Academic Programs

FIRST Living-Learning Community

 Capture the Flag with FIRST at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson South Carolina

 FIRST at Lake Jocassee

First students in the living and learning community at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson South Carolina

  FIRST Student scavenger hunt winners at Clemson Univesrity

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!

The FIRST Program has graduated
over 1,000 students since 2006.

The FIRST Living-Learning Community is a residential community designed for new first-generation college students. FIRST aims to ease your transition into college, providing a structured living community and resources to promote your success at Clemson. The community fosters social interaction and allows you to connect with your peers through shared experiences. You will be offered support in the form of study sessions and tutoring in the residence hall, educational workshops facilitated by faculty and staff members, and will be matched with a successful first-generation peer mentor to guide you through your first year.

FIRST Living Learning community at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

What Will I Get Out of Living in this Community?

Academic Support:

  • Workshops facilitated by faculty and staff on a variety of topics designed to assist first year students (study abroad, internship opportunities, e-portfolio, financial aid etc.)
  • Organized study sessions centered around common first year classes and located in the students residence hall
  • Common exam review sessions located in the residence hall
  • Dinner with faculty members
  • Frequent monitoring of student academic performance
  • Participation in service learning activities
  • In hall academic advising provided by the FIRST graduate assistant

Laundry day for FIRST student at Clemson University, Clemson South CarolinaSocial and Interpersonal Support:

  • Peer mentoring by a successful first generation student
  • Opportunity to participate in and serve in leadership positions in the FIRST student organization
  • Activities with other first year living and learning communities located on Clemson’s campus
  • Social outings to assist students in exploring campus opportunities
  • Additional evening and overnight quiet hours to maximize study time
  • Live in Peer Mentors to provide support after hours

Where is the Community Located?

The FIRST LLC is located in Mauldin Residence Hall. The co-ed FIRST community has approximately 25 resident students. You will be able to enjoy a newly renovated study lounge area equip with comfortable lounge furniture and smart TV. There is no additional application or fee to live in the FIRST Living-Learning Community.

How Do I Join the FIRST Living-Learning Community?

  1. Apply for housing here.
  2. List the FIRST LLC as your preference
  3. Select a roommate who also selects the FIRST LLC

*Remember, roommate choices trump everything. If you list a roommate choice and that person does not list FIRST LLC, you will likely be placed with the roommate and NOT in the FIRST LLC.

FIRST on Facebook at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Join the FIRST LLC Facebook group to meet other people who are planning to live with us. This would be a great place to search for a roommate and get to know potential hall mates!

What Do Other Students Think about FIRST?

Robert Locke ‘14, FIRST Student, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina“The FIRST Program is a life saving program for first-generation college students. The biggest benefit is the opportunity to make friends and socialize with other first-generation students. Overall, FIRST is a family that students can become a part of, not only to ensure their success in college, but also in life.” — Robert Locke ‘14, FIRST Student

Hannah Halusker ‘16, FIRST Student at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina“My circle of friends here so far in freshman year consists of the people I met at the FIRST summer preview this past June. The program is really helpful, because now I'm not totally alone with everything, and my friends from FIRST are going through the same things.” — Hannah Halusker ‘16, FIRST Student