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Clemson Connect is designated for new Clemson undergraduate students and is an integral part of your transition to Clemson life and the Clemson family. Clemson Connect is a series of activities and programs taking place before classes start to help you make academic and social connections, which will contribute to your success here. At the heart of this program are Clemson’s core values: integrity, honesty and respect.

Clemson Connect contains CU 1000, a pass/no pass zero-credit course that all new Clemson students are required to take. Each new student should have registered for CU 1000 during orientation course registration. Your Welcome Leader, a current Clemson undergraduate student, will be your mentor for this extended orientation.

The required components of CU 1000 for the 2015 fall semester are:

  • Freshmen: Convocation and Summer Reading are the formal beginning of Clemson Connect and the academic year. At Convocation, University administrators and student leaders welcome you to Clemson. Following this program, the author of the Summer Reading book will speak and students will break out into small groups for discussion of the book.
  • Transfers: Convocation and Mission: Transition are the formal beginning of Clemson Connect and the academic year. At Convocation, University administrators, and student leaders welcome you to Clemson. Following this program, you will participate in a transition program presented by Undergraduate Studies Transfer Programs and Transfer Council.
  • Freshmen: Clemson Educational Profile is a proctored, written survey; students answer a series of questions that establish a baseline profile of their academic skills.
  • All Students: Library Tutorial is a series of online research tutorials which introduce students to available library services and resources.
  • All Students: Community Dialogues are workshops comprised of 25 students. The purpose of Community Dialogues is to help students develop personally and professionally by: (a) promoting an understanding of Clemson University’s core values; (b) providing an opportunity for students to learn and practice skills that will help them better engage with other members of the Clemson Community; and (c) developing critical thinking skills.
  • All Students: Aspire is a peer-led health and safety-focused dialogue presented by Healthy Campus facilitators. The dialogue covers three areas key to maintaining a safe campus: alcohol misuse, mental health and sexual victimization in adherence with Title IX. Undergraduate and graduate students serve as program facilitators each semester.
  • All Students: CU-Ethos is a social media platform designed to help Clemson students and organizations identify and reinforce the ethical values that make Clemson unique, though structured discussion of ethical dilemmas and related activities.

After orientation, you will be able to access Blackboard to find the CU 1000 course, including tutorial and workshop sign-ups, assignment details and information concerning your Welcome Leader.

Clemson Connect activities take place on campus between August 15-18, 2015. Components of CU 1000 will continue into the first semester. These activities are scheduled for undergraduate students only. Schedule of main events is available here to download. The schedule is also available in an app, Clemson Events. Select Clemson Connect. Visit the Apple App Store and search Clemson Events or find it here.

Any questions, please contact New Student and Family Programs at 864-656-0515 or by email to