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Charleston Bridge Program Requirements

To participate in the program:

Charleston Bridge students are required to reside in a College of Charleston residence hall during the fall and spring semester (if admitted) and purchase a fall meal plan. This is a requirement of all students participating in the program even if the student is a resident of Charleston. Students reside in one of the four designated Charleston Bridge halls and will be matched with a roommate who is also participating in the program.

All tuition and fees must be paid in full to Trident Technical College no later than August 1, 2018. Students with a balance due will not be allowed to move into the College of Charleston residence hall and fall coursework will be dropped by Trident Technical College. Be sure to make any financial aid arrangements that may be needed for aid to be processed and credited to the student account before August 1.


  • All Charleston Bridge students must attend a Charleston Bridge Orientation.
  • Charleston Bridge students may not participate in the summer SPECTRA program offered at the College of Charleston.
  • During the fall semester, Charleston Bridge students may not participate in ROTC, pep band, varsity sports, or fraternities and sororities.
  • 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 course enrollment. These opportunities will be available to students admitted for the spring.
  • Students must complete and pay associated fees for on campus housing and a meal plan. Payments are made to Trident Technical College.

Fall Program Requirements

At the end of the fall semester, students who meet the following requirements will be fully admitted to the College of Charleston (NOTE: The College of Charleston reserves the right not to admit students with disciplinary or academic concerns reported during the fall semester):

  • Earn a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours in the fall semester.
  • Earn at least a 2.6 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the fall semester.
    • Students may use the GPA calculator at to estimate the fall semester GPA. Previous grades received at Trident Technical College (if applicable) are not considered, only the fall semester cumulative GPA is used for spring admission decisions. NOTE: When using the GPA calculator please note that Trident Technical College does not award + or - grades.
  • Successfully complete the Charleston Bridge Student Success Seminar (CBSSS).
    • Successful completion includes attending four classes, reviewing the documents in OAKS for each module, submitting assignments and meeting with the seminar instructor. Students can access the online seminar modules beginning August 21. There will be four MANDATORY 50 minute seminar meetings with the instructor on Monday August 27, September 10, September 24, and October 8 from 5:30-6:20p. The seminar does not count toward credit hours or the cumulative GPA.
  • Use the College of Charleston Center for Student Learning (CSL) services at least 3 times during the fall semester.
    • Students may attend three study skills workshops, meet with a tutor, or use the Center's walk-in lab services or a combination of the three to meet the requirement. The CSL is located on the first floor of the College of Charleston Addlestone library.
  • Complete part I and II of 3rd Millennium accessed from MyCharleston. Students must complete both exams for Alcohol-Wise, Consent-Wise, and Marijuana-Wise with a grade of 70% or higher. 
    • College of Charleston has partnered with 3rd Millennium, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse prevention, marijuana abuse prevention and sexual assault prevention in higher education institutions across the country. As part of our comprehensive alcohol, marijuana and sexual assault prevention program, College of Charleston expects all incoming freshmen and transfer students to complete Alcohol-Wise, Consent-Wise and Marijuana-Wise. Whether a student uses alcohol and drugs or not, this course will empower students to make well-informed decisions and help all better cope with behaviors of their peers.
    • Part I of the program will be available to students in July and will be due in October. Part II is available 30 days after Part I is completed. Questions about the exam can be directed to Counseling & Substance Abuse Services (CASAS) 843.953.5640. Information about this requirement will be covered during new student orientation.

Students who successfully meet ALL of the Charleston Bridge program requirements of the program will be offered admission to the College of Charleston and transition the following spring and fall semester as a First-Year Impact Scholar.

The program requirements are listed in the Fall 2018 Participation Agreement that students sign when they attend orientation. 

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