Applying to the REACH Program

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

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

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

All Applications Must Include the Following:

  • $50 application fee;
  • Student Questionnaire completed by the applicant (student) – please indicate if a scribe is used;
  • Personal Support Questionnaire completed by parent;
  • Current IEP (which serves as evidence of 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; if no records exist, a school administrator must write a letter stating there have been no incidents);
  • 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. 
    • At least one (1) recommendation must be from an educator
  • If applicable, copy of guardianship agreement.


Online Application Submission:

All uploaded documentation must be in pdf format, other file types cannot be accepted.

When applying electronically, please choose “save my progress and resume later” until the application is complete.

The following documents 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 



Please click here to begin the online 2022-23 Student Application.

Please click here to pay the $50 Application Fee.


Application Documents:

Please click here to download the Recommendation Form.

Please click here to download the Educator Recommendation Form.

Please click here to download Additional Supporting Documentation.


A PDF version of the 2022-23 Student Application can be found here.


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; and
  • 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).
  • Completed application packets will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee beginning in October.
  • 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 reinforcement from family/support persons and must complete a writing sample during the interview.
  • 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.