Academic Programs

The Clemson FIRST-Generation Success Program

FIRST Program Students

A FIRST-Rate Experience

College is an experience characterized by change and challenges. A strong support system can make a difference in whether or not you excel. The FIRST Program helps ensure success for students who are the first in their family to attend college. First-generation college students are students whose parents do not hold a degree from a four-year college or university. Clemson is proud of its first generation students and is committed to their success.


FIRST helps first-generation college students adjust to the college experience by offering a variety of opportunities and resources, from academic support to social activities. New freshman and transfer students are invited to apply and access the resources and opportunities FIRST provides. FIRST participation continues throughout a student’s time at Clemson.

Get involved and experience Clemson’s Determined Spirit.

FIRST Living Learning community at Clemson University, Clemson South CarolinaFIRST Living and Learning Community

Would you like to be a part of a brand new living-learning community this year? FIRST students now have the unique opportunity to live in a community with other first-generation students that share similar experiences!

Clemson student Robert Locke — a first-generation college student — knows the challenges that can come with being first at Clemson University Clemson South Carolina

Feature Story: Being First — Facing the challenges of being a first-generation college student.


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FIRST Application at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

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