Application Procedures

Enrolled College of Charleston Students

  • Registration is open as of March 22 at 8:30 a.m. EST.
  • Use MyPortal to sign up for a class. 
  • Review tuition and fees for summer coursework.
  • eBills will post to your MyCharleston account.

Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students

If you intend to enroll at College of Charleston in the fall as either a freshman or transfer student, or you are waiting for your admission decision, you should:

  1. Complete a summer visiting student application
  2. After submitmitting application, speak with an academic advisor starting April 18
  3. If you are an incoming student athlete, please contact Lizzy Lesley in Athletics (843.953.1837 or johnsonem1@cofc.edu) in order to be advised for summer coursework. 

Visiting Students - Undergraduate

A visiting student is:

  • enrolled at a university other than the College of Charleston (either in the U.S. or outside the country) and plans to take coursework at the College during the summer only.
  • College of Charleston alum who has already earned their degree.
  • College of Charleston student who will have earned their degree prior to the start of summer sessions.

Registration for undergraduate summer visiting students is open as of March 22.


In order to enroll, do the following:

  • Apply. (After we have processed your application (process takes up to 5 business days), we will send your MyCharleston portal login credentials to the email address listed on the application.
  • Send a copy of your unofficial transcripts:
    • emailed to us at summer@cofc.edu
    • mailed to College of Charleston, Summer Sessions, 66 George St., Charleston, S.C. 29424.
    • faxed to 843.953.6322
  • Submit your Verification of Lawful Presence information after you recieve your MyCharleston login credentials
Note: If you are a U.S. citizen and have completed the FAFSA, you may skip this step.

If you are a U.S. citizen but have not submitted a FAFSA form, submit your Verification of Lawful Presence online.

If you are a Visiting International Student - that is, an international student who is not currently enrolled at the College of Charleston:

Auditing a Class

  • If you audit a class, you won’t receive a grade or credit hours. However, there will be a record of your participation on your College of Charleston transcript.
  • To register for class, follow the same procedures and deadlines you would if you were taking a class for graded credit.
  • Complete the Permission to Audit Request Form. Have the form signed by the course instructor on the first day of class and return it to the Office of the Registrar during the drop/add period.
  • Payment is due upon registration.

Note: Tuition is the same whether you audit a class or take a course for graded credit.

Dual Enrolled High School Students

A rising high school junior or senior must:

New Nondegree-seeking Adult Students

New nondegree students are students who hold a high school diploma (or equivalent diploma) and have not been dismissed from any college/university, and have not been denied admission to the College of Charleston.

Follow the application directions for visiting students (undergraduate).

Senior Citizens

If you are 60 years old or older and are a resident of South Carolina, you can enroll in classes with the 60+ Tuition Exemption Program at the College of Charleston. You can audit courses for personal enrichment or enroll in courses for credit. NOTE: Performance-based courses must be taken for credit.

  • Apply as a summer visiting student if you've never taken coursework at the College
    • If you are a returning 60+ student and need to have your student status reactivated, please call 843.953.4831 or email summer@cofc.edu.
  • Registration (on a space-available basis) takes place on the day after the drop/add period for each term within the department(s) of the course(s) you wish to take. Check the academic calendar for dates.
  • Pay a $50.00 registration fee (and any applicable course fees) at the Treasurer’s Office.
  • You do not have to pay tuition, but you will be responsible for the costs of books and course fees where applicable.

Graduate Students

If you want to enroll in graduate-level coursework during the summer, contact the Graduate School office.