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Designed for a select group of academically talented first year students, the Bridge to Clemson program is a distinctive academic transfer program available by invitation only. Students must first apply for admission to Clemson University (Clemson) to receive consideration for the program. Beginning with a strong first-year academic experience at Tri-County Technical College (Tri-County), the Bridge to Clemson program includes targeted academic advising, student support services, and a residential and student life component - all of which are designed to help students meet the Bridge admissions requirements and successfully transfer to Clemson. Advisors from both institutions assist students with selecting courses that transfer to Clemson. The successful collaboration between Tri-County and Clemson allows students to make progress in their intended Clemson major during their first year at Tri-County while preparing to enroll at Clemson beginning their second year. The Bridge program staff at both Tri-County and Clemson are committed to providing students with the educational tools and services they need to succeed.

Academic Requirements
Participants attend Tri-County for their first-year beginning with the fall semester. Students are required to earn a minimum of 30 transferrable credits and a 2.50 grade point average (GPA) during their first-year at Tri-County. Credits and GPA must be earned at Tri-County and after high school graduation. All transferrable courses must have an earned grade of "C" or better to count towards Bridge requirements for Clemson admissions. 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 Tri-County will not subsequently be included in a student's Clemson grade point ratio (GPR), the grades and credits a student earns during the Bridge year 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 to Clemson students are required to live in Bridge-designated residential communities unless the student submits and is approved through the Clemson University Housing & Dining Residency Waiver process as living in their primary, legal residence with a legal parent or guardian in Anderson, Oconee, or Pickens counties. The anticipated Bridge-designated residential communities are Lightsey Bridge I, Lightsey Bridge II, and Thornhill Village on the main campus of Clemson University with Clemson Home. Upper-class residential community mentors (RCMs) coordinate social and academic programs and they are available to assist students throughout the year. Daily transit service is provided to Tri-County Pendleton campus when Tri-County classes are in session.

Additional information for prospective and incoming students interested in enrolling in the Bridge to Clemson program for the 2024-2025 academic year:

Other Information:

Coming Soon: 

  • 2024-2025 Bridge to Clemson Handbook
  • 2024-2025 Student Academic and Advising Guide
  • 2024-2025 Clemson Athletic Ticket Information

Check back often for updates.