Charleston LIFE™

A Program Like No Other.

Welcome to CharlestonLIFE™ - an inclusive postsecondary program like no other! 

We are a four-year, fully inclusive non-degree certificate program designed for students with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). At CharlestonLIFE™, we focus on academics, social development, independent living, and career development to help students grow and thrive. Our mission is to empower students to become as self-determined and independent as possible while learning valuable skills in a supportive, inclusive environment. 

Students in CharlestonLIFE™ enjoy all the activities offered by the College of Charleston, with individualized support to help them succeed. Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Attending traditional classes with modifications and support tailored to your needs
  • Living in traditional on-campus housing and residence halls with your peers
  • Gaining real-world experience through internships 
  • Joining campus clubs, activities and organizations
  • Building connections through peer-mentoring 

Here, you will learn, grow, and develop your indepdendence. Come live your best LIFE! 

Same Team. Same Philosophy. Same Program. New Name.

- CharlestonLIFE™


CharlestonLIFE™ is dedicated to ensuring students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have a quality inclusive postsecondary education that provides support in academics, social development, independent living, and career development, honors their dignity and worth and fosters self-determination. 


CharlestonLIFE™ is a four-year, fully inclusive postsecondary certificate program for young adults with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities - students who would otherwise be unable to attend college with their peers. With faded support, students have the traditional college experience of living and learning on campus. They develop agency to become self-determined individuals who are actively engaged in creating and living their lives.