Eligibility and Requirements
The Early Success Program (ESP) is a Conditional Admissions Program. Participants must meet all program requirements before being fully admitted to Clemson University. ESP students who do not meet the requirements of the program will be suspended for 2 consecutive semesters (fall, spring and/or entire summer session). They will be allowed to re-apply as a continuing student at the end of this suspension with no guarantee of re-admission. Students are expected to make academic success a priority in order to complete the program. Students participating in ESP have not met regular admissions requirements for Clemson University; therefore, they are subject to stricter academic standards during the program to ensure that they can transition successfully to being fully-admitted students.
ESP is designed to assist selected participants in making a successful academic and personal transition to Clemson University. ESP, and its predecessor, the Science and Technology Entrance Program (STEP), enjoy a long history of student academic success and retention. Because of its challenging and highly structured nature, participation in ESP requires both academic engagement and educational commitment. From Summer Session II 2015 through their freshman year, ESP members will participate in a combination of structured academic, campus, and team building activities designed to encourage and enhance acclimation to Clemson, student learning, and academic success.
- Participate in the program for one full academic year (June-May).
- Participate in all ESP-sponsored activities and programs as well as meet with ESP Adviser regularly.
- Written parental approval is required 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 for any reason from housing, but permitted to remain enrolled at Clemson, 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 an ESP advisor prior to withdrawing from any course or making any changes to class selection. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain the hours requirements for ESP, scholarship and loans.
- 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 to May).
- Students must receive a 2.0 cumulative GPA and 24 credit hours by the end of the spring 2016 semester. The 24 credit hours include only those earned in summer II 2015, fall 2015 and spring 2016 at Clemson University (the 24 total cannot include transfer, AP, or credit earned at Clemson prior to Summer II 2015). 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 to remain at Clemson. If it is determined that a student will be unable to meet requirements 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.
- Be present for ESP Move-In and ESP Opening Banquet on Sunday, June 21, 2015.
- Attend the ESP summer orientation session on Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
- Attend summer second session II and enroll in the prescribed ESP common curriculum (June 24-August 1). 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 staff.
- Attend individual weekly meetings with ESP advisor.
- Attend all events and activities scheduled for CU Out There.
- Enroll in CU 1010, University Success Skills, during the fall semester (ESP sections only).
- Enroll in no more than 14 credit hours during the fall semester.
- Participate in 3-4 hours of academic success activities each week such as university provided tutoring, supplemental instruction, ASC workshops, academic advising, and meetings with professors during office hours. Private tutoring (not provided by the university) must be approved by the ESP director. Students will have flexibility to determine the activities that will be most effective for them. Students will submit weekly logs to the Director or designee outlining how they are meeting this requirement. Students who do not complete and submit these logs, according to the guidelines provided in CU 1010, will be removed from ESP and Clemson University.
- Enroll in no more than 14 credit hours during the spring semester. Students who have earned at least 19 credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher by the end of the fall semester at Clemson University (including summer school II and fall 15 hours only) may petition to add up to two credit hours before spring classes begin.
- Participation in ESP arranged meetings and activities will be based on the student’s individual academic 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.
- Participation in ESP arranged meetings and activities may also be required if a student is determined by ESP staff to have behavioral or personal issues.
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 in Fall 15 or Spring 16 semesters. 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. If a student receives a medical withdrawal in the spring semester, they must seek permission from the Director of Admissions to return to Clemson as a continuing student.