Admitted International Students

We are excited to welcome you to the College of Charleston community! You'll have countless opportunities to create, explore, connect, discover, inspire and achieve!

Make sure you complete all the necessary steps to officially become a Cougar. Follow the detailed instructions and links to complete each step.

You’ll have to use your credentials to conduct important business with the College – such as accessing MyPortal to pay tuition, completing the specialty-scholarship application and registering for classes. You’ll also need it for various campus resources like public computers and WiFi.


As an applicant/admitted student, your username is your 8-digit CofC ID number followed by (Example: You may use the online lookup tool to locate your username. Some systems, such as the specialty-scholarship application, require the username to be formatted like an email address. If you don’t have a CofC email address yet, add to the end of your username in order to sign into those systems. Once you’ve paid your nonrefundable enrollment deposit to confirm your spot, we’ll update your account username to an alphabetical username and will create a email address for you. From then on you can use to access MyPortal and to conduct business with the College. 

FYI: if you have attended College of Charleston in the past, or paid a deposit for a prior semester without enrolling, continue to use the same credentials you were previously issued.


Your initial password is your College of Charleston ID (CWID) number, plus your six-digit date of birth in the format MMDDYY, plus a capital A and an exclamation point (A!). So, if your CWID is 90000009 and your DOB is Jan 05, 1995, then your initial password is: 90000009010595A

Note: This is an example. Your numbers are specific to you. If you do not know your CWID, use this link to retrieve it: Be sure to register your account for self-service password reset (SSPR) and reset your password to one that you’ll remember moving forward. Changing the password changes it across systems.

Note: If you have paid a deposit, you will be able to use to access MyPortal.

Need help?

Information about logging into MyPortal

Information about logging into the specialty-scholarship application site (CSAS)

Freshmen: pay your nonrefundable enrollment deposit by May 1.

Transfer students: pay your nonrefundable enrollment deposit by July 31.

  1. Go to MyPortal
  2. Select the eBill tile.
  3. Select “deposits” at the top.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select the term you’ll be entering the College.
  5. You’ll be prompted to select a deposit type. Select “undergraduate deposit.”
  6. The system will ask you to confirm that the information is correct. If everything looks good, select “continue.” You’ll be prompted to submit the $400 nonrefundable enrollment deposit. This officially confirms your spot in the entering class.

You may also mail a check to:

Treasurer’s Office
College of Charleston
Charleston, S.C. 29424

Include your CWID and indicate your start term on the memo line.

If you have any problems logging into MyPortal and paying your nonrefundable enrollment deposit, contact the IT Service Desk.

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Once you've paid your nonrefundable enrollment deposit we will send your login credentials to the email account you used on your application. From then on you can use to conduct business with the College.

The on-campus housing application opens February 1 at 9 a.m. You will be able to access the application 24 hours after making your enrollment deposit. You must first have your College of Charleston email access to apply for housing.

Housing is guaranteed for incoming, first-year students who complete the on-campus housing application by May 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST. After May 1, students may add their name to an on-campus housing-application waitlist through the MyHousing/Dining portal. We encourage you to apply for housing as soon as possible once the application opens.

To access the on-campus housing application, log into MyPortal and click the MyHousing/Dining tile. Once in the portal, click the Apply for Housing/Meal Plan button. You will be prompted to pay the $50 housing application fee. During the application process, you will designate your housing emergency contact, answer profile questions, select a meal plan, create a roommate group (optional) and sign your housing contract. For students under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will also be required to sign the housing contract. To learn more about the housing-application process, visit the Campus Housing website.

In June, you will get to select your residence hall and room based on the date you completed your on-campus housing application. More information on this process will be emailed to you leading up to room selection.

All in-coming students are required to attend an orientation session. Go to the orientation website for the most up-to-date information.

For international transfer students: Submit all official final university transcripts. Transfer credit evaluations will be finished no later than your orientation. You must submit transcripts directly from the foreign credential evaluation company, or via your school of record one of the following three ways (we cannot accept documents sent from students/parents):

  1. Secure transmission server (eScript, SCOIR National Student Clearing House, Naviance or Docufide)
  2. Email to:
  3. Mail to :
    College of Charleston
    Office of Admissions
    66 George Street
    Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001.

Official university transcripts are required by the last day of the drop/add date of your first semester, or a registration hold will be placed.

Login to your MyPortal account and choose the “Degree Works” tile.

Sending AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), or A-Level Exam scores

For AP and IB exams, make an official score request from the testing agency's website and select College of Charleston as the recipient.

For A-Level exams, certified official results must be sent directly from your school counselor or school official to:  

View the College's international transfer equivalencies.

Submit your official, final high school transcript and national exam results (if applicable), verifying your graduation from high school. You must submit transcripts directly from the school of record in one of three ways (we cannot accept documents sent from students/parents):

  1. Secure transmission server (eScript, SCOIR, Parchment, Naviance or Common App)
  2. Email to:
  3. Mail to:
    College of Charleston
    Office of Admissions
    66 George Street
    Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001

NOTE: This step does not apply to transfer students.

If you have not already submitted your official test scores, you must submit them to College of Charleston by June 1 for fall entrance or January 1 for spring entrance. To be considered official results, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency website to CofC via their electronic transmission service. It may take up to three weeks for your test scores to process.

You’ll be unable to register for courses without your official test scores on file. 

SAT code: 5113

ACT code: 3846

TOEFL code: 5113

Note: SAT and/or ACT scores will be used for College of Charleston math placement purposes even if you applied test-optional for admission. You can, and should, submit official SAT/ACT results for any tests you’ve taken even if you didn’t want them reviewed with your application.

The College of Charleston requires students to have three vaccines:

  1. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Two doses at least 28 days apart for students born after 1956 Dose 1 given at first birthday or later Dose 2 given 28 days after first dose or later
  2. Quadrivalent Meningitis Vaccine administered at 16 years of age or after (Meningitis Serogroup B vaccine not required) Students over the age of 24 are not required to get a meningitis vaccine if they do not already have one.
  3. Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) given within the last 10 years.

If your immunization records are not issued in English, all immunization records must be translated into English.

As of January 2019, new incoming students who are not in compliance with the College of Charleston immunization policy will have a registration hold placed on their account that prevents them from registering for classes at orientation. View the steps for Uploading Immunization Records.

For international students intending to enroll on a F-1 student visa, please view the documents required to receive your Form I-20.

Once all required documents are received, your I-20 will be mailed to you from our Center for International Education. Allow 3-5 weeks for the creation and mailing of your I-20.

All F-1 international students are required to attend an additional International Student Orientation hosted by our Center for International Education (CIE). All F-1 students will receive an email from CIE with orientation details as the time approaches. 

Paying Your Tuition Bill

You can pay all bills online through MyPortal. Your bill will be generated after you attend orientation, based upon your personal class schedule. View the tuition charges.

Register for Admitted Student Events

Visit the Admitted Student Events page for more information.

Explore Our Campus

We hope you will be able to visit our campus and take a campus tour. Can't make the trip to see for yourself? Check out our Virtual Visitor Center and take your virtual tour today!

Channel Your Inner Cougar

Buy Cougar gear online or in our bookstore. Or download some digital swag and show your Cougar pride.

Student Technology Needs

Laptop Requirement

All students are required to have a laptop computer.

This requirement will reduce the possible spread of germs by limiting the need for shared public computer stations. It will ensure continuity in the event of school closures, evacuations and other possible emergencies. It will also give students the means to manage the blended classroom format and access school software.


Students Can Install Office 365 Products for Free

All College of Charleston students can access Office 365 with their College credentials and use applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more from anywhere, at any time, using any device with an Internet connection. Students can also install Office 365 products on up to five separate devices like a desktop, laptop, tablet, or cell phone - for free. In addition, with Office 365, students have 1TB of cloud-based storage space available in OneDrive.


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