Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Updated June 1, 2020

Questions about Fall 2020

Students who are applying for admission to the College of Charleston for fall 2021 can choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores. Although the College typically takes a holistic approach to the application review process, the unusual circumstances this year around COVID-19 allow us to evaluate the extent to which a student’s academic performance (such as grades and rigorous coursework) is a better predictor of success at our university.

This will be especially helpful for those high school seniors who feel that SAT or ACT test scores do not adequately reflect their level of academic achievement, or who, due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, may not be able to take the SAT or ACT test this year before they submit their application.

However, there are some applicants who will have to submit test scores, including those who are home-schooled.

Applicants to the Honors College will not be required to submit test scores. The Honors College has historically used a holistic review process that emphasizes transcripts and supplementary documents rather than a test score, and students applying test-optional to the College will not be disadvantaged in the Honors application review process.

As you might guess, how a test-optional decision will impact scholarships is a major concern for many students and families. The State of South Carolina does require an official SAT or ACT test score to award state scholarships (LIFE, HOPE, PALMETTO FELLOWS), but students can apply as test-optional candidates and submit those scores after they have been admitted. Students who choose not to submit test scores will be considered for College of Charleston merit-based scholarships.

This year, when students first apply to the College of Charleston, they will decide whether or not they want the College to use test scores as part of the application-evaluation process. If students have already sent test scores to the College, but apply to be test-optional, then their scores will not be used in the review process. The College of Charleston application will open August 1, 2020.

Next summer (in 2021), the College of Charleston will examine the results of this year’s test-optional pilot program and determine whether or not to continue or expand it for future admission cycles.

You can read more about this test-optional pilot program here on The College Today.

 

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on June 1, 2020:

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to provide you a brief update regarding an important step in our return-to-campus planning. As you can imagine, there are a thousand moving parts in bringing an enterprise like a university back to “normal” operations. However, a big piece is determining the fall academic calendar so that many other working groups can make their plans around that decision.

For the past several weeks, a group of our faculty and staff have been looking at a wide range of options for our fall classes. Should we be online, should we push the calendar up or back, should we consider a series of Express classes? All had pros, and all had cons.

The solution they have presented to me – and one that I agree is the best – is a hybrid approach that keeps our fall academic calendar intact, while eliminating Fall Break so that in-person instruction can end at Thanksgiving break, with a following week of online instruction and online exams. In order to not penalize those students who may have difficulty in a virtual setting, faculty will be instructed to design their courses so that meaningful assessment is done throughout the semester. And, of course, we have incorporated plenty of storm dates in anticipation of what may be a very active hurricane season. Here is a link specifically to the fall 2020 calendar: https://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/ac-2020fall.php.

Read more here

Dear College of Charleston graduation candidates,

As we approach the end of the final exam period, I want to wish you all continued good luck as well as provide you with an updated report on our commencement rescheduling plan.

For the past several weeks, a committee of faculty and staff have been working to create a celebration befitting you, our 250th-year graduates.

Based on your feedback and COVID-19 pandemic conditions allowing, we have tentatively set the weekend of October 9-11 for our commencement celebrations. Since the early part of October is still part of the traditional hurricane season, we have also set the date of October 23-25 as a make-up/storm date. At this point, please do not make any travel or accommodation reservations that cannot be refunded or rescheduled. It is important that you and your families make travel arrangements always with refunds in mind, just in case.

Our general plan is to have multiple graduation ceremonies take place on Sunday, October 11, with ceremony rehearsals occurring on that Saturday and individual department/school receptions on Friday evening. However, depending on the number of participants of these ceremonies, which we will know once the participation/ticket portal is opened later this summer, we may need to schedule an additional Saturday evening ceremony to go along with the Sunday ceremonies. That is why we have reserved the entire weekends of October 9-11 and October 23-25 (for make-up/storm date).

Our committee’s goal is to reach a decision on a finalized date and its details as soon as possible without rushing, and without limiting our options based on municipal, state and/or federal guidelines with regards to social distancing and size of gatherings. Our plan, if possible, is to give you much more information by July 1, at the latest.

While I sincerely hope we can convene a commencement ceremony in person on campus in October (the weather is usually warm and beautiful), we have to plan for other possibilities also. Therefore, I’m tasking the commencement committee to continue to work towards an October event, as well as to develop contingencies for an in-person celebration whenever guidelines permit us to do so safely.

Please be assured that you and your families will be kept up to date as decisions are made. As we work our way through the different scenarios, our goal remains the same: to celebrate your accomplishments in a meaningful, yet safe way.

In the meantime, as it relates to your transcripts, there is no reason to tie the in-person ceremony to your actual academic record. To that end, spring undergraduate degrees will be conferred on May 9, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Spring graduate degrees will be conferred on May 8, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after this degree conferral date. Summer degrees will be conferred and posted to the student record on August 10, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after that degree conferral date.

Again, I applaud all of you for your hard work through this most difficult time, and I look forward to seeing you as soon as possible on campus to congratulate you in person!

Sincerely,

Andrew

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Office: 843.953.5500
Twitter and Instagram: @CofCHsu

 

For the health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff, the College of Charleston New Student and Family Orientation will be held online this summer.

The Office of New Student Programs staff is currently working on a schedule of events. If you have participated in orientation in the past, you will be contacted about the new schedule by May 29th. If you haven’t received information by the 29th, please email Stephanie Auwaerter at auwaerters@cofc.edu.

Students will be expected to complete online activities on their assigned orientation date. The summer 2020 dates will be as follows:

Orientation Session Dates  
Session 1 July 8 and 9 Original date June 15 and 16
Session 6 July 13 and 14 Date unchanged
Session 7 July 16 and 17 Date unchanged
Session 8 July 20 and 21 Date unchanged
Session 2 23-Jul Original date June 18 and 19
Session 3 24-Jul Original date June 22 and 23
Session 4 July 27 and 28 Original date June 29 and 30
Session 5 July 30 and 31 Original date July 8 and 9
Session 9 August 3 and 4 Original date August 17 and 18
Session 10 August 6 and 7 Original date August 20 and 21

We appreciate your support and help in welcoming new students and their families to the CofC community.

We welcome your inquiries via e-mail or phone (843.953.2017).

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Questions about Academic Calendar and Grading

Students who are applying for admission to the College of Charleston for fall 2021 can choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores. Although the College typically takes a holistic approach to the application review process, the unusual circumstances this year around COVID-19 allow us to evaluate the extent to which a student’s academic performance (such as grades and rigorous coursework) is a better predictor of success at our university.

This will be especially helpful for those high school seniors who feel that SAT or ACT test scores do not adequately reflect their level of academic achievement, or who, due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, may not be able to take the SAT or ACT test this year before they submit their application.

However, there are some applicants who will have to submit test scores, including those who are home-schooled.

Applicants to the Honors College will not be required to submit test scores. The Honors College has historically used a holistic review process that emphasizes transcripts and supplementary documents rather than a test score, and students applying test-optional to the College will not be disadvantaged in the Honors application review process.

As you might guess, how a test-optional decision will impact scholarships is a major concern for many students and families. The State of South Carolina does require an official SAT or ACT test score to award state scholarships (LIFE, HOPE, PALMETTO FELLOWS), but students can apply as test-optional candidates and submit those scores after they have been admitted. Students who choose not to submit test scores will be considered for College of Charleston merit-based scholarships.

This year, when students first apply to the College of Charleston, they will decide whether or not they want the College to use test scores as part of the application-evaluation process. If students have already sent test scores to the College, but apply to be test-optional, then their scores will not be used in the review process. The College of Charleston application will open August 1, 2020.

Next summer (in 2021), the College of Charleston will examine the results of this year’s test-optional pilot program and determine whether or not to continue or expand it for future admission cycles.

You can read more about this test-optional pilot program here on The College Today.

 

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on June 1, 2020:

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to provide you a brief update regarding an important step in our return-to-campus planning. As you can imagine, there are a thousand moving parts in bringing an enterprise like a university back to “normal” operations. However, a big piece is determining the fall academic calendar so that many other working groups can make their plans around that decision.

For the past several weeks, a group of our faculty and staff have been looking at a wide range of options for our fall classes. Should we be online, should we push the calendar up or back, should we consider a series of Express classes? All had pros, and all had cons.

The solution they have presented to me – and one that I agree is the best – is a hybrid approach that keeps our fall academic calendar intact, while eliminating Fall Break so that in-person instruction can end at Thanksgiving break, with a following week of online instruction and online exams. In order to not penalize those students who may have difficulty in a virtual setting, faculty will be instructed to design their courses so that meaningful assessment is done throughout the semester. And, of course, we have incorporated plenty of storm dates in anticipation of what may be a very active hurricane season. Here is a link specifically to the fall 2020 calendar: https://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/ac-2020fall.php.

Read more here

Dear College of Charleston graduation candidates,

As we approach the end of the final exam period, I want to wish you all continued good luck as well as provide you with an updated report on our commencement rescheduling plan.

For the past several weeks, a committee of faculty and staff have been working to create a celebration befitting you, our 250th-year graduates.

Based on your feedback and COVID-19 pandemic conditions allowing, we have tentatively set the weekend of October 9-11 for our commencement celebrations. Since the early part of October is still part of the traditional hurricane season, we have also set the date of October 23-25 as a make-up/storm date. At this point, please do not make any travel or accommodation reservations that cannot be refunded or rescheduled. It is important that you and your families make travel arrangements always with refunds in mind, just in case.

Our general plan is to have multiple graduation ceremonies take place on Sunday, October 11, with ceremony rehearsals occurring on that Saturday and individual department/school receptions on Friday evening. However, depending on the number of participants of these ceremonies, which we will know once the participation/ticket portal is opened later this summer, we may need to schedule an additional Saturday evening ceremony to go along with the Sunday ceremonies. That is why we have reserved the entire weekends of October 9-11 and October 23-25 (for make-up/storm date).

Our committee’s goal is to reach a decision on a finalized date and its details as soon as possible without rushing, and without limiting our options based on municipal, state and/or federal guidelines with regards to social distancing and size of gatherings. Our plan, if possible, is to give you much more information by July 1, at the latest.

While I sincerely hope we can convene a commencement ceremony in person on campus in October (the weather is usually warm and beautiful), we have to plan for other possibilities also. Therefore, I’m tasking the commencement committee to continue to work towards an October event, as well as to develop contingencies for an in-person celebration whenever guidelines permit us to do so safely.

Please be assured that you and your families will be kept up to date as decisions are made. As we work our way through the different scenarios, our goal remains the same: to celebrate your accomplishments in a meaningful, yet safe way.

In the meantime, as it relates to your transcripts, there is no reason to tie the in-person ceremony to your actual academic record. To that end, spring undergraduate degrees will be conferred on May 9, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Spring graduate degrees will be conferred on May 8, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after this degree conferral date. Summer degrees will be conferred and posted to the student record on August 10, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after that degree conferral date.

Again, I applaud all of you for your hard work through this most difficult time, and I look forward to seeing you as soon as possible on campus to congratulate you in person!

Sincerely,

Andrew

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Office: 843.953.5500
Twitter and Instagram: @CofCHsu

 

For the health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff, the College of Charleston New Student and Family Orientation will be held online this summer.

The Office of New Student Programs staff is currently working on a schedule of events. If you have participated in orientation in the past, you will be contacted about the new schedule by May 29th. If you haven’t received information by the 29th, please email Stephanie Auwaerter at auwaerters@cofc.edu.

Students will be expected to complete online activities on their assigned orientation date. The summer 2020 dates will be as follows:

Orientation Session Dates  
Session 1 July 8 and 9 Original date June 15 and 16
Session 6 July 13 and 14 Date unchanged
Session 7 July 16 and 17 Date unchanged
Session 8 July 20 and 21 Date unchanged
Session 2 23-Jul Original date June 18 and 19
Session 3 24-Jul Original date June 22 and 23
Session 4 July 27 and 28 Original date June 29 and 30
Session 5 July 30 and 31 Original date July 8 and 9
Session 9 August 3 and 4 Original date August 17 and 18
Session 10 August 6 and 7 Original date August 20 and 21

We appreciate your support and help in welcoming new students and their families to the CofC community.

We welcome your inquiries via e-mail or phone (843.953.2017).

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Questions about Campus/Student Services

Students who are applying for admission to the College of Charleston for fall 2021 can choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores. Although the College typically takes a holistic approach to the application review process, the unusual circumstances this year around COVID-19 allow us to evaluate the extent to which a student’s academic performance (such as grades and rigorous coursework) is a better predictor of success at our university.

This will be especially helpful for those high school seniors who feel that SAT or ACT test scores do not adequately reflect their level of academic achievement, or who, due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, may not be able to take the SAT or ACT test this year before they submit their application.

However, there are some applicants who will have to submit test scores, including those who are home-schooled.

Applicants to the Honors College will not be required to submit test scores. The Honors College has historically used a holistic review process that emphasizes transcripts and supplementary documents rather than a test score, and students applying test-optional to the College will not be disadvantaged in the Honors application review process.

As you might guess, how a test-optional decision will impact scholarships is a major concern for many students and families. The State of South Carolina does require an official SAT or ACT test score to award state scholarships (LIFE, HOPE, PALMETTO FELLOWS), but students can apply as test-optional candidates and submit those scores after they have been admitted. Students who choose not to submit test scores will be considered for College of Charleston merit-based scholarships.

This year, when students first apply to the College of Charleston, they will decide whether or not they want the College to use test scores as part of the application-evaluation process. If students have already sent test scores to the College, but apply to be test-optional, then their scores will not be used in the review process. The College of Charleston application will open August 1, 2020.

Next summer (in 2021), the College of Charleston will examine the results of this year’s test-optional pilot program and determine whether or not to continue or expand it for future admission cycles.

You can read more about this test-optional pilot program here on The College Today.

 

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on June 1, 2020:

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to provide you a brief update regarding an important step in our return-to-campus planning. As you can imagine, there are a thousand moving parts in bringing an enterprise like a university back to “normal” operations. However, a big piece is determining the fall academic calendar so that many other working groups can make their plans around that decision.

For the past several weeks, a group of our faculty and staff have been looking at a wide range of options for our fall classes. Should we be online, should we push the calendar up or back, should we consider a series of Express classes? All had pros, and all had cons.

The solution they have presented to me – and one that I agree is the best – is a hybrid approach that keeps our fall academic calendar intact, while eliminating Fall Break so that in-person instruction can end at Thanksgiving break, with a following week of online instruction and online exams. In order to not penalize those students who may have difficulty in a virtual setting, faculty will be instructed to design their courses so that meaningful assessment is done throughout the semester. And, of course, we have incorporated plenty of storm dates in anticipation of what may be a very active hurricane season. Here is a link specifically to the fall 2020 calendar: https://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/ac-2020fall.php.

Read more here

Dear College of Charleston graduation candidates,

As we approach the end of the final exam period, I want to wish you all continued good luck as well as provide you with an updated report on our commencement rescheduling plan.

For the past several weeks, a committee of faculty and staff have been working to create a celebration befitting you, our 250th-year graduates.

Based on your feedback and COVID-19 pandemic conditions allowing, we have tentatively set the weekend of October 9-11 for our commencement celebrations. Since the early part of October is still part of the traditional hurricane season, we have also set the date of October 23-25 as a make-up/storm date. At this point, please do not make any travel or accommodation reservations that cannot be refunded or rescheduled. It is important that you and your families make travel arrangements always with refunds in mind, just in case.

Our general plan is to have multiple graduation ceremonies take place on Sunday, October 11, with ceremony rehearsals occurring on that Saturday and individual department/school receptions on Friday evening. However, depending on the number of participants of these ceremonies, which we will know once the participation/ticket portal is opened later this summer, we may need to schedule an additional Saturday evening ceremony to go along with the Sunday ceremonies. That is why we have reserved the entire weekends of October 9-11 and October 23-25 (for make-up/storm date).

Our committee’s goal is to reach a decision on a finalized date and its details as soon as possible without rushing, and without limiting our options based on municipal, state and/or federal guidelines with regards to social distancing and size of gatherings. Our plan, if possible, is to give you much more information by July 1, at the latest.

While I sincerely hope we can convene a commencement ceremony in person on campus in October (the weather is usually warm and beautiful), we have to plan for other possibilities also. Therefore, I’m tasking the commencement committee to continue to work towards an October event, as well as to develop contingencies for an in-person celebration whenever guidelines permit us to do so safely.

Please be assured that you and your families will be kept up to date as decisions are made. As we work our way through the different scenarios, our goal remains the same: to celebrate your accomplishments in a meaningful, yet safe way.

In the meantime, as it relates to your transcripts, there is no reason to tie the in-person ceremony to your actual academic record. To that end, spring undergraduate degrees will be conferred on May 9, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Spring graduate degrees will be conferred on May 8, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after this degree conferral date. Summer degrees will be conferred and posted to the student record on August 10, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after that degree conferral date.

Again, I applaud all of you for your hard work through this most difficult time, and I look forward to seeing you as soon as possible on campus to congratulate you in person!

Sincerely,

Andrew

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Office: 843.953.5500
Twitter and Instagram: @CofCHsu

 

For the health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff, the College of Charleston New Student and Family Orientation will be held online this summer.

The Office of New Student Programs staff is currently working on a schedule of events. If you have participated in orientation in the past, you will be contacted about the new schedule by May 29th. If you haven’t received information by the 29th, please email Stephanie Auwaerter at auwaerters@cofc.edu.

Students will be expected to complete online activities on their assigned orientation date. The summer 2020 dates will be as follows:

Orientation Session Dates  
Session 1 July 8 and 9 Original date June 15 and 16
Session 6 July 13 and 14 Date unchanged
Session 7 July 16 and 17 Date unchanged
Session 8 July 20 and 21 Date unchanged
Session 2 23-Jul Original date June 18 and 19
Session 3 24-Jul Original date June 22 and 23
Session 4 July 27 and 28 Original date June 29 and 30
Session 5 July 30 and 31 Original date July 8 and 9
Session 9 August 3 and 4 Original date August 17 and 18
Session 10 August 6 and 7 Original date August 20 and 21

We appreciate your support and help in welcoming new students and their families to the CofC community.

We welcome your inquiries via e-mail or phone (843.953.2017).

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Questions about services for Employees

Students who are applying for admission to the College of Charleston for fall 2021 can choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores. Although the College typically takes a holistic approach to the application review process, the unusual circumstances this year around COVID-19 allow us to evaluate the extent to which a student’s academic performance (such as grades and rigorous coursework) is a better predictor of success at our university.

This will be especially helpful for those high school seniors who feel that SAT or ACT test scores do not adequately reflect their level of academic achievement, or who, due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, may not be able to take the SAT or ACT test this year before they submit their application.

However, there are some applicants who will have to submit test scores, including those who are home-schooled.

Applicants to the Honors College will not be required to submit test scores. The Honors College has historically used a holistic review process that emphasizes transcripts and supplementary documents rather than a test score, and students applying test-optional to the College will not be disadvantaged in the Honors application review process.

As you might guess, how a test-optional decision will impact scholarships is a major concern for many students and families. The State of South Carolina does require an official SAT or ACT test score to award state scholarships (LIFE, HOPE, PALMETTO FELLOWS), but students can apply as test-optional candidates and submit those scores after they have been admitted. Students who choose not to submit test scores will be considered for College of Charleston merit-based scholarships.

This year, when students first apply to the College of Charleston, they will decide whether or not they want the College to use test scores as part of the application-evaluation process. If students have already sent test scores to the College, but apply to be test-optional, then their scores will not be used in the review process. The College of Charleston application will open August 1, 2020.

Next summer (in 2021), the College of Charleston will examine the results of this year’s test-optional pilot program and determine whether or not to continue or expand it for future admission cycles.

You can read more about this test-optional pilot program here on The College Today.

 

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on June 1, 2020:

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to provide you a brief update regarding an important step in our return-to-campus planning. As you can imagine, there are a thousand moving parts in bringing an enterprise like a university back to “normal” operations. However, a big piece is determining the fall academic calendar so that many other working groups can make their plans around that decision.

For the past several weeks, a group of our faculty and staff have been looking at a wide range of options for our fall classes. Should we be online, should we push the calendar up or back, should we consider a series of Express classes? All had pros, and all had cons.

The solution they have presented to me – and one that I agree is the best – is a hybrid approach that keeps our fall academic calendar intact, while eliminating Fall Break so that in-person instruction can end at Thanksgiving break, with a following week of online instruction and online exams. In order to not penalize those students who may have difficulty in a virtual setting, faculty will be instructed to design their courses so that meaningful assessment is done throughout the semester. And, of course, we have incorporated plenty of storm dates in anticipation of what may be a very active hurricane season. Here is a link specifically to the fall 2020 calendar: https://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/ac-2020fall.php.

Read more here

Dear College of Charleston graduation candidates,

As we approach the end of the final exam period, I want to wish you all continued good luck as well as provide you with an updated report on our commencement rescheduling plan.

For the past several weeks, a committee of faculty and staff have been working to create a celebration befitting you, our 250th-year graduates.

Based on your feedback and COVID-19 pandemic conditions allowing, we have tentatively set the weekend of October 9-11 for our commencement celebrations. Since the early part of October is still part of the traditional hurricane season, we have also set the date of October 23-25 as a make-up/storm date. At this point, please do not make any travel or accommodation reservations that cannot be refunded or rescheduled. It is important that you and your families make travel arrangements always with refunds in mind, just in case.

Our general plan is to have multiple graduation ceremonies take place on Sunday, October 11, with ceremony rehearsals occurring on that Saturday and individual department/school receptions on Friday evening. However, depending on the number of participants of these ceremonies, which we will know once the participation/ticket portal is opened later this summer, we may need to schedule an additional Saturday evening ceremony to go along with the Sunday ceremonies. That is why we have reserved the entire weekends of October 9-11 and October 23-25 (for make-up/storm date).

Our committee’s goal is to reach a decision on a finalized date and its details as soon as possible without rushing, and without limiting our options based on municipal, state and/or federal guidelines with regards to social distancing and size of gatherings. Our plan, if possible, is to give you much more information by July 1, at the latest.

While I sincerely hope we can convene a commencement ceremony in person on campus in October (the weather is usually warm and beautiful), we have to plan for other possibilities also. Therefore, I’m tasking the commencement committee to continue to work towards an October event, as well as to develop contingencies for an in-person celebration whenever guidelines permit us to do so safely.

Please be assured that you and your families will be kept up to date as decisions are made. As we work our way through the different scenarios, our goal remains the same: to celebrate your accomplishments in a meaningful, yet safe way.

In the meantime, as it relates to your transcripts, there is no reason to tie the in-person ceremony to your actual academic record. To that end, spring undergraduate degrees will be conferred on May 9, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Spring graduate degrees will be conferred on May 8, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after this degree conferral date. Summer degrees will be conferred and posted to the student record on August 10, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after that degree conferral date.

Again, I applaud all of you for your hard work through this most difficult time, and I look forward to seeing you as soon as possible on campus to congratulate you in person!

Sincerely,

Andrew

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Office: 843.953.5500
Twitter and Instagram: @CofCHsu

 

For the health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff, the College of Charleston New Student and Family Orientation will be held online this summer.

The Office of New Student Programs staff is currently working on a schedule of events. If you have participated in orientation in the past, you will be contacted about the new schedule by May 29th. If you haven’t received information by the 29th, please email Stephanie Auwaerter at auwaerters@cofc.edu.

Students will be expected to complete online activities on their assigned orientation date. The summer 2020 dates will be as follows:

Orientation Session Dates  
Session 1 July 8 and 9 Original date June 15 and 16
Session 6 July 13 and 14 Date unchanged
Session 7 July 16 and 17 Date unchanged
Session 8 July 20 and 21 Date unchanged
Session 2 23-Jul Original date June 18 and 19
Session 3 24-Jul Original date June 22 and 23
Session 4 July 27 and 28 Original date June 29 and 30
Session 5 July 30 and 31 Original date July 8 and 9
Session 9 August 3 and 4 Original date August 17 and 18
Session 10 August 6 and 7 Original date August 20 and 21

We appreciate your support and help in welcoming new students and their families to the CofC community.

We welcome your inquiries via e-mail or phone (843.953.2017).

Load More

Questions about CofC’s Response and Cases on Campus

Students who are applying for admission to the College of Charleston for fall 2021 can choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores. Although the College typically takes a holistic approach to the application review process, the unusual circumstances this year around COVID-19 allow us to evaluate the extent to which a student’s academic performance (such as grades and rigorous coursework) is a better predictor of success at our university.

This will be especially helpful for those high school seniors who feel that SAT or ACT test scores do not adequately reflect their level of academic achievement, or who, due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, may not be able to take the SAT or ACT test this year before they submit their application.

However, there are some applicants who will have to submit test scores, including those who are home-schooled.

Applicants to the Honors College will not be required to submit test scores. The Honors College has historically used a holistic review process that emphasizes transcripts and supplementary documents rather than a test score, and students applying test-optional to the College will not be disadvantaged in the Honors application review process.

As you might guess, how a test-optional decision will impact scholarships is a major concern for many students and families. The State of South Carolina does require an official SAT or ACT test score to award state scholarships (LIFE, HOPE, PALMETTO FELLOWS), but students can apply as test-optional candidates and submit those scores after they have been admitted. Students who choose not to submit test scores will be considered for College of Charleston merit-based scholarships.

This year, when students first apply to the College of Charleston, they will decide whether or not they want the College to use test scores as part of the application-evaluation process. If students have already sent test scores to the College, but apply to be test-optional, then their scores will not be used in the review process. The College of Charleston application will open August 1, 2020.

Next summer (in 2021), the College of Charleston will examine the results of this year’s test-optional pilot program and determine whether or not to continue or expand it for future admission cycles.

You can read more about this test-optional pilot program here on The College Today.

 

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on June 1, 2020:

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to provide you a brief update regarding an important step in our return-to-campus planning. As you can imagine, there are a thousand moving parts in bringing an enterprise like a university back to “normal” operations. However, a big piece is determining the fall academic calendar so that many other working groups can make their plans around that decision.

For the past several weeks, a group of our faculty and staff have been looking at a wide range of options for our fall classes. Should we be online, should we push the calendar up or back, should we consider a series of Express classes? All had pros, and all had cons.

The solution they have presented to me – and one that I agree is the best – is a hybrid approach that keeps our fall academic calendar intact, while eliminating Fall Break so that in-person instruction can end at Thanksgiving break, with a following week of online instruction and online exams. In order to not penalize those students who may have difficulty in a virtual setting, faculty will be instructed to design their courses so that meaningful assessment is done throughout the semester. And, of course, we have incorporated plenty of storm dates in anticipation of what may be a very active hurricane season. Here is a link specifically to the fall 2020 calendar: https://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/ac-2020fall.php.

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Dear College of Charleston graduation candidates,

As we approach the end of the final exam period, I want to wish you all continued good luck as well as provide you with an updated report on our commencement rescheduling plan.

For the past several weeks, a committee of faculty and staff have been working to create a celebration befitting you, our 250th-year graduates.

Based on your feedback and COVID-19 pandemic conditions allowing, we have tentatively set the weekend of October 9-11 for our commencement celebrations. Since the early part of October is still part of the traditional hurricane season, we have also set the date of October 23-25 as a make-up/storm date. At this point, please do not make any travel or accommodation reservations that cannot be refunded or rescheduled. It is important that you and your families make travel arrangements always with refunds in mind, just in case.

Our general plan is to have multiple graduation ceremonies take place on Sunday, October 11, with ceremony rehearsals occurring on that Saturday and individual department/school receptions on Friday evening. However, depending on the number of participants of these ceremonies, which we will know once the participation/ticket portal is opened later this summer, we may need to schedule an additional Saturday evening ceremony to go along with the Sunday ceremonies. That is why we have reserved the entire weekends of October 9-11 and October 23-25 (for make-up/storm date).

Our committee’s goal is to reach a decision on a finalized date and its details as soon as possible without rushing, and without limiting our options based on municipal, state and/or federal guidelines with regards to social distancing and size of gatherings. Our plan, if possible, is to give you much more information by July 1, at the latest.

While I sincerely hope we can convene a commencement ceremony in person on campus in October (the weather is usually warm and beautiful), we have to plan for other possibilities also. Therefore, I’m tasking the commencement committee to continue to work towards an October event, as well as to develop contingencies for an in-person celebration whenever guidelines permit us to do so safely.

Please be assured that you and your families will be kept up to date as decisions are made. As we work our way through the different scenarios, our goal remains the same: to celebrate your accomplishments in a meaningful, yet safe way.

In the meantime, as it relates to your transcripts, there is no reason to tie the in-person ceremony to your actual academic record. To that end, spring undergraduate degrees will be conferred on May 9, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Spring graduate degrees will be conferred on May 8, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after this degree conferral date. Summer degrees will be conferred and posted to the student record on August 10, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after that degree conferral date.

Again, I applaud all of you for your hard work through this most difficult time, and I look forward to seeing you as soon as possible on campus to congratulate you in person!

Sincerely,

Andrew

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Office: 843.953.5500
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For the health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff, the College of Charleston New Student and Family Orientation will be held online this summer.

The Office of New Student Programs staff is currently working on a schedule of events. If you have participated in orientation in the past, you will be contacted about the new schedule by May 29th. If you haven’t received information by the 29th, please email Stephanie Auwaerter at auwaerters@cofc.edu.

Students will be expected to complete online activities on their assigned orientation date. The summer 2020 dates will be as follows:

Orientation Session Dates  
Session 1 July 8 and 9 Original date June 15 and 16
Session 6 July 13 and 14 Date unchanged
Session 7 July 16 and 17 Date unchanged
Session 8 July 20 and 21 Date unchanged
Session 2 23-Jul Original date June 18 and 19
Session 3 24-Jul Original date June 22 and 23
Session 4 July 27 and 28 Original date June 29 and 30
Session 5 July 30 and 31 Original date July 8 and 9
Session 9 August 3 and 4 Original date August 17 and 18
Session 10 August 6 and 7 Original date August 20 and 21

We appreciate your support and help in welcoming new students and their families to the CofC community.

We welcome your inquiries via e-mail or phone (843.953.2017).

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Additional Resources

  • Have a question or concern about the College’s response to COVID-19? Please send it to covid19@cofc.edu
  • The DHEC Care Line is available to provide general information about COVID-19 by calling 1-855-472-3432 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. The Care Line hours are extend to 9 p.m. tonight. Because call volume has been high, callers are urged to be patient if they receive a busy signal and try their call at a later time.
  • To learn the latest from the CDC on the COVID-19, visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQ page.