USC Bridge Program FAQ


What is a Bridge Program?

CCTC’s Bridge Program offers students a new avenue for transferring to USC in Columbia, a four-year university. If you would like to pursue an undergraduate degree at USC in Columbia, you can be assured of a seamless transition as a sophomore after spending your freshman year (successfully completing at least 30 credit hours of transfer credit) at CCTC.


Which college partners with Central Carolina Technical College in a Bridge Program?

We currently have an agreement with the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


How can I become part of Central Carolina Technical College’s Bridge program?

Bridge Program students are invited to participate by USC in Columbia, to which they have applied and been denied admission. These letters are mailed in early spring.


What are some benefits of becoming a Bridge Program student?

Bridge Program students are part of a community within CCTC. Bridge Program students are given priority admission to their declared four-year college as a sophomore, provided they continue to meet academic requirements. They also are part of the student body of their destination school and are eligible for many of the benefits. While at CCTC, Bridge Program students pay our tuition and fees and will be eligible for the Financial Aid tuition assistance if qualified, including Lottery finds.


What are the requirements for becoming part of a Bridge Program?

The requirements typically include:

1. receiving a letter of invitation from a Bridge Program college
2. attending an orientation session at CCTC
3. meeting minimum GPA requirements for declared major at USC in Columbia


How can I be sure that Central Carolina Technical College’s credit hours will transfer?

A major benefit for Bridge Program students is advance advising to ensure all credit hours earned at CCTC transfer, so an academic roadmap is an essential and important part of the process.


If my test scores indicate a need for developmental courses, will these credit hours be part of my 30 transfer hours?

No. Developmental credit hours are not transferable, so students whose test scores place them in one or more developmental courses are encouraged to attend summer school at CCTC so that they will be prepared to enroll in University Transfer courses in the Fall Semester. Credit hours earned at CCTC in developmental courses count toward the allowed maximum earned credit hours for Bridge Program students.


Will AP/IB credits or dual enrollment credits count toward the 30-hour requirement?

No.  However, those credits may transfer to the Bridge Program destination college.


If I am eligible to receive the LIFE scholarship at another 4-year SC university, will I receive the full amount as a student in the Bridge Program?

The LIFE scholarship covers the amount of full-time tuition and provides an annual $300 book allowance to eligible students who attend CCTC.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss all options with their Financial Aid representative.


What do my Central Carolina Technical College placement test scores mean?

Math, reading, writing and technology placement tests assess a student’s readiness for college level course work.  When students place into developmental courses, they must take those classes before enrolling in a transferable course. NOTE: Once a student completes the placement test, an advisor will discuss the results with the student and make course recommendations. To practice for the placement test, go to


Does Central Carolina Technical College offer campus tours?

Yes. For more information, contact the Bridge Program Coordinator (Contact information below).


What are the key dates for the academic year at Central Carolina Technical College?

See our Academic Calendar.


What is my next step?

Contact the Bridge Program coordinator at CCTC or the Bridge Program contacts at USC. Their information is as follows:

Gage, Lisa J. Department Chair, Speech, Humanities & Social Sciences

Mary Katherine Robinson

Coordinator for Transfer Initiatives
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-0101 FAX

Andrew Dalzell
Assistant Director for Transfer Initiatives
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-0101 FAX