Winthrop Bridge Program

Looking for a way to save money and get your degree? Check out the Bridge Program! Enjoy many benefits afforded to Winthrop students while completing core courses at York Technical College.

Apply for The Bridge Program

Bridge Program Perks

Bridge Program Perks


Upcoming Bridge Information Sessions


  • May 8th, 3:00 p.m.  Zoom   (Register Here)
  • May 10th, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College. Learning Common
  • May 21st - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College, Learning Common
  • May 29th - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College, Learning Common


  • June 4th - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College, Learning Common
  • June 12th - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College, Learning Common
  • June 18th - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College, Learning Common


  • July 9th - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College, Learning Common
  • July 12th - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College, Learning Common
  • July 23rd - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College, Learning Common
  • July 31st - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. York Technical College, Learning Common


Important Dates:

  • Monday, April 8th: Bridge Fall '24 Application Opens  (APPLY NOW)
  • Friday, July 12th  at 5:00 p.m.:  Bridge Application Deadline
  • Monday, August 5th  at 5:00 p.m.:  Bridge Program fee deadline
  • Monday, August 12th, 4:00 p.m. Bridge Eagle Prep Night - Winthrop Uniersity, Dina's Place (Register)

Learn More about the Bridge Program:

    The Winthrop Bridge Program is designed for students who upon high school graduation have enrolled at York Technical College to earn their University Studies Certificate or Associate degree prior to transferring to Winthrop University to earn their bachelor’s degree.

    Once admitted to York Technical College, applicants must apply and be selected for the Winthrop Bridge Program.

    Once they become Winthrop Bridge students they will: 

    • Officially be York Technical College students, pay YTC tuition, and be eligible for financial aid (through YTC) and state scholarships.

    • Be assigned a York Tech professional academic advisor for first and second year advising. Academic Advisor’s collaborate with Winthrop’s Directors of Student Services from each academic college, to maximize students transfer credits. Contact with questions.

    • Enroll in College 101 at Winthrop, a course taught by YTC faculty to prepare students for transferring to Winthrop. 

    • Use Winthrop academic support services designed for Bridge students.

    • Get a WU ID card and parking pass that will give them access to Winthrop University’s West Center, Dacus Library, Academic Success Center, and Writing Center.

    •  Access to attend Winthrop University’s Cultural Events (hyperlink text to simultaneously facilitates students meeting Winthrop University’s cultural events requirement. 

    • Enrollment and Transfer support from Winthrop University and York Technical College Admission’s Counselors. Contact Mr. Craig Gero ( with transfer questions. 

    • Fee waiver for Winthrop’s Transfer application

    • Upon successfully transferring, have early registration option at Winthrop University and receive the Bridge Scholarship, $1000 per year (up to 3 years).

    Bridge students enroll at York Technical College for their first two years. Bridge students will earn an associate degree or university studies certificate from York Technical College prior to transferring to Winthrop University.

    To be admitted to Winthrop as a Transfer student, Bridge students are required to earn a minimum of 30 transferrable credit hours and a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (GPA) during their first two years at York Tech (and any prior institutions of higher education). Course credits and GPA must be earned at York Tech after high school graduation.

    Students who satisfy Bridge academic requirements must complete a Winthrop Transfer Application the semester prior to transferring. Bridge students must transfer to Winthrop within one year of completing their associate degree or university studies certificate.

    1. Enroll at York Technical College

    2. Apply to the Winthrop Bridge Program    
      - You will be notified of your admission decision to the Bridge Program via e-mail within 3-4 business days. 

      Deadline for Fall 2024 Bridge Cohort Application: Friday, July12th, 5:00 p.m.

    Congratulations and welcome to the Eagle family! Follow the steps below to complete your enrollment materials: 

    1. Login to Navigate, click “Resources” > Places >, “Make a Payment” to pay the non-refundable, annual $300 Bridge Program fee.

      * Students can use available financial aid funds to pay the Bridge Program fee.
      * Deadline to make Bridge Program payment: Monday, August 5th, 5:00 p.m.

    2. Follow email instructions to register for Eagle Prep Night, our mandatory Winthrop Bridge Welcome Session on Monday, August 12th at 4:00 p.m., where you will obtain your Winthrop ID, Parking Pass and learn more about the program!

    3. Keep checking your York Tech e-mail. The Bridge team will be working with you to create a course schedule that maximizes your transfer credits. Contact with any questions. 

    4. Simplify your transfer process.  Make a TraCE account to see how your TYC credits transfer for your degree, track your transfer steps, deadlines and progress.

    5.  Meet every semester with your Bridge Academic Advisor to select courses and monitor your progress towards your transfer to Winthrop and completion of your associate degree! 



    The Winthrop Bridge program is an agreement between York Technical College and Winthrop University to provide a seamless transfer to Winthrop to earn your bachelor’s degree, after completing the first two years of your associate degree at York Tech and attaining at least a 2.0 GPA.

    Bridge students conveniently and affordably, earn an Associate in Arts, an Associate in Science or University Studies Certificate as part of York Technical College’s University Transfer Program. 

    Reverse Transfer is a unique process for awarding an associate degree or university studies certificate to students who transferred to Winthrop in pursuit of their bachelor’s degree, before completing the requirements for an associate degree from York Technical College.

    Bridge students complete the Reverse Transfer Agreement during Eagle Prep Night, the mandatory welcome session for Bridge students. Every semester Winthrop’s Office of Records and Registration will evaluate your credits and once you have completed the requirements for your associate degree, Winthrop will reverse transfer the credits back to York Technical College who will send you your associate degree by mail.

    Winthrop and York Tech have partnered to create Meta-Majors, a grouping of related fields of study designed to simplify the process of selecting your major. When you apply to York Tech and indicate that you intend to transfer to Winthrop, you will select a Meta-Major based on your strengths and career interests.

    Within each of the four Meta-Majors (Arts, Language and Communication; Business and Management; Society and Politics; and Science and Health) are guided pathways that outline the course requirements at York Tech and Winthrop, and key milestones for you to track your progress towards your associate degree from York Tech and bachelor’s degree from Winthrop.

    As part of the Bridge Program, you will have an academic advisor at York Tech who will work with you every semester to select courses that maximize your transfer credits. Contact with questions about selecting York Tech courses that will transfer to Winthrop. 

    Currently, Winthrop and York Tech have partnered to create guided pathways for 28 academic majors, which are housed in Winthrop’s four Divisions of Academic Colleges: the College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences, and College of Visual and Performing Arts.

    If your academic major is not part of the Meta-Majors, you will work with your York Tech academic advisor to create a course schedule that maximizes your transfer credits.

    Student who are uncertain on what they would major in, can meet with an advisor in Winthrop’s University College to learn more about our 43 academic majors.

    Winthrop is a comprehensive university with a liberal arts curriculum.

    The Dacus Library is a secure building, meaning only those with a Winthrop ID can access without being buzzed in. Make sure you have your Winthrop ID on you when you visit the library, otherwise you won't be allowed to stay in the library unless it's a Friday or Saturday when we have community access hours.

    Bridge Program students can:

    • Checkout three items for a three-week loan period (no reserves) must present Winthrop Bridge ID. Note some materials like journals, magazines, and references don't circulate.

    • Use PASCAL Delivers services to request Dacus Library and other SC academic library books be sent to York Tech for six-week checkout. Access the PASCAL catalog to make a reservation. For non-book materials you can place an Interlibrary Loan request through the York Tech library.
    • Use the public computers but must get a librarian to log you in with a guest account. Bridge students do not have access to printing.

    • Use all our databases in the library (no access from off-campus)

    • Use reference materials in the library

    • Use scanners and send scans to e-mail or save to a flash drive

    • Receive reference assistance at the Information Commons desk (typically between 10am-9pm)

    • Reserve materials include textbooks, course reserves and laptops

    All currently enrolled Bridge Students with a valid Winthrop University ID have access for use of all West Center facilities.

    To create a membership account, please CLICK HERE to complete the mandatory Recreational Services Universal Waiver.

    Remember to bring your Bridge Winthrop ID with you to the West Center for access to the facilities.

    For West Center hours and more information on fitness classes, please CLICK HERE 

    Phi Theta Kappa is the only internationally acclaimed honor society serving two-year institutions that offer associate degree programs. Two-year college presidents and administrators of associate degree programs in four-year schools have continually recognized membership in Phi Theta Kappa as an honor and privilege.

    To be invited to join, Phi Theta Kappa, you must have a 3.5 GPA and have completed at least 12 credit-hours at York Technical College. If you become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, you will be awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, valued at $1000 per year while you are enrolled at Winthrop University.

    Bridge students are encouraged to apply to transfer at the beginning of your final semester at York Tech. 

    Check your Winthrop Admissions Portal to view the status of your application and if any required materials are still needed.  Decisions will be mailed to your home address and can also be viewed in the portal. 

    To learn more about the Transfer Admission Requirements and Application process visit:

    • Application deadline for Spring 2024: December 15th  
      • Scholarship deadline is December 1

    • Application deadline for Fall 2024: July 1  
      • Scholarship deadline is June 1

    Contact Mr. Craig Gero, Winthrop’s Transfer Admission Counselor at with transfer questions.

    Students are encouraged to apply at the beginning of their final semester or quarter of attendance at their present institution. The scholarship deadline is June 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. State Scholarship decisions are pending upon receipt of the student's final transcript.

    Students who wish to have official copies of their transcripts may complete a transcript request by using one of the methods below. Please note that in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, transcript orders must be signed. Unsigned and faxed orders will not be processed.

    Processing Time:  Transcript orders will be completed within three full workdays. More time may be necessary during peak periods such as graduation, registration, and final exams.  Transcripts will not be issued to students who owe past-due funds to the college.

    Walk-In - Students may complete a Transcript Request form at the York Tech Academic Records Office.

    Mail-In - Students may complete a Transcript Request Form and mail it to: York Technical College, Attention: Academic Records Office, 452 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill, SC  29730. 

    On-line - Students may order transcripts via the internet 24/7 through Parchment, an online service. Unlimited transcripts can be ordered in one session using any major credit card. The fee for ordering online is a $2.85 processing fee. Your credit card will only be charged after the order has been completed. Order updates will be e-mailed to you as your order progresses through each stage of processing, including when your transcript is mailed. Please check your e-mail frequently for up-dates.

    To use the online service, go to York Tech's Parchment login page, and follow the instructions on the screen to create an account and place your order.

    Students may request transcripts and other academic records via Navigate.

    Each academic college will evaluate all transfer credits with final grades of "C-" or better from an accredited institution once we receive your final transcript.

    Use our Transfer Credit Evaluator (  to estimate what credits will transfer and what programs to consider.

    For additional information, check out the Transfer Credit Evaluation Process.  

    Congratulations! Winthrop University's accepted student page will provide complete information on the steps to be taken to enroll at Winthrop. Students may also contact their personal admissions counselor (Craig Gero at to guide them and their family through the process.  Finally, students should review the enrollment checklist page to confirm their residency status for tuition payment purposes and to register for an Orientation session.

    Orientation  information can be found on the New Student & Family Programs website. All new students are required to attend one Orientation session.

    There are designated Orientation sessions available for transfer students in order to register for classes for upcoming semesters.  Transfer students should remember to submit their final college transcript so that their coursework can be evaluated and any additional credit will be awarded.


Funding your Education

    If you wish to apply for federal student aid, but have not already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year in which you plan to enroll at Winthrop University, you should review the Winthrop University Financial Aid Application Process and complete the FAFSA online. The FAFSA should be filed no later than November 1 of the fall preceding the spring semester you plan to enroll. Winthrop's federal school code is 003456.

    If you have already completed the FAFSA for the academic year in which you plan to enroll at Winthrop, but did not list Winthrop as one of the schools that should receive your information, you should do the following:

    • Access the FAFSA From the third column of the FAFSA homepage under the 'FAFSA Follow-up' section click on 'Add or Delete a School Code' and follow the instructions.

      If you are transferring to Winthrop University for spring or summer and your previous institution awarded your federal student aid for spring and/or summer, you should contact the financial aid office at your previous school to cancel your spring and/or summer financial aid awards.  We will not be able to award you federal student aid for the spring and/or summer until your previous institution cancels your award for spring/summer.

    The Office of Financial Aid is committed to assisting each student find appropriate ways to finance their Winthrop University education.

    Please CLICK HERE ( for more information on the types of financial aid that are available.

Meta Majors

We are proud to have a partnership with York Technical College for students who choose to start there and then transfer to Winthrop. Our two institutions have designed Meta-Majors- a grouping of related fields of study designed to simplify the process of selecting your major.

Arts, Language and Communications Meta-Major

Arts, Language and Communications Meta-Major

Arts, Language and Communications Meta-Major

Within this Meta-Major you can earn your degree from Winthrop University in History, English, Mass Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication, or Art History.

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Business and Management Meta Major

Business and Management Meta Major

Business and Management Meta Major

Within this Meta-Major you can earn your degree from Winthrop University in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance-Corporate, Finance- Financial Planning, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

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Science and Health Meta-Major

Science and Health Meta-Major

Science and Health Meta-Major

Within this Meta-Major you can earn your degree from Winthrop University in Biology or Human Nutrition.

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Society and Politics Meta Major

Society and Politics Meta Major

Society and Politics Meta Major

Within this Meta-Major you can earn your degree from Winthrop University in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Inequalities, Criminology, or Political Science.

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Guided Pathways

Want to know what courses to take at York Tech and Winthrop for your major? The Guided Pathway includes the required coursework at both institutions and key milestones for you to track your progress towards earning your degrees!  CLICK HERE to start your PATH today!

Erica Panton

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Erica Panton
Pre-College Programs Coordinator