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Senior Citizens

If you are 60 years old or older, and a resident of South Carolina you can enroll in classes at the College of Charleston. Each semester, approximately 200 senior citizens enroll in classes at the College. These students may be auditing classes or taking courses for personal enrichment. Most senior citizens take undergraduate courses.

If you are interested in earning an undergraduate or graduate degree, you must complete the application for undergraduate admission or the graduate online application.

Fall 2016 registration will be held in Berry Hall on August 30 - 31. On or after August 23, please call 843.953.5620 to schedule an advising time.

• Application for admission: August 31
• Registration (drop/add): September 2
• Request to Audit (switch from a graded course to an audit course): September 9.

Students taking courses for credit may register on MyCharleston between August 24 – August 29. Courses are limited to those with seats available. The Admissions Office will offer registration assistance during the hours of 9 a.m.  - 12 p.m. on August 24 – 26 (pre-requisite overrides). Courses are limited to those with seats available. Students registering during this time cannot change from credit to audit status. 

The registration process is easy:

Step 1: Complete our non-degree application

In addition to completing the online application (which includes a senior citizen tuition addendum), you must also provide proof of U.S. citizenship and verification of your age (a valid driver's license will suffice). We will mail information regarding your registration. 

Step 2: Come to registration.

Registration (on a seat-available) basis takes place on the next business day after drop/add each fall and spring semester. 

During registration, you will meet with an advisor and register for available courses.  You will then pay your $25 registration fee (and any applicable course fees) at the Treasurer’s Office.  You do not have to pay tuition, but you will be responsible for the costs of books and any additional course fees whenever applicable.

For our summer terms, please visit our summer sessions website for detailed information on the application and registration process. You can register in the summer sessions office on the day after the drop/add period for each term.


  • Check the course registration schedule from the Course Schedule and Section Search.
  • Select the term for which you want to review courses
  • Select the subject (or subjects) for which you want to see courses and click the search button. (Course meeting times and locations can be found on the Class Schedule Listing.) 
  • Click on the course title to see seats remaining.


Students are eligible to register for courses with seats available on the next business day after drop/add each fall and spring semester.  Departmental or faculty registration is not allowed. Overrides for seat capacity with the permission of the instructor are not allowed. 


Degree seeking students may register at their appointed registration entry times.


Some courses require the successful completion of a prerequisite course that will give you the background information you’ll need in order to succeed in the class you want to take. If you do not have the specific prerequisite, it is best that you meet with the professor prior to or at the beginning of the semester to determine whether you can take the class without it.


Each course has varying requirements for students who wish to audit (take a course for no credit). You should meet with the professor prior to or at the beginning of the semester to determine if both you and the professor have the same expectations regarding participation in class work and assignments. You may not audit computer science, studio art, music performance or creative writing courses.


Every student must provide proof of U.S. citizenship before being allowed to enroll. To prove U.S. citizenship, applicants must complete the Verification of Lawful Presence form and deliver the original, with a photocopy of your proof document, in person or by mail, to the Registrar’s Office. Senior citizens must also present a valid South Carolina driver's license or picture ID for age and residency verification. In order to verify South Carolina residency, the identification must have been issued at least one year prior to enrollment. A voter registration or vehicle registration document can be submitted if the driver's license does not meet the time requirement. 


During registration, you will pay a $25 fee. The College accepts MasterCard, Discover or American Express. You can pay your $25 registration fee, in addition to any applicable course fees, online using your MyCharleston account. You may also pay at the Treasurer's Office (No. 10 on the campus map) by check or credit card. The Treasurer's Office is located at 170 Calhoun Street.

You do not pay tuition. You may need to purchase books, and may also have to pay additional course fees.


Senior citizens may apply at the Graduate level as either non-degree or degree-seeking students through the Graduate School website.

Please note that applications and all required materials must be submitted prior to the deadline indicated for the program desired. Information on program-specific materials and deadlines can be found on the list of program requirement checklists. All graduate applications are reviewed by the individual program, whether degree- or non-degree seeking.

Those wishing to be categorized as senior citizens must bring the following to the Graduate School Office, 310 Randolph Hall, where they will determine eligibility: 

The graduate application fee DOES NOT include the $25 registration fee. Successful graduate candidates enrolling under the senior citizen tuition status must pay the $25 registration fee each semester.