Admitted International Students

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Congratulations and welcome!

We're proud you have chosen the College of Charleston to continue your studies, and we welcome you as part of our vibrant and diverse campus culture.

Finalize your Enrollment & Prepare for your Classes


Complete these next important steps to finalize your enrollment.
  • 1. Access Your College Credentials

    You’ll need 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 Wi-Fi. 

    Username

    As an admitted student, your username at first is your 8-digit College of Charleston ID number followed by @g.cofc.edu (Example: 12345678@g.cofc.edu).

    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.  

    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 College of Charleston email address yet, add @g.cofc.edu to the end of your username to sign into those systems.

    NOTE: 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 previously received. Use the MyPortal How-To Guide for more information. 

    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!).

    For example, if your CWID is 90000009 and your DOB is Jan 05, 1995, then your initial password is: 90000009010595A!  

    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.

  • 2. Pay your nonrefundable enrollment deposit

    You can submit your nonrefundable $400 enrollment deposit online via MyPortal. Under the "Select eBill" tile, you should see the option to "Select Deposits" and then submit your payment. 

    Additional information on paying your deposit online and other options is available on our Pay Your Deposit webpage.

    Please contact the IT Service Desk with any issues you may have logging into MyPortal or submitting your deposit.

    Visit the Pay Your Deposit Web page
  • 3. Complete your housing application

    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:

    • Sign into MyPortal and click the MyHousing/Dining tile.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    Learn more on applying for housing
  • 4. Register for Orientation

    The Center for International Education conducts an orientation for new international students at the beginning of each semester. All new international student must attend.

    All incoming students must attend an orientation session. At orientation, you'll learn more about the campus and resources available to you, meet your new classmates and register for classes.

    The Center for International Education will provide more information prior to the beginning of your first semester.

    Register for Orientation
  • 5. Send university transcripts if applicable

    International transfer students: Submit all official final university transcripts. Transfer credit evaluations will be completed no later than your orientation. You must submit transcripts directly from the foreign credential evaluation company, or via your school of record in one of the following three ways (we cannot accept documents sent from students/parents): 

    1. Secure transmission server (eScript, SCOIR National Student Clearing House, Naviance or Docufide) 
    2. Email to: admapplicants@cofc.edu
    3. Mail to : 
      College of Charleston 
      Office of Admissions 
      66 George Street 
      Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001
    Official university transcripts are required by the last day of the drop/add date of your first semester, or a registration hold will be placed.
  • 6. Check your transfer credit evaluations

    Login to your MyPortal account and choose the “Degree Works” tile. 

    Sending AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), or A-Level Exam scores 

    • For AP and IB exams, make an official score request from the testing agency's website and select College of Charleston as the recipient. 
    • For A-Level exams, certified official results must be sent directly from your school counselor or school official to: admapplicants@cofc.edu   

      View the College's international transfer equivalencies
  • 7. Send your official high school transcripts

    Submit your official, final high school transcript and national exam results (if applicable), verifying your graduation from high school.

    You must submit transcripts directly from the school of record. 

    1. Secure transmission service (eScript, SCOIR, Parchment, Naviance or Common App) 
    2. Email to: admapplicants@cofc.edu 
    3. Mail to: 
      College of Charleston 
      Office of Admissions 
      66 George Street 
      Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001 
    NOTE: This step does not apply to transfer students.
  • 8. Send official Test Scores: SAT, ACT, IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo

    If you have not already submitted your official test scores, you must submit them to College of Charleston 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 website to College of Charleston via their electronic transmission service. 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.  

    • SAT code: 5113 
    • ACT code: 3846 
    • TOEFL code: 5113 
    Note: SAT and/or ACT scores will be used for College of Charleston math placement purposes even if you applied test-optional for admission. You can, and should, submit official SAT/ACT results for any tests you’ve taken even if you didn’t want them reviewed with your application.
  • 9. Complete your immunization forms

    The College of Charleston requires students to have three vaccines:

    1. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Two doses at least 28 days apart for students born after 1956 Dose 1 given at first birthday or later Dose 2 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) Students over the age of 24 are not required to get a meningitis vaccine if they do not already have one. 

    3. Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) given within the last 10 years. 
      If your immunization records are not issued in English, all immunization records must be translated into English. 

    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.

    Upload Your Immunization Records

Form I-20 and F-1 Student Visa Information


For international students intending to enroll on a F-1 student visa, please view the documents required to receive your Form I-20

Once all required documents are received, your I-20 will be mailed to you from our Center for International Education. Allow 3-5 weeks for the creation and mailing of your I-20. 

All F-1 international students are required to attend an additional International Student Orientation hosted by our Center for International Education (CIE). All F-1 students will receive an email from CIE with orientation details as the time approaches. 

Applying for A Visa