Checklist for New Students

  1. Sign up for New Graduate Student Orientation.
  2. Upload your Immunization Records to Student Health Services. The College of Charleston provides a voluntary health insurance plan to students.  International students are required to show proof of health insurance coverage or purchase it through the College. To learn more about the on-campus health services available to students, visit the Student Health Services website.
  3. Check for admissions holds under the "My Holds" tile in MyPortal.  Common holds include unverified lawful presence and missing final transcripts.  These holds will prevent you from registering for classes.
  4. Register for classes under the “Registration Tools” tile in MyPortal. If you have questions about registration, or if you can’t sign up for a class you need, contact your Program Director for assistance. Contact Helpdesk if you have trouble logging in.
  5. Access your bill under the “eBill” tile in MyPortal. Because payments and refunds can only be done electronically, it is vital that the College has your contact information and bank account numbers on file. You can grant family or spouses access to your student billing account as well.
  6. Review and accept your financial aid awards. After your FAFSA has been processed, student loans can be adjusted and accepted under the “Financial Aid” tile in MyPortal.
  7. Set up your Cmail Account. All communication from professors, college offices, and student organizations will be conducted through Cmail. Email forwarding can be set up through the Cmail settings menu. Additional information can be found under the “Help & Training” tab of your MyCharleston account.
  8. Find a place to live. On-campus housing is not available to graduate students so we have compiled a few resources for students looking for a place to live.
     -  The Graduate School partnered with a company called VeryApt to collect data from current graduate students about where they live around the city, the name of their apartment community, how they like the community, etc. 
                           College of Charleston Graduate School - 2022 Housing Guide 
    -  One of our own graduate faculty has created a roommate finder application, which has served as a valuable asset to our new students.  Fill out the form to find a roommate!

    -  Review the list of apartment complexes around the peninsula that cater to students.

    -  Request a New Resident Information Kit from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for detailed information about utilities, government services, and more. And, you can also visit the College's Life in Charleston page for more information on parking, storage, and other useful services around town.
  9. Go get your Cougar Card ID. This functions as your official student ID, your campus library card, and a free pass for Charleston’s public transportation system, CARTA. You can also load it with Cougar Cash (a debit account) for use at various locations on campus.
  10. Contact Parking Services to inquire about purchasing Parking Permits. 
  11. Purchase a meal plan through Dining Services.  A good option if you expect to be on campus frequently.