- Make sure you have completed your placement tests (ACT, SAT, or equivalent). If you need advice for taking those tests, check with our testing center.
- Students should also make sure all their immunization records are complete. If you intend on being a full-time student (12 credit hours or more per semester), you will need to show proof of having received two doses of the MMR and Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and unless you fall into one of the exception categories. You can attend part-time (11 credit hours or less per semester) without MMR and Varicella (chicken pox) documentation. Please review the Certificate of Immunization (MMR) form for all exceptions.
Starting The Orientation Process
First, we need you to learn how to identify some important information. Columbia State provides you with ChargerNet, a one-stop web resource that allows you to access all your personal data, grades, email, and other information. You will also use ChargerNet to register for classes each semester.
1. Identify and record your student ID number and your PVT user name.
Click the link above and enter the requested information. Write your ID number and PVT down in a safe place. You will be using these often.
Your PVT is the user name you will need to log in to your ChargerNet account. It will also be needed to log in to any Columbia State computer. Additionally, it will be your email address. For example, the PVT username jmilton will have an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org. Your password will always be your 6 digit birth date until you change it. For example, a student whose birthday is on January 2, 1985 will have a password of 010285.
2. Log in to your ChargerNet account.
Click this link - http://chargernet.columbiastate.edu to log in to your Columbia State ChargerNet account. Your User Name is your PVT and your password is your six digit birth date.
3. Open your Columbia State email.
The first time you attempt to open your Columbia State email, you will be asked to synchronize your account. Simply enter your PVT and password once more. You will only need to do this one time. We encourage you to look over your email.
Email is the primary form of communication we use to share information with students. You should check your Columbia State email at least twice a week.
3. Click HERE for dates and registration times.