Take The Next Steps

Next Steps at the College of Charleston

You're in! Take the next steps.

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.

If you have any issues with your enrollment deposit, please reach out to the IT Service Desk at itservicedesk@cofc.edu or 843.953.3375. 

For F-1 international students, please view our Next Steps for Admitted International Students.

You have until May 1 to secure your spot by paying your enrollment deposit
  1. Go to MyCharleston
    1. Use your CofC credentials (your CWID) as the username –  without @g.cofc.edu. MyCharleston is the only site where you’ll log in with the first half of your CofC credentials, without @g.cofc.edu. 

  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 you’ll be entering CofC.
  4. In the drop-down menu, select the incoming student deposit. (The system will prompt you to submit the $400 tuition deposit. This officially confirms your spot in the entering class.)
  • You may also mail a check to Treasurer’s Office, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424. Please include your CWID and indicate your start term on the memo line.

If you have any issues with your enrollment deposit, please reach out to the IT Service Desk

email: itservicedesk@cofc.edu 

phone: 843.953.3375

Your CofC credentials are used to access the specialty scholarship applicationMyCharleston (the CofC student portal) and campus resources like public computers and WiFi.  

Most College of Charleston services are moving to MyPortalIf you have not paid your deposit, use CWID@g.cofc.edu. If you have paid a deposit, you will be able to use username@g.cofc.edu to access MyPortal. 


As an applicant/admitted student, your username is usually your CofC ID (CWID).  You may use the online lookup tool to Locate Your Username.  Some systems, such as the scholarship application, require the username to be formatted like an email address, even if you do not have a CofC email address yet. For those systems, add @g.cofc.edu on the end of your username to sign in.  
FYI: if you have attended CofC in the past or paid a deposit for a prior semester without enrolling, continue to use the same credentials you were previously issued.  

Once you pay your deposit to confirm your spot, we’ll update your account username to an alphabetical username and will create a CofC email address for you. 


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

Please note: This is an example. Your numbers are specific to you. If you do not know your CWID, use the following link to retrieve it: go.cofc.edu/cwid 

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.

More information on logging into MyCharleston

More information on logging into the scholarship application site

Students will be emailed their login credentials to the email account they used on their application after their tuition deposit is paid.

The housing application can be completed 24 hours after making your enrollment deposit – you must first have your CofC email access in order to apply for housing.

Housing is currently available to incoming, first-year students on a first come, first served basis. (Please note: After May 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET students will not be able to form a roommate group.) Once we reach capacity, students may add their name to a housing-application waitlist through the MyHousing/Dining portal. We encourage you to apply for housing as soon as possible. 

To begin the housing application, log into MyCharleston and click the MyHousing/Dining portal icon at the top right. 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 only until May 15 as noted above), 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, after you have completed your housing application, you will get to select your room based on the date you completed your housing application. More information on this process will be emailed to you leading up to room selection.

Visit our events page here.

Visit the Admissions Events page to register.

Submit all official final college transcripts (including dual credit coursework taken in high school). 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
  3. Mail to :
    College of Charleston
    Office of Admissions
    66 George Street
    Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001.

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

Go to MyCharleston (my.cofc.edu), choose the “Academic Services” tab, choose Degree Works (if you have not paid your deposits yet, you’ll find Degree Works on the “Admission Status” tab)

Sending AP/IB/CLEP/DSST scores
Make an official score request from the testing agency's website and select College of Charleston as the recipient. View the College's transfer equivalencies.

Once you’ve paid your enrollment deposit, you will be able to register for orientation beginning the following business day. Orientation is required of all incoming degree-seeking students.

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 S.C. 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.

There's no need to apply for our institutional merit scholarships; those are awarded to qualifying candidates at the time of admission.

Specialty scholarships do require a separate application with separate deadlines – you’ll find your login credentials within your admissions portal.

Submit your official final high school transcript, 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: admapplicants@cofc.edu
  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 who graduated outside of the state of SC.

Students admitted using their SAT/ACT scores must provide official test results (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 (College Board or ACT) 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. Our SAT code is 5113 and our ACT code is 3846.

Note: Scores will be used for CofC math placement purposes and SC state scholarships 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.

NOTE: This step does not apply to transfer students.

All U.S. citizens must provide proof of their 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 your U.S. citizenship; complete the Verification of Lawful Presence form.


Non-U.S. citizens who are currently in the U.S. will provide proof of lawful presence during the application process. Non-U.S. citizens who will enroll on a student (F-1) visa type do not need to provide proof of lawful presence.

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 that prevents them from registering for classes at orientation. View the steps for Uploading Immunization Records.

Paying Your Tuition Bill

You can pay all bills online through MyPortal (if you go to MyCharleston, you will be directed to use MyPortal). Your bill will be generated after you attend orientation, based upon your personal class schedule. View the tuition charges.

COVID-19 Response

Incoming students and their families should continue to monitor CofC’s COVID-19 protocols, including updated requirements related to face covering, vaccine documentation, negative test results, and/or self-reporting of exposure.

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 for a 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.

Financial Aid may be available for this, and Information Technology has a limited number of laptops and WiFi Hotspots available to loan to those students who cannot afford one.

Apple and Dell Discounts

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.

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 to get involved on campus, and participate in team-building exercises. Cougar Excursion is held over three days in August.

Connect with the Office of Admissions

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