Now that you’re a Buc…

Campus life at Charleston Southern University provides opportunities for you to get involved, meet new people, develop your leadership skills, try new things, discover your passion and more. This is your community – the people you go to class with, live with, work, serve and play with. Find your place in the larger CSU community. #onceaBucalwaysaBuc

It’s Time To Connect

  • Download the BucNation App!

The first thing you need to do to get involved is download the free Buc Nation App. It’s a Bucs Life!

  • Read the Student Handbook!

All students are expected to know the information in the Student Handbook. It’s a good idea to take a look through it. 

  • Live On Campus!

Living on campus provides experiences that include making new friends, facing new challenges and developing memories that will last you a lifetime. Check out all that we have to offer! Click here to view our housing options.

  • Join a Student Organization!

With about 50 options to choose from, you will have ample opportunity to connect with other students. See the list here!

Welcome Week Schedule

8 a.m. noon: New Student-Residents Check-in (Residence Halls)

8 a.m. noon: Informational “Help Tables” (outside LJP/RH/Quad II)

8 a.m. 4 p.m.: Student IDs (Security Office)

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Buccaneer BBQ Bash (Dining Hall)

1 p.m.: Meeting for Parents of Freshmen Athletes (Field House)

1-5 p.m.Returning Student-Residents Check-in (Residence Halls)

2-3 p.m.: CSU Parents and Students’ Meeting (Chapel) 

3-4 p.m.: Parent’s Meeting (Chapel) 

3:15 p.m.: Class Photo (staging area is in front of the Science Building by the pond) Students should wear CSU colors (navy blue, white or gold) or any CSU clothing/gear. 

3:45 p.m.: PLAYFAIR (The Field House) 

4:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner (Dining Hall) 

6:45 p.m.: Orientation (Chapel) 

8:30 p.m.: Sean Curran Concert, “The Movement” (Chapel)

7-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast (Dining Hall) 

10 a.m.: Fan Fest @ Buccaneer Field (Rain Location: CSU Fieldhouse) 

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch  (Dining Hall)

2-6 p.m.: Decals and IDs

3-6 p.m.Check-in for Returning Students (LJP/Q II and hotels)

1-4:30 p.m.: FREE TIME

4:30-7 p.m.: Dinner (Dining Hall)

7 p.m.: “The Movement” (Chapel)

8:30-11 p.m.: Party in the Park! Club Drop-In/Campus Departments (Buc Park)

7:309:30 a.m.: Breakfast (Dining Hall) 

11 a.m.: Campus Worship (Chapel) 

Noon: Lunch  (Dining Hall) 

1-4 p.m.: Physicals for Athletes (Trident Hospital) 

2 p.m.: Women’s Soccer vs. Wofford  

6 p.m.: Student-Athlete Meeting (Fieldhouse)

7:30 p.m.: Community Meeting for Resident Students (Residence Halls)

Monday, August 26 
7:30-9:15 a.m.: Free Donuts and Juice [*Parking Lot Sides of Ashby & Jones and Wingo & Whitfield; *Inside of Science Building (pond side)]

Tuesday, August 27 
7:30-9:30 a.m.: Free Donuts and Juice (Pond Sides of Ashby Hall, Wingo Hall, Whitfield Center for Christians Leadership & Science Building)

Wednesday, August 28 
11 a.m.: Prayer First (Chapel) 
11 a.m. 5 p.m.: Blood Drive [Thurmond Parking Lot (Chapel Side)] 

Thursday, August 29 
8 p.m.: Elevate (Chapel) 

Friday, August 30 
4 p.m.: Women’s Soccer vs. Navy 
7-10:30 p.m.: Come Cruise With Me (Patriots’ Point)

Saturday, August 31 
1 p.m.: Football at Furman 
7:45 p.m.: Pool-a-Palooza

Sunday, September 1 
1 p.m.: CSU vs. N. Florida (Women’s Soccer)

Traditions at CSU include our Sweet 16 events. Make sure you check them out here.


Student Voter Registration

Charleston Southern University encourages our students to register and vote. 

If you are a South Carolina resident, you are legally entitled to choose whether to vote here in Charleston or to vote at home with an absentee ballot. If you live in the Charleston Southern residence halls, it is important that you use the official street address of the residence hall.

In addition, be sure to include your social security number (required by law) and sign the form. Since January 1, 2013, all voters will be required to show a photo ID when you go to vote. If the address on your ID differs from the one you used on the registration, be sure to take a piece of official mail with you showing your campus address.

You will be required to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:

  • S.C. Driver’s License
  • ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. You can register at any time. You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible.

  • Students may register to vote where they reside while attending college.
  • In order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST:
    • be a United States citizen
    • be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
    • be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct
    • not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
    • not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
    • have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.


If you are not from South Carolina and want to register to vote – or vote absentee in your home state – you can register to vote online, or visit any of the following links for more information: