International Student Checklist
Congratulations on being admitted to Coker University as an international student! The following checklist will help make sure you have a smooth transition to your new life as a Cobra:
- 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 (Be sure to select Deposit Form)
- Deposits can also be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
300 East College Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29550
- If unused, the full deposit will be refunded when the student leaves Coker University.
- You will be sent a Financial Aid Award letter that details the direct costs billed by Coker University as well as an estimate for textbook costs that are paid directly to the book seller. The Financial Aid Award Letter will also include the amount of any financial aid and the balance the student owes.
- You must sign and return a copy of the Acknowledgement of Financial Responsibility form demonstrating that you agree to pay all charges not covered by financial aid and that you understand that costs are likely to increase each year. Take the original signed form to your visa interview.
- You must also complete and return a Financial Support Affidavit from each person (including yourself or your family) or agency providing financial assistance. The affidavit must indicate the amount of support to be provided and must prove that the necessary funds are available. Take the original signed form(s) to your visa interview.
- Both the Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Financial Support Affidavit(s) must be returned to Coker University 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.
- After you receive your I-20, 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. You can learn more about SEVIS at www.sevis.net.
- After registering with SEVIS, apply for your student (F-1) visa. You will need your SEVIS payment receipt to do this. You may begin the application process at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/.
After you’re admitted, you will be given access to the Coker’s WebAdvisor program. WebAdvisor is your electronic gateway to almost everything you will need as a Coker student. As an admitted student, you can use WebAdvisor 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.
- Coker University 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.
- Room and roommate assignments are sent to your Coker University email in mid-July for new fall students & early January for new spring students from the Office of Residence Life.
- Recommended Items to Bring
- 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 Email from the Dean of Student Success emailed to your personal email address for your login information (emails will begin being sent out 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 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 or 1-800-571-7318.
If you are interested in getting a jump start on registering for classes, please contact Ms. Robin Richardson, Director of Learning Support Services and the International Student Advisor, at email@example.com. Ms. Richardson will be able to help you get your schedule started.
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.
- Coker will help you with transportation from the airport to campus. You will receive information about this when you receive your I-20.
- You will receive additional information about transportation by email from the International Student Advisor.
- Bedding and toiletries are not provided by the Coker. Therefore you are urged to order necessities such as bedding and toiletries for delivery to Coker 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.
All new International Students will attend New International Student Orientation on TBA (date to be determined).
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 move-in day with more specific details for Fall 2020)
- 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.
- Students are issued a unique Coker Identification (ID) card when enrolled. In addition to serving as official identification as a Coker student, the Coker 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 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.
- 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 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 University 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. Coker 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, 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 University 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 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.
The Coker University Student Handbook is available online here, and is full of additional information about being a student at Coker, including:
- Coker University 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