Access & Pre-College Programs

Get a feel for the College of Charleston with these access and pre-college programs as you explore the campus, chat with faculty, staff and current students, learn some valuable college skills and meet your potential Cougar classmates.

Overnight On-Campus Experiences


Overnight pre-college programs for select high school students for skill building, leadership training and experiencing the welcoming atmosphere and culture at the College of Charleston.
  • MULTICULTURAL OVERNIGHT VISIT EXPERIENCE (M.O.V.E.)

    Get to know the College of Charleston. M.O.V.E. provides students of color with the opportunity to experience and get a feel for what life is like at the College of Charleston.

    • Spend the night in Charleston - the College's living-learning laboratory.
    • Meet faculty, staff and current students.
    • Enjoy engaging workshops and presentations.
    • Meet potential future Cougars much like you!
    • Visit a class, tour our beautiful campus, dine in downtown Charleston and learn about inclusion at the College.

    Applications for M.O.V.E. are restricted to high school juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5. M.O.V.E. is free of charge and space is limited.

    2024 M.O.V.E. Dates

    • March 15-16, 2024
    • April 12-13, 2024
    Apply for M.O.V.E.
  • Junior Project

    A week-long, summer college preparatory program, Junior Project serves AALANA and first generation students who are rising high school juniors.

    2024 Dates: June 23-26, 2024
    • Spend four days and three nights on campus.
    • Interact with current College of Charleston students.
    • Attend interactive leadership workshops.
    • Learn valuable time management, writing and essay skills.
    • Experience all Charleston has to offer!

    Note: Applicants are not automatically admitted to Junior Project; you must first apply and be accepted into the program.

    Application Deadline: May 31, 2024 
    Your completed application will include the online program application, your high school transcripts, and standardized test scores (optional). Please upload these documents into the application. 

    Program Fee: $250 (Payable upon acceptance to the program. Information on submitting the program fee and participation forms will be provided with an email upon your acceptance to the program.)

    Contact Michelle McDowell at mcdowellml@cofc.edu for more information on Junior Project.

  • Senior Project

    A weeklong, summer college preparatory program, Senior Project serves AALANA and first generation students who are rising high school seniors.

    2024 Dates: July 14-18, 2024

    Over the course of five days and four nights on campus, program participants and parents will: 

    • Interact with current College of Charleston students.
    • Attend a college class and interactive workshops. 
    • Learn valuable time management, writing and essay skills. 
    • Go on a campus tour.
    • Visit academic departments.
    • Attend a parent workshop (on check-in day).
    • Attend a one-on-one admission counseling session.
    • Experience all Charleston has to offer.
    • Complete a College of Charleston admission application: Be the first to apply to College of Charleston!
    Note: Applicants are not automatically admitted to Senior Project; you must first apply and be accepted into the program.

    Application Deadline: July 1, 2024

    Your completed application will include the online program application, and application essay. Please upload these documents into the application. 

    Program Fee: $250 (Payable upon acceptance to the program. Information on submitting the program fee and participation forms will be provided with an email upon your acceptance to the program.)

    For more information on Senior Project, contact Kenyatta Grimmage at grimmagekc@cofc.edu.

  • OTTO B. GERMAN MALE MINORITY INITIATIVE (MMI)

    This free event is for high school juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Seniors must have applied to the College to be considered for this event.

    It's your opportunity to join other minority males to experience the College of Charleston

    While you're here, you will: 

    • Attend workshops and develop your academic and personal skills.
    • Engage in social activities with MMI participants and College of Charleston students.
    • Learn about how the College supports minority students.
    • Spend the night in a residence hall.

    For more information on MMI, contact Kenyatta Grimmage at grimmagekc@cofc.edu.

    2024 dates: February 3-4

    Note to seniors: You must apply for admission to the College of Charleston in order to apply to attend this event.

    MMI'S MISSION 

    The Otto B. German Minority Male Initiative strives to empower, support and assist men of color in creating a strong foundation of success that you can build upon in the years to come. Students who participate in initiatives tend to achieve higher grades, be more academically and socially integrated into campus, and graduate at higher rates.

    Apply to MMI