Applying to the REACH Program

**The REACH Program is a Non-Degree Certificate Program.




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Online Application Submission:

-All uploaded documentation must be in pdf format, other file types must be mailed to the REACH Program

-The following items must be mailed to the REACH Program: Transcripts, Behavior/Discipline Records, and Recommendations 

REACH Program Admissions
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424 


All Applications Must Include the Following:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • Student Questionnaire completed by the applicant (student)
  • Personal Support Questionnaire completed by parent
  • Current IEP (shows applicant’s eligibility for special education and related services under the IDEA)
  • Current Psychoeducational Evaluation (conducted within the past three (3) years)
  • Most recent Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Official High School Transcript (must be mailed directly by school)
  • Behavior/Discipline records (must be mailed directly by school)
  • Three (3) Recommendation Forms from non-family members who have known the applicant for at least three (3) years. These forms must be mailed directly by the reference 
  • If applicable, copy of guardianship agreement


Who Should Apply?

 Applicants Must:

  • Have a mild intellectual and/or developmental disability and/or a disability that significantly interferes with their academic performance, social development, and independent living skills
  • Have been eligible for special education and/or related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Be at least 18-years old and have completed a high school program
  • Have the ability to read and complete math at a functional level
  • Demonstrate the ability to accept responsibility for his/her actions and have no history of disruptive or challenging behaviors (the REACH Program does not have the personnel needed to manage behavioral issues)
  • Be independent in handling his/her specialized dietary and/or medical needs, including medication (the REACH staff will not manage, supervise, or administer medication);
  • Independently demonstrate a desire to attend the REACH Program at the College of Charleston
  • Agree to participate in all courses, sessions, internships, and employment training


Application Process

  • Complete and submit the application packet (include all required documentation and the application fee)
  • Admissions are done on a rolling basis, so there is no formal deadline. The Program continues to accept and review applications until all spots in the incoming class have been filled
  • Students are notified by mail if they have been selected for an interview. If selected, the applicant must participate in the interview process with and without family/support persons 
  • Students are notified by mail if they have been selected for admission into the REACH Program
  • Applicants accepted into the REACH Program must be available to attend a two-day College of Charleston Freshman Orientation in the summer
  • The REACH Program admits ten (10) students per year


**The REACH Program is not a dual-enrollment program

**Transfer credits from other colleges or postsecondary programs are not accepted