Charleston Bridge

Charleston Bridge is a partnership between the College of Charleston (CofC) and Trident Technical College (TTC) in Charleston, SC. This unique one-semester opportunity is an invitation-only program for first year students who are residents of South Carolina. The program is for students whose goal it is to earn a College of Charleston degree but will benefit from a transitional fall semester with Trident Technical College. Participating students live in College of Charleston residence halls while completing coursework with TTC faculty in classrooms on the CofC campus. 

When a student successfully completes the fall semester program requirements and is accepted to the College of Charleston, they will have a seamless transfer pathway to the College of Charleston for the spring semester. 

To be admitted to the College of Charleston in the spring, students participating in Charleston Bridge must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours during the fall semester.
  2. Earn at least a 2.6 cumulative grade point average (GPA) during the fall semester.
  3. Use the College of Charleston Center for Student Learning (CSL) services at least one time (tutoring, peer academic coach, or meet with a staff member).
  4. Successfully complete the Charleston Bridge Student Success Seminar. To fulfill this requirement students attend seven seminar meetings and complete assignments to earn at least 10 of the available 14 seminar points.

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To secure a spot in Charleston Bridge, complete the NEXT STEPS

1. Pay the $400 Charleston Bridge depositThe deadline to deposit is May 1
  • To deposit, login to MyPortal
  • Use your CofC ID (from your Charleston Bridge offer letter) as the username. Your default password will be your CofC ID followed by your birthday in the format MMDDYY followed by A! (including the !). You’ll be prompted to update your password and set up security questions. If you have questions about your credentials email Admissions at
  • Select the MyAccounts tab, scroll to the bottom and click the link that says Log onto eBill account. (Click on the button to Open my eBill Account.)
  • In the new pop-up window, select Deposits at the top, then select the term you’ll be entering CofC.
  • In the drop-down menu, select the deposit for Charleston Bridge. The system will prompt you to pay the $400 deposit.
  • You may also send your deposit by mailing a $400 non-refundable check or money order made payable to College of Charleston to the Treasurer’s Office, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001. Please note on the check the name of the student participating in Charleston Bridge. We recommend mailing by April 25, 2023 to meet the May 1 deadline. 
  • Questions about your deposit should be directed to or call 843.953.5670

2.  Once your deposit is processed, complete the online Housing/Meal Plan application by May 1. Login to MyPortal and access the Housing/Dining portal at the top of the page. Living on campus and a freshmen resident meal plan is required of all Charleston Bridge participants. The system will prompt you to pay the  $50.00 housing application fee. 

On the housing application, Charleston Bridge students should select from three Charleston Bridge designated residence halls. These halls include Joe E. Berry, Liberty, or Glenn McConnell residence hall.

Students are paired with a roommate who is also participating in the Charleston Bridge program. Students cannot select a roommate for the fall semester that is not participating in Charleston Bridge. However, the residence halls house students participating in the program as well as College of Charleston students. This arrangement gives student's many opportunities to meet participants in the program as well as College of Charleston students. The on-campus housing contract is for the fall and spring semester if admitted.

  • Students may connect with other Charleston Bridge students to inquire about roommate possibilities through the Charleston Bridge Facebook group.
  • If you have questions about residence halls, the contract, or roommates contact Campus Housing

3. Select a freshmen resident meal plan. This is done when the housing/meal plan application is completed. First year students may choose from the following meal plans: All Access Diamond + 300 Dining Dollars, All Access + $100 Dining Dollars, or the 12 Meals per week + $275 Dining Dollars. For more information access dining services Frequently Asked Questions. Additional questions can be directed to Dining Services

4. Register by May 1 for the Charleston Bridge Orientation. Students are required to attend the June 30, 2023 event. Family members are welcome to attend. The process of Orientation registration notifies a TTC advisor to contact the student to complete fall course registration. 

Note: Charleston Bridge participants are not eligible for a deposit waiver or housing/meal plan application fee waiver.

Students participating in Charleston Bridge can qualify for FREE TUITION for FALL 2023!

To qualify for free tuition this fall, submit the FAFSA to Trident Technical College (TTC), as well as the College of Charleston (CofC). Students should include the FAFSA codes 004920 (TTC) and 003428 (CofC). Financial aid for the fall will be issued from Trident Technical College. 

Students will receive an email in the email account from the TTC Financial Aid office that includes a link to Financial Aid Self-Service for a personalized view of the financial aid.

For students successfully transitioning to CofC in the spring, financial aid is awarded from CofC.

Questions about free tuition: or 843.574.2581

Charleston Bridge Contacts & Questions

The Charleston Bridge program is coordinated by the Office of New Student Programs at the College of Charleston. CofC departments are open Monday though Friday from 8:30am-5:30 p.m. EST. 


Monetary Donations

We appreciate all monetary donations. To make an online donation to College of Charleston’s Office of New Student Programs (the area that provides Orientation, the CofC Parent & Family Experience, iCharleston, & Charleston Bridge), click on New Student Programs Fund (R76) to donate. The fund supports services and programs offered to new students and families.