Academic Programs

Eligibility and Requirements

Eligibility

  • Admission to ESP is conditional and by invitation only.
  • Students denied freshman admission to Clemson for fall 2014 may appeal the original admissions decision and request consideration for ESP. All admission appeals must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
  • An interview with the ESP coordinator is required to finalize admission to Clemson through ESP.

Requirements

GENERAL

  • Participate in the program for one full academic year (June-May)
  • Participate in all ESP-sponsored activities and programs and meet with ESP Advisor regularly
  • Obtain written parental approval to pledge a fraternity or sorority during the fall or spring semester.
  • Live in on-campus housing during summer, fall, and spring semesters. If a student is dismissed from housing for any reason, they must seek permission from the Director of Freshman Academic Programs to continue in the Early Success program. Any decision made by the Director of Freshman Academic Programs may be appealed to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Meet with ESP advisor prior to withdrawing from any course or making any changes to class selection
  • Sign a release allowing ESP staff to speak to parent or designated guardian regarding any academic or behavioral concerns brought to their attention throughout the academic year (June -May)
  • Students must receive a 2.0 cumulative GPA and 24 credit hours by the end of the spring 2015 semester. The 24 credit hours include only those earned in Summer II 2014, fall 2014 and spring 2015 at Clemson University (the 24 total cannot include transfer or AP credit). These credit hours do include earned hours in P/F courses. If a student chooses to academically forgive a course after the fall or spring semester their GPA and credit hours prior to applying the forgiveness policy is what will be considered to determine if they have met the GPA and hours requirement. If it is determined that a student will be unable to meet this requirement at the conclusion of the fall or spring semester, the student will be removed from the program and suspended from Clemson University for 2 consecutive semesters as outlined above (under Conditional Admission). Please note that these academic requirements are more stringent than what is required for regularly admitted students.

SUMMER

  • Be present for ESP Move in and ESP Opening banquet on Sunday, June 22nd 2014
  • Attend the ESP summer orientation session on Monday, June 23rd  and Tuesday, June 24th 2014
  • Attend second session summer school and enroll in the prescribed ESP common curriculum (June 25th- August 1st). Students must earn at least a 2.5 GPA and 6 hours in prescribed ESP curriculum by the end of the summer session in order to be eligible to enroll for the fall semester.  Please note that these academic requirements are more stringent than what is required for regularly admitted students.
  • Attend all study sessions scheduled by ESP advisor
  • Attend individual weekly meetings with ESP advisor
  • Attend all events and activities scheduled for CU Out There. CU Out There is developed by ESP Staff and includes team building, campus engagement and community engagement activities. CU Out There is designed to enhance your educational experience by exposing you to a variety of Clemson and community resources during your time here over the summer. This schedule will be distributed at the time of move in.

FALL

  • Enroll in CU 101, University Success Skills, during the fall semester (ESP sections only)
  • Enroll in no more than 14 credit hours during the fall semeste.
  • Participate in 4 hours of academic success activities each week such as tutoring, supplemental instruction, study hall, ASC workshops, academic advising, and meetings with professors during office hours. Students will have flexibility to determine the activities that will be most effective for them. Students will submit weekly logs to the Director outlining how they are meeting this requirement. As a part of the CU 101 course, students enrolled in “high-risk” courses (those courses at Clemson in which at least 30% of the students earn a D, F or W) are required to attend supplemental instruction or tutoring sessions regularly.

SPRING

  • Enroll in no more than 14 credit hours during the spring semester. Students who have earned at least 19 credit hours and a cumulative GPR of 2.8 or higher by the end of the fall semester (including summer school hours) may petition to add up to two credit hours before spring classes begin. The 19 earned hours at the end of the fall semester includes only hours earned at Clemson during the summer and fall semesters.
  • Participation in ESP arranged meetings and activities will be based on the student’s individual performance during the fall semester. Students who receive lower than a 2.5 GPA and/or 12 credit hours in the fall semester may be required to receive academic coaching from an ESP advisor for the spring semester

NOTE:  If a student receives a medical withdrawal from Clemson University, the ESP student must seek permission from the Director of Freshman Academic Programs to continue in the Early Success program at a later date.  Any decision by the Director of Freshman Academic Programs can be appealed to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. This option does not apply to students who withdraw from individual courses.

Participants in the Early Success Program are required to agree to and sign the Early Success Program Contract.