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Grades and Release of Student Information

GPA requirement:

Students must earn a 2.6 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) by the end of the fall semester to receive an offer of admission from the College of Charleston. A 4.0 GPA is a perfect A grade while a 2.6 would equal a B/C+ grade. 

Use the calculator to estimate what final grade you could earn in each of your classes to meet the 2.6 GPA requirement -  http://capp.cofc.edu/gpa-calculators/semester-cumulative-gpa.php (NOTE: TTC does not award + or - grades - do not use this in your fall grade calculation). 

Each course will have a midterm and final grade (See academic calendar for grade posting dates). The final grade is posted on the official academic transcript. The final grade for each course will determine the cumulative GPA for the fall semester.

NOTE: Students' participating in Charleston Bridge may enroll in no more than 18 credit hours during the fall and must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. 12 hours is considered to be full time enrollment. 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. When a student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to a parent/guardian under FERPA transfer to the student.  This means that all academic information regarding the student goes directly to the student unless the student has provided written permission to release the information to a specified party.

Releasing Charleston Bridge Student Information:

For information to be released to a specified party, students participating in Charleston Bridge must complete the following three forms and the student must submit these forms in person to the College of Charleston Office of the Registrar. Students will need to present their ID when submitting these froms.

NOTE: These forms will NOT BE ACCEPTED if mailed, faxed, or emailed to TTC or the College of Charleston. This process must be done in person by the student.

  1. Trident Technical College Student Consent Form (PDF) - this form must be submitted by the student to the Trident Technical College Office of the Registrar. This form is needed by TTC to release grade information to a 3rd party (parents, guardian, etc.). 
  2. College of Charleston Student Consent Form (PDF) - this form must be submitted by the student o the CofC Office of the Registrar. This form is needed to release any behavioral activity in the residence hall or on the CofC campus. NOTE: College of Charleston cannot release grade information about Trident Technical College courses. 
  3. College of Charleston Parent/Guardian Verification of Student Dependency and Request for Educational Record Information (PDF) - This form must be submitted by the student to the CofC Office of the Registrar.

Trident Technical College FERPA information: https://www.tridenttech.edu/start/registrar/ad_FERPA.htm

NOTE: A new College of Charleston FERPA release must be completed if a student meets program requirements and is admitted to the College of Charleston.

Viewing fall semester midterm and final grades:

Midterm and final grades can be viewed in the TTC Express section of the my.tridenttech.edu student portal. To access your grades, login to your  my.tridenttech.edu. > TTC Express For Credit Students >  Academic Profile > Grades > 2018FA (submit). You can also use this link: https://my.tridenttech.edu/student/Pages/WebAdvisor.aspx?title=Grades&pid=ST-WESTS02A.

What do midterm grades mean?

The midterm point in a semester is a time when a student should reflect on their academic performance and determine if any action is needed to improve grades. Midterm grades are not included on the official academic transcript but these are important because they are often a good indicator of student progress in each class. Campus administrators also use midterm grades and may reach out to students who appear to be struggling.

If midterm grades do not meet expectations remain calm but take action. Reflect on academic performance and determine what can be done differently. Is a course withdrawal the best option or can steps be taken to ensure that the 2.6 cumulative GPA and earned hours requirements are met? Most faculty members do have their office hours noted on their syllabus so take advantage of this time to meet with faculty and discuss your progress. 

What students can do if midterm grades are poor:

  1. Meet with faculty.
  2. Review the course syllabus for future assignments and tests to  estimate what grades could be for the rest of the semester. Based on this estimate determine if a passing final grade in the class is realistically possible. Students can use the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator available at http://undergrad.cofc.edu/gpa-calculators/semester-cumulative-gpa.php to predict a  GPA based on the final grade you might earn in your classes.

  3. Reflect on study habits – has enough  time really been spent actively studying? Where do you study? When do you study? How do you study? How do you manage your time? 

  4. Use the services through the Center for Student Learning (CSL). Visiting CSL one or two times is not sufficient! The walk-in labs and tutoring services must be used consistently to see results. Services include:

How to withdraw from a class:

If midterm grades are poor and it does not appear to be possible to pass the class, this is the time to make a decision about withdrawing from a course. The “W” does appear on the academic transcript but does not affect the cumulative GPA. However, be aware that withdrawing from multiple courses each semester is not encouraged – this can affect financial aid including scholarships and if this is done continuously, it can result in a long and expensive road to graduation.

To withdraw from a class students will need to complete a course withdrawal form and submit the form to the College of Charleston Office of the Registrar by the withdrawal deadline. The registrar's office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00pm in the Lightsey Center on the second floor suites 281 and B-12.

Student Support resources on campus:

Student Support Services: http://www.cofc.edu/campuslife/studentsupportservices/