First-Year Student Checklist
Congratulations on being admitted to Coker University as an entering first-year student! The following checklist will help make sure you have a smooth transition to your new life as a Cobra:
- If you plan to live on campus in our Residence Halls, send us your $150 deposit to secure your place. This will also serve as your room damage/lost key deposit. (See “Complete your Housing Agreement” below for more housing information.)
- If you are a commuter and live at home, send us your $50 advanced tuition deposit to reserve your place in the class.
PAY YOUR DEPOSIT ONLINE (Be sure to select Deposit Form)
- Deposits can also be mailed to:
- Coker University
Office of Admissions
300 East College Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29550
- Coker University
- Don’t forget to send us your final high school transcript, IB and/or AP scores, and any dual credit transcripts. These must be ordered from the college where you received your dual enrollment credits. The College Board code for Coker is 003427. Be sure to include this code to have your AP or IB scores sent to Coker.
- IB scores can be requested through email at email@example.com, or you can learn more at www.ibo.org. For AP score questions, visit www.collegeboard.com.
- Transcripts / forms should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
300 East College Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29550
After you’re admitted, you will be given access to Coker’s 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:
- See your admissions status
- Review all financial aid that has been posted to your account
Please reference your acceptance letter to Coker for your login information.
If you need assistance logging into your account, please call our IT support line at 843.383.8323 (Monday-Friday 8:30am- 5:00pm). IT will need to verify your information so that we can help you with any questions or issues you may have while trying to access your account.
Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by June 30, 2020. You can complete this at fafsa.gov.
- S.C. Residents: Must complete your FAFSA to be eligible for a S.C. Tuition Grant.
For more information about Financial Aid at Coker, please visit here.
Also, check-out this video on Navigating Student Financial Aid for additional information & tips:
- Coker is a residential campus and provides residential facilities for the housing needs of our traditional full-time day students (<=23 years of age). On-campus housing is required. Students may apply to live off-campus if they meet one of the following requirements: 1) the student has completed 90+ credit hours by the start of the fall semester; 2) the student is 22 years of age or over by the start of the fall semester; or 3) lives with parents, legal guardians, grandparents, or spouse residing within 30 miles of the Hartsville Campus.
- All residential students must complete the Housing Agreement.
- After mid-February, the Office of Residence Life will send the link to our Roommate Matching Software to those who have sent in their deposits and completed the Housing Agreement. In addition to matching you with a roommate, this software also allows you to select your residence hall preference.
- Room and roommate assignments are sent to your Coker email in mid-July from the Office of Residence Life.
- You may like to check out these other links:
Coker University is excited to introduce The Coker Connection Online Experience. Though we cannot wait to work with you face-to-face, we want to begin to connect with you and have you connect with us, Cobra to Cobra.
The Coker Connection Online Experience will have three parts––an online course that walks you through what to expect academically and connects you to campus resources, a one-on-one personal conversation with your Student Success Coach, and a virtual small group meeting with a faculty member.
For more information about The Coker Connection Online Experience, please click here.
- Once your deposit is received, your Coker email account will be active. Our Information Technology Office will establish your personal Coker email address. All Coker students, faculty and staff have a Coker email address. Your email address is essential to be able to receive communication from Coker. If you are a residential student, you must use your Coker email address in order to receive your room assignment.
- Please reference the Welcome Packet from the Dean of Student Success mailed to your home address for your login information (packets will begin being mailed near the end of February).
- If you need assistance logging into your account, please call our IT support line at 843.383.8323 (Monday-Friday 8:30am- 5:00pm). IT will need to verify your information so that we can help you with any questions or issues you may have while trying to access your account.
- Have a smartphone? Be sure to download the Google Mail app so you can easily stay up to date on all things happening at Coker!
- All new students will be required to complete AlcoholEDU & Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates. An email will go out from the Student Success Center with information on how to access the course in mid-July. The online course uses an engaging, thought approach to provide students with the tools needed to navigate the risks of life in college.
- All residential students must submit updated immunization records. Guidelines on submitting immunizations records can be accessed here.
- Student-athletes should click here for the athletic department’s specific medical information required for participating in athletics.
- Student account statements will be mailed to students on a weekly basis beginning April 2, 2020.
- Balances should be paid by August 1, 2020.
- While you will have the opportunity to pay your bill at check-in, skip the lines by paying before. Students can pay the bill online via Webadvisor. Please note that account statements can be viewed by logging into Webadvisor and clicking on “My Account Statement” located within the “Financial Information” section.
- New students are also required to complete the Financial Student Responsibility and Contact Consent Form before attending check-in. You will find that form here.
- Please direct any questions concerning your account statement to the Student Solution Center by calling 843-383-8023.
- Students who have a car on campus will need to register this vehicle and display a parking decal on the car. Your parking decal will be available at Coker Connection, Cobra Quest: New Student Orientation check-in or, after that, at the Campus Safety Office.
- Please complete the online registration form before you arrive on campus. The Vehicle Registration Form can be found here.
- Additional information on parking regulations and parking maps can be found here.
At this time, Coker is a “Wear a Mask Campus.” All faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors are required to wear masks. Masks must cover your nose and mouth. This policy is in effect in outdoor spaces as well as indoor spaces, and includes Kalmia Gardens. Coker’s mask policy is subject to change as we move through our phases of reopening and into the 2020-2021 academic year. Please continue to check your Coker email for additional information from your Student Success Coach and/or the Office of Residence Life. For more information on Coker’s response to COVID-19, please click here.
- Students are issued a unique Coker University Identification (ID) card when enrolled. In addition to serving as official identification as a Coker student, the Coker University ID also provides access to the library, intercollegiate athletic events, cultural events, and speakers on campus. There is a $150 fee to replace lost or damaged ID cards.
- Please email a picture (specifications listed below) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your ID will be printed and available to you at Cobra Quest: New Student Fall Orientation check-in.
- Here is a list of do’s and don’ts for a great ID picture:
- Recent Color Photo taken in last six months from the waist up.
- Head size must be between 1 inch and 1 1/2 inches.
- Plain light colored background
- Neutral/slight smiling facial expressions only and directly facing the camera.
- Normal clothing. No uniforms, except for religious clothing worn daily.
- No hats or head covering that covers hair or hairline, unless worn daily for religious purposes.
- Face must be visible with no shadows being cast on face.
- No headphones or similar items can be worn.
- Prescription glasses or hearing devices normally worn may be included.
- Dark glasses or tinted lenses non-prescription glasses are not allowed. If they are a medical need, then you may need to provide medical certification.
- No glare on glasses.
- Your eyes MUST be visible.
All new students are required to attend Cobra Quest: New Student Fall Orientation.
- For more information, click here. (This link will be updated closer to Summer 2020 with more specific details for Fall 2020)
Due to COVID-19 and the necessary precautions we must take during this time, we are rescheduling the Fall 2020 trip to Washington, D.C., for a time when it is safer to travel. Please know that this decision was made after much deliberation and careful consideration, always keeping your health and safety as our primary concerns. New, first-year traditional undergraduate students in the Fall of 2020 should check their email for more information from the Office of Admissions.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. In general, information from a student’s educational records may not be disclosed without the student’s direct consent. For more information, please contact the Office of Academic Records at email@example.com.
- The Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library–Information Technology Center (or, LITC for the in-crowd) offers a wide range of professional and academic services for students, faculty, and staff. We offer multiple computer and printing stations of the first floor; study rooms that can be checked out for up to three hours (first come, first serve); evening reference librarian services until 9pm every Monday and Thursday; book-a-librarian for one-on-one research help tailored to your needs; online chat assistance available from 8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday; special collections (including vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, and graphic novels); subscription-based scholarly databases that include free access to thousands of academic articles and eBooks; PASCAL Delivers (a free interlibrary delivery service that allows you to search and request books from participating colleges and universities in South Carolina); and much, much more! Find out about all of our available services and access our online catalog by clicking here.
- Center for Diversity Interfaith and Inclusion Education: The mission of the Center for Diversity Interfaith and Inclusion Education is to create a more inclusive campus where everyone feels welcomed, safe and respected. In pursuit of a more inclusive campus we provide: Training (LGBTQIA+ Safe Zone) & a Diversity Leadership Retreat, etc.; Sponsor and Co-sponsor programming such as speakers and panels for diversity topics and designated holidays or monthly recognitions (i.e. Black History and Women’s History Month); Work with student organizations, faculty and staff to plan and collaborate on cultural trips (SC Pride Festival, Museum Visits, Historical Sites, and culturally relevant movie/discussion night). For more information, click here.
- Center for Health & Wellness: Operated in partnership with Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and Palmetto Counseling, the Center for Health & Wellness provides convenient access to healthcare professionals, prescription services, select over-the-counter medications, first aid, immunizations, labwork, and mental health counselors. For more information about the Center for Health & Wellness, please click here.
- Dining Services: Coker University 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. Washers 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 email account and a campus mailbox. Campus mail and email are considered official means of communication for the University 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 University 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 University, 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.
- Career Development: Career Development resources are located in the Student Success 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 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. (www.NSSI.com)
- Coker Store: The Coker Store 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.
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