Student Resources


Information for current and former students.

Considering courses? Registering for classes? Declaring your major? Degree/enrollment verification?

We're here to help you with every step of your College of Charleston academic journey.

Student Information


Need-to-know info and resources for prospective, current and former students and alumni.
  • Graduation

    As you prepare for completing your Undergraduate degree requirments, you'll need to complete a few more steps to ensure a successful walk across the Cistern.

    Graduation Information
  • Grades

    Final and midterm grades are not mailed to students. Grades are available in MyPortal beginning with the date set by the Registrar's Office on the academic calendar for the term specified.

    Grades & Grading Policies
  • Academic Honors

    Approximately 30 days after the end of each semester, the College of Charleston publishes the semester honors lists. Students should consider their academic transcript, rather than these lists, as the official indication of honors earned. 

    President's List (Highly Distinguished) 

    • Enrolled and completed a minimum of 12 semester hours*
    • GPA of 3.800 or higher
    • No incomplete or grades lower than "C"

    President's list is not released for courses taken during the summer. This honor appears on transcripts as "Highly Distinguished."

     *Criteria effective Fall 2023

    Dean's List (Distinguished)

    • Enrolled and completed a minimum of 12 semester hours*
    • GPA of 3.500 or higher*
    • No incomplete or grades lower than "C"

    Dean's list is not released for courses taken during the summer. This honor appears on transcripts as "Distinguished."

     *Criteria effective Fall 2023

    Find The President's List and Dean's List here

    Latin Honors 

    To be eligible for graduation with honors, at least 62 quality* hours (QHRS) of the coursework to be applied to the degree must have been completed at the College of Charleston. All coursework taken at the College of Charleston will be included in the calculation of the GPA for graduation with honors.

    *Note that a course graded with a "P" carries no quality hours.

    • Summa Cum Laude — equal or greater than 3.900
    • Magna Cum Laude — equal or greater than 3.750
    • Cum Laude — equal or greater than 3.500

    Latin Honors recognized at Commencement are presumptive and are based on the cumulative GPA that the student has earned in the term prior to the graduation term (i.e., before graduation term grades are posted).  Latin honors recognition at commencement is preliminary. The transcript and diploma will denote final earned Latin honors upon successful completion of all requirements.

    Honors Medallions

    Students who are recognized for Latin honors at commencement will receive an honors medallion on a maroon ribbon to wear at the ceremony. Latin honors medallions will be distributed at the commencement ceremony.

  • Search & Browse Course Offerings

    Prepare for registration and see what courses are offered next semester, or just browse our course offerings.

    Current Students

    • Select the "Browse Classes" link via the "Registration Tools" tile in MyPortal

    Prospective Students/Guests

  • Personal Information Updates

    Legal Name

    Currently Enrolled Students

    A currently enrolled student may change the name on his or her permanent academic record by presenting a signed Legal Name Change/Correction Request form along with the appropriate original documentation (as requested on the form) to the Office of the Registrar.

    Former Students

    The College of Charleston maintains student records under the name the student had when last enrolled.

    Former student/alumni may not change the name on their permanent academic record except by presenting the following documentation:

    • Valid state or U.S. government issued photo identification
    • Signed Legal Name Change/Correction Request form
    • Certified true copy of the signed court order with raised or ink seal showing the authorized name change

    NOTICE:  Identification theft is taken seriously by the College of Charleston and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent available under law. Completed forms and documentation must be submitted in person by the individual requesting the change or via postal mail, no exceptions.

    The College of Charleston reserves the right to request further evidence to authenticate identity for all legal name change or correction requests. 

    Legal Name Change/Correction Request Form (PDF)

     

    Preferred First Name

    The College of Charleston recognizes that as a community, many of its members use first names other than their legal names to identify themselves.   

    A preferred first name is a name that you commonly use that is different from your legal first name. Other than cases where legal name is required, this is the name that will be used whenever possible in the course of College of Charleston business and education. 

    Current students can update their preferred first name via the Personal Information tile in MyPortal.

    Update your Preferred First Name in MyPortal

     

    Date of Birth Correction Request

    To correct your date of birth on your academic record, students must present a signed Date of Birth Correction Request form along with the appropriate original documentation (as listed on the form) to the Office of the Registrar.

    Date of Birth Correction Request (PDF)

     

    Social Security Number Correction Request

    To correct your social security number on your academic record, students must present a signed Social Security Number Correction Request form along with the appropriate original documentation (as listed on the form) to the Office of the Registrar. 

    Student Social Security Number Correction Request (PDF)

     

    Student Contact Information

    All College of Charleston students are required to provide the College accurate and timely information regarding their local and permanent addresses, local and permanent phone numbers and emergency contact information.

    Students are required to update their Current Contact Information prior to course registration each semester.  

    Failure to keep this contact information updated may result in a student’s inability to enter the course registration module of MyPortal to add, drop or withdraw from classes, and other benefits.

    View and update your student contact information via the Personal Information tile in MyPortal.

    Update Student Contact Information in MyPortal

Student Resources


Registrar resources for current students including info on course registration, graduation, Degree Works and program of Study Management (POSM) .
  • Course Registration

    Course registration entry dates for current students is based on earned hours (not including the hours in which you are currently enrolled).

    On your entry date, you can register for your classes by accessing the Registration Tools tile in MyPortal.

    Student Resources on the Hub
  • Catalog Year Policy

    Need to change your catalog year? 

    Current students can submit a request to update their catalog year to the current term for a major or minor through the Program of Study Management (POSM) system.

    As always, consult with your faculty advisor prior to making any changes. It may have an impact to your specific graduation requirements.

    The complete Catalog Year Policy is available in the Academic Regulations Section of the Catalog.  

     

  • Degree Works

    Degree Works is the College of Charleston’s online degree audit and academic advising tool to support students and their advisors in navigating, tracking and planning degree completion.

    Degree Works provides you with access to information regarding your current program(s) of study including institutional, general education, major, minor and/or certificate requirements.

    Current students can access Degree Works via the "Degree Works" tile on the Student Profiel in MyPortal.

    Student Resources in the Hub
  • Forms

    Forms. We have lots of forms.

    Visit the Hub for a full listing of forms for registrar-related services:


    • Grades & Registration 
    • Graduation Update
    Student Forms in Registrar's Hub
  • Program of Study Management (POSM)

    The Program of Study Management (POSM) system allows undergraduate students to manage their degree program(s) online.

    You can access POSM via MyPortal on the Student Profile.  

    You can use the POSM system to perform the following actions:

    • Declare or Add a Major
    • Declare or Add a Minor
    • Undeclare a Major
    • Undeclare a Minor
    • Change, Add or Remove a Cognate, Concentration or Track
    • Change Degree (B.A., B.S., A.B.)
    • Update Major, Minor or Certificate Catalog Year
    • Declare or Add Undergraduate Certificate
    • Undeclare Undergraduate Certificate

    All changes to a student's degree program must be approved by the academic department or program.

    Student Resources in the Hub
  • 60+ Tuition Exemption Program

    South Carolina residents who are at least 60 years old qualify for a tuition exemption under
    South Carolina State law (Section 59-111-320).

    • Students must provide proof they have been an S.C. resident for at least 12 months.
    • Students must apply and be admitted to the College of Charleston.
    • Students are required to complete U.S. citizenship verification upon admission.
    • Students are responsible for paying any fees. Books and fees (i.e. application, lab,
      course, program fees) are not exempt. 

Degree & Enrollment Verification


The College of Charleston has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to provide both enrollment and degree verification to qualified requestors. The Office of the Registrar does not complete forms or generate customized letters verifying information otherwise available on an official transcript or an enrollment or degree verification with National Student Clearinghouse. If you require additional academic information that is not available on your official transcript or from National Student Clearinghouse, please contact us at registrar@cofc.edu.
  • Degree Verification

    Order your degree verification from the National Student Clearinghouse

    Alumni 

    Welcome back! Please note that awarded degree information is also reflected on your official transcript.

    Degree Verification from NSC
  • Enrollment Verification

    Current Students

    Current Students can obtain a free certification of enrollment (proof of full-time enrollment) for insurance, scholarships and loan purposes by logging into MyPortal.

    • Visit MyPortal
    • Select the "Student Profile" tile
    • Select "Request Enrollment Verification" (This will take you to the National Student Clearing House MyHub website)
    • Complete the process for setting up your NSC account. 
    • Complete the authentication process with the verification code provided to you.
    • Select the "Download Certificate" tile
    • On the "Enrollment History" page, select "Download Certificate" dropdown and select either "Download Current Enrollment Certificate" or "Download All Enrollment Certificates."

    Note: Enrollment verifications include an anticipated graduation date (AGD). The AGD is based on a formula that estimates completion from overall earned hours.  It may not be accurate if the student has changed their major, failed courses, or been readmitted.  It is not a guarantee of graduation. If you feel the AGD needs to be updated please contact the Office of the Registrar. 

    Access MyPortal


    Former Students

    Former students my also access the National Student Clearinghouse MyHub for enrollment verification.

    • Visit www.myhub.org/ 
    • Create an account or login
    • Select the "Download Certificate" tile
    • On the "Enrollment History" page, select "Download Certificate" dropdown and select either "Download Current Enrollment Certificate" or "Download All Enrollment Certificates."

    NSC MyHub Website
  • Employers & Third Parties

    The College of Charleston has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide verifications for student enrollment.

    All third parties must use NSC for verification requests.

    Visit NSC Verification Services