Take The Next Steps

Take the Next Steps

Congratulations! You're In!

Now that you've been admitted to the College of Charleston, you'll need to complete all the necessary steps to officially become a Cougar.

If you have any issues with your nonrefundable 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’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.

Username:

As an applicant/admitted student, your username is typically your CofC ID (CWID). 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 @g.cofc.edu 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 @g.cofc.edu email address for you. From then on you can use username@g.cofc.edu 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.

Password: 

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: 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.

Note: If you have paid a deposit, you will be able to use username@g.cofc.edu 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.

Making deposits in ebill

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 username@g.cofc.edu 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.

Have your high school submit your final, official high school transcript to the College. It will verify that you've graduated from high school. Transcripts must come directly from the school of record in one of three ways (see below). We cannot accept official documents sent by students and/or parents.

What makes a transcript official?

Official transcripts are sent directly to the College of Charleston from your previous high school, college or other institution.

What makes a transcript unofficial and therefore unacceptable?

  • It has been opened and the original seal of the university envelope is broken.
  • It is a photocopy of the original.
  • It was printed by the student.
  • It was not produced by the school or university.
  • It was translated by the student or a non-professional translation service.
  • It comes directly from the student or a parent.
  • It is a picture of the official transcript that the student took with their phone.
  • It is a scanned PDF of the official transcript sent by the student.

How to submit official transcripts (choose one)

Electronic submission (preferred)

A digital copy is official and final if it is sent:

  • directly by your high school, college or other institution to admapplicants@cofc.edu.
  • through a secure transmission server (eScript, SCOIR, Parchment, Naviance or Common App).

Paper Copy

The paper transcript must be in an unopened envelope (if the seal is broken, the transcript is no longer considered official and will not be accepted).

Mail to:

College of Charleston
Office of Admissions
66 George Street
Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001

Note: This is the slowest method of transcript submission and we highly encourage electronic submissions over paper mail.

NOTE: Transfer students who graduated outside of the state of S.C. and have more than 12 credit hours on file do not need to send high school transcripts.

 

If you want to send AP/IB/CLEP/DSST scores, make an official score request from the testing agency's website and select College of Charleston as the recipient. 

If you choose to include your ACT/SAT test scores as part of your application, you 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 the College of Charleston through their electronic transmission service. Our SAT code is 5113 and our ACT code is 3846. 

Note: 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.  

Questions about test optional? Visit the FAQ page 

Note: Even if you opted to apply without submitting your official test scores, you may still want to send your test scores to the College of Charleston. Scores will be used for math placement purposes and S.C. state scholarships. You can, and should, submit official SAT/ACT results for any tests you’ve taken. If you applied test optional, this will not impact your admission decision. 

Note: This step does not apply to transfer students.

Submit all official, final college transcripts (including dual-credit coursework taken in high school). Transfer credit evaluations will be finished by your confirmed orientation date at the latest. Transcripts must be sent to the College of Charleston directly from your previous college or university, which is the school of record. We cannot accept official documents sent from students/parents.  

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

What makes a transcript official?  

Official transcripts are sent directly to the College of Charleston from your previous college or institution. 

What makes a transcript unofficial?  

  • It has been opened, and the original seal of the university envelope is broken.  
  • It is a photocopy of the original.  
  • It was printed by the student.
  • It was not produced by the school or university.
  • It was translated by the student or a non-professional translation service.
  • It comes directly from the student.
  • It is a picture of the official transcript that the student took with their phone.
  • It is a scanned PDF of the official transcript sent by the student. 

How to submit official transcripts (choose one)  

Electronic submission (preferred) 

A digital copy is official and final if it is sent 

  • directly by your previous college or university registrar’s office to admapplicants@cofc.edu.  
  • by secure transmission server (eScript, SCOIR National Student Clearing House, Naviance or Docufide). 

Paper copy  

The paper transcript must: 

  • be in an unopened envelope with the original seal of the institution. If the seal is broken, the transcript is no longer considered official and will not be accepted. 
  • include an official signature of the appropriate official at the previous college or university, such as the registrar.  
  • bear the institutional seal or stamp. 

Mail to:  

College of Charleston 
Office of Admissions 
66 George Street 
Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001 

Note: This is the slowest method of submission and we highly encourage electronic submissions over paper mail.

 

View the College's transfer equivalencies. 

To send AP/IB/CLEP/DSST scores, make an official score request from the testing agency's website and select College of Charleston as the recipient. 

To see what the College currently has on file for your record:  

  • go to MyPortal.  
  • choose the “degree works” tile.  

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). March 1 is the priority deadline to apply for the fall semester. If you submit your application after June 1 for the fall semester or November 15 for the spring semester, it 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 directly from your school to the College of Charleston. 

You do not need to apply for our institutional merit scholarships. College of Charleston institutional merit scholarships are awarded to qualifying candidates at the time they are admitted to the College. 

To apply for departmental and specialty scholarships, you will need to submit a separate application with separate deadlines. You can find this type of scholarship information on the CSAS website. You’ll need your College of Charleston MyPortal login credentials to access the application. (Go to the “Know Your College of Charleston Credentials” drop-down menu for more information.)

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, complete the Verification of Lawful Presence form to provide proof of your U.S. citizenship. 

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 if you were born after 1956. Dose One given at your 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). If you are over the age of 24, you are not required to get a meningitis vaccine if you do not already have one.
  3. Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) given within the last ten years.

Note: 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 will prevent them from registering for classes at orientation. View the steps for Uploading Immunization Records. 

Register for Admitted Student Events 

Visit the Admitted Student Events page for more information. 

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

All students are required to have a laptop computer.

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.

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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