FAQs - Coastal Carolina University
In This Section

Bridge Progam


Frequently Asked Bridge Program Questions

WHY WAS I SELECTED FOR THE BRIDGE PROGRAM?

You were selected for the Bridge Program because you did not meet the CCU admissions requirements based on your SAT/ACT test scores and/or academic performance while in high school, but you demonstrate potential for success with academic support services and skill-building classes. We hope you will use this opportunity to get one step closer to becoming a Chanticleer.

How do I set up my WebAdvisor student portal account?

STEP 1 – Email admissions@coastal.edu to get your WebAdvisor link if you did not set it up when you received your original email from CCU Admissions. 

STEP 2 - Please write down your username because it will disappear after a few minutes for security.

STEP 3 – Write your security question (any question with a one-word answer) and click submit.

STEP 4 – Enter a password.

STEP 5 - Use your username and password to access WebAdvisor. Here's how:

HOW DO I SETUP MY WAVENET STUDENT PORTAL AND GET MY INFORMATION FROM HGTC?

WHEN DO BRIDGE STUDENTS MOVE TO CAMPUS? 

  • Tuesday, August 18th, you will first go to the HGTC campus and check-in at Cafe 1100.   
  • After you complete the check in and visit the HGTC Admissions, Student Accounts, Financial Aid and Registrar table, then the CCU CINO Card, Student Health Services and University Housing table, you wil receive your room key then begin the move-in process.  

DO BRIDGE STUDENTS ATTEND AN ORIENTATION? 

  • YES! You wil attend two, all day, FREE orientation sessions. You do not need to register for the Bridge Program orientation and are automatically registered.
  • Day 1 (Wednesday, August 19th) will be on the HGTC campus and Day 2 (Thursday, August 20th) will be on the CCU campus.

WHAT DO BRIDGE STUDENTS AFTER ORIENTATION? 

  • Beginning Friday, August 21st, you begin your CCU class, UNIV-110 First-Year Experience. This class will be held every Friday at the HGTC campus, but taught by CCU professors. UNIV-110 is a graduation requirement of ALL CCU students and ALL CCU freshman are enrolled in this course. You will not be charged additional for this course. 

WHAT IS UNIV-110 FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE? 

  • UNIV-110 is a 3-credit hour course designed to enhance the satisfaction and success of first year students. The course focuses on developing critical and creative thinking, information literacy skills, improving written and oral communication skills, setting personal and academic goals, developing structured and consistent study habits, practicing effective time management, and becoming contributing members of the Coastal community. This course is a university graduation requirement and must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. F, S.

 

ARE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO LIVE IN CAMPUS HOUSING IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BRIDGE PROGRAM?

Yes. Unless you are living with a parent/legal guardian within 50 miles of CCU and that is the address on file with the Office of Admissions, you are required to live on campus. There are many benefits to living on campus: you are closer to the action, getting to classes is easy, meals are prepared for you and the library is open 24/7.

DO I HAVE TO LIVE AND ROOM WITH OTHER BRIDGE STUDENTS?

YES! The Bridge Program has a living, learning community component. All Bridge students are required to room together. When selecting your roommate during the housing application, you will have access to other Bridge students in order to contact them. If you have questions, contact University Housing at (843) 349-6400.

However, all Bridge students do not live on the same floor, hallway or wing, but do reside within the same residence hall together and with other CCU students. Because Bridge students all take courses together at HGTC, have similar schedules and participate in programming specifically designed for them, we have found it works best when they room together and share experiences.  

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE BRIDGE PROGRAM?

The advantages of being in the Bridge Program include a quality academic start at a cost savings, and use of HGTC and CCU facilities, including the HTC Student Recreation Center, student support services and student health services. Attending athletic and cultural events, and joining a club are also part of taking that step toward being a Chanticleer.

CAN I PLAY INTRAMURAL SPORTS OR CLUB SPORTS AT CCU?

Bridge program students have access to play intramural sports; however, most club sports require that you are a full-time CCU student, so you may not be able to participate in club sports. Please contact the intramural sports office at (843) 349-6680 or club sports office at (843) 349-6638 for more information. Or check out University Recreation for more information.

CAN I WORK ON THE CCU CAMPUS WHILE IN THE BRIDGE PROGRAM?

To work in most departments on the CCU campus, you must be a full-time CCU student. However, there are some departments such as the CCU Bookstore and CCU Dining Services that will hire without the requirement of being a full-time CCU student. Also, as a Bridge student, you are a full-time student at HGTC, which allows you full access to seek employment on the HGTC campus. Contact the Office of Career Services at HGTC for more information. 

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH COURSES TO TAKE?

Your first semester schedule will be pre-built for you by HGTC based on your SAT/ACT test scores. If you have taken courses and received college credit, please have the college that awarded the credit send official transcripts to CCU and HGTC. In addition, if you have taken AP courses, please have your scores sent from the College Board to CCU and HGTC. Your schedule will be created based on the information you provide through your transcripts, courses required as prerequisites to University transfer courses and University transfer courses that are part of Coastal Carolina University's core curriculum. Each student's schedule will vary based on that individual student’s record.

DO I GET TO TAKE ANY CCU COURSES WHILE IN THE BRIDGE PROGRAM?

Yes. You will be enrolled in UNIV-110 First Year Experience during the fall semester, which is a CCU graduation requirement.You will take the class on the HGTC campus and it will be taught by a CCU professor. 

HOW DO I GET TEXTBOOKS/WORKBOOKS/MATERIALS?

You are responsible for buying your books and materials. Most students do not receive enough financial aid to cover the costs of books and materials. The cost each semester could be $200 or more, depending on the number and type of courses you are taking. Textbooks can be purchased or rented at the HGTC bookstore or through online vendors.

CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE MARCHING BAND AND/OR ROTC?

Please contact Daphne Holland once you have auditioned and been accepted to participate in the marching band. For more information, view the CCU University Bands page. If you are interested in ROTC, contact the ROTC office on the CCU campus prior to enrolling. 

WHAT IF I DON’T EARN 21 TRANSFERABLE SEMESTER HOURS WITH A 2.25 GRADE POINT AVERAGE IN MY FIRST YEAR AT HGTC?

You will then have the option of continuing your enrollment at HGTC or another institution and applying to CCU when you have met the transfer admissions requirements. If you remain a student at HGTC or enroll at another institution, please note that you will no longer be eligible for CCU University Housing and campus privileges.

WHAT ARE "TRANSFERABLE CREDITS"?

Credit hours are assigned to every college course. Some credit hours do not apply to graduation requirements, and some do not transfer to other institutions. For example, credits that are developmental do not apply toward graduation and do not transfer. However, these courses are required to develop skills and must often be taken before other courses. Your SAT/ACT scores will determine which English or math courses you are required to take.

HOW CAN I HELP ENSURE THAT MY FINANCIAL AID IS PROCESSED SMOOTHLY?

Return your Bridge Program application to HGTC and add HGTC to your FAFSA as soon as possible. By returning your application early to HGTC, you will receive your username and password for WaveNet, which is where you access your financial aid award and how HGTC will contact you if there are questions about your financial aid. Be sure to read your emails and check your account status through WaveNet to ensure your financial aid has been credited to your account. If not, you should contact HGTC immediately to prevent delays in starting classes or being dropped from classes.

ARE THE ACADEMIC CALENDARS OF EACH INSTITUTION DIFFERENT?

Yes. You will follow the HGTC academic calendar. It is important that you adhere to this calendar as the attendance policy is very strict.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO SELECT MY ROOM?

You will be able to select your room at MyCoastalHome in mid-June. The timeline for room selection is available at University Housing

WHY CAN’T I PARTICIPATE IN NCAA SPORTS OR GREEK LIFE?

In order to participate in NCAA sports or Greek organizations, you must meet certain academic criteria as well as University admission standards. HGTC, like most community/technical colleges, does not sponsor NCAA teams or Greek organizations. When you establish academic eligibility and qualify for admission to the University, you may be eligible to participate in NCAA athletics and/or a Greek organization.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON?

Check HGTC's WaveNet and CCU's student webmail regularly, preferably every day. You will see announcements, calendars, notices of activities and deadlines. You can also check your account balances, schedule, courses completed and more. WaveNet is the communication portal for HGTC students. CCU offers many ways to see what is going on, from postings in your residence hall, email, the CCU mobile app and Coastal Connections.

IF I NEED HELP, WHERE DO I GO?

As a Bridge Program student, you can benefit from services offered by both institutions. The following individuals are available to assist you: resident assistants and Bridge peer guides in your living area, your HGTC academic adviser in Building 1100, tutors in HGTC's Student Success and Tutoring Center (SSTC) and CCU's Tutoring and Learning Center and the assistant provost. You can also get help with your computer and technology difficulties through HGTC's Help Desk, HGTC's Student Information Center: WaveNet Central, or CCU's Student Computing Services. Both institutions are dedicated to your success.

WHAT ABOUT SUMMER SCHOOL?

You may attend summer classes at HGTC or another technical/community college. For more information, consult your adviser. However, the Bridge Program does not extend to the summer.

DO MY PARENTS HAVE ACCESS TO MY COLLEGE INFORMATION? 

According to federal legislation called Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the right to review and/or amend education records transfers from parents to the student at age 18 or enrollment in postsecondary education. You, the student, are the only one (aside from authorized college officials) who has the right to view your records and information or authorize others to view your information. If you want to allow your parents or other parties to have access to your HGTC information, complete the FERPA Waiver form in the Registrar's office on the HGTC Conway campus.

CAN I VISIT/TOUR BOTH HORRY GEORGETOWN TECHNICAL COLLEGE AND COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY?

CCU offers tours every weekday except holidays at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (September through April) and at 9:30 a.m. only (May through August). HGTC offers tours every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m. 

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATON?

For more detailed information about Horry Georgetown Technical College, visit www.hgtc.edu. To learn more about CCU, go to www.coastal.edu. If you have additional questions about the Bridge Program or need more information, please contact Daphne Holland, assistant provost of student success initiatives, at dhollan1@coastal.edu.