International Student Checklist

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Congratulations on being admitted to Coker College as an international student! The following checklist will help make sure you have a smooth transition to your new life as a Cobra:

Reserve your place by paying your deposits

  • All students are required to pay a $150 deposit — $50 reserves your course registration and $100 is a deposit against residence hall room damages or lost keys.
  • International Students are also required to provide a $500 Emergency Fund Deposit. This money is held on reserve in the event that you need temporary funds to help with an emergency while in the United States.
  • Pay your deposit online here. Be sure to select Deposit Form.
  • Deposits can also be mailed to:
    • Coker College
      Office of Admissions
      300 East College Avenue
      Hartsville, SC 29550
  • If unused, the full deposit will be refunded when the student leaves Coker College.

Complete your financial certification

  • U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that international students provide proof that they can pay the expenses of attending college in the United States - this includes costs for tuition, housing, meals, required fees, course-related expenses, etc.
  • Students will be sent a Financial Aid Award letter detailing the direct costs billed by Coker College as well as an estimate for textbook costs (textbook costs are paid to the book seller, not to the College. The Financial Aid Award Letter will also include the amount of any financial aid and the balance the student owes.
  • Students must sign and return a copy of the Acknowledgement of Financial Responsibility form demonstrating that they agree to pay all charges not covered by financial aid and that they understand that costs are likely to increase each year. Students should send a copy to Coker College and should keep the original signed form to take to their visa interview.
  • Students must also complete and return the Financial Support Affidavit. Each person (including the student or his/her family) or agency providing financial assistance must indicate the amount of support to be provided and must prove that the necessary funds are available. Each Financial Support Affidavit must be completed in US dollars, must have the signature of a bank official, and must have the bank’s stamp/seal. Students should send a copy of each affidavit to Coker College and should keep the original signed form(s) to take to their visa interview.
  • Both the Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Financial Support Affidavit(s) must be returned to Coker College before an I-20 will be issued. If these documents do not provide the necessary proof of ability to pay an I-20 cannot be issued.
  • Financial certification documents should be returned to the International Admissions Counselor either by fax (+1-843-383-8056) or by email attachment.

Register with SEVIS

  • DHS regulations require international students to register with SEVIS (the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System). There is a one-time registration fee paid directly to the U.S. government through the SEVIS website.
  • Students cannot register with SEVIS until after the I-20 is issued. Information and registration for SEVIS can be found at: www.ice.gov/sevis

Receive your WebAdvisor log-in information

After you’re admitted, you will be given access to the Coker College WebAdvisor program. WebAdvisor is your electronic gateway to almost everything you will need as a Coker student. As an admitted student, you will be able to review your admissions status and any financial aid that has been posted to your account.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Information Technology Help Desk by calling 843-383-8323.

To log into WebAdvisor, please use your firstname.lastname as your username and your six-digit birthdate (mmddyy) as your password. You will be asked to set a personal password that is only for WebAdvisor. The following example can be used as a reference:

  • John Smith
    Birthdate: April 5th, 1992
    Username: john.smith
    Password: 040592

For step-by-step instructions, click here.

Complete Housing Agreement

  • Coker College is a residential campus. Coker provides residential facilities for the housing needs of our traditional full-time day students (<=23 years of age). On-campus housing is required. Student may apply to live off-campus if they meet one of the following requirements: the student lives in the local area (30 mile radius) with a parent, spouse or legal guardian; is a senior (90+ credit hours); or is 22 years of age.
  • All residential students must complete the Housing Agreement.
  • The Office of Residence Life makes every effort to place you in the residence hall of your preference, but room assignments are made based on the date your admissions deposit is received and completion of your Housing Agreement.
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Activate your Coker email account

  • Once your deposit is received, your Coker email account will be active after November 1, and within one week thereafter. Our Information Technology Office will establish your personal Coker College email address. All Coker College students, faculty and staff have a Coker email address. Your email address is essential to be able to register for classes and receive communication from Coker College. If you are a residential student, you must use your Coker email address in order to receive your room assignment.
  • To log into Coker email, go to http://mail.coker.edu and use your firstname.lastname as your username and your eight-digit birthdate (mmddyyyy) as your password. Your Coker email username and password is also your login information for other Coker College resources (except for WebAdvisor).
  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Information Technology Help Desk by calling 843-383-8323.

Submit your medical records

  • All residential students must complete the Medical Profile and provide updated immunization records. The Medical Profile & guidelines on submitting immunizations records can be accessed here.
  • In addition, student-athletes should click here for the athletic department’s specific medical information required for participating in athletics.

Take your math placement test

You can take the math placement test after November 1, or within one week of receiving your deposit, by following the directions below. We ask that you take the math placement before arriving for your orientation session on campus. You will access the Math Placement Test through Blackboard Learn LMS. Blackboard Learn LMS (Learning Management System) is where you will find your classes online.

DIRECTIONS FOR THE MATH PLACEMENT TEST:

Advising & Registering for Classes

Make your flight arrangements

  • Students will receive information regarding transportation to Coker’s campus when they receive their I-20.
  • Please make your flight arrangements for arrival at one of the following airports: Charlotte, NC (airport code CLT); Columbia, SC (airport code CAE); or Florence, SC (airport code FLO). For your first arrival we recommend Florence -- this airport is closest to campus and it easier for someone to meet you inside the terminal.
  • The International Student Advisor will ask for your travel itinerary and will make arrangements for transportation from the airport to Coker College
  • As most of the airports are 1½ to 2 hours away from the College, we ask that you try to arrive no later than 8:00 p.m. on any given night.

Pack your belongings

  • Bedding and toiletries are not provided by the College. Therefore you are urged to order necessities such as bedding and toiletries for delivery to Coker College in your name. The items will be held in the campus post office awaiting your arrival.
  • During the first few weeks of school you will have the opportunity to go to local stores (such as Walmart, pharmacies, etc.) for additional items you may need once you have arrived.

Learn about student services and resources

  • ID Cards: Your photo will be taken and your student ID card will be issued to you at Orientation. Your ID card will hold CobraCash which works like cash at on-campus dining options and select local restaurants. Please do not punch holes in your ID card. There is a $15.00 replacement cost for lost or damaged cards.
  • Dining Services: Coker College partners with Sodexo to provide food service for the campus community. Residential students are required to participate in one of two equally priced meal plan options: 21 meals/week with $125 in CobraCash or 14 meals/week with $250 CobraCash. Initial meal plan selections are made as a part of the Housing Agreement process. Changes to your meal plan may be made prior to drop/add. Commuter students may choose to participate in a competitively priced meal plan or pay cash at any location. To learn more about our dining options, click here.
  • Laundry Facilities: All residential students have unlimited access to laundry machines. Washer and dryers are available in each residence hall. There is no additional charge for laundry service. Visit www.laundryview.com from any on-campus computer for real-time updates on machine availability.
  • Campus Communication: All students are provided with a Coker College email account and a campus mailbox. Campus mail and email are considered official means of communication for the College and are the primary methods used by faculty and staff to disseminate information to our students. As a Coker student, it is your responsibility to check both your campus mailbox and student email account regularly. Failure to read college communications sent via campus mailbox or email does not absolve you from complying with the content of these communications.
  • Campus Technology: Each residential student is provided 24 hour access to our computer network through wireless and ethernet port access points. The College also offers 60+ cable television stations from Time Warner Cable Television, including Striker Cinema Channel 2. Wireless internet is available across campus.
  • Trans4mations: At Coker College, we believe that the right college education is a truly transformative experience. That’s why we created Trans4mations. Throughout your four years at Coker, Trans4mations guides you through a personalized sequence of curricular and co-curricular experiences designed to help you discover your best self. For more information, click here.
  • Counseling Center: Personal and group counseling is available to all students through the Counseling Center located in the Business Office. There is no charge for counseling services to Coker College students, and the service is strictly confidential. For more information, click here.
  • Career Development: The Career Development Office is located in the Student Center to assist students with resume writing, graduate school selection, major selection, interest inventories, and many other services. For more information, click here.
  • Personal Property Insurance: Coker College is not responsible for loss or damage of students' personal property; therefore, the College highly recommends students consider securing personal property insurance for their belongings. Coverage may be offered through your homeowner’s or an additional policy obtained through your insurance provider. Additionally, you may consider a policy issued from a third-party vendor, National Student Services, Inc.
  • Student Health Services: Coker residential students have access to Student Health Services during regular posted office hours. Staffed by a contracted nurse, students may visit for minor illnesses, referral to contracted physicians and confidential health & wellness related consultation. The College contracts with several local physicians for limited basic acute/sickness care to provide residential students with office visits provided the student has a referral from the nurse. For more information, click here.
  • Coker Bookstore: The Coker Bookstore offers a variety of textbook purchasing options – new, used, rental and digital. The price comparison tool on our website allows you to compare our prices with the online marketplace and choose the purchase option that best meets your needs. Purchases may be made using cash, check, credit card, or, when available, Financial Aid. We also sell school supplies, Coker apparel, school spirit items, gifts, souvenirs, and drinks/snacks. The campus store is located on the bottom floor of the Student Union Building. You may visit our website www.bookstore.coker.edu. Follow the Coker Bookstore on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out about events, sales, and other special offers.

Review the Student Handbook

The Coker College Student Handbook is available online here, and is full of additional information about being a student at Coker, including:

  • Coker College Student Covenant
  • Students’ Rights
  • General College Policies
  • The College Judicial Process & Policies
  • Academic Programs, Expectation, & Policies
  • Emergency Procedures
  • College Services & Information
  • The Guide to Residence Life: Policies & Procedures

Complete Think About It: Part I by February 1, 2017

  • Think About It: Part I uses an engaging, thoughtful approach to provide students with the tools they need to navigate the risks of life in college before they ever set foot on campus. This is an online course.
  • All new students who have deposited will receive an email from the Dean of Students after January 1 with instructions on how to access the course. The email will go to your Coker College email account.