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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 2016 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 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. There is also a social that evening and the opportunity to explore a different part of campus (program TBA). Explore Clemson Transfer Trek happens on July 12 with orientation the next day on July 13. The additional fee is $55; you can select Explore Clemson Transfer Trek during online registration. Currently, this program is for 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, 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 create a 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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a new paradigm philosophy of leadership

  • Explain where they have made a community impact in their service experience

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components of Civic Engagement

  • Practice dialogue as a form of communication

  • Define at least 3-5 social identities

  • Articulate how they personally identify related to a particular social identity

  • Identify the connection between a social concern and a social issue

Program dates for 2016:

  • Move-in:  August 8

  • Explore your Impact program: August 9-12

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 16. 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 864-656-2582.

Explore Summer Service

Two programs are available for freshman students to engage in an on-site service experience with a local agency. For more information, please contact Whitney Brown at wmb@clemson.edu.

Wednesday, June 22: Meals and transportation are provided. The service will begin in the morning and continue through early afternoon. Students should plan for extra housing; you can make your own arrangements or opt for an additional night through orientation.

  • Students attending the session on June 20-21 can stay in Manning Hall as post-orientation housing for the night of June 21, for an additional $20.

  • Students attending the session on June 23-24 can stay in Manning Hall as pre-orientation housing for the night of June 22, for an additional $20.

Wednesday, July 13: Meals and transportation are provided. The service will begin in the morning and continue through early afternoon. Students should plan for extra housing; you can make your own arrangements or opt for an additional night through orientation.

  • Students attending the session on July 11-12 can stay in Manning Hall as post-orientation housing for the night of July 12, for an additional $20.

  • Students attending the session on July 14-15 can stay in Manning Hall as pre-orientation housing for the night of July 13, for an additional $20.

Register now - click here to register for Explore Summer Service!