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Congratulations! And, welcome to CougarNation. You've been accepted to one of the finest colleges in the Southeast.

First, pay your nonrefundable deposit.

Already paid your deposit? Take the next steps.

Pay your $400 enrollment deposit (June 1 deadline) and optional $50 housing application fee. 

  1. Go to MyCharleston.
  2. Select the MyAccounts tab, scroll to the bottom and click the link that says Log onto eBill account. (Click on the button to Open my eBill Account.)
  3. In the new pop-up window, select Deposits at the top, then select the term (2020 fall).
  4. In the drop-down menu, select enrollment deposit. (The system will prompt you to submit the $400 tuition deposit. This officially confirms your spot in the entering class.)
  5. If you're requesting on campus housing, repeat No. 3 above, but select housing application fee. The system will prompt you to submit the $50 housing application fee (this will allow you to access the housing application).
  6. After all payments are submitted, you'll need to open the housing application, so:
    • Return to the MyCharleston home page.
    • Click on the MyHousing/Dining button on the right side of the page.
    • Choose the housing application button. (This is where you'll select your meal plan and hall preferences.)

You've paid your deposit. What now?

Orientation

You will receive orientation information from New Student Programs once your deposit has been paid. All new students are expected to participate in orientation before classes begin. During orientation, students will register for classes and learn about campus services as well as faculty, staff and current students.  

Housing 

In order to apply for on-campus housing you must first pay the $400 enrollment deposit and the $50 housing application fee. You can then access the housing application by clicking on the MyHousing/Dining button within MyCharleston.  Since housing assignments are prioritized by the completion date of your housing application, we encourage you to apply early!  Students who complete this application by May 1 are guaranteed housing.  For more information, visit housing.cofc.edu.

Health and Immunization Forms

The College of Charleston requires three vaccines:

  1. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) 
    Two doses at least 28 days apart for students born after 1956
    Dose One given at first birthday or later
    Dose Two 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 ten years       

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 impacting their ability to make changes in their account. More information can be located here.

Federal Financial Aid

We encourage you to apply for federal assistance. If you have not already done so, you should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline to apply for the fall semester is March 1. Applications submitted after June 1 for the fall semester or November 15 for the spring semester will be processed; however, aid may not be available by the first day of classes.

If you graduated from a high school in South Carolina, were a SC resident at the time of high school graduation, and wish to be considered for state scholarships, we’ll need your official final high school transcript. Your transcript must be sent from your school directly. 

Virtual Academic Experience

A College of Charleston education is a personalized education. At the Academic Virtual Visitor Center you can experience academic advising, academic sessions, and learn more about our majors and minors all from the comfort of your home. 

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Virtual Visitor Center

While there is no real substitute for being on campus, there are a variety of online options for you to experience the College of Charleston. We know how important it is for you to be able to see yourself here. This is especially true for all of you who are making your final decision about which college to attend, as well as for those of you who are in the college search phase. Visit our Virtual Visitor Center, and we'll bring the answers you need to a screen near you. 


Expanded visit days: Join us for a full day on campus. Create your own schedule comprised of campus tours, residence hall drop-ins, information sessions - and more! Certain sessions will be offered for accepted students to guide you through the next steps, but be sure to ask any specific questions you need answers to as you make your final college decision!  

Cougar for the Day: Come experience a day in the life of a current student! You and another accepted student will be paired with a current CofC student to shadow for a day. You'll observe their classes, eat lunch in one of our dining halls, visit a residence hall and get a glimpse of what your life could be like in Charleston. (Even better, your lunch is on us!) So, request this visit option, and keep in mind that we can only accommodate up to five visits a day (first come, first served).

Classroom visits: Looking for something to enhance your tour? Then come observe an hour-long class! This is a great way to gain a better understanding of what academics are like at the College. You’ll sit in on a class, meet other students and even have the opportunity to ask a professor questions about your major interests. Classroom visits are offered Monday-Friday and require two weeks notice. 

Accepted student tours: Your accepted student information session will cover what you need to know to deposit on the spot! Your campus tour guide will share, candidly, why they chose to attend the College (and would again!). Whether you've toured campus before or this is your first visit to campus, you're sure to walk away with the same love for CofC as we have. You may even see some spots you didn't see on a prior visit to campus.

New Student Calendar (fall)

The New Student Calendar will serve as a handy month-by-month checklist to help you prepare to enter the College. 

Transcripts and Final High School Transcripts

Submit all official final college transcripts (including dual credit coursework as well as official AP, IB, and CLEP scores). Transfer credit evaluations will be finished no later than your orientation.  

You must submit transcripts directly from the school of record one of 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 admapplicants@cofc.edu; or  
  3. mail to College of Charleston, Office of Admissions, 66 George Street, Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001.

Lawful presence (proof of U.S. citizenship)

Every student must provide proof of U.S. citizenship before enrolling. If you've filed a FAFSA, you're all set. If you've not filed a FAFSA, you must provide proof of U.S. citizenship; complete the Verification of Lawful Presence within your MyCharleston account.

Paying Your Tuition Bill

You can pay all bills online through MyCharleston. Your bill will be generated after you attend orientation, based upon your personal class schedule. Tuition charges can be found here.

Channel Your Inner Cougar

Buy Cougar gear online or in our bookstore. If you're in the neighborhood, head to a game. Visit  cofcsports.com to check out team schedules (and get fired up!).

Treat Yo'Self

Apple and Dell Offer Reduced Pricing for College of Charleston Students

Both Apple and Dell have established College of Charleston online stores, where students can take advantage of reduced pricing when purchasing personal computers. Both sites include models recommended by Information Technology at various price point options.

Don’t Buy It, 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.


Summer Courses

Want to get a jump on your college career? Register for Summer Sessions. If you have work or other commitments preventing you from registering for a traditional class, try one of our distance education/online courses.   

Cougar Excursion

Cougar Excursion is a weekend leadership retreat for incoming students. Held over three days, you'll make connections to the College and your fellow students, learn how to get involved on campus, and participate in team-building exercises. Cougar Excursion is held in August.