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Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting Campus

Before Applying

Applicant Questions

Admitted Students

Visiting Campus

 How can I make my campus tour reservation?

Campus tours can be scheduled scheduled online! Or, you can email admissions@cofc.edu with your preferred tour date/time, or call 843.953.5670 during business hours. To schedule a tour, we will need the student’s name, home address, high school name, high school graduation year, date of birth, and the desired date/time.

 When are campus tours offered?

Campus tours are offered 2-3 times a day, Monday through Friday. Typical times are 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and/or 1:30 p.m. For specific tour times for the date you plan to visit, please refer to our events calendar.

 What can I do if I’m planning to visit on a weekend or when campus tours aren't available?

Our self-guided walking tour brochure is a wonderful resource to help you navigate campus on your own! You can pick one up at our office Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or in the information case in front of our front doors after hours. Be sure to preview our virtual facilities tour before your trip to get a sneak peek at what you’ll see on campus. If you’re visiting campus Monday through Friday between 8:30 .a.m. and 5:00 p.m., be sure to stop at the Office of Admissions (65 George Street) to speak with one of our staff and get answers to any questions you may have.

 Will I get a confirmation after making my reservation for a campus tour?

Yes! Immediately after your tour is scheduled, we’ll send a confirmation email to the address you provided when you registered. (We’ll also send an email reminder the Thursday before your trip!)

 Are there any opportunities to visit a class or visit campus overnight?

The College offers classroom visit opportunities where you may attend a class visit in the academic area of your choice. If you're interested, sign up on the waitlist through our events calendar at least two weeks prior to your preferred date. Once your visit has been arranged, we'll email you a visit itinerary. Due to campus security measures, the Office of Admissions is unable to arrange for students to stay overnight on campus.

 Do you offer open houses or other visit opportunities?

We offer many opportunities each year for students to explore campus in a more expanded visit than a typical tour. On these days, families create their own schedule from campus tours, residence hall drop-ins, information sessions, student panels and more; it's up to you to build your day!

Before Applying

 What are the College's application deadlines?

Application deadlines vary based on the type of admission for which you are applying:

Freshmen applicants

  • Spring enrollment- November 1   
  • Fall enrollment:
    • Early decision- November 1
    • Early action- December 1
    • Scholarship consideration- December 1
    • Regular notification- February 15

Transfer applicants

  • Spring enrollment- Nov 1
  • Fall enrollment- June 1

International freshmen applicants

  • Spring enrollment- November 1
  • Fall enrollment:
    • Early decision- November 1
    • Early action- December 1
    • Regular notification- March 1

International transfer applicants

  • Spring enrollment- November 1
  • Fall enrollment- June 1

Readmits

  • Spring enrollment- November 1
  • Fall enrollment- May 1

 What materials are required to complete my application file?

Freshman applicants must submit: the online application (including an essay response) and $50 application fee, high school transcript and official SAT/ACT results from the testing agency.

Transfer students must submit: the online application (with the option to include a personal statement) and $50 application fee, as well as college transcript(s) of all schools attended previously. (If you've earned fewer than 24 college credits by the time you apply, you must also submit your official final high school transcript as well as their official SAT or ACT scores from the testing agency.)

 Does the College require recommendation letters?

Recommendation letters are not required for undergraduate admission. But, if you would like to send letters of recommendation, please limit them to two and request them from guidance/college counselors and/or teachers. You can mail, email or fax letters (admapplicants@cofc.edu or 843.953.6322), or upload them via Parchment. 

The Honors College requires one recommendation from a teacher in one of the following subject areas: English, Math, Science, History or a foreign language. You will provide us your preferred teacher's first name, last name and email address and the Honors College will reach out to them to solicit a reference. Your recommender must complete the Honors College recommendation for your application to be complete. Please contact honors@cofc.edu for more information on how to submit your letter of recommendation.

 Does the College superscore the ACT/SAT?

The College of Charleston superscores the SAT, but not the ACT. Superscoring enables us to take a student’s subsection scores (even if they’re from different test dates) for an overall combined score that’s higher than any individual test score. We do not superscore the ACT, but rather take a student’s best composite score into consideration for review.

 How will you consider the revised or new version of the SAT?

We will accept either the old or new versions of the SAT for applicants for fall 2017. If you have taken both tests, all scores should be submitted; the admission committee will use the strongest score from either the SAT or ACT admission consideration. Our middle 50 percent of freshman accepted for fall 2016 scored between 1110 – 1270 (in-state) or 1140 – 1300 (out-of-state) based on the new SAT scores. For more information about our average freshman profile, you can visit our What We Look For page.

 Who is my admission counselor? (Is it okay to contact them directly? And if so, how?)

We strongly encourage you to reach out to your counselor. Get to know them and be sure they know you! Your counselor is your first point of contact for all matters related to your college search and the application process! Counselors are assigned geographic territories, so your counselor is determined based on the high school you attend or your hometown. Find your counselor

 Does the College require an admission interview?

Formal interviews are not a formal part of the admissions process, but admissions counselors offer sit downs. Sit downs are informal chats for your counselor to get to know you better. Sit downs are offered either in person (while a counselor is traveling in your area) or via Skype (online video chat). Feel free to contact your admissions counselor directly to schedule your sit down.

 Should I apply for early notification (prior to Nov. 1) or regular notification (prior to Feb. 1)?

We encourage you to apply during our early notification (EN) application period (prior to Nov. 1), if the College of Charleston is one of your top choices and you're confident in your academic profile at the time you apply. Our early notification application deadline is not binding. And, you'll receive your decision by Jan. 1! (Don't forget: to be considered for admission, you must submit your application and your transcript and SAT/ACT scores by November 1.) Receiving an early decision can help ease some of the natural anxiety incurred during the application process. 

If you apply by Nov. 1, the admissions committee will make a decision based on your high school grades through junior year and your SAT/ACT scores submitted through November. So, if you would like for the admissions committee to see fall semester grades from your senior year and/or future test scores—you may wish to apply by our regular notification deadline (prior to Feb. 1).

Understand that the admissions committee may decide they need to see more information (e.g., senior year grades) before making a decision. Therefore, they may opt to defer your application from early notification to regular notification. Ultimately, the choice is up to you! But don't hesitate to contact your counselor if you want more information.

 Does the College have an application fee? If so, how much is it? 

The College of Charleston application fee is $50. Students receiving College Board, ACT, or NACAC waivers may use those waivers to cover the application fee; just be sure to send your waiver to the Office of Admissions along with transcripts for processing.

 Are students accepted based on their major?

While we need you to include your current academic area(s) of interest on your application, you'll be accepted as an undecided major. You'll have up until the end of your sophomore year to declare. A liberal arts curriculum allows your academic plan to grow and evolve with you! You may come with one major in mind but discover a whole new passion after taking a class or two. But remember, tell us your intended major at the time you apply so we can send you information to help you in your college search.

 Is there a way to know which of my classes will transfer before I apply?

We do not provide transfer credit evaluations before you're admitted; however, you can use the Transfer Equivalency Database to check which courses have transferred historically. This database contains a history of how courses have transferred to the College; it does not represent a comprehensive list of transferable coursework from any school. The Transfer Equivalency Database is an unofficial resource to identify potential transfer credit and College of Charleston course equivalents. It is neither an official determination nor a guarantee of transfer credit award. The Registrar’s Office will complete an official credit evaluation once you're admitted and have submitted all official college transcripts.

Applicant Questions

 Where can I get help if I’m having difficulty with the application?

Refer to the email you received when you first set up your application account for some basic tips regarding the application form. If you continue having difficulty, contact admissions@cofc.edu with a screenshot of the problem you’re experiencing or call 843.953.5670 during business hours.

 What do I do if I've forgotten my username/password and can't login to my application?

The username is always your complete email address that you provided to set up your account. Click on forgot password and enter your email address - an email will be sent to reset your password (be sure to check your Spam or Junk folder). If a password reset email is not received within 1 hour, contact admissions@cofc.edu or call 843-953-5670 during business hours.

 May I make a change or add to my application after I've submitted it? And if so, how?

Contact admissions@cofc.edu with the updated information or correction that needs to be made.

 How do I confirm that the admissions office received my application (or other required material such as SAT/ACT scores, transcript, etc.)?

One week after your application has been submitted, you will be sent an AppTracker link. That personalized link will show you what materials have been received and what remains missing. If you don’t receive your AppTracker during that time period, log into your application account to make sure that you submitted the application (you should see a maroon “review application” button). If you see “finish application”, your application has not yet been submitted for consideration and must be done before you are considered an applicant to the College of Charleston.

 How do I track the status of my admission application?

Your portal account will show what materials have been received for your file and is also the first place your admissions decision will be posted, once made. You will be notified via email if your application remains incomplete; once your application file is completed you will receive confirmation that your file is being reviewed.

 When and how will I hear if I’ve been admitted?

Application Type Deadline Notification Date
Early decision November 1 December 1
Early action December 1 January 15
Regular notification February 15 April 1

Notification dates and methods vary depending on your start term and student type:

  • Spring freshman applicants will receive a decision via email once available.
  • Transfer, readmit and second degree applicants will receive a decision via email, as well as on their portal, immediately once a decision has been made. Decision letters are not mailed for transfer, readmit, or second degree applicants.

 Can I appeal my admission decision?

Students may appeal their decision only if there is substantial new academic information that the committee was not aware of at the time of the original decision (typically additional grades or missing test scores). An applicant should not appeal just to request a second review of their application. The committee will review appeals and render a decision before the deposit deadline for each semester (May 1 for fall, January 1 for spring). The committee only accepts student-written letters of appeal. Student should email an appeal request to Devan Crowe at dacrowe1@cofc.edu, and the subject must be marked "Appeal of admissions decision for {student’s name}".

 If I applied to the College after the deadline, when will I receive my decision?

Admissions decisions are made on a space-available basis for students who apply after their posted deadline. In order for review to begin, all required documents must be on file. Notification of admission cannot be guaranteed by any specific date for late applicants.

Admitted Students

 How do I submit my (non-refundable) tuition and housing deposits?

Once you access MyCharleston, you’ll click on the ‘My Accounts’ tab and click eBill. From there, select eDeposits from the tab options. You’ll use the dropdown to select which deposits you want to pay for your start term. You'll need to pay both—the $100 enrollment deposit and the $200 housing deposit as well as the $50 housing application fee if you wish to secure on campus housing. Once your deposit is processed you’ll receive permanent credentials to MyCharleston (new login information) as well as your College email.

MyCharleston is not currently accessible in Google Chrome or Safari; you will need to use an alternative browser like Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox to set up your account. 

 Are my tuition and housing deposits refundable if I decide not to attend?

All deposits are non-refundable and not transferrable to another term. Students who do not plan to enter the College for their initial start term should not pay deposits associated with that term.

 I live out of state, but can I qualify for in-state tuition?

If you have questions about securing South Carolina residency for tuition purposes, contact the Office of Legal Residency. The College awards merit-based scholarships to incoming freshman based on GPA, test scores and rank. Dollar amounts vary based on the current year's applicant pool and budget; however, the award may reduce the cost of attendance for academically competitive, out of state students. You can learn more about scholarships here.

 I never received my email to set up my MyCharleston account. How can I have the email sent to me?

Check your Spam or Junk folder for an email with the subject line “You’re In! Confirm your enrollment in MyCharleston”. If you did not receive this email or no longer have it, email mycharlestonapplicant@cofc.edu, and we will resend it.

If you’ve applied to the College in the past and accessed MyCharleston (or get an error message that your username is already in use), contact helpdesk@cofc.edu with your name, date of birth, CofC ID, and the last 4 digits of your SSN in order to regain access.

 How do I cancel or withdrawal my application if I have decided not to enroll?

You may complete the form online, or email us to withdraw your application. We must receive your withdrawal in writing and must receive your full legal name and CofC ID to process a withdrawal.

 Is it possible to delay my admission to a future term? (If I plan to take a gap year, what should I do?)

Students may request a gap year if they were initially admitted as freshman and commit that they won’t take college coursework between the time of high school graduation and their enrollment. Be sure to review the qualifications for deferring enrollment/taking a gap year. Get the details here.

 What happens after I have confirmed my enrollment?

You'll need to complete the housing application and register for orientationboth of which you'll do in MyCharleston.

Once your deposit is processed, you’ll receive permanent credentials to MyCharleston (new login information) as well as your College email. (These permanent credentials will be alphabetical rather than your numeric CofC ID.) At that time, you can log back into MyCharleston to complete the housing application (found via the house icon in the top right corner of MyCharleston) and orientation registration.

 Where can I find my transfer credit evaluation?

Accepted Students will access Degree Works in the Admissions tab of MyCharleston.

Students with questions about their transfer evaluation should contact the Registrar’s Office.