First Year Experience

The First Year Experience is an academic program designed to fully integrate new students into the academic and cultural community of the College of Charleston.  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. Fostering these connections and skills in the first year is crucial to success at the College, graduation, and beyond. To delve more deeply into the First Year Experience courses, please visit our Courses section of the webpage.

In 2019 College of Charleston's FYE ranked nationally in the top 11 by US News and World Report

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FYE in the News

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Students in China to a Tea: An Introduction to Chinese Culture, History,
and Religion celebrate the Chinese New Year with a tea ceremony.
If you are an entering first-year student at the College of Charleston and feel that you should be exempt from the First-Year Experience requirement, download the waiver form and either email it to or deliver it to the Lightsey Basement Suite B53.
AP, IB, or dual-enrollment courses are not considered when applying for an FYE Waiver.