FAQs for Bridge Participants

FAQs for Bridge Participants:

Admission and Eligibility Questions
Academic Questions
Financial Aid Questions
Housing and Residential Life Questions
Student Life Questions
Orientation Questions

Admission and Eligibility Questions

Who can participate in the Bridge to Clemson Program?
In mid-February, Clemson University identifies qualified students who applied for freshman admission to Clemson University but narrowly missed admission to Clemson. This select group of students is invited to participate in the Bridge to Clemson program (Bridge).

How does the Bridge admission process work?
Invited students must complete the following steps in order to offiicially secure a space in the Bridge Program.

  1. Invited students interested in receiving more information about the Bridge program should express their interest in the Bridge to Clemson program via the online Bridge interest form as indicated in the Bridge invitation letter.
  2. After a student officially indicates interest in Bridge, Clemson forwards the student's application and educational information to Tri-County Technical College (TCTC).
  3. TCTC electronically sends interested students more information about the Bridge program, including directions on how to submit the enrollment form and the non-refundable advance deposit payment.
  4. Students must complete and submit the enrollment process through the non-refundable advance payment to TCTC to reserve a space in the Program. Spots in the Program are available on a first come, first serve basis until the Program fills. Historically, the Programs fills by early March. 
  5. Admitted students must then follow the steps outlined on the Enrollment Checklist in order to fully complete the process and prepare for enrollment in the Bridge to Clemson program.

Note that invited students are not officially accepted into the Bridge to Clemson program until they have paid the non-refundable advance payment to reserve their space. Since spaces in this very popular Program are limited, students are urged to submit their interest and reserve their space as early as possible, as the program fills on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance payments will be accepted until the program is full. The Program typically fills by early March.

Academic Questions

What are the Bridge program academic requirements?
Bridge students are required to earn a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours and a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) during their freshman year at TCTC, including the summer semester. All transferable courses must have an earned grade of "C" or better. Only those course credit hours and GPA earned at TCTC after high school graduation will count towards satisfying the Bridge academic requirements.

Which TCTC courses count toward completing the 30-credit requirement?
Successful completion of courses designated as transferable on Clemson's Transfer Course Equivalency List (TCEL), as well as MAT 101 and MAT 102, will count toward the 30-credit requirement. A list of courses that transfer to Clemson and count towards satisfying Bridge academic requirements is provided to students in the Bridge Academic Guide, which can be accessed here for the applicable academic year. All transferable courses must have an earned grade of "C" or better. 

Will AP/IB credits or dual enrollment credits count toward the 30-hour requirement?
No. While AP/IB and dual enrollment credits earned may transfer to Clemson, Bridge students must successfully complete 30 credits of transferable course work at TCTC during their Bridge year. A list of AP/IB courses that will transfer to Clemson are provided each year in the Bridge Academic Guide, which can be accessed here for the applicable academic year. 

Can Bridge students attend summer school at TCTC in order to satisfy the 30-credit/2.5 GPR requirement?
Yes, there is a grace period of the summer semester after the Bridge year. Bridge students completing 30 transferable credits with a 2.5 GPA at TCTC by the end of the final summer session will be admitted to Clemson and invited to attend a required Clemson transfer student orientation session prior to the start of the fall semester.

Will credits earned in TCTC Comprehensive Studies courses count toward the 30-credit requirement?
With the exception of MAT 101 and MAT 102, completion of non-transferable courses or courses designated as Comprehensive Studies courses will not count toward satisfying the 30-credit requirement. Bridge students placing into any non-transferrable or Comprehensive Studies courses are encouraged to complete these courses prior to their enrollment at TCTC so that they will be prepared to enroll in university transfer courses in the fall semester.

Can Bridge students enroll in classes at Clemson while in the Bridge program?
No. Bridge students must enroll in courses at TCTC during their freshman year.

Are some majors not available to Bridge students?
There are specific majors at Clemson that, due to enrollment limitations, are not immediately accessible to all students. Students interested in one of Clemson's closed majors (listed on the Major Curriculum Worksheets page) will need to request a change-of-major application from the appropriate department after being admitted to Clemson. It is important to note that the opportunity to change into one of these majors upon enrollment at Clemson cannot be guaranteed as they are all competitive entry programs. Additional information is provided on the Major Curriculum Worksheets page specifically regarding each closed major each applicable academic year. 

Can a Bridge student change his/her major while enrolled in the Bridge program?
A student can change majors while in the Bridge program if the new major is not one of Clemson's closed majors. If, however, the student is dedicated to pursuing one of these majors, the student can request a change-of-major application with the appropriate department after being admitted to Clemson. It is important to note that the opportunity to change into one of these majors at that time cannot be guaranteed as they are all competitive entry programs. 

What academic success services are available to Bridge students?
Bridge students have access to all TCTC and Clemson academic success resources such as TCTC Tutoring Center, TCTC Student Support and EngagementRedfern personal counseling services and workshops, and the Clemson Academic Success Center. Supplemental Instruction sessions, led by Clemson students, are offered at the Bridge Student Success Center (SSC). By combining the resources of both institutions, Bridge students have access to services that can assist them in making a successful transition from high school to college.

What are the key dates for the academic year at TCTC?
See the TCTC Academic Calendar for key dates for each semester.


Financial Aid Questions

Where should Bridge students send their completed FAFSA forms?
Because all Bridge students are enrolled at TCTC for their freshman year, all financial aid documents, including FAFSA, should be submitted to the TCTC financial aid office. Use TCTC's federal code, 004926. The FAFSA should be submitted by April 1 for priority consideration for all financial aid opportunities.

I am eligible to receive the LIFE scholarship at a four-year South Carolina university. Will I receive the full amount if I enroll in the Bridge program?
For eligible TCTC students, the LIFE scholarship covers the cost of full-time tuition up to $5,000. The TCTC Student Data Center evaluates all students for eligibility upon receipt of the student's final high school transcript. LIFE funds may be applied to other Bridge program costs (fees and housing) if tuition costs are covered by other scholarships. Please visit the TCTC financial aid site for additional information.

Housing and Residential Life Questions

Are Bridge students required to live in the Bridge community in order to participate in Bridge?
Yes. However, students who would like to live with a parent or guardian within TCTC's primary service area (Anderson, Oconee, or Pickens counties) may request to have this requirement waived. The housing waiver form is available here for the appropriate academic year. Waiver request forms are due May 1st. 

What are the apartments and community like?
Bridge students reside in four-person apartments in which each student has his/her own bedroom and bathroom and shares a common living room and kitchen with three roommates at the Highpointe of Clemson property. Students can also access the amenities at the Highpointe Clubhouse including the study rooms, fitness center, pool, and lazy river.

How secure is the property? Highpointe has a 24-hour staffed gate while classes are in session, which allows vehicle access to the property for residents and approved guests only. Additionally, the Bridge program employs security staff to rove the property nightly.

Are the apartments at Highpointe furnished?
No. Apartments are unfurnished. A built-in desk in each bedroom and major appliances including refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer are included. Blinds or window coverings are also provided for each window.

Are Bridge students required to sign a lease?
Yes. Students are required to sign a two-semester Residential Rental Agreement. This legally binding contract requires acknowledgement of responsibility for payment for both fall and spring semesters regardless of withdrawal or dismissal from the Bridge to Clemson program. A parental/sponsor guaranty is also required for each student.

Are Bridge students required to submit a security deposit?
Yes. A $300 security deposit is included in the housing payment due by August 1. This deposit is refundable upon termination of the lease, pending return of the apartment to the same condition as at the beginning of the lease with normal wear and tear expected.

Are utilities included? Yes. Electricity, water, sewer, basic cable, and internet prepayments are included in the semester rental payment. However, note that excessive usage may result in additional billing.

Can students choose their roommate(s)?
Yes. Students can request a specific roommate(s) on the Roommate Assignment Form. Bridge Residential Life staff will work diligently to honor all mutually requested preferences in groups of two or four. Requests for groups of three roommates cannot be accommodated.

What if a student doesn't have a preferred roommate?
Bridge Residential Life staff will work diligently to assign students with other students who indicate similar interests, hobbies, and lifestyles on the Roommate Assignment Form.

How is the Bridge Residential Life staff structured?
The Bridge residential life staff consists of paraprofessional student staff (undergraduate and graduate students) and a Masters degree-level professional staff member.

  1. Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class Clemson students who live throughout the Bridge community and serve as a resource person for students. RAs assist with transition issues, roommate conflicts, and policy enforcement.
  2. Resident Directors (RDs) are Clemson graduate students who provide supervision and support to the Resident Assistants and live on site at Highpointe.
  3. Coordinator of Student Life (CSL) is a professional staff member who oversees the day-to-day operations of the Bridge residential component.
  4. Coordinator of Community Standards (CCS) is a professional staff member who serves as the primary administrator of the student conduct system.

Is transportation available to TCTC and Clemson?
Yes. Transit service to both campuses is available while TCTC classes are in session. The transit schedule is built around the class schedule at TCTC and Clemson. The schedule is provided each year to students and posted online for current students

How can I see the apartments?
During the year, because the property is a gated community, it is not available for tours. However, students offered the opportunity from Clemson Admissions will be invited to optional information sessions in early spring, which include a campus tour and the opening of the residential community with a model apartment. If unable to attend an information session, a model apartment will be available at orientation. You can also see more information including floor plans, pictures, etc. on our Residential Life page.

Orientation Questions

Is participation in Bridge orientation required?
Yes. All Bridge participants are required to attend Orientation. Orientation provides students with the opportunity to meet other students, learn more about Bridge and the many programs and services available at both TCTC and Clemson, and to become acquainted with the TCTC campus. Perhaps most importantly, students must attend Bridge orientation in order to meet with a faculty adviser and register for their fall classes.

When is Bridge orientation?
Orientation is provided in the months of June and July. Bridge participants will receive instructions in late April about how to register for a specific orientation date. A detailed schedule will be provided at a later date but in general, Bridge orientation is a one-day event lasting from approximately 8:30am-6:00pm.

Student Life Questions

Can Bridge students participate in Clemson ROTC programs?
Yes. Bridge students are eligible to participate in the Clemson Air Force and Army ROTC programs. Course credit will be awarded by TCTC. Contact Clemson ROTC for more information.

Can Bridge students participate in Clemson bands and/or choral groups?
Yes. Bridge students are eligible to participate in one of the Clemson bands or choral groups. Students interested in one of these groups must successfully complete an audition. Course credit will be awarded by TCTC.

Can Bridge students pledge a Clemson fraternity or sorority?
No. Due to policies governing national social fraternities and sororities, Bridge students may not join a fraternity or sorority until after they enroll at Clemson.

Can Bridge students participate in club sports?
It depends on the sport and their governing body. Due to policies governing individual club sports, Bridge students should contact the advisor and/or captain of the intended club sport for participation eligibility information.

Are Bridge students eligible to obtain student tickets to Clemson football and men's basketball games?
Yes. While not included in the Bridge fees, Bridge students have the opportunity to purchase tickets under the direction of the Clemson Athletic Ticket Office

Can Bridge students purchase a Clemson meal plan or open a TigerStripe account?
Yes. Bridge students can purchase a meal plan and/or open a TigerStripe account at Clemson. A TigerStripe account can be opened thorugh the TigerOne office located in the Hendrix Student Center and managed online. By depositing funds in a TigerStripe account, Bridge students can eat at the TCTC café, Clemson dining facilities, and at many local restaurants as well as use at many local grocery stores. The TigerOne site provides an updated merchant list. Bridge students can purchase a meal plan through Clemson Home. Additional information about meal plans and TigerStripe can be found on the Clemson Dining Services and TigerOne websites. More information regarding TigerStripe and meal plans are provided at Bridge orientation.

Is a parking pass required for Clemson and TCTC?
All students driving to TCTC campus will be required to purchase a parking pass through TCTC Campus Police. While there are some metered guest parking at Clemson, students consistently driving to campus would be encouraged to purchase a parking pass through Clemson Parking and Transportation Services. A shuttle built around both campus schedules is provided from Highpointe to TCTC and Clemson. The schedule is provided each year to students and posted online for current students.   

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