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2019 SPECTRA Student Application

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 7, 2019 and ends August 5, 2019; 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 2019 SPECTRA summer program, students must:

1. Be accepted by the College for the fall 2019 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 2019 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 7, 2019. 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, 2019  deadline, your name will be placed on our waiting list.

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This form must be completed by the student applicant.
Refer to your acceptance materials to obtain your College of Charleston ID number.
File needs to be a PDF or a .doc
File needs to be a PDF or a .doc
Parent/Guardian 1

Parent/Guardian 2


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We receive numerous applications from students to participate in SPECTRA, which makes it difficult for the admissions committee to get to know each on of you personally during the application process. Therefore, to help the committee select the best candidates for this year's SPECTRA class we have posed some thought provoking questions for you to answer.


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Recommendations are an important component of our evaluation process. Due to the limited number of spaces available in the SPECTRA program, we will only select students who demonstrate the intellectual and social maturity required to meet the challenges of this fast-paced, demanding college and residential experience. Please provide the name and email address of someone (principal, teacher or guidance counselor) that you would like to use for your recommendation.

Important! All applicants must read and certify below with their signature.

I have read and fully understand the guidelines of this application. I agree to furnish correct and complete information in connection with this application. I understand and agree that if I provide incorrect or incomplete information on this application or in connection with this application, doing so may result in the denial or revocation of my admission or in my suspension or expulsion from the SPECTRA Program and/or the College. I further agree that if I am accepted to the SPECTRA Program, I will abide by the Honor Code and the Code of Conduct of the College. By signing below, my parent or guardian and I authorize and consent to the release by all schools I have attended of all information requested by the College of Charleston in connection with my application including but not limited to all academic and disciplinary information and records pertaining to me.

I understand and agree to live in a residence hall during the SPECTRA program and am not permitted to have a vehicle on campus while enrolled in the SPECTRA Program. If I am admitted and I enroll in the SPECTRA Program, I accept responsibility for payment of charges I accrue not included in the SPECTRA program.