Charleston Bridge

Charleston Bridge is a partnership between the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College (TTC) in Charleston, SC. This 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 TTC. Participating students live in College of Charleston residence halls while completing coursework with TTC faculty in classrooms on the College of Charleston campus.

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

Next Steps for Charleston Bridge Participants

Are you ready to take the next steps and accept your position in the Charleston Bridge program? Follow these steps.
  • Understand Your Requirements

    The goal is for you to be admitted to the College of Charleston in the spring. In order to successfully matriculate from the Bridge Program to the College of Charleston, you must meet certain fall semester requirements. 

  • Pay your deposit

    The deadline to deposit is May 1

    You must confirm your enrollment by paying the $400 Charleston Bridge deposit. 

    1. Go to MyPortal
    2. Select the eBill tile.
    3. Select “deposits” at the top.
    4. From the drop-down menu, select the term you’ll be entering the College.
    5. You’ll be prompted to select a deposit type. Select “Charleston Bridge.”
    6. The system will ask you to confirm that the information is correct. If everything looks good, select “continue.” You’ll be prompted to submit the $400 nonrefundable enrollment deposit. This officially confirms your spot in Charleston Bridge.
    You may also mail a check to:

    Treasurer’s Office
    College of Charleston
    Charleston, S.C. 29424

    Include your full name and Charleston Bridge on the memo line.
  • Complete Your Housing Application

    Participants in the Charleston Bridge Program are required to live on campus and purchase a First-Year Student Resident Meal Plan to use at on-campus dining locations. Housing is guaranteed for all Charleston Bridge students, but you must complete your application by 11:59 p.m. EST on May 1, 2024.

    Before you can access the housing application, you need to pay the $400 College of Charleston enrollment deposit. You'll be able to complete the application within one to five business days after making your deposit.

    Bridge students can choose from the following residence halls (Halls are subject to change)

    Please review our Residence hall information and rate and Meal Plan rates.

    All fees are non-refundable. This includes the deposit, the housing application fee and the program fee. If a Bridge student moves into the residence hall and then withdraws from the program (voluntarily or involuntarily), they are responsible for the full semester housing and meal plan charges for the fall. Reference the housing contract with the Bridge addendum (last page) for more information.

    Charleston Bridge students must pay their total bill or establish a payment plan with Trident Technical College by August 1 or they will risk being removed from the program.

    To apply for on-campus housing & a meal plan: 

    • Log into MyPortal and click the MyHousing/Dining tile.  
    • In the MyHousing/Dining portal, click the Apply for Housing/Meal Plan button.  
    • Pay the $50 housing application fee.  
    • Complete your housing application. Designate your housing emergency contact, answer profile questions, select a meal plan, select Berry, Liberty, or McConnell as your building preferences, search for roommates, and electronically sign your housing contract.  
    • All Bridge students, regardless of age, are required to have a parent or guardian electronically sign the housing contract. 

    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.

    Students may connect with other Charleston Bridge students to inquire about roommate possibilities through the Charleston Bridge Facebook group. Students can also search for possible roommates inside the MyHousing/Dining portal.

    • Charleston Bridge students needing accommodations or have a medical condition preventing them from living on campus, may request to live off campus. All requests for accommodations must be approved though Trident Technical College (TTC). Upload documentation and set an appointment time with a TTC intake counselor. The request must be received and approved by May 1. A request to have a service animal or ESA in the residence hall must also follow this same approval process. Once accommodations are approved by TTC, this information is shared with the appropriate areas at the College of Charleston with includes the Center for Disability Services, the Director of Charleston Bridge, Campus Housing and TTC faculty (if applicable). 

    If you have questions about housing or need assistance, contact Campus Housing at 843.953.2015 or email

  • Register for Orientation

    Students entering the program in fall, must attend the Charleston Bridge Orientation. In March, students will receive an email sent to their CofC email account with a registration link for orientation.

    Questions about this event can be directed to New Student Programs at or call 843.953.2017.

    Family members are not required to attend orientation but are welcome to attend with their student. There are no placement tests required or fee charged for participating in orientation.

  • Additional Information

    • All Charleston Bridge program fees and deposits are nonrefundable. 
    • Charleston Bridge participants are not eligible for a deposit waiver or housing/meal plan application fee waiver.
    • An offer to participate in Charleston Bridge may be withdrawn if academic performance significantly declines during the senior year in high school.
    • An offer to participate in Charleston Bridge may be withdrawn if a participant has an arrest, charge(s), conviction, or there is a violation on or off campus of the College of Charleston's Code of Conduct. This can apply before or after a student begins their coursework. 
    • If disability services or housing accommodations are needed, students should request services by May 1 and submit documentation to Trident Technical College Disability Services. Refer to the FAQs for instructions. 
    • Students who withdraw from the program (voluntary or involuntary) during the fall semester must pay the on-campus housing and meal plan fee for the entire fall semester.