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Bridge to Clemson
Designed for a select group of academically talented freshmen, the Bridge to Clemson University program is a distinctive academic transfer program available by invitation only. Students must first apply for freshman admission to Clemson University to receive consideration for the program. Beginning with a strong first year academic experience at Tri-County Technical College, the Bridge program includes targeted academic advising, student support services and a student life component - all of which are designed to help students succeed in meeting Bridge academic requirements and transferring to Clemson. Advisors from both institutions assist students with selecting courses that transfer to Clemson. The successful collaboration between Tri-County Technical College and Clemson University allows students to make progress in their intended Clemson major during their freshman year at TCTC while preparing to enroll at Clemson beginning their sophomore year. The Bridge program staff at both TCTC and Clemson are committed to providing students with the educational tools and services they need to succeed.
The Bridge to Clemson Program Mission and Vision
The Bridge to Clemson University program will be a national model of a collaborative transfer partnership that intentionally delivers high-quality programs and services designed to provide a transformative educational experience to students.
The Bridge to Clemson University Program provides a pathway for successful transfer to Clemson University for all Bridge Program students. Through the delivery of joint academic support and engagement programs and services, Bridge Program staff at Tri-County Technical College and Clemson University provide students with an integrated first-year experience that equips students with the tools and resources they need to meet their educational goals.
Participants enroll at TCTC for their freshman year and start their course work in the fall semester. Students are required to earn a minimum of 30 transferrable credit hours and a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) during their freshman year at TCTC. (Course credits and GPA must be earned after high school graduation). All transferrable courses must have an earned grade of "C" or better to count towards Bridge requirements. Students meeting Bridge requirements will be admitted to Clemson for the subsequent fall semester without being required to resubmit a Clemson admission application. Students who do not meet these requirements are encouraged to apply for admission to Clemson at a later date.
While grades earned at TCTC will not subsequently be included in a student's Clemson grade point ratio (GPR), the grades and credit hours a student earns at TCTC will count toward determining the student's eligibility for the South Carolina LIFE scholarship.
Community Living and the Residential Life Requirement
Community living is one of the most important experiences for a first-year college student. Bridge students live in four-person apartments at Highpointe of Clemson, located four miles from Tri-County and two miles from Clemson. Upper class resident assistants (RAs) coordinate social and academic programs and are available to assist students throughout the year. Daily transit service is provided to Tri-County and Clemson University for students living at Highpointe when classes are in session.
Information for current students in the Bridge to Clemson program for the 2016-2017 academic year can be found here.
Information for prospective and incoming students interested in enrolling in the Bridge to Clemson program for the 2017-2018 academic year can be found here.
NOTE: The Bridge to Clemson program is located on our Pendleton Campus, 7900 Hwy 76, Pendleton, SC 29670.