Explore the Academic Services Tab in MyCharleston, especially the Academic Planning Box.
  • Review the General Education Degree Requirements.
  • Review Major Roadmaps for majors that interest you. View our Roadmaps video for details.
  • Review the course requirements for different majors in which you might be interested by creating What-If degree audits in Degree Works. You can access Degree Works via the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston. View our DegreeWorks video and What-If Audit video for details.
  • View course descriptions and requirements in the Academic Catalog System. View our Course Catalog video for more information.
  • Be sure to have all Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other College level test results sent to the College of Charleston.
  • Be sure to have all final Official College Transcripts sent to the College of Charleston. This includes transcripts from colleges for dual credit courses.
  • Make a list of potential courses you are interested in taking.
  • Turn off your cell phone or place it on silent during the session.

Beyond Orientation

After orientation, you will be assigned an academic advisor in the AAPC who will help you develop an academic plan that is based on your personal and major goals. The Academic Advising Syllabus (PDF) details the academic advising dialogue and student responsibilities for academic planning.

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