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Explore Clemson Summer Programs


Explore more of Clemson University this summer. Explore Clemson is a series of optional pre-arrival programs which give first-year students a unique opportunity to enhance their transition to Clemson and to college life. Each Explore Clemson experience will consist of small group activities centered on a theme of outdoor, wellness or civic engagement.

Learn more about these programs planned for 2017 summer and join in!

Explore Clemson Transfer Trek

Transfer students - get more out of your orientation experience by attending Explore Clemson Transfer Trek. Explore Clemson Transfer Trek is offered once during the summer; it is an overnight program the afternoon and evening before an orientation session. You will have the opportunity to interact with current and other incoming transfer students in a relaxed, informal setting and get your questions answered. You check in early and receive your orientation materials; dinner and breakfast are included, and you spend the night in the residence hall. The program also includes social activities - details soon. Explore Clemson Transfer Trek starts at 4 p.m. on July 11 with orientation the next day on July 12. The additional fee is $55; you can select Explore Clemson Transfer Trek during online registration. Currently, this program is for transfer students only, no guests. The schedule will be posted on the New Student Orientation app.

Explore Adventure

Join fellow incoming freshman students and the staff of the Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) program for a week long summer adventure trip. You will have the opportunity to make new friends, learn new outdoor skills, and discuss concerns and goals for your first year at Clemson University. This trip offers a variety of activities including hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking and white water rafting. Your trip leaders are current Clemson undergrads who can tell you all about their experiences as students at Clemson.


The inclusive fee includes transportation to/from Clemson University and the activity site, equipment, camping fees and meals. Visit the CORE website for more information.

Explore Your Impact

Explore Your Impact is a four-day experience where incoming freshman and transfer students are met with the opportunity to explore leadership and community engagement. Participants will spend time learning through community service, team initiatives, small group conversations, and reflection and interaction with campus leaders. The vision of Explore Your Impact is that incoming students engage with each other and the community to explore how they can create positive, sustainable change, making an impact on others.

Students who participate in Explore Your Impact:

  • Recognize Clemson campus resources that will facilitate an effective transition to college life

  • Explore their personal leadership style and how the leadership process is used to create change

  • Explore ways to make a community impact through civic engagement

  • Develop friendships with peers and upper-class mentors

Program dates for 2017:

  • Move-in:  Morning of August 16

  • Explore Your Impact program: August 16 at 1 p.m. - August 19 at 1 p.m.

Explore Your Impact is free to all invited participants; however, participation is limited and students are selected by an application process. The deadline to apply is July 23. Housing, all materials and most meals are provided for the participants. For more information and to apply, visit Explore Your Impact or contact Whitney Brown at 864-656-0243.

CU1200 - Introduction to Career Development

This summer session course will provide freshman and sophomore students with an overview of career opportunities available in fields of potential interest, an explanation of their personal interests and an understanding of how to identify professions that coincide with their individual interests. Students will also develop a résumé and cover letter, learn how to sell themselves in an interview, create a LinkedIn profile, hone their skills in identifying internships and full-time jobs in ClemsonJobLink, and much more. This 1 hour course is offered during Minimester D, July 19 – August 7. For more information, contact Julie Newman, Director of Career Development in the Center for Career and Professional Development, at 864-656-7904 or newmanj@clemson.edu.