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Charleston Bridge Program Requirements

At the end of the fall semester, the following program requirements will be reviewed to determine student eligibility to be admitted to the College of Charleston for the spring semester:

  • Earning at least a 2.6 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the fall semester. Students may use the GPA calculator found at http://undergrad.cofc.edu/gpa-calculators/semester-cumulative-gpa.php to estimate the semester GPA. Previous grades received at Trident Technical College (if applicable) are not considered, only the fall semester cumulative GPA is used for admission decisions. NOTE: When using the GPA calculator please note that Trident Technical College does not award + or - grades.
  • Earning a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours. The Student Success Seminar does not count toward these credit hours.
  • Successful completion of the Charleston Bridge Student Success Seminar. NOTE: The seminar does not count toward credit hours or the cumulative GPA.
  • Completion of part I and II of 3rd Millennium accessed from MyCharleston. Students must complete each exam for Alcohol-Wise, Consent-Wise, and Marijuana-Wise with a grade of 70% or higher.

Students who successfully meet the requirements of the Charleston Bridge Program in the fall semester will transition to the College of Charleston the following spring and fall semester as a First-Year Impact Scholar. First-Year Impact Scholars must be enrolled full time (minimum 12 hours) and earn a GPA of 2.0 in the spring and fall semesters. See the IMPACT section of this website for additional information about program requirements.

What happens after final grades post

After final grades are posted, the Charleston Bridge staff will review student records to determine if program requirements are completed. Students meeting requirements will receive an email notification of acceptance from the College of Charleston Office of Admissions. If admitted, students will be required to attend a mandatory advising and registration date. Admitted students will be assigned a date to complete advising and registration by the Office of New Student Programs.

Specific details about the advising and registration date and time will be sent by email from the Office of New Student Programs once the email notification of admission to the College of Charleston has been sent. If for some reason a student cannot attend, advising and registration will occur in January. Students should email orientat@cofc.edu if alternate arrangements are needed. This process cannot be completed online.

Failure to meet Charleston Bridge program requirements

Students not meeting Charleston Bridge program requirements will be notified by email by the Office of Admissions denying admission to the College of Charleston for the upcoming semester. This email will be sent to the student's College of Charleston assigned email account. Students not admitted to the College of Charleston must remove all belongings, follow move-out protocol, and vacate the College of Charleston residence hall by the move out date deadline. The College of Charleston is not responsible for belongings left in the room by students not admitted. ID access to the residence hall and room, meal plan, and use of the Cougar Card (the College of Charleston ID card) at campus facilities will no longer be active.

Charleston Bridge Appeal Process

An appeal for spring admission to the College of Charleston will only be considered if a student experienced pertinent mitigating circumstances during the fall semester that affected the student’s ability to meet program requirements. Mitigating circumstances are defined as situations that were neither created by nor able to be controlled by the student. Please note that an appeal for admission to the College of Charleston is unlikely to be approved if a student is significantly below the cumulative GPA requirement. The appeal process is a one-time opportunity to provide a strong case for admission to the College of Charleston.

To appeal the admission decision the following information must be provided:

1. An appeal narrative written by the student explaining the mitigating circumstances that led to an inability to complete one or more of the program requirements. The narrative should explain the circumstances and include how the student has taken steps to resolve this issue, the campus resources used by the student, and how the student has adapted new approaches or changed behavior to avoid future occurrences.

The narrative should be sent from the student's College of Charleston email account and received by mileym@cofc.edu. Be sure that the narrative is well-written, grammatically correct, and presents a strong argument for admission to the College of Charleston.

2. A minimum of two recommendations are required from TTC faculty, CofC staff, and/or the Charleston Bridge mentor commenting on the student's ability to be successful at the College of Charleston and/or steps they have taken to improve. It is suggested that students choose faculty or staff familiar with their progress and the campus resources utilized during the semester. The recommendation letter should include how student and the recommender know each other, explain how the student has attempted to be successful and used campus resources, and how the  student would be an asset to the College of Charleston student body. Personal recommendations on the student's behalf will not be accepted.

Recommendation letters should be emailed directly to mileym@cofc.edu from the recommender. Please note that TTC faculty are not likely to be on campus after final exams end so it is likely that communication will need to occur via email. Students may wish to consider several individuals to write a recommendation in the event that someone is not able to meet the deadline date for submission.  

3. Documentation (if available) of significant mitigating circumstances beyond the student’s control that affected the ability to meet requirements or participate in activities. This may include medical records, police records, immediate family death notices, documentation of illness/injury, family emergencies, natural events that caused displacement, etc. Documentation is helpful if it helps support or verifies the situation described in the student narrative. If there is no documentation available you may choose to submit only the narrative and recommendation letters.

Students are encouraged to submit the appeal and related documentation as soon as possible and not wait until the last day to submit the appeal. The appeal decision is FINAL and no late or incomplete appeals will be considered.

The Appeal Committee

The appeal committee consisting of faculty and staff will consider class attendance, disciplinary records, incident reports from faculty or staff, and use of campus resources (Center for Student Learning, Academic Advising, Counseling, Charleston Bridge Mentor, etc.) when making appeal decisions.

The committee will heavily weigh the following factors when determining whether an appeal is approved:

  • Midterm and final grades in each class as well as the cumulative semester GPA
  • Student use of campus resources (includes meeting with course faculty members, using the Center for Student Learning, Counseling, and Academic Advising etc.). Student use of campus services may be verified with the appropriate department. Trident Technical College faculty may also be contacted to verify one-on-one meetings.
  • Successful completion of many of the components of the program (i.e. academic standards, 3rd Millennium, and completion of Charleston Bridge Student Success Seminar).
  • Meeting the cumulative GPA and earned hours requirement but not meeting other requirements. The appeal should provide a detailed explanation for not meeting requirements.

Appeal Decisions

Information related to the status of an appeal will only be shared directly with the student participating in the Charleston Bridge program. The appeal decision or information about the appeal committee discussion will not be shared by phone. The appeal decision will be sent by email to the College of Charleston student issued email account. Submitting supplemental documentation or an updated appeal after a decision has been made will not be accepted. The content of the appeal committee discussion is confidential and transcripts of these discussions will not be available.

The decision by the committee is final.

Appeal Approval

If mitigating circumstances are evident, the committee could recommend admission for spring which will then be discussed with the Office of Admissions to determine approval. If an appeal is approved, the Office of Admissions will send a spring admission email to the campus issued email account. Following this email, information will be emailed to the student about academic advising and course registration that will be held in January. A registration hold will be placed on the student account preventing any spring course registration until the student attends the January course advising and registration.

Students with an approved appeal must sign an Appeal Contract. A registration hold will remain on the student’s account until the signed contract is completed. As part of the appeal contract, the student may be obligated to meet conditions as determined by the Appeal Committee. Such conditions could include:

• Regular meetings to discuss academic progress with a peer academic coach

• Regular meetings with an accountability partner

• Regular meetings with a professional staff member in the Center for Student Learning

• Meeting with an academic advisor, career counselor, or staff member 

• Enrolling in a specific number of credit hours

• Limiting employment hours

• Attending Study Strategies Workshops

• Use of the Center for Student Learning (CSL) accounting, foreign language, math, speaking, and/or writing lab(s) or services provided by the Center for Disability Services

• Registration and successful completion of EDLS-100 (Learning Strategies) in the spring. EDLS-100 does not count toward GPA or earned hours.

• Consistent use of various student or academic support services on campus

Appeal Denial

An appeal committee will review the student narrative, recommendations, and any related documentation. If mitigating circumstances are not evident in an appeal case, the student will not be admitted to the College of Charleston for the spring semester. The decision made by the appeal committee is final. Students with denied appeals will be notified by the Office of Admissions. Students will be expected to remove belongings and vacate the residence hall. Students may consider continuing their studies at Trident Technical College or another college of choice for the upcoming semester. Transferring to the College of Charleston in the future may be possible if coursework is completed elsewhere and transfer admission requirements are met.

Adherence to College Policies

College of Charleston has policies, guidelines, and conduct regulations that students are expected to comply with both on and off campus. Any behaviors or situations that are found to be violations of college policy may result in termination from the Charleston Bridge program and/or not being offered admission to the College of Charleston. Violation of residence hall policies, being an involved party in an incident, or violation of fire and life safety policies may result in termination from the bridge program. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests. If a guest violates the alcohol or drug policy, or other residence hall policies, the resident may be subject to the conduct process and sanctions and may be terminated from the program.

All forms of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion, and falsification of information, may result in termination from the program and/or not being offered admission to the College of Charleston. The program requirement review in December will include reports from faculty or staff regarding academic concerns, behavioral issues on or off campus, illegal activity occurring on or off campus, and any activities that cause damage to property or harm to others.  

During summer orientation, students participating in Charleston Bridge sign a participation agreement indicating an understanding of the program requirements and agree to adhere to institutional policies at Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston.