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Frequently Asked Questions

Admission and Eligibility Questions

  • Who can participate in the Bridge to Clemson Program?

    In early 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 a student who has been invited to Bridge secure a space in the Bridge program?

    Invited students must indicate their interest in the Bridge program by completing the online Bridge interest form provided in their decision letter. TCTC electronically sends interested students an enrollment form. Students must submit the required Bridge enrollment form and nonrefundable $750 advance deposit to TCTC to reserve their space in the Bridge to Clemson program. Advance deposits will be accepted until March 1, 2018. Students who submit the advance payment by the March 1, 2018 deadline will be guaranteed a spot in the program.

Academic Questions

Accuplacer Placement Testing Questions

  • What is Accuplacer?

    Accuplacer is an educational assessment tool TCTC uses to assess a student's skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics when a student initially enrolls at TCTC. Accuplacer results are used to determine appropriate course placement in most TCTC courses.

  • Can SAT or ACT test scores be used in place of the Accuplacer assessment?

    No. Tests such as the SAT and ACT are not specifically designed for course-level placement whereas Accuplacer is specifically designed to assess a student's current skill level in reading, writing and mathematics. TCTC utilizes Accuplacer scores to determine initial course placement.

  • Are all students required to complete the Accuplacer assessment?

    A student who has earned credit for college-level course work (through AP/IB exam scores and/or dual-enrollment course credit earned with grade of C or better) in English and/or mathematics need only complete those sections of Accuplacer for which previous credit has not been earned. For example, a student who has earned AP/IB credit or a grade of “C” or higher for a college-level English course is required to take only the mathematics portion of the Accuplacer assessment test. Similarly, a student who has earned AP/IB credit or a grade of “C” or higher for a college-level math course is required to take only the reading and writing sections of the Accuplacer assessment test. Students with credit for both college-level English and mathematics courses are not required to complete the Accuplacer assessment test. However, there are some Clemson majors with specific mathematics course requirements. If a student has not already earned credit for the specific required mathematics course(s) through AP/IB credit and/or dual enrollment credit, the student will need to complete the Accuplacer mathematics assessment to ensure placement in the appropriate mathematics course for the student's intended Clemson major. Students currently enrolled in AP and/or IB courses are required to take the Accuplacer assessment as AP/IB exam scores are typically not sent to students until late July.

  • When is Accuplacer offered?

    Accuplacer is offered at the TCTC Assessment Center Monday through Friday on a walk-in basis. An appointment is not required unless otherwise noted. Please visit TCTC Assessment Center for walk-in schedule information.


    In order to complete course registration at Bridge orientation, Bridge students must complete the Accuplacer assessment and submit any AP/IB score reports or dual enrollment college transcripts to TCTC Student Data Center prior to June 1.

  • What do scores on the Accuplacer placement test mean to me as a Bridge student?

    A student should give his or her best effort when completing the mathematics, reading and writing sections of the placement test because TCTC uses the scores on these sections to properly place students into appropriate TCTC courses. South Carolina students who completed the mathematics, reading and writing sections of the Accuplacer placement test prior to their senior year of high school are encouraged to take the Accuplacer test again, as they likely have completed additional mathematics and English course work.  To practice for the placement test, go to https://www.accuplacer.org/ TCTC permits students to take each section of the Accuplacer placement test a maximum of two times. For additional information and practice questions, visit TCTC Assessment Center.

    NOTE: A TCTC adviser will discuss the results with the student at orientation. If enrollment in any Comprehensive Studies courses is warranted, the student must complete the Comprehensive Studies course(s) before the student will be permitted to enroll in a transferable course. Pre-orientation information regarding placement may be emailed to the student’s TCTC email.

Financial Aid

Housing and Dining Questions

  • Are Bridge students required to live in the Bridge community in order to participate in Bridge?

    Yes. However, students who wish to live with a parent or guardian within a 30-mile radius of Clemson University (Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties) may request to have this requirement waived. To complete a waiver request, click here to be redirected to Clemson University Housing & Dining’s appeal form. Once a decision has been reached, you will receive additional information.

  • Are Bridge students required to purchase a Clemson University meal plan?

    Yes. Bridge students are required to purchase the Block 175 + 125 meal plan for both the fall and spring semesters. For more information about nutrition, dining locations, hours of operation and much more visit clemson.edu/housing-dining.

  • Are Bridge students required to purchase a Clemson University parking permit?

    All Bridge students are required to have a parking permit for Clemson.

  • What are the apartments and communities like?

    Beginning fall of 2018, Bridge students will reside in residential communities located on the main campus of Clemson University. The apartment communities include Calhoun Courts, Lightsey Bridge I and Lightsey Bridge II. Each apartment unit houses four students who share a common living room and kitchen with their three roommates. In Calhoun Courts and Lightsey Bridge I, each apartment has two bedrooms and houses four residents so each resident will share a bedroom with another resident. Also, there is one bathroom and vanity area per apartment. In Lightsey Bridge II, there are four private bedrooms so each resident in this community will have their own private bedroom. Also, there is one and half bathrooms and a vanity area with double sinks in each apartment. Students also. have access to the commons buildings and other community amenities.

  • Are the apartments furnished?

    Yes. Bridge apartments are fully furnished. Each apartment will be furnished with living and bedroom furniture.

  • Are Bridge students required to sign up for Housing & Dining?

    Yes. Bridge students are required to complete a multi-step sign-up process where they have the opportunity to select their roommate(s).

    For more information about the sign-up process, including an online tutorial and a list of key dates, visit clemson.edu/housing-dining.

  • Are Bridge students required to submit a security deposit?

    No. Clemson University Housing & Dining does not require a security deposit. Students are required to pay a one-time, non-refundable application fee in the amount of $150 when they sign up for Housing & Dining.

  • Are utilities included?

    Yes. Electricity, water, sewer, premium cable, and internet costs are included in the housing rate. Also, each resident will be provided with HBO Go and Max Go accounts at no additional cost while they are a resident.

  • Can students choose their roommate(s)?

    Yes. Students can request up to three specific roommates when they sign up for Housing & Dining. This request must be completed in step one of the sign-up process.

  • What if a student doesn't have a preferred roommate?

    Do not worry! You have options!

    First, you are not required to select a roommate during step one of the sign-up process. During room selection, you can sign select any available bed in your preferred apartment community.

    Second, during step one of the sign-up process you will have the opportunity to learn more about other program participants via our portal and will be able to create a roommate group if you identify a roommate or roommates you would like to live with for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • How is the Bridge Residence Life staff structured?

    The Residential Life staff consists of paraprofessional student staff (undergraduate and graduate students) and Master degree-level professional staff members.

    1. Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class Clemson students who live throughout the Bridge communities and serve as a resource person for Bridge students. RAs assist with transition issues, roommate conflicts, and policy enforcement.
    2. Graduate Community Directors (GCDs) are Clemson graduate students who provide supervision and support to the resident assistant and live on site.
    3. Community Director (CDs) are professional staff members who oversee the day-to-day operations of the Bridge residential life program.
  • Is transportation available to TCTC and Clemson?

    Yes. Transit service to both campuses is available while TCTC classes are in session.

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 the Bridge program 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 an academic adviser and register for their fall classes.

  • When is Bridge orientation?

    Bridge participants will receive instructions in late April about how to register for a specific orientation date in June or July. Registration will be in May for the orientation sessions which are held in June and July. A detailed schedule will be provided in the orientation mailing. Bridge orientation is a one-day event that takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Life Questions