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SPECTRA

Speedy Consolidation and Transition Program

 SPECTRA was created over 31 years ago as a program to provide an academic and transition experience for multicultural and first-generation recent high school graduates who have been accepted to the College of Charleston and are enrolling for the fall semester. It gives participants an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at one of the top colleges in the South.  SPECTRA students enroll in classes, earn college credit, live in a residence hall on campus, and participate in a variety of programs and activities designed specifically to assist them with transitioning from high school to the academic life of a college student.

 SPECTRA is very challenging, therefore students who are willing to focus on their academic studies, bettering relationships with their peers, faculty and staff can expect to complete this program successfully.   The SPECTRA program focuses on study strategies, writing, leadership skills and more.  We provide tutors, peer counselors, and facilitators to help students with test- taking skills. At the end of the SPECTRA program, students will be assigned a SPECTRA mentoring class section that will provide continued support throughout their freshman year. Because the SPECTRA program is fast-paced, we require all SPECTRA students to stay on campus for the entire length of the summer program, which includes all weekends.  We cover tuition, residential hall living, and most costs associated with the SPECTRA program.  However, participants are responsible for the purchase of their books, some of their meals, and spending money. Any student who participates in SPECTRA and decides not to enroll is responsible for re-paying the College for the costs of his/her attendance in the SPECTRA program.

Campus research indicates that SPECTRA participants have consistently had more meaningful college experiences, both academically and socially, than their non-SPECTRA peers. This network will serve as your support system during SPECTRA and continue upon your return to campus in the fall.

This year's SPECTRA Dates are: July 5th through August 8th, 2015. 

To be eligible for the 2015 SPECTRA program, students must:  

  • Be accepted by the College for the fall 2015 semester. If you have any questions about your status, please contact your admissions counselor. 
  • Confirm your intention to enroll at the College of Charleston for the fall 2015 semester by paying the required confirmation enrollment fee by the Office of Admissions deadline. Your application for the SPECTRA program cannot be processed until your confirmation enrollment fee has been paid to the Admissions Office.
  • Attend a New Student Orientation session prior to July 5, 2015. The Office of New Student Programs will assist you with registering for an orientation session. Visit their website at: orientation.cofc.edu 

The SPECTRA program is filled on a first-come-first-serve basis and only the students who successfully complete the application process will be accepted to this program. In the event that all spaces are filled for the program prior to the May 1, 2015 deadline, we will place your name on our waiting list.