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 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 CougarNation, 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 MyCharleston. 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 do any placement testing. Please review the webpage for information regarding placement in math and foreign language.  
  6. 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 8 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 Your Virtual Orientation Day 

  • Check your email daily.

  • Set up your email on your phone. 

  • Make sure you are free on your orientation day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.   You will have various breaks throughout the day and a lunch break from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  
  • 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're not able to access the recommended technology on your assigned orientation date, please complete the survey in advance of your orientation day so we can work on alternate plans. We will contact you through your CofC email address in 5 business days from when you submit the survey. 

  • Set up your CofC zoom account and use it on your virtual orientation session date.

  • Complete your orientation module to ensure you are prepared for your assigned virtual orientation date. Instructions will be emailed to you two weeks before your orientation.  

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

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

  • 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 fall,” click “submit” and then “view holds” at the bottom of the screen.

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 MyCharleston. 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 MyCharleston
  • Click "my accounts"
  • See bottom left & click on "log on to student eBill account"

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.

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.