Clemson Orientation

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.

As an added bonus to Explore Clemson, all participants will complete at least one of the CU 1000 requirements, as part of the experience. Students will learn more about CU 1000 and its components during orientation. CU 1000 is required for all new students; visit the Clemson Connect web site for current information.

Learn more about these programs 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 this summer; it is an overnight program the afternoon and evening of July 8 before the orientation session on July 9. You will have the opportunity to interact with current 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 Manning Hall.  There is also a social that evening and the opportunity to explore Campus Beach with a kayaking experience. The additional fee is $55; you can select Explore Clemson Transfer Trek during online registration. Currently this program is for students only, no guests.

Explore Adventure

Join fellow incoming freshman and the staff of the Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) program for a summer adventure. 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. The adventure may offer a variety of activities including hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and white water rafting. Your trip leaders are current Clemson undergrads who can tell you all about their experiences as students at Clemson.

Session 1:  June 13-15; $200 (recommended you attend orientation session 1 on June 16-17)
Session 2:  July 11-13; $200 (recommended you attend orientation session 11 on July 14-15)
Session 3:  August 11-15; $395 (offers an early residence hall move-in benefit)
Fee:  As stated above, includes all transportation (to/from Clemson University and activity site), equipment, camping fees and meals

Registration is limited, taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information and to register, please visit CORE website.

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, workshops, small group dialogue, a challenge course, reflection and interaction with campus leaders. The vision of Explore Your Impact is that incoming students engage with each other and the community to gain the necessary tools to create a positive, sustainable change, making an impact on others.

Students who participate in Explore Your Impact will gain:

  • close friends and colleagues who also desire to create a positive sustainable change in the world,
  • knowledge and skills to help solve social issues,
  • relationships with current Clemson students who have made an impact on the Clemson campus and in the community,
  • in-depth knowledge about various Clemson area nonprofit organizations and the social issues they address, and
  • lifetime friendships through small group interaction.

Dates:  August 12-15

Explore Your Impact is free to all invited participants; however, participation is limited to approximately 30 students selected by an application process. Housing, all materials and most meals are provided for the participants. For more information and to complete your online application, visit Explore Your Impact at Leadership Learning at Clemson website or contact Kate Radford at 864-656-2582.


ClemsonQuest is a summer academic program for freshman students sponsored by the Academic Success Center. ClemsonQuest is a great way to:

  • see what campus life is like;
  • develop friendships with fellow incoming freshmen through the in- and out-of-class activities;
  • get one general education course (MUSIC 2100) out of the way;
  • experience dorm and campus life;
  • learn how to study in college;
  • accomplish some of your required freshman assignments, such as laptop and computing support, career and major exploration, healthy lifestyles, eportfolio development, library workshop and academic skills development; and
  • experience summer fun in Clemson, including kayaking on Lake Hartwell, whitewater rafting, nighttime campus hikes, touring campus facilities and sport venues and so much more!

You register when you sign up for orientation and pay the ClemsonQuest program fee ($350) at that time. Participation is limited to the first 30 students. General ClemsonQuest fees are listed below.

In State Out of State
Tuition* $1,710 $3,912
Housing $   437 $   437
Meal Plan** $   228 $   228
ClemsonQuest fee $   350 $   350
Total $2,725 $4,927

*The tuition amount is estimated based upon current tuition/fees for a 3-credit class during summer school.

**The meal plan is the "Any 10" meals per week, which is the recommended plan for this program. The ClemsonQuest program includes several meals while on campus, plus food is provided during the off-campus trips.

Dates for the course/program are June 24-July 14, Minimester C. It is recommended that you attend orientation session 4, June 23-24.

Learn more and complete the application at ClemsonQuest 2014 or call 864-656-6212.