New Student Checklists


Here's what you need to know before you attend orientation! 

You've registered for New Student Orientation. Now, it's time to check off a few to-do list items before attending!

What to do before Orientation

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

  2. Submit a Cougar Card Photo. Now that you are joining CofC, 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 log in" 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 here.   

  3. Make sure your phone number and address are correct in MyPortal. It is important that we have your cell phone number in the correct fields so you can receive updates and emergency information. 

  4. Lawful Presence Compliance is required by June 1 for U.S. citizens who haven’t submitted the FAFSA. You must verify lawful presence before being permitted to register for classes during orientation.

  5. Review Information about Placement.  The College of Charleston does not do any placement testing. Please review the webpage for information regarding placement in math and foreign language.

  6. Submit your AP/IB scores.  All freshman and transfer students should send their AP/IB scores and final transcripts for dual enrollment or transfer coursework before you attend orientation.  If you are a freshman, don't forget to have your final high school transcript sent to the College. 

  7. Make plans on where you will stay for orientation.  If you are interested in staying on campus during the June or July orientation sessions, please check out the orientation on-campus housing information and sign up.  Housing is NOT included with your orientation registration and you will need to register for that separately. For off-campus options, please check out the travel section of the orientaiton webpage.   

    For students attending the August 18 and 19 orientation sesssion who have on-campus housing for the 2022-2023 school year, you may move into your assigned room on the afternoon of August 17 and pay an early move-in fee.  You will be emailed more information about signing up for this move in later in the summer.  
  8. Review required immunizations, 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. Please review the webpage and make sure you are in compliance with the immunizations and required dates.

The form should be submitted by May 15 for summer orientation (fall admits), December 1 for December orientation (spring admits) and December 31 for January orientation (spring admits). For more information refer here.

The College of Charleston requires three vaccines:

The MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) requires two doses at least 28 days apart for students born after 1956. Students typically receive their first dose on their first birthday or later the second dose is given 28 days after the first does or later. 

The Quadrivalent Meningitis Vaccine is 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.

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) must be admistered within the last ten years. 
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.

How to Prepare for In-Person Orientation Days

  • Set up your email on your phone. 

  • Make sure your official transcripts from all colleges you attended before (including dual enrollment) have been send to the College of Charleston as least two weeks before your orientation session.  Your course registration at orientation may be delayed if your transcripts are not submitted in time to be evaluated.
  • Check out the new student calendar in the quicklinks section of the orientation webpage for reminders about things to do before move in and the beginning of classes.

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

  • Please check your College of Charleston email regarding any holds you might have on your MyPortal account that could prevent you from registering for classes during orientation. The orientation hold on your MyPortal account is the one hold that should be there and will be removed on your assigned orientation date. To view your holds in MyPortal, log in and select the "holds" tile.  

  • Check out the list of what you should bring to orientation and the sample schedules.    Students will receive their individualized schedule at check-in.  

  • You will receive an email to your CofC email account a week before your orientation with check-in instructions and other important information.  

Academic Advising

At orientation, you will be choosing your classes for the upcoming semester. This process can be exciting, yet overwhelming for new students. Be sure to review Preparing for your Orientation Advising Session.


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

The housing deposit can be paid through MyCharleston.

  • Log in to MyCharleston and go to the "academic services" tab.
  • Log in to your student eBill and pay the housing deposit and application fee, both found under the "deposit" tab.
  • Please note: housing deposits are non-refundable. 
  • Click the MyHousing/Dining link on MyCharleston to begin your application.
  • Applications for the fall semester will open in February. Please contact campus housing regarding spring semester applications.  

Virtual tours of on campus housing.

Laptop Requirement

All students are required to have a laptop computer.

Campus computer labs will be offered on a limited scale at the Addlestone Library. Providing an alternative to computer labs, IT will furnish students with the necessary software so that they can conduct their computer lab assignments on their personal computers.

Financial aid may be available for this. Visit Financial Aid for information on any available options. Information Technology has a limited number of laptops and WiFi Hotspots available to loan to those students who cannot afford one.

We do not recommend Chromebooks because they cannot run all of the software you may need and some models have issues connecting to our wireless network.

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

Please refer to the IT laptop requirement webpage for information regarding system requirements.  

Dining and Meal Plans

If you're 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. You'll receive an email that you are in compliance before you can register for classes at orientation.

Tuition and Financial Aid

You will need to access your eBill via MyPortal. It’s important to check this out because tuition is going to be individualized for each student. We recommend creating an "authorized user." Here's a step by step guide to set up an "authorized user." For more information about your eBill, contact the Treasurer’s Office.

Phone: 843.953.5572


For more information on financial aid, please visit their website.

How to access your eBill:

  • Login to MyMyPortal
  • Click on the "ebill" tile

Specialty scholarships require a separate application. Use your CofC email credentials to log in. Apply by January 15 for scholarships that will be applied to fall 2022 tuition. Reach out via email for more information.

eBill Authorized User

The Colleges does not mail bills. All billings is done electronically, and you are responsible for setting up the authorized users for your account.  The Treasurer's Office will send eBill notifications to your College of Charleston student email address and to any email accounts that you have authorized. 

By law, student financial records may not be shared with anyone without the student's written consent.  So, if people other than you (your parents or an employer, for example) need to view a student's account and make payments on that account, the student will need to set up each one as an authorized user in the ebill system.  

The instructions for setting up an authorized user can be found on the Treasurer's Office website.  

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.