Charleston Bridge Program Requirements

At the end of the fall semester, students completing all four program requirements will be considered for spring admission to the College of Charleston. Failure to complete any one of the four requirements will result in a denial of admission to the College of Charleston. Admission decisions are sent to the student's CofC email account and will not be released by phone. 

Students may be denied admission even if all requirements are met if there were academic concerns, behavioral reports, violations in the residence hall, honor code violations or illegal activity reported. 

The program requirements for spring admission consideration are:

  1. Earn a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours during the fall semester. Only hours completed during the fall semester are used to complete this requirement. Dual enrollment credit is not counted in the 12 hour total. Students take courses designated by Trident Technical College (TTC). A course from Trident Technical College is eligible for transfer credit when the course is graded at least a "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale). D or F grades are not counted as earned hours.

  2. Earn at least a 2.6 cumulative grade point average (GPA). GPAs are determined by the accumulation of course credits, final grades, and semester hours spent in the class. A 2.6 on a 4.0 scale is approximately a letter grade of B. Earned credits hours or the cumulative GPA from TTC or another institution is not counted toward the fall cumulative GPA requirement or credit hours. 

  3. Complete the Charleston Bridge Student Success Seminar (CBSSS).  There are seven success seminars
    held during the fall semester on Mondays from 5:30pm-6:20pm. Students must earn a minimum of 70% of the seminar points (10 of 14 available points) to meet the seminar completion requirement. Points are earned by seminar attendance and completing weekly assignments. The seminar does not count toward semester credit hours or the cumulative GPA.

  4. Use the College of Charleston's Center for Student Learning (CSL) at least 2 times during the fall semesterOne use should be completed before midterm grades post and the second visit completed no later than the Thanksgiving break. Students may satisfy this requirement by attending a CSL study skills workshop (registration required), meeting with a CSL staff member, working with a tutor, or using the Center's lab services. To record service use, sign in or record attendance on the workshop attendance sheet. The CSL is located on the first floor of the Addlestone library.

End of Semester Requirement Review

In December when final grades post, Charleston Bridge staff review each student record to determine if all requirements are successfully completed. This includes the fall semester cumulative GPA (2.6), total earned credit hours (12), points earned in the success seminar, and student use of the Center for Student Learning at least twice. Please note that previous credits earned, or course grades do not factor into the GPA or earned hours needed for the fall semester.

Students meeting the requirements:

When final grades post, students meeting the requirements will receive an email from the Office of Admissions. The email sent to the student’s College of Charleston email will extend an offer of spring admission to the College of Charleston.

Admitted students will receive an additional email sent to the CofC email account from the Office of New Student Programs about spring advising & registration in December. During this virtual registration event, students will learn more about the IMPACT program, meet with the academic advising staff, and register for spring classes. 

A registration hold preventing course registration is placed on all student accounts until the advising and registration process is completed. Questions about the advising and registration event can be directed to the Office of New Student Programs by emailing orientat@cofc.edu or calling 843-953-2017.

Admitted Charleston Bridge students will be a part of the First Year Impact program during the subsequent spring and fall semesters. This is a continued support program through the Center for Academic Performance & Persistence that provides students with a peer academic coach during the spring and fall semester. Students in the Impact program must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and earn at least 12 hours each semester. Earned hours and GPA will be reviewed at the end of each semester. At the end of the fall semester, Impact requirements must be met to continue enrollment at the College of Charleston. Questions about the program should be directed to the College of Charleston Center for Academic Performance & Persistence

Students not meeting the requirements:

Students not meeting one or more of the four Charleston Bridge program requirements will receive an email sent to the CofC account from the Office of Admissions denying admission for spring.

Students denied admission that live on campus must remove all personal belongings from the room and vacate the residence hall. The College of Charleston is not responsible for items left in the room after this date. The Cougar Card will be deactivated and students will no longer have access to the Residence Hall, athletic facilities, George Street Gym,  or campus dining services. 

Students can find instructions on how to appeal the Spring admission decision on the FAQ page. Late appeals will not be accepted.

Spring Admission Denial due to Reports of Concern:

The College of Charleston reserves the right not to admit students with faculty reports of academic concerns, behavioral issues, violation of residence hall policies, involvement in illegal activities (including assault, stalking, sexual misconduct, vandalism, possession of alcohol, underage drinking, using a fake ID, drug use, etc.), violations of the honor code including plagiarism or submitting the work of others, exhibiting conduct that is lewd, threatening, harassing, violent, disruptive, abusive, discriminatory or causes the discomfort of others. These activities can result in a denial of admission even if all Charleston Bridge program requirements are met. 

Outstanding bill with Trident Technical College:

Students with an outstanding bill remaining at the end of the fall semester with Trident Technical College (TTC) will have their official academic transcript withheld. Although students may be eligible for admission based on the completion of all requirements, the spring admission process cannot move forward until payment has been received by TTC.

The outstanding bill could be a result of not completing the financial aid process, failure to complete required paperwork, not making payments on a semester payment plan, etc. No course registration can occur until the academic transcript is received by the College of Charleston.

Please direct any questions regarding billing to the Trident Technical College accounts receivable area. The contact for this area is Ms. Gamellia Davis and can be reached by phone at 843-574-6117 or by email at Gamellia.Davis@tridenttech.edu. The College of Charleston would be unable to advise you regarding your account since all payments and financial aid are processed by Trident Technical College.