Charleston Bridge

Established in 2017, Charleston Bridge is a partnership between the College of Charleston (CofC) and Trident Technical College (TTC) in Charleston, SC. This 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 semester with Trident Technical College. Charleston Bridge is a unique fall semester program that gives students a chance to live on the College of Charleston campus while completing TTC coursework with Trident Technical College faculty in classrooms on the CofC campus. 

Once students have been accepted to and completed the requirements of the Charleston Bridge Program, they will have a seamless transfer pathway to the College of Charleston the following spring semester. To be admitted to the College of Charleston in the spring, students will need to meet the following Charleston Bridge program requirements in the fall:

  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 two times by the first day of midterm exams.
  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.

For students admitted to College of Charleston, support continues the subsequent spring and fall semesters through the First Year Impact program. This carefully designed sequence of experiences prepares students for their remaining stages of college.

Living on Campus:

Students participating in Charleston Bridge are required to live on-campus in designated CofC residence halls.  This applies even if the student is from Charleston, SC. Students may choose campus housing in Berry, Craig, Liberty, or Buist (all female) Residence Hall.

Students are paired with a roommate that is participating in Charleston Bridge. Students cannot select a roommate for the fall semester that is not participating in Charleston Bridge. If a student is admitted to College of Charleston, changes in the hall or roommate may be made for the spring semester. 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.Questions about campus housing may be directed to housing@cofc.edu.

In addition to living on campus, students are expected to purchase a meal plan. Freshmen residents sign up for their selected plan on the Housing Application. First time entering freshmen who live in campus housing, are required to purchase a qualifying College of Charleston Freshman Resident Meal Plan. Students must complete and submit the campus housing/meal plan application no later than May 1.

Charleston Bridge Orientation:

Prior to arriving on campus, students attend Charleston Bridge Orientation. There are two orientation events for Charleston Bridge. One Orientation is virtual (June 28 at 11am) provided by Trident Technical College and the other is in person (June 30, 10-3:30) on the College of Charleston campus. Students should register for Orientation no later than May 1. Contact New Student Programs at 843-953-2017 or email oreintat@cofc.edu if you have questions. 

Ready to join Charleston Bridge? Complete the NEXT STEPS Checklist:

  • Pay the $400 Charleston Bridge deposit to the College of Charleston. The deadline to deposit is May 1. 
      1. To deposit, login to MyCharleston. 

      2. 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 CharlestonBridge@cofc.edu.

      3. 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.)

      4. In the new pop-up window, select Deposits at the top, then select the term you’ll be entering CofC.

      5. In the drop-down menu, select the deposit for Charleston Bridge (The system will prompt you to submit the $400 deposit.)

You may also deposit by mail by sending a $400 non-refundable check or money order made payable to College of Charleston to: Treasurer’s Office, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001. Note on the check that you are participating in Charleston Bridge. If you are mailing your deposit we recommend mailing by April 25, 2022 to meet the May 1 deposit deadline. 

NOTE: Charleston Bridge participants are not eligible for a deposit waiver or housing/meal plan application fee waiver - the deposit and application fee are non-refundable.

  • Apply for on-campus housing by May 1. Login to MyCharleston and access the Housing/Dining portal at the top of the page. You will be prompted to pay a $50.00 application fee. Complete the College of Charleston housing/meal plan application.
    • On the application select from Charleston Bridge designated residence halls: Berry, Craig, Liberty or Buist (all female). Contact housing@cofc.edu if you have questions about campus housing. 
    • 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.
  • Register for the Charleston Bridge Orientation held at the College of Charleston on June 30, 2022. Students are required to attend and family members are welcome. The orientation registration link will be sent to the student's College of Charleston email once the housing/meal plan application is completed. Questions about orientation may be directed to New Student Program by email at orientat@cofc.edu or call 843-953-2017. 
  • Complete the FAFSA and any financial aid requirements with Trident Technical College if applicable. Financial Aid should be finalized before the August due date for payment. All financial aid and billing is handled by TTC. This information is not available in MyCharleston or from the College of Charleston. Contact TTC financial aid if you need assistance with your fall grants, scholarships, student or parent  loans. 
  • Submit high school and any college coursework to College of Charleston and Trident Technical College.
  • Complete and upload the Health and Immunization forms. This information must be submitted online to College of Charleston's Student Health Services BEFORE MOVING INTO THE RESIDENCE HALL. Questions about forms should be directed to Student Health Services at 843-953-5520. Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:00pm.  
  • Submit a photo for your College of Charleston ID card, know as the Cougar Card. You can pick up your card during Orientation at College of Charleston's Campus Services HQ
  • If needed, complete a request for disability services or housing accommodations (includes service animals). Forms should be uploaded to Trident Technical College Etrieve system. The forms will be reviewed by TTC and shared with the College of Charleston Center for Disability Services and Campus Housing. Students will be notified by email regarding request approval.  
  • In June, TTC advisors will contact  students by phone to complete fall course registration. Students are encouraged to view the fall course descriptions and consider classes of interest prior to the advising conversation. 
  • Attend the Trident Technical College Orientation - this will be a virtual event on June 28 at 11am. Check your TTC email for information on this event. 
  • Attend the College of Charleston Charleston Bridge Orientation on June 30, 2022 (10:00-3:00). This is an in-person event held on the College of Charleston campus. Check your CofC email for information.
  • Login to the MyHousing/Dining portal in MyCharleston and make a move in appointment time by August 1. Review what to bring to campus. Questions can be directed to housing@cofc.edu
  • Complete your Quarantine and Isolation Plan found in the MyHousing/Dining portal in MyCharleston.
  • Pay tuition and fees for the fall semester by the August 1. All tuition and fees (including the fall meal plan and on campus housing at CofC) are paid to Trident Technical College. Program costs can be found here. After August 1, students not taking action to establish a payment plan or pay the tuition balance with Trident Technical College will be dropped from classes and the offer to participate in the Charleston Bridge program this fall will be rescinded. Payment can be made using the mytridenttech.edu student portal. 
  • Check your TTC and CofC email throughout the summer and fall. Be sure to follow the Charleston Bridge calendar. See you on the bricks at College of Charleston!

Please note the following opportunities are not available to students participating in Charleston Bridge:

  • Charleston Bridge students may not participate in the summer SPECTRA program, Greek Life, CofC Pep Band, Cheerleader squad, or Dance team during the fall. These activities, with the exception of SPECTRA, are available to students admitted in the spring.
  • Students participating in Charleston Bridge cannot join a varsity sports team during the fall Charleston Bridge semester. However, students can participate in club sports and intramurals.
  • Students may not be employed on the College of Charleston campus in a paying job/internship or in an activity that provides a stipend payment during the fall.
  • Students cannot be enrolled in College of Charleston coursework or activities that offer credit hours or internship credit during the fall semester.
  • Private rooms in the residence hall are not available - students participating in Charleston Bridge will be rooming with other students in the program in designated residence halls.
  • Pets in the residence hall are not permitted. An assistance/service animal may be permitted if the student has a disability and a disability related need for an assistance animal. Students must first seek approval from Trident Technical College Disability Services which will consult with College of Charleston Disability Services and Campus Housing. Approval is required before moving on campus.  

Once admitted to College of Charleston in the spring, students can participate in all programs and activities. 

Student Support Services

The Charleston Bridge staff, TTC faculty, Success Seminar Instructors and Charleston Bridge Peer Mentors are available to students participating in Charleston Bridge. They foster student success through frequent interactions, establishing relationships, and supporting students as they navigate through the first semester in college. Students are also encouraged to get to know their faculty and ask questions. 

Additional campus resources and support services provided to Charleston Bridge students include the Addlestone Library, Academic Advising & Planning CenterCenter for Student Learning, Career Center, Counseling CenterStudent Health ServicesGeorge Street Fitness Center, Technology ServicesResidence LifeCampus RecreationIntramural Sports, and the Collegiate Recovery Program

Learn more about CofC:

  • Take a virtual tour of the College of Charleston campus - Explore the College of Charleston
  • Follow Charleston Bridge on Twitter: @CofCChasBridge
  • Follow College of Charleston on Twitter: @CofC

What Students Say about Charleston Bridge

"Being a part of the Charleston Bridge Program was different from any other bridge program I had heard about, in that I felt just like a full CofC student. With the exception of having courses taught by Trident professors, I feel as though my freshman year experiences were the same as the rest of the student population. I loved being a part of this program for it gave me the opportunity to grow closer to my fellow classmates in the Bridge Program. I feel as though there was a closer connection between the bridge students in that we all had a common goal of progressing as a full college student at CofC and as a result, we supported each other in this ultimate goal. As a junior at the College of Charleston, I now have the experience to look back on my time with the Bridge Program and see how well it prepared me academically for my future at the College. One of the things I loved about the bridge program was it helped me achieve my ultimate academic and career goals." Anna fall 2017 participant

"The Bridge program helped prepare me for C of C in many ways. Being in this program helped me to establish valuable skills that have helped me each semester since I was admitted. During my time in the program, I had extra support and was able to adjust to college at a different pace than students not admitted into the program. I had to take my academics very seriously and therefore created study habits that have helped me succeed in all my college courses. Being in this program has helped me to excel both in my studies, but also in my overall college experience." Ava, fall 2017 participant/2020 CofC graduate

"If I had any advice to future CofC Bridge students I would tell them all to not be afraid. When I was accepted into the program I was very skeptical and afraid that I would feel like an outsider. That could not have been farther from the truth. I may have been in the bridge program but I felt like a normal College of Charleston student, which was most important to me. The program also really helped me to stay organized my freshman year and keep a good structure to my time. I learned skills through all the processes we had to go through that I still use today. I am so thankful I said yes!" Olivia, fall 2017 participant

"I feel as if I benefited from the bridge program and I’m appreciative of the faculty and mentors I worked with during the fall. The program helped me develop those needed skills that any incoming freshman would need to have a successful first year. The program itself held me accountable for many requirements and I think that was part of the reason why I managed to move forward as an official CofC student. Using all the resources and attending office hours helped me build a connection with some of my teachers and to have better understanding of the criteria. I pushed myself making sure to stay on top of all the requirements and to accomplish goals that I had set. One of my biggest accomplishments of course would be meeting the 2.6 grade point average required in the first semester. I'm grateful of the  people who helped me make sure I would finish the program and return to College of Charleston in the spring semester." Shi'Yauni, fall 2018 participant

"I was a little wary and apprehensive at the beginning of the Bridge program, with the requirements of the program looming over me. But, with the amazing resources that were available and great professors who wanted to see all of their students' success, that wariness quickly wore off. I can honestly say that the Bridge program prepared me more than enough for the College. This experience allowed me to realize that college isn't scary and my success that semester instilled a sense of excitement about school." Celia, fall 2019 participant

"The program gave me good and in-depth insight on what life at the college would look like. This helped me further assess if I made the right decision.The biggest advice I could give someone in the program is to develop good time management skills. The end of the semester comes much faster than you think.  My biggest success is achieving a 4.0 and it took developing good time management and study habits. I had to learn to leave procrastination in high school and really invest in myself."  Lewis, fall 2019 participant

"The Charleston Bridge Program was honestly a blessing. It was a great way to get a feel for what college is and being able to live on campus during the process gives you the chance to learn the campus before you’re a full student." Morgan, fall 2020 participant

Questions:

College of Charleston departments are open Monday though Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm EST.

  • Questions about admission to Charleston Bridge can be directed to the College of Charleston Office of Admissions by emailing CharlestonBridge@cofc.edu or by calling 843-953-5670.

  • Questions about Charleston Bridge orientation can be directed to the College of Charleston Office of New Student Programs by emailing orientat@cofc.edu or by calling 843-953-2017. 

  • Questions about Charleston Bridge program requirements can be directed to the College of Charleston Office of New Student Programs by emailing bridge@cofc.edu or call 843-953-2017. 

  • Questions related to fall tuition payment, payment plans, or financial aid should be directed to Trident Technical College.

Additional program contacts at Trident Technical College (TTC) and the College of Charleston are posted in the CONTACT US section of the Charleston Bridge website

Purchasing a laptop for the fall semester is highly recommended. All College of Charleston students are required to have a laptop computer. View the laptop requirements at https://it.cofc.edu/laptop.