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Cougar Excursion

 Aug. 18th-20th, 2016 at Seabrook Island’s Camp St. Christopher with campus move-in on Aug. 17th.

Registration costs $225 for conference site lodging, activity fees, transportation and meals.
In addition, there will be a charge for three nights of Campus Housing fees for early move-in**. 

ALL STUDENTS participating in programs that occur BEFORE the regularly scheduled move-in dates/times will need to submit a request to move in early if they are living on campus. Students MUST make this request with Housing by Sunday July 31 by logging into the My Housing/Dining portal in MyCharleston. Students should log into their MyCharleston account, go to the My Housing/Dining link at the top of the page and click on the link, scroll to the bottom of the main page and click on the Request Early Move In button at the bottom of the page. Questions should be directed to or 843-953-5523.

 Sunday, Aug 14:  Early Move In

  • Even      Floors:  2pm - 4pm
  • Odd       Floors:  4pm - 6pm
  • All          Floors: 6pm - 8pm

Wednesday Aug 17:  Early Move In

  • Even     Floors: 6pm - 7pm
  • Odd      Floors: 7pm - 8pm
  • All         Floors: 8pm - 9pm

Early Move In Rates





Buist,   College Lodge, Craig




Berry,   McConnell




Historic   Houses, Kelly House, Rutledge




Liberty,   McAlister, George, Warren



Scheduled Move-In Times (no early move-in request is needed for these dates)

 Aug 20:  Move-In Day for College Lodge, Craig, Liberty, McAlister, McConnell & Buist

  • Even      Floors: 9am - 11am
  • Odd       Floors: 11am - 1pm

Aug 21:  Move-In Day for Rutledge, Berry, George St Apts, Historic Houses, Kelly House & Warren Place

  • Even      Floors: 1pm - 3pm
  • Odd       Floors:  3pm - 5pm

**To note: Campus Housing rates are between $21.00 - $47.00 per student per night for early move in depending on the residence hall. These charges apply for August 17th, 18th and 19th with one night's cost covered by the Higdon Student Leadership Center. Your student's regular housing contract begins on Saturday, August 20th. Early move in fees will be posted to your student's eBill account. If you have questions about the early move in fee, please contact Campus Housing at or 843 953-5523.

Additional info about Cougar Excursion will be posted on our website as the date gets closer.

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Cougar Excursion (CE) is an interactive program specifically designed to increase new, freshmen students’ campus knowledge and facilitate a sense of community that is the foundation of a successful first-year student at the College. Through this unique experience, natural leadership ability begins to transform into skills that are pivotal to mastering the freshman year and beyond.

Camp St. Christopher: Where it all happens!

Camp St. Christopher is located on beautiful Seabrook Island, with the beach only a few feet away. For specific information please feel free to visit their website.

CE Participants in the field

Perks of Participating:

  • Move your belongings into your residence hall early!
  • Form friendships and acquaintances before the semester starts.
  • Know more about CofC when school starts than the average incoming student. 

Activities at Cougar Excursion include:

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  • Mingling with first-year students, as well as upperclassmen.
  • Learning about the legends and traditions of the College.
  • Discovering ways to become involved in on-campus activities.
  • Participating in leadership group initiatives and activities.
  • Developing leadership skills and strategies that will ensure a positive and productive first-year experience.  

Quotes from Past Participants: 

“Cougar Excursion is a great way to meet people and make friends.”
“It allowed me to gain new perspectives."
“The discussions with facilitators were very helpful because they have experience.”
“I highly doubt any of us would have connected so well in only two days had we just been on campus.”
“I feel better having talked to students involved in groups I am highly interested in pursuing.”
“It really showed me what the CofC attitude is.”
“It was an invaluable experience to get a leg up.”
“It was super fun!”
“Great experience! Amazing! You will have a blast!”