The SPECTRA (Speedy Consolidation and Transition) program is an academic program was created to assist African American, Latino, Asian and Native American (AALANA) high school graduates with transition to the College of Charleston for the fall semester. Students are given an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at one of the top colleges in the South. SPECTRA students enroll in two 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 understanding the academic life of a college student.
This program is designed to help sharpen essential skills needed by students to be successful as a student at the College of Charleston. SPECTRA is not a remedial program, however, we provide tutors, peer counselors, and facilitators to help students strengthen their study skills, test-taking skills and overcoming their fears as an incoming student. The SPECTRA program is fast-paced and challenging, therefore we select students based on the strength of their application packet with respect to the entire applicant pool. Students who are motivated to do well in their academic studies, which are willing to work with and learn from their peers and have a keen sense of responsibility will complete this program successfully. The SPECTRA program begins on July 2, 2017 and ends August 5, 2017; however, the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) will provide yearlong academic and personal support for each SPECTRA participant through our “Mentoring Matters” program.
To be eligible for the 2017 SPECTRA summer program, students must:
1. Be accepted by the College for the fall 2017 semester. If you have any questions about your admissions status, please contact the Office of Admissions.
2. Confirm your intention to enroll at the College of Charleston for the fall 2017 semester by paying the required confirmation enrollment fee to the Office of Admissions by the deadline. (Your SPECTRA application will not be processed until your confirmation enrollment fee has been paid to the Admissions Office).
3. Attend your required New Student Orientation session prior to the start of the SPECTRA program on July 2, 2017. The Office of New Student Programs will be happy to assist you with registering for an orientation session. Visit their website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/ to review all of the orientation dates.
SPECTRA students are required to stay on campus for the entire length of the program, which includes all weekends. The SPECTRA program covers the cost of tuition, residential hall living, and most meals during the summer term, however, all participants are responsible for the purchase of their books, some of their meals and personal spending money. Participants may be asked to help fray the costs of some of their activities by paying $50.00.
In the event that all spaces are filled for the SPECTRA transition program prior to the May 1, 2017 deadline, your name will be placed on our waiting list.