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Charleston Bridge Orientation

Once the tuition deposit is paid and processed, students register for a mandatory orientation. Students register by completing the orientation registration form found on the Channel Bridge channel in MyCharleston. To register log into your MyCharleston account - select the Academic Services tab at the top, scroll down to the Charleston Bridge channel and click on 'Charleston Bridge Orientation Registration Form'. There is no fee to attend orientation and no placement testing is required of students participating in Charleston Bridge. Parents or guardians are welcome at orientation but are not required to attend.

Information about orientation will be emailed to the student's CofC email account. Students should plan to participate in orientation activities from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Orientation begins at Trident Technical College (TTC) in the morning and concludes at the College of Charleston in the afternoon. Morning orientation check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. in the College Center (bldg. #920) at Trident Technical College (Thornley campus) located at 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston. The TTC morning program will start at 9:15 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.

Afternoon activities, including lunch at Liberty Street Fresh Food Company, will be held at the College of Charleston. If you intend to eat the lunch at the College of Charleston, you will receive lunch vouchers when you check-in for the morning orientation at Trident Technical College. Lunch vouchers can be used from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Liberty Street Fresh Food Company only during the Charleston Bridge orientation. Liberty Street Fresh Food Company is building #104 on the CofC campus map and located at 30 St. Phillip Street.

Check-in for the afternoon orientation at the College of Charleston is between 1:00-1:20 p.m. in Cougar Mall (165 Calhoun Street). Cougar Mall is the outdoor common area located between Maybank Hall and the Robert Scott Small building. Students and parents will be directed where to go at check-in. The College of Charleston program begins at 1:30 p.m. Students and parents will be separated during the afternoon session so plan to meet in a designated spot on campus once the program ends. 

Transportation to TTC and from TTC to the College of Charleston campus is not provided. Parking is not provided but public parking is available in downtown Charleston. The cost of parking in these garages runs between $10.00 and $16.00 per day, but you may also pay by the hour. Please do not park in College of Charleston faculty/staff parking spaces; you could be ticketed or towed. For additional parking options, check out the Downtown Charleston Parking Guide.

Questions about the Charleston Bridge orientation can be emailed to orientat@cofc.edu or call the College of Charleston Office of New Student Programs at 843-953-2017. If emailing or calling, please indicate that you are a Charleston Bridge student.

BEFORE ORIENTATION:

  • Register for classes

An advisor from Trident Technical College will contact students by phone to discuss the fall course schedule.

  • Submit a photo for a Cougar Card

Charleston Bridge students should submit a photo for an official College of Charleston ID card, known as the Cougar Card. Follow the photo submission guidelines and submit your photo by the submission deadline. Your Cougar Card will be given to you when you arrive on the College of Charleston campus for orientation. Please remember to bring valid government issued identification to pick up your Cougar Card. Acceptable forms of identification include a Driver’s License or Non-driver ID Card issued by DMV, U.S. Green Card, Passport book or card, or a U.S. Military ID Card. If you have questions about the Cougar Card or photo submission contact Cougar Card Services. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00-4:30pm.

AFTER ORIENTATION:

  • Check your Trident Technical College and College of Charleston email frequently.
  • Finalize any financial aid processes with Trident Technical College.
  • Pay the fall semester tuition and fees to Trident Technical College by the August due date.
  • Pack and get ready to move into the residence hall in August (specific date and time will be determined by hall and floor assignment). Contact housing@cofc.edu with questions.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN CLASSES:

  • Submit the Health & Immunization Forms to College of Charleston Student Health Services

Complete the health and immunization forms found at http://studenthealth.cofc.edu/health-immunization-forms/index.php and provide these to College of Charleston's Student Health Services before classes begin in August. Questions should be directed to Student Health Services at 843-953-5520. Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:00pm. Students failing to submit these forms will not be eligible to register for College of Charleston classes in the spring until these forms are received.

  • If needed, contact Disability Services at Trident Technical College 

Students needing accommodations for the fall semester must provide documentation to Trident Technical College's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). These arrangements should be completed before classes begin in August. If admitted for the spring semester, students will work with disability services at the College of Charleston.

Campus Maps

Trident Technical College Thornley Campus map: https://www.tridenttech.edu/about/locations/maincampus.htm. Morning orientation check-in will be at the Trident Technical College main campus located at 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston.

College of Charleston Campus map: http://cofc.edu/visit/campusmaps.php.