Online Photo Submission for New Students

Welcome to the College of Charleston!  Now that you are joining the campus community you will need to obtain an official College of Charleston ID card, known as the Cougar Card.  You will use your Cougar Card to access privileges and services across campus.  First-time students attending orientation should submit a photo and follow the guidelines below.  Your card will be waiting for you when you arrive on campus.

Photo Submission Guidelines

  • A recent color photo on a plain neutral background (white, off-white, cream, tan, light gray)
  • Face and hair should be clearly visible, centered and facing forward, no hats please
  • Wear prescription glasses if you normally do but no sunglasses are permitted, your eyes should be clearly visible
  • A natural smile or neutral facial expression is best
  • Make sure to use proper lighting
  • Crop the photo from just above the head to the collarbone
  • Save the photo in .jpg format

Examples of Acceptable Photos

Acceptable      Acceptable      Acceptable

The card office will refuse to accept a photo that does not meet the guidelines such as the photos below:

 Unacceptable     Unacceptable      Unacceptable

          No head tilting                       No sunglasses or hat                   Busy background

Photo Submission Steps

Click here to submit a photo.

  • Log in using your MyCharleston username and password
  • Click on the profile tab
  • Click on submit a new photo
  • Before you are able to submit your photo, you must accept the Student Cougar Card Terms and Conditions
  • After accepting the terms and conditions, follow the instructions to upload and submit your photo online
  • You will be notified via email if your photo was accepted or rejected

Once your photo is submitted and approved, you cannot submit another photo. If you would like a new or different photo on your Cougar Card please visit Cougar Card Services, 162A Calhoun St. in Berry Hall to have a new photo taken and pay the replacement fee.

Card Pick Up

When your photo is accepted you will receive a confirmation email from Cougar Card Services. If you are attending an orientation, your Cougar Card will be provided to you during your orientation session. You will receive instructions regarding the pick-up location with your orientation materials. Otherwise, your Cougar Card will be available for pick up at Cougar Card Services located on Calhoun Street next to Chick-fil-A. Please remember to bring valid government issued identification.  Acceptable forms of identification include: Driver’s License or Non-driver ID Card issued by DMV, U.S. Green Card, Passport book or card, U.S. Military ID Card.