New Student Checklists

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 a 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 foundhere.   

  3. Complete and upload the Immunization Record Form. The immunization record form has valuable information that allows Health Services to provide students with the best possible care. The form should be submitted by June 1 (updated on 4/20/2020) for fall admits and January 1 for spring admits. For more information refer here.

Prepare for Online Orientation Day 

  1. Set up your CofC email and make sure you can access it on your cell phone.  Directions can be found at

  2. Check your email daily. 

  3. If would not be able to access the recommended technology on your assigned orientation date, please complete the survey at so we can work on alternate plans.  We will contact you at your CofC email address in 5 business days from when you submit the survey. 

  4. Set up your CofC zoom account and use it on your virtual orientation session date.  Directions can be found at

  5. Complete your orientation OAKS module to ensure you are prepared on your assigned virtual orientation date.  (will be in OAKS in MyCharleston one week before your orientation)

  6. If you received an email adding you to an academic advising OAKS module, please complete it before your assigned session.

  7. Look through your orientation folder to review information and have it with you on your virtual orientation date (will be mailed from Charleston, SC two weeks before your assigned session.

  8. Please check your College of Charleston email regarding any holds you might have on your MyCharleston account that could prevent you from registering for classes during orientation.  The orientation hold on your MyCharleston account is the one hold that should be there and will be removed on your assigned orientation date.  To view your holds in MyCharleston, log in and select the “Academic Services” tab, go to the “Registration Tools” section, click “Registration Status”, select “2021 Spring”, click “submit” and then “view holds” at the bottom of the screen.


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 and upload the College of Charleston Immunization Record Form  needed by Student Health Services before you can register for classes at orientation.

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, please 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 upcoming semester. This process can be exciting, yet overwhelming for new students so be sure to access the ‘Preparing for your Orientation Advising Session’ guide.

Veteran and Current Military Students

If you are a military veteran, currently in the military or a dependent, the Veteran and Student Military Services office is a great resource.  The office and student lounge is located in the basement level of the Lightsey Center. 

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