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Charleston Bridge

The College of Charleston extends offers to a select group of SC residents to participate in the Charleston Bridge program for their first fall semester. Charleston Bridge is a one-semester program for students to live and study on the College of Charleston campus while taking coursework with Trident Technical College faculty.

As participants in the program, students reside in designated College of Charleston residence halls and room with other students participating in the program. Students have access to College of Charleston academic and student support services as well as campus facilities and student life activities. Admitted students continue to benefit from staff support and peer academic coaching through participation in the First-Year Impact program. In addition to support services, students engage in a variety of activities coordinated through the Center for Academic Performance & Persistence during their first two semesters at the College of Charleston.

This option is offered to students denied admission to the College of Charleston who may benefit from a transitional semester through the bridge program. Students meeting all program requirements at the end of the fall semester are considered for spring admission to the College of Charleston.

Charleston Bridge Mission Statement:

The mission of the College of Charleston’s Charleston Bridge program is to support first-year students in their successful academic, social, and personal transition to college. This is achieved by working collaboratively with Trident Technical College, faculty, and staff to create a community of learning for Charleston Bridge participants.

Charleston Bridge Vision:

Through participation in Charleston Bridge, students will utilize campus resources and develop skills necessary to thrive academically in order to reach their personal and academic goals.

Charleston Bridge Program Goals:

Students will...

  • Build a supportive peer network
  • Establish relationships with college faculty and staff
  • Utilize campus resources
  • Become familiar with academic expectations and the college culture


College of Charleston departments are open Monday though Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm EST.

Questions about admission to Charleston Bridge program can be directed to the College of Charleston Office of Admissions by emailing or by calling 843-953-5670. Questions about orientation can be directed to the College of Charleston Office of New Student Programs by emailing or by calling 843-953-2017.  Email or call 843-953-2017 with any questions about program requirements. 

Additional program contacts at Trident Technical College (TTC) and the College of Charleston are posted in the CONTACT US section of the Charleston Bridge website. All questions related to fall tuition payment, payment plans, or financial aid should be directed to Trident Technical College.

NOTE: Charleston Bridge students may not participate in the summer SPECTRA program. During the fall semester, Charleston Bridge students may not participate in Greek Life, ROTC, pep band, varsity sports, or the College of Charleston Cheer & Dance team. These opportunities are available to students admitted in the spring. Students cannot be employed on the College of Charleston campus in a job that provides a stipend payment or hourly wage or participate in activities that require College of Charleston fall course enrollment.

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