Next Steps

Congratulations and welcome home!

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We're thrilled to have you join our community of scholars, innovators, trailblazers, and game changers.

You're anxious to get started, and we can't wait to see where your College of Charleston experience takes you.

Let's continue your journey.

Finalize your enrollment

Complete these next steps to finalize your enrollment and prepare for your classes.
  • Access Your 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. 


    As an admitted student, your initial username is your 8-digit College of Charleston ID number followed by (Example:

    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 email address for you.

    From then on you can use, to access your College of Charleston email account and MyPortal and 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 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. 


    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: 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. 

  • Pay your nonrefundable enrollment deposit

    *The deadline to pay your nonrefundable enrollment deposit and apply for guaranteed housing has been extended to May 15.

    You can submit your nonrefundable $400 enrollment deposit online via MyPortal. In MyPortal, select the eBill tile and "Select Deposits" to 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.


    Pay Your Deposit in MyPortal
  • Access your College of Charleston email

    Once you've paid your nonrefundable enrollment deposit, we will send your login credentials to the email account you used on your application. You can then use to conduct business with the College.

  • Complete your housing application

    The on-campus housing application opens February 1 at 9 a.m. for incoming, first-year students. You will be able to access the application 12 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 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST. After May 15, 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. 

    Housing is not available for transfer students. Read about our wait list.

    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
  • Register for Orientation

    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.

    Register for Orientation
  • Send us your official, final High School Transcripts

    Have your high school send us your final, official high school transcript. Your transcript will verify that you've graduated from high school, and must come directly from the school of record.

    Electronic submission (preferred)

    A digital copy is official and final if it is sent:

    • directly by your high school, college or other institution to
    • through a secure transmission service (eScript, SCOIR, Parchment, Naviance or Common App).

    Paper Copy

    The paper transcript must be in an unopened envelope (if the seal is broken, the transcript is no longer considered official and will not be accepted).

    Mail to:

    College of Charleston
    Office of Admissions
    66 George Street
    Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001

    Note: This is the slowest method of transcript submission and we highly encourage electronic submissions over paper mail.

    Transcripts are not considered official under the following circumstances:

    • The transcript has been opened and the original seal of the university envelope is broken.
    • The transcript is a photocopy of the original.
    • The transcript was printed by the student.
    • The transcript was not produced by the school or university.
    • The transcript was translated by the student or a non-professional translation service.
    • The transcript comes directly from the student or a parent.
    • The transcript is a photo of the official transcript that the student took with their phone.
    • The transcript is a scanned PDF of the official transcript sent by the student.

    NOTE: Transfer students who graduated outside of the state of S.C. and have more than 12 credit hours on file do not need to send high school transcripts.

  • Send us your official test scores


    If you have opted to include your ACT/SAT scores as part of your application, make sure you have requested to have your scores sent to the College of Charleston. 

    • Scores must be received by June 1 for fall entrance or January 1 for spring entrance.
    • Scores must be sent electronically directly from the testing agency to the College of Charleston: SAT (College Board) or ACT.
    • SAT code: 5113 | ACT code: 3846

    AP/IB/CLEP/DSST Scores

    To send AP/IB/CLEP/DSST scores, make an official score request from the testing agency's website and select College of Charleston as the recipient. Learn more on the Transfer Student Resources page. 

    Important Reminders

    • 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.  

    • If you opted to apply without submitting your official test scores, you may still want to send your test scores to the College of Charleston. Scores will be used for math placement purposes and S.C. state scholarships. You can, and should, submit official SAT/ACT results for any tests you’ve taken. If you applied test optional, this will not impact your admission decision. (Not applicable to transfer students.)
  • Send us your official college transcripts (if applicable)
    If you have previously attended a college or university, submit all official, final college transcripts (including dual-credit coursework taken in high school). Official transcripts are sent directly to the College of Charleston from your previous college or institution. 
    • Transfer credit evaluations will be completed by your confirmed orientation date at the latest.
    • We cannot accept documents sent from students/parents.  
    • Official final college transcripts are required by the drop/add date of your first semester, or a registration hold will be placed. 

    Electronic submission (preferred) 

    A digital copy is official and final if it is sent 

    • sent directly by your previous college or university registrar’s office to  
    • sent by secure transmission service (eScript, SCOIR National Student Clearing House, Naviance or Docufide). 

    Paper copy  

    The paper transcript must: 

    • be in an unopened envelope with the original seal of the institution. If the seal is broken, the transcript is no longer considered official and will not be accepted. 
    • include an official signature of the appropriate official at the previous college or university, such as the registrar.  
    • bear the institutional seal or stamp. 

    Mail to:  

    College of Charleston 
    Office of Admissions 
    66 George Street 
    Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001 

    Note: Mailing a paper copy is the slowest method of submission. Electronic submissions are highly encouraged.

  • Complete the Lawful Presence Verification

    All U.S. citizens must provide proof of their U.S. citizenship before enrolling.

    If you've filed a FAFSA, you're all set. If you've not filed a FAFSA, complete the Verification of Lawful Presence form under the MyForms tile in MyPortal to provide proof of your U.S. citizenship. 

    Non-U.S. citizens who are currently in the U.S. will provide proof of lawful presence during the application process. Non-U.S. citizens who will enroll on a student (F-1) visa type do not need to provide proof of lawful presence.

    More of Lawful Presence
  • 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