First Year Experience at the College of Charleston

FYE helps foster community among our students, faculty, and staff through the academic courses offered each semester. The First-Year Experience at the College of Charleston is an academic program designed to integrate new students into the academic and cultural community of the College.

All of the courses give new students an opportunity to work closely with top-level faculty, to meet other new students at the beginning of the school year, smooth their transition to college, and provide them with the skills that will help them succeed throughout their academic careers.

Operating as usual

Recently, students from FYSE Biomimicry: Nature as a Mentor and Learning Communities Charleston Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Floods, and Artillery! and An Earth Without Us! ventured out to Morris Island to get a first-hand look at some of the environmental and ecological conditions facing us today.

The College Reads! at College of Charleston

You are invited to hear from the author of The Line Becomes a River the 2020-21 The College Reads book selection.

College of Charleston

Check out this feature highlighting just a few of the great courses offered at the College, including two of FYE's own!

From a course exploring the City of Charleston as a work of art to a class titled "Reading Hamilton: Hip-Hop and History in the American Musical" to a class where students design a space mission for NASA, the College of Charleston's roster of classes this fall is broad in scope and innovation.

College of Charleston Academic Advising and Planning Center

Are you a student, or do you know a student, who is struggling with choosing a major?

Please do not miss this important opportunity!!

Next week, the College of Charleston presents


Here is the schedule of events for the week:

• At the beginning of each day, specific Majors/Minors/and Programs’ pre-recorded videos and websites will be sent out to students.

• From 12:00-12:30pm daily the AAPC will be holding a “How to Explore Majors and Minors” meeting.

• From 12:30-1:00pm daily the AAPC will be holding a “Choosing your Major Q&A” meeting.

• Sometime between 3-5pm each day, Majors/Minors/and Programs will hold smaller live meetings for students to join and ask questions. Specific times and links to the meetings will be sent earlier in the day via email to all students.

Monday 10/12: School of Business

Tuesday 10/13: School of Sciences and Mathematics

Wednesday 10/14: School of Arts
School of Education, Health, and Human Performance

Thursday 10/15: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Language, Cultures, and World Affairs

Friday 10/16: Minors (those without a linked major)

College of Charleston - German & Russian Studies

Dr. Simone Browne is joining (virtually) Dr. Koellner's LTGR 250 course in the FYE Learning Community "All Eyes on You: Surveillance, Community, and Control" (together with Dr. Briana McGinnis' POli 150) on October 1, 2020, at 3:05 p.m. Dr. Browne is going to discuss her book "Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness." A big thank you goes to our sponsors The College of Charleston First-Year Experience and The Department of German and Russian Studies to make this event possible. Please reach out to Dr. Koellner, if you are interested in attending the event! CofClcwa First Year Experience at the College of Charleston

The Post and Courier

Check out this article highlighting the great work of FYE's own Dr. Susan Kattwinkel. She is teaching “Reading Hamilton: Hip-Hop and History in the American Musical" this semester.

You can read more about this course, as well as our upcoming Spring 2021 courses at

While some things on campus seem familiar, the university’s classroom spaces, residence halls and other campus buildings look very different from how they did when students left them in mid-March.

FYE Abroad Spotlight: Spain

Learn more about this and our other exciting FYE Abroad trips at!

Students can apply at

College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics

Congratulations to one of FYE's own, Dr. Chris Fragile!

Astrophysics Professor Chris Fragile Presented Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research

5 Ways to Get Mental Health Support This Semester Whether it's your first year at the College or your fourth, being back on campus at the beginning of the academic year can be overwhelming. And that's without a global pandemic. Add in the stress of the coronavirus – the anxieties, disappointments and uncertainties it has caused in nearly all aspe...

FYE Abroad Spotlight: Scotland

Learn more about this and our other exciting FYE Abroad trips at!

Students can apply at

Check out the great WOW events going on this month!

Return to Campus: Everything You Need to Know The College of Charleston will welcome students back for in-person/hybrid classes on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Without question the fall 2020 semester will look a little different, but the relationships and experiences that new and returning students will have over the next few months will be as meani...

Study Abroad Week Calendar

Be sure to join in this year's Study Abroad Fair to learn more about our exciting FYE Abroad Program! Monday, August 31st Fair OrientationPasscode: U1SJ^Z*A CIE Staff will give you an overview of the virtual fair. Watch Recording Here Affiliate Programs 101Passcode: P*aPG7WB Learn about studying ab…

Class of 2024 Freshman Profile The dawn of a new academic year at the College of Charleston brings with it a new class of students to join the Cougars’ ranks. And the members of the Class of 2024 come from across the country and around the globe, bringing with them new perspectives, energy and ideas that are sure to add

CofC Named Top School By 'Fiske Guide' The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021 has named the College of Charleston “the finest public liberal arts and sciences institution in South Carolina.” The noted guidebook compiled by Edward Fiske, former New York Times education editor, includes over 300 colleges and universities out of the more than...

College of Charleston

For the first time ever, new student orientation at the College of Charleston will be held online for incoming students. Running from July 8 to Aug. 7, virtual orientation sessions will offer students and families information about campus resources, academic programs and student life.

College of Charleston Academic Advising and Planning Center

Congratulations to FYE Instructor Meg Scott-Copses on receiving the College of Charleston 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award!

Professor Scott-Copses will be teaching the FYSE "Get Me Bodied: Integrating Mind and Body in the Writing Process." You can read more about this course as well as our other course offerings at

More great news to celebrate! Congratulations to Meg Scott-Copses, Senior Instructor in the Department of English! For her exceptional teaching, Meg is named this year’s winner of CofC’s Distinguished Teaching Award. This is one of CofC’s top awards given to faculty each spring. Interim Provost Fran Welch celebrated Scott-Copses, saying: “Meg’s work is grounded in her belief in developing students’ voice and thinking through writing. Since arriving at the College in 2007, she has honed her teaching, working with diverse students, including freshman, honors, veterans, and athletes, tailoring writing instruction to meet students’ needs, and helping them develop their voices in their writing. Ever innovative in course design and assignments, Meg creates meaningful learning contexts in face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. Through modeling personalized feedback and connecting students’ work to each other as well as infusing in her instruction themes that connect to readings and are of import to students’ lives, Meg’s personalized approach meets students where they are, builds a classroom community of learners, and challenges and assists in growing their writing skills as they develop new ways of thinking about the world. Meg is an outstanding teacher and an inspirational mentor providing transformative experiences to many students in poetry, first-year writing, Honors humanities interdisciplinary courses, field internships, and independent studies at the College of Charleston.” College of Charleston Department of English College of Charleston Honors College College of Charleston College of Charleston Center for Student Learning

Congratulations to FYE Instructor Maggie Miltcheva on receiving the College of Charleston 2020 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award!

Professor Miltcheva will be teaching the FYE Learning Community "From Russia with Code: Cybersecurity and Russian (LC6)" as part of a dynamic teaching duo this fall. You can read more about this Learning Community as well as our other course offerings at

Congratulations to CofC Instructor of Russian, Professor Maggie Miltcheva, on receiving the College of Charleston 2020 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award!

In the words of the Awards Committee: “The College of Charleston’s Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award was established in 2014 and honors those adjunct faculty members who are outstanding among the College’s many exceptional teachers. This year’s award recipient is Meglena Miltcheva from the Department of German and Russian Studies. Maggie has been a dedicated adjunct teacher in Russian Studies since 2002.

Maggie is a teacher leader in the Russian Studies Program. She has developed several courses, including a Russian Folktales course that is consistently a student favorite. She has also been a leader in teaching online courses since 2014 and participates in intensive online professional development in language acquisition, modeling for students and colleagues her commitment to continued excellence in content and pedagogy. Maggie’s commitment to excellent teaching is also exemplified in her outstanding Course-Instructor Evaluation feedback.

We are pleased to recognize Meglena Miltcheva, a stellar teacher and colleague, with the 2020 Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award.”

College of Charleston

Check out this feature highlighting great work by FYE faculty member Jocelyn Evans. Students can join Dr. Evans this fall in her course "Financial Literacy for Generation Z."

School of Business Associate Dean Jocelyn Evans, along with her business students, is raising money to help get masks and other supplies for Lowcountry health care professionals.

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Questions about the COVID-19 Spring Grading Policy? Be sure to reach out to our great teams to help navigate the best outcome.

🗓 with CAPP at
📱 Advising at 743.953.5981
📧 FinAid @ [email protected]

College of Charleston New Student Orientation

Update: The Quick Question Drop In is Virtual (all campus offices are closed) and the hours are from 9 am to 4 pm.

Cougar Countdown

College of Charleston New Student Orientation

#CofC students - do you need help in making decisions about the COVID-19 Spring grade change option? Check out the great tips at

College of Charleston Career Center

Happy National Student Employment Week to all of our great Peer Facilitators!

Students Happy National Student Employment Week! Here is a message from your supervisors! 🚀 Thank you for all your hard work. 😊

College of Charleston Academic Advising and Planning Center

The College of Charleston has announced a COVID-19 Spring 2020 Grading Policy. The Center for Academic Performance and Persistence has created a Decision Tree to provide guidance for students when considering the new grading policy for Spring 2020. (See attached link.)

This week, students can call us at the Advising Center at 843-953-5981 from 2pm until 4pm for our "Virtual Quick Question Drop-in Hours". After being signed in, the advisor on call will email the student's College email account for a Google Hangouts Meeting.

Beginning Monday, April 13-April 22, we will be holding Virtual Quick Question Drop-In Hours from 9am-4pm.

In addition, we are available for questions at [email protected] or via text by typing "AdviseMe" to 85511. The AAPC is here for CofC students!!

College of Charleston

Check out these wonderful tips from FYE professor Margaret Hagood on how parents can help children learn best during this current climate.

Teacher education professor Margaret Hagood offers five tips to help parents and children cope with life and learning in the era of COVID-19.

College of Charleston

Great insight from FYE’s own Professor Kent Gourdin regarding supply chain disruption

The way we do business is more interconnected than ever. But, Kent Gourdin, the director of the School of Business’s Global Logistics and Transportation Program, says in the wake of COVID-19, vulnerabilities to the global supply chain have been exposed.

Credit: Center for Academic Performance and Persistence

Wellness tip for Wednesday:
You can reduce the risk by simply washing your hands and keeping them clean.

College of Charleston - Office of the Registrar

During the months of March and April (except spring break week), we will be offering extended office hours for students in the Office of the Registrar, Transfer Resource Center, Academic Advising & Planning Center, and Career Services on Wednesday nights from 5pm – 7pm. Students may call or stop by any of these offices, which are all located on the second floor of the Lightsey Center.

Thank you to Dr. Cassandra Runyon for presenting on the FYE Abroad program at the 39th Annual Conference in the First-Year Experience this past weekend!

Louise Doire’s “You are What You Wear: Just Fashion” FYE course takes an in-depth look at clothing making and manufacturing, including sustainable practices. Students even learned how to sew and patch their own clothes. @ College of Charleston

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