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Before Orientation Checklist

You’ve registered for New Student Orientation, so here are a few to-do items to complete before attending!


  1. Access MyCharleston. MyCharleston is where you will find valuable information and resources throughout your time at CofC. In MyCharleston you can view financial aid awards, transcript evaluations, pay deposits, apply for housing, and more! For more information on MyCharleston click here.

  2. Submit your Cougar Card Photo.  Now that you are joining the campus community you will need to obtain an official College of Charleston ID card, known as the Cougar Card.  You will use your Cougar Card to access privileges and services across campus.  To submit your photo, log in to the Cougar Card Portal through MyCharleston and go to the My Accounts tab.  The Cougar Card portal link is located on the bottom right of the page.  Select Student Login and enter your MyCharleston username and password.  Select Profile and "Click to submit a new photo".  Your card will be waiting for you when you check in for orientation.  Examples of
    acceptable photos and further information can be found

  3. Complete your Math Placement Exam. All entering students are required to take the ALEKS mathematics placement test regardless of credit based on AP, IB, or courses from another institution. The placement test must be completed at least two weeks before attending new student orientation. Failure to complete the placement test before orientation will delay your enrollment in a math course. Additional information can be found here.

  4. Complete required Health Forms. Health forms (immunization Records and Health History forms) contain valuable information including medical history, allergies and immunizations that allows Health Services to provide students with the best possible care. Information must be completed before classes begin. For more information refer here.

  5. Review Orientation Housing and Parking Information. On-campus housing for students during summer orientation is offered for sessions one through eight. The reservation should be made two weeks in advance and the form for the upcoming summer will be available in April. More details on housing during Orientation on campus and off campus can be found at

  6. Pack the appropriate materials.

    • Driver’s license or other form of government issued ID
    • CWID (Student ID Number)
    • Comfortable clothing and shoes
    • Umbrella (just in case)
    • Reusable Water bottle
    • Toiletries and personal hygiene items
    • Towels, sheets, pillow, and blanket (on-campus stay)


Rates for on-campus housing are per person, per semester.

The housing deposit can be paid through MyCharleston.

  • Log into MyCharleston and go to the Academic Services tab.
  • Log into your student eBill and pay the housing deposit and application fee, both found under the Deposit tab.
  • Please be aware, housing deposits are non-refundable
  • Click the MyHousing/Dining link on MyCharleston to begin your application.
  • Applications for the Fall semester will run throughout February. Please be aware, there is a 24 hour delay between starting an application and being able to select a room.

Virtual tours of on campus housing.

Dining and Meal Plans

If you are a freshman living on campus it is mandatory to choose a meal plan offered through Dining Services. When you choose housing, you will also choose a meal plan. Don’t worry, you will have the opportunity to change this after talking to Dining Services staff and CofC students if you wish to do so. It is important to view the different options that are offered through Dining Services. List of the Freshman Resident Meal Plans.

Health Services

Complete College of Charleston Health and Immunization Form 

Complete the above information and bring with you to orientation OR mail information to:

Student Health Services
181 Calhoun Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29424
Fax: 843.953.6377
Note:  The Health form is not due until August 1st but it is better to bring it with you to orientation so it is complete. 

Tuition and Financial Aid

You will need to access your eBill via MyCharleston. It’s important to check this out because tuition is going to be individualized for each student.  (MyCharleston login) We recommend created an Authorized User. Step by Step Guide to set up an Authorized User. For further information regarding your eBill, contact the Treasurer’s Office. Phone: 843.953.5572 Email: For more information on financial aid, plese visit their website.

How to access your eBill:

  • Login to MyCharleston
  • Click ‘My Accounts’
  • See bottom left & click on ‘Log onto Student eBill Account’

Academic Advising

At orientation, you will be choosing your classes for the Fall semester. This process can be exciting, yet overwhelming for new students so be sure to access the ‘Preparing for your Orientation Advising Session’ guide.