New Student Orientation

  • June 6-7 
  • June 10-11
  • June 13-14
  • June 15  South Carolina Residents Only (Closed)
  • June 17-18 (Closed)
  • June 20-21
  • June 24-25 (Closed)
  • June 27-28 (Closed)
  • July 8-9 (Closed) 
  • July 11-12 (Closed)

If you need to register for orientation and the date you need is unavailable please contact us at orientation@coastal.edu 

2024 Freshman Orientation

All new students starting in Fall 2024 are required to complete their Orientation experience consisting of an in person experience as well as online modules. All incoming freshman students must complete both the in-person orientation experience and our online orientation modules.

If you meet any of the 4 criteria below - you only will need to complete our online modules. Please contact our office if you have questions.

  • Online Degree Programs (Click here to see a list of online programs)
  • International Students
  • Admitted for Spring II, Fall II, Maymester, Summer I, Summer II
  • Registering for orientation after all in-person sessions have been completed

All other new Fall admits (separate from the 4 above) must complete the three (3) component experience which includes: Online Orientation Modules, In-Person Orientation, and Teal Nation Welcome. See the descriptions below.

 

In-Person Orientation

  • All students who are in an in-person degree program (taking classes physically on campus) are required to register for and attend an in-person, two-day orientation program on the CCU campus. During Orientation, students will meet with representatives from various offices and academic departments, meet with advisors, and connect with other incoming students.

Coastal Carolina University does not offer a virtual orientation session for Summer 2024.

Online Orientation Modules

  • These self-paced modules will allow you to learn about the academic programs and student life services at CCU. It will take you approximately one hour to complete the modules, and you do have the option to stop and restart as needed. In order to access the online orientation modules, make sure you have your CCU login credentials. You will have access to the program within 1 hour of registering for your orientation.

Teal Nation Welcome

  • Teal Nation Welcome is CCU's official welcome back to campus program open to all students that begins with move-in and continues through the first week of classes. It's goal is to help students get connected to people on campus and make CCU feel like home.
  • There some mandatory programming for first year students including New Student Convocation and Chant Life. You will receive more information closer to August.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION

All sessions have a limited number of seats available and will close once a session is full.

Orientation will begin at 7:15am with Check-in on Day 1 of your session. We ask that you arrive to CCU by 7am. Check-in will take place at the CCU Belltower on campus next to the Lib Jackson Student Union. If you are traveling by plane, we suggest arriving to the Conway/Myrtle Beach area the night before your session. Day 2 will end by 2pm so please book travel after 4pm to give yourself enough time to get on the road.

Please do not make any travel arrangements unless you have registered for Orientation and received a confirmation email. The Office of Orientation, Transition, & Family Programs is not responsible for any financial consequences incurred by booking travel prior to orientation registration confirmation.

Orientation Refund Policy

The Office of Orientation, Transition, & Family Programs will not be issuing any refunds for orientation fees/charges. All charges are final.

You will need your CCU email address and password in order to register for Orientation.

Your email address is your username@coastal.edu, and your password is the same password you use to log into MyCCU.

If you need assistance with your username or password, you can email admissions@coastal.edu.

You can also submit an online service request or contact Student Computing Services by text at 843-733-7234 or phone 843-349-2220.

The orientation fee was paid at the time you accepted your admission offer to CCU. However, if you plan to register a parent/family member for Family Orientation or opt into any of the orientation extras like the overnight stay, then you will need to pay for those charges to complete the registration process.

You can always return to your orientation registration page again to make changes up until the closing date for your desired session.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION

The above link to register will go live on Monday, April 15 after 3pm.

Please do not make any travel arrangements unless you have registered for an Orientation session and received a confirmation. 

The Office of Orientation, Transition, and Family Programs is not responsible for any financial consequences incurred by booking travel prior to orientation registration confirmation.

Once you register for the New Student Orientation program, you will receive an email confirmation to your CCU email address. Make sure you read the confirmation in full as it will include important information about your next steps.

We are experiencing some issues with confirmation emails not being sent out once you submit your registration. We are working on this issue with our IT department and will send those out to folks as soon as we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Updated 4/16/2024

Students have the option to stay overnight in a residence hall on CCU's campus for their orientation session. There are no on-campus accommodations for family members. 

You can visit Coastal Carolina University – Campus Travel Management for discounted local accommodations.

The Office of Orientation, Transition, & Family Programs does not endorse any specific accommodation.

What to Expect at Orientation

Students can opt into staying overnight in an assigned residence hall room for orientation. The overnight charge is separate from the Enrollment Deposit you paid to CCU and is due at the time of orientation registration.

Overnight students can stay the night of their session and if they need it, the may stay the night before their session. 

For example, for the June 6-7, students can stay over June 6 or June 5 and 6 if needed. The 2-night stay option is for students who are coming from far away (most often by themselves) and need a place to stay before their orientation session begins on their reserved date. Please be aware dining and other university may be unavailable or very limited the day before your Orientation experience begins.

    The cost to stay overnight is $55 and includes a linen package. The linen package is mandatory and cannot be removed from your registration. The total $55 charge includes the following extras".

    • A linen package to use for your stay (pillow, pillow case, blanket, flat sheet, fitted sheet, towel, and washcloth. Please bring your own toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner. 
    • Dinner on Day 1 of your registered session
    • Day 1 night time activities
    • Breakfast on Day 2 of your registered session.

    The CCU Student Code of Conduct is in full effect during all orientation programs (day and night) and governs all student behavior, actions, and choices.

    Please note: Family/guests are responsible for finding their own overnight accommodations if they are needed as no on-campus accommodations are available.

    Early Arrival Check-in will be available from 4pm-8pm at the front desk of Tradition Hall. If you arrive after 8pm, there will be a number on the door to call so a University Housing staff member can sign you your room key.

    Please plan accordingly as we cannot accommodate arrivals earlier than 4pm. 

    Each Orientation session provides students and their families/guests with an variety of sessions to help support them in the transition to CCU. The following list below is a sample of many sessions you will have the chance to partake in. Students and families/guests will attend some sessions together and some separately.

    Orientation will begin at 7:15am with Check-in on Day 1 of your session. We ask that you arrive to CCU by 7am. Check-in will take place at the CCU Belltower on campus next to the Lib Jackson Student Union. If you are traveling by plane, we suggest arriving to the Conway/Myrtle Beach area the night before your session. Day 2 will end by 2pm so please book travel after 4pm to give yourself enough time to get on the road.

    • Check-in, Continental Breakfast, and Campus Resource Fair
    • Welcome from University Leadership
    • Health, Wellness, Student Involvement, and Belonging
    • College Life Experience for Residential and Commuter Students
    • Small Group Meetings with your Orientation Leader
    • Teal Nation Expectations and Public Safety
    • CCU Dining
    • Financial Aid & Student Accounts
    • CHANT411
    • Campus Tours
    • Academic Advising
    • Artificial Intelligence and Chat GPT
    • Academic College Meetings
    • Athletics and Spirit/Traditions

    Beginning on April 15, 2024, students who registered for an orientation session will receive an email from University Advising with directions for course registration. The email will be sent to the student's Coastal email and may arrive a few days after orientation registration. 

    The email will include a link to Moodle (the learning management system) that will require new Chants to do the following:

    • Complete an information form,
    • Review recommended courses for their major and the registration process,
    • Create a plan for registration,
    • Request advisor review for the plan, and
    • Register for courses on or after May 15

    Please be sure to review the information in Moodle thoroughly for a smooth registration process. Course registration should be complete before attending in-person orientation where students will have the opportunity to meet their advisor.

    If you need additional assistance please email advising@coastal.edu.

    Your major is listed in the system will be displayed on the registration form. 

    All major changes should be requested no later than 2 weeks prior to your selected orientation session.

    Requesting a major change (or changing/adding a minor) is done via a major change form and can be found by clicking this link https://www.coastal.edu/forms/programchange.php

    Only use the Major Change Form above if you need to switch your major. If when you go to register for orientation and the major is the correct one you which to pursue at CCU, no further action is needed.

    Orientation, Transition, and Family Programs offers a Family Orientation for the family members of incoming students as a tool to share valuable information about the University and to help you and your students make a smooth transition to Coastal. 

    Family orientation consists of two components and is completely optional:  

    1. Online Orientation Modules
      • This self-paced orientation will provide a comprehensive overview of programs and services available to your student at CCU. This online orientation experience is the same module that your student is required to complete. We find it helpful for family members to see and experience the same information and delivery method, as it allows for post-experience discussion and reinforces our desire to partner with you in supporting your student’s success.
      • Family members may create an account through the following link Create a Family Account for the Online Orientation Experience.
    2. Two Day In-Person Orientation (coincides with your student's registered session).  
      • While participation/attendance at Orientation is required for new students, it is optional for family members. Family members who choose to attend the on-campus program with their new Chanticleer will attend some sessions with their student and some sessions separately. Student and Family participants will meet with representatives from various offices and academic departments as well as connect with other incoming students and families. 

    For Summer 2024, students can register 2 family members/supports to join them at their in-person session.

    The cost per family member is $45 and is due at the time of registration.

    Download the Guidebook App and search "Teal Nation Orientation" for the Program Schedule

    Parking and directional maps for Summer 2024 coming soon!

    Use this map for a general overview of campus - CCUCampusMapKey

    CCU Orientation will be using the Guidebook app to provide a variety of information throughout the orientation process including maps, a detailed version of the schedule, and much more. 

    Please follow these steps to set up the CCU Orientation Guidebook:

    • Download the Guidebook app through the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
    • Open the app and search locate the "Have a Passphrase button" on the Find Guides Page.
    • Click the button and enter the specific CCU passphrase (spelling and spacing matters)
    • Click download guide and then click open 
    • Open the Coastal Carolina University Summer Orientation Guidebook

    Passphrase is coming soon!

    Next Steps Post Orientation 

      The CINO Card is the University's official photo identification card.

      You MUST upload your CINO card photo through the Get Mobile app (Apple, Android) or the CINO Card website BEFORE July 30, 2024.

      You will not receive your CINO Card at Orientation. You will receive your CINO Card during move-in weekend if you previously uploaded your photo. Commuter students will be able to pick up their CINO Cards by stopping by the CINO Card Office in Sands Hall (across from the HTC Center) anytime during business hours

      The University requires that students provide proof of immunization AND complete all required Student Heath Services forms prior to your arrival for the Fall 2024 semester. All Immunization records must be verified, signed and/or stamped by a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or the health care facility. Your immunization record must include the month, day and year the vaccine was given. All immunization records must be submitted in English. 

      For the health and safety of the campus community, Coastal Carolina University requires the following immunizations prior to attending the University:

      • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) doses 1 and 2
        • 2 doses required at least 28 days apart for students born after 1957 or later and all health sciences students
        • First dose is given at age 12 months or later.
        • Second dose is given at least 28 days after the first dose.
      • Tetanus (Td or Tdap) vaccination within the last 10 years
      • TB Risk Assessment Form must be completed, signed, and dated.
      • If under the age of 25 and living in University Housing, a Meningococcal Vaccine or a declination waiver is required
      • CCU will not require the COVID vaccine for students but it is one of the recommended immunizations.

      For more information please visit the University Immunization Requirements webpage.

      Uploading Immunization Records

      All immunization records must be uploaded to the student's file with Student Heath Services. In order to submit your Immunization Documentation, please visit Upload Immunization Records page. There is also a PDF created at the bottom of this page linked in the “Click HERE for a step-by-step walk through with screenshots” text that walks students through the upload process.

      All new undergraduate students are required to complete the health and well-being online course about alcohol and other drugs, consent and sexual violence, and being an active bystander this summer.

      The modules will be available starting July 12 and must be completed by August 21, 2024

      Prior to arriving in August, make sure you complete all of the remaining items on the New Student Checklist. We recommend you get a head start on it now.

      Once you have completed all of your necessary Orientation requirements, it is time for you to get ready to move-in (residential students only) and Teal Nation Welcome - CCU's Welcome Week program.

      Move-In - University Housing

      • For the Fall 2024 semester, move-in will in August right before classes start and is coordinated by University Housing.
      • All information regarding move-in can be found by here University Housing Move-In
      • University Housing will send all students living in university housing more information closer to the summer and before move-in weekend.

      Teal Nation Welcome

      • Teal Nation Welcome begins with move-in and continuing through the first week of classes that helps students get connected to people on campus and make the CCU feel like home. 
      • All students can take part in all Teal Nation Welcome events and are for both both commuter students and residential students
      • There some mandatory programming for first year students including New Student Convocation and Chant Life. You will receive more information closer to August.
      • More information can be found on the Teal Nation Welcome webpage.

      This page was last updated on 6/11/2024.

      Please check this page often as it will be regularly updated as information becomes finalized for Orientation 2024.