Academics

 academics

As a student in the Charleston Bridge Program, you have responsibilities to both institutions. You must be familiar with these academic policies in order to remain a student in good standing. This section also includes important information about the academic calendar specific to Charleston Bridge students, how to verify your enrollment, advising and support services and how to declare a major. 

High School Transcript, Dual Enrollment, AP and IB Credits

Your high school transcript will be used by College of Charleston and Trident Technical College to confirm your graduation and determine your eligibility for state scholarships. Your college transcript will be required if you have taken dual enrollment college courses. You will also need to send any AP/IB test results to the College of Charleston Office of Admissions.

Midterm and Final Grades

Charleston Bridge students receive midterm and final grades for each course. Students may view their grades in the TTC Student Portal. Although midterm grades do not appear on the official transcript, these grades are a good indicator of your progress. View the Charleston Bridge Academic Calendar for the midterm and final grades posting dates.

Log in to your TTC Student Portal > Menu > My Education > My Information > My Grades.

See the Charleston Bridge Academic Calendar for specific dates when final grades will be available for viewing.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar includes key dates and information regarding the current semester for Charleston Bridge students including holidays, drop/add dates, course withdrawal deadlines and exams. Charleston Bridge students and faculty will follow the Charleston Bridge Academic Calendar.

Verification of Enrollment

Students may obtain certification of enrollment (proof of being a current student) for insurance, employment, federal assistance programs and loan purposes via their TTC Student Portal.

  1. Log in to the TTC Student Portal 
  2. Look for the "TTC Express feature"
  3. Click "TTC Express for Credit Students"
  4. Click "Academic Profile"
  5. Click "Online Transcripts/Enrollment Verification"
  6. This link will take you to the National Student Clearinghouse website.

Enrollment verification certificates are available after the Drop/Add period for the term or semester.

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. According to this federal legislation, the right to review and/or amend education records transfers from parents to the student at age 18 or enrollment in postsecondary education. You, the student, are the only one (aside from authorized college officials) who has the right to view your records and information or authorize others to view your information. If you want to allow your parents or other parties to have access to your TTC academic information, complete a FERPA waiver form with the Registrar’s office at TTC. If you want to allow your parents or other parties to have access to your CofC information (housing, conduct/disciplinary), complete a FERPA waiver form with the Registrar’s Office at CofC. These forms can be found in MyCharleston on the "Academic Services" tab in the "Charleston Bridge Program" channel.

Contact Information

Charleston Bridge students are required to provide TTC and the College of Charleston with accurate and timely information regarding their local and permanent address, local and permanent phone numbers and emergency contact information.

To update your contact information in MyCharleston:

  1. Log in to MyCharleston
  2. Click "Academic Services" tab
  3. Click "Banner Self Service" channel
  4. Click "Student"
  5. Click "Current Contact Information" link

To update your contact information in your TTC Student Portal:

  1. Log in to the TTC Student Portal
  2. Click "Menu"
  3. Click "My Education"
  4. Click "My Information"
  5. Click "Update My Information"

Academic Standards

At the end of the fall semester, students who have earned at least a 2.600 GPA in full-time fall semester coursework will be eligible to transfer to the College of Charleston in the January immediately following the end of the fall semester. A full-time student is enrolled in at least 12 transferrable credits.

Academic Advising and Planning Center

843.953.5981

advising.cofc.edu

Academic advisors (either in the Academic Advising and Planning Center or specific academic departments) can help explain the College of Charleston graduation requirements and discuss major and course options.

Addelstone Library

843.953.5530

library.cofc.edu

First floor: 260 computers; check out iPads and laptops; help with research, etc.

Second floor: group study rooms and book collection

Third floor: Special Collections (rare books and archives), periodicals and additional study rooms

Career Center

843.953.5692

careercenter.cofc.edu

Staff members at the Career Center can help you explore majors and careers, find opportunities to gain experience and prepare for a career and/or graduate school. Visit the Career Center early to get a head start with internships, and on- and off-campus jobs.

Center for Academic Performance and Persistence

843.953.5674

undergrad.cofc.edu

This office handles matters related to the academic well-being of all undergraduate students. The office is also the main point of contact for First-Year Impact Students. Students will work with this office in the spring when they are accepted as Impact students.

Center for Student Learning

843.953.5635

csl.cofc.edu

The Center for Student Learning (CSL) provides comprehensive academic support through tutoring, supplemental education and academic coaching. Students can make appointments to meet with peer tutors or drop in on tutoring labs for various course support. They can meet with professional staff for academic success skills such as time management, note taking, organization and other competencies. A full list of the CSL’s vast services can be found on that office’s website.

First-Year Experience

843.953.2153

fye.cofc.edu

The College of Charleston’s First-Year Experience (FYE), recently ranked the No. 10 FYE program by U.S. News & World Report, is an academic program designed to fully integrate new students into the academic and cultural community of the College of Charleston. All FYE courses give new students an opportunity to work closely with top-level faculty, to meet other new students at the beginning of the academic year, smooth their transition to college and develop the skills needed to succeed throughout their academic careers. Fostering these connections and skills in the first year is crucial to success at the College – and beyond. As a Charleston Bridge student, you are required to be pre-registered for your FYE course in the spring semester.

Multicultural Student Programs and Services

843.953.5660

msps.cofc.edu

The Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services provides a welcoming and inclusive environment that meets the particular needs of underrepresented populations.

Office of the Registrar

843.953.5668

registrar.cofc.edu

The Registrar’s office maintains student academic records, organizes registration for courses and coordinates students’ direct access to their own records. It is where you go to update your address, drop/add classes, keep track of the academic calendar, and get information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Academic Advisors

A professional academic advisor from the College of Charleston will be assigned to work with you once you transfer to the College of Charleston for the spring semester. During the fall semester, an academic advisor will be in communication regarding key academic deadlines as well as offering availability to discuss academic concerns. 

Academic Advising Oaks Course

You are required to complete the online OAKS course prior to your orientation for the College of Charleston in December. This Academic Advising OAKS course includes several short learning modules that will lay a strong foundation for the orientation experience.

Spring Advising and Registration

In December, you will meet with an academic advisor to discuss your academic plan and register for spring courses.

The liberal arts and sciences General Education requirement serves all students, regardless of major, and assures that students are exposed to a breadth of intellectual inquiry distributed across seven areas of the curriculum: history, humanities, mathematics and logic, foreign language, natural science, social science and writing.

Declaring a Major and Program of Study

Declaring your major is instrumental to your academic success at the College of Charleston. This will help you plan the most efficient and beneficial path to your degree. Currently enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate students must declare a major no later than the second semester of their sophomore year (45-60 credit hours). Students can submit their major declaration requests online through the Program of Study Management (POSM) channel located on the "Academic Services" tab in MyCharleston.

Registration Holds

During your first two semesters as a First-Year Impact Student, you will have mandatory advising appointments. A registration hold will be placed on your account prohibiting registration for the subsequent semester until you complete your mandatory advising appointments.

Major Roadmaps

Each department has created a roadmap for their majors. A roadmap is a suggested semester-by-semester planning guide for that major. It is a model four-year plan, not a guaranteed sequence or contract. Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Typically, roadmaps do not include specific general education coursework suggestions unless required by the major.

Roadmaps are not meant to cover every possibility. They are intended to provide guidance in planning your academic path. And roadmaps should be reviewed in consultation with your advisor. You’ll find roadmaps on your "Academic Services" tab of MyCharleston.

Undergraduate Catalog

The College of Charleston Undergraduate Catalog serves as a guide to the academic requirements, institutional policies and programs of study particular to the institution. It can be located on the "Academic Services" tab of MyCharleston.