Summer Preview

FIRST program participant at Clemson University Clemson SC

Join us for a FREE class this summer!

If you want a head start and to experience Clemson before the masses arrive in August, join us for this golden opportunity. Make friends, meet upperclassmen, make connections and learn what college life is like. You will feel at home here and be armed with the tools you need to succeed.

Dates — June 19-July 8, 2016

Move-in Sunday, June 19, 2016
Freshman Orientation, Monday-Tuesday, June 20-21, 2016
Transfer Orientation for transfer students, Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Classes begin Thursday, June 23, 2016
Fun and free weekend activities. This is your chance to experience Clemson from the inside!


  • Housing and Dining: You will live on campus with 50 other students in Byrnes Residence hall, complete with meals for three weeks. The program is available to a limited amount of students, so apply now.
  • FIRST Community: Five older students will live with you in the residence hall. They are first-generation students and will be your mentors and counselors during the summer and continue throughout your first year. You will meet a variety of faculty and staff during your time here.
  • Excursions: Free weekend activities are planned and include: whitewater rafting, a Greenville Drive baseball game with fireworks, a trip to Atlanta, Shakespeare Dinner Theater, and a lake trip among many other campus and local industry tours.
  • Class details: COMM 2500* is Public Speaking and will include a Chemistry component to prepare students for lab sciences at Clemson. The course meets a general education requirement.
    *Comm 2500: Practical instruction in public speaking; practice in the preparation, delivery, and criticism of short speeches. Develops an understanding and knowledge of the process of communication. Includes a laboratory. This course meets the Oral Communication General Education competency (p. 37 of Undergraduate Announcements).

This is your chance to take your first Clemson course. A top grade in this class can jump start a high GPR as you begin your degree program. The Summer Preview provides students with an introduction to college rigor. Students will gain the tools needed to achieve success at the college level.  There will also be guest speakers and introduction to various resources available to Clemson students.

Apply to Summer Preview

The FIRST Summer Preview is open only to students who are attending Clemson University in the Fall 2016. Students must register and pay for Orientation by signing up for ANY OPEN session. We will move you into the June 20-21, 2016 Session. You will attend the regular Clemson Orientation with your parents. You will move into Byrnes Hall Sunday night, June 19, 2016 and will NOT move into Orientation Housing.

Pell Grant Students

Note that if you have received a Pell grant ward for the 2016-2017 school year through financial aid, you are eligible to have your Clemson University Orientation fee waived. You need to contact the Orientation Office and inform them that you are Pell eligible. They will process your refund if you have already paid for Orientation.


Summer Counselors

  • Megan Cartee, Biology at Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Megan Cartee, Biology
  • Heather McRorie, Political Science and Religious Studies at Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Heather McRorie, Political Science and Religious Studies
  • Xavier Perez, Sociology (Criminal Justice), Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Xavier Perez, Sociology (Criminal Justice)
  • Alonza Bennet, Education at Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Alonza Bennet, Education
  • Leah Gehret, Environmental and Natural Resources, Conservation Biology at Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Leah Gehret, Environmental and Natural Resources, Conservation Biology

Remember that FIRST is not just a summer program. We look forward to welcoming you to the FIRST family.
Feel free to email with any questions.