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5 Keys to Student Success

Marketing and Communication // 06.29.2017

Charleston Southern University Dean of Students Clark Carter announced Fall 2017 Move-In Day will be held on Friday, August 18 (incoming freshman) and Saturday, August 19 (returning students). Both days schedules will run from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.

Julie Alimpich, Director of Operations for Residence Life, will begin her fifth year at CSU this fall. She has seen thousands of incoming freshman come and go and encourages new students to “focus on what’s important and don’t lose sight of that.”

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So, what is important? Alimpich pointed to these five keys:

  • JESUS: Love is a concept we hold highly and He is the perfect example of a real person who lived His life for others.
  • GET YOUR EDUCATION: You (and your parents) have invested so much to get you to this point -- don’t waste the opportunity. College is intended to be a challenge. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. We all do.
  • YOU’RE AN ADULT: Navigating life without parents can be challenging and strange. It can also be rewarding and awesome at the same time. Remember, it’s OK to ask for help. CSU offers free tutoring through the Learning Center, Writing Center and Math Lab. Also available to all students: free, confidential counseling services.
  • COLLEGE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT: Get to know your peers, professors and staff. Get involved, Try new things. Join an intramural team, a club or an organization. Worship at Elevate on Thursday nights. Watch your classmates sing their hearts out in a musical. Yell your lungs out at CSU sporting events. There’s something for everyone.
  • THERE IS AN END: College is not the end-all, be-all, it merely prepares you for the rest of your life which begins when you walk across that stage with diploma in hand.

“The only way they won’t succeed is if they don’t get involved,” added Tim Grant, Assistant Dean for Residence Life. “Our hope is that they come to know CSU as a loving, growing community.”

If you have questions about registration, residence life or campus life activities, please contact the Dean of Students office at your convenience. We will be happy to help you.

Classes begin Monday, August 21.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.