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Frequently Asked Questions

RISE exists to support first year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) students. At this time, RISE supports the following disciplines—Engineering, School of Computing, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Genetics & Biochemistry, and Earth Sciences.

You can apply to the RISE program by selecting RISE as your first choice on your housing application.

Yes. If you choose to live in a living-learning community, like RISE, you will be able register for housing before students not selecting a living-learning community on the housing application. 2018-2019 Housing Application dates can be found here.

Your Housing priority is established by the date you submitted your application to the University for admission. Students are encouraged to apply to RISE upon acceptance to their program of study.

You may select another freshman as a roommate. If you request a specific roommate, your housing priority will be determined by the earliest admission app date.

University Housing & Dining staff can be reached at 864-656-2295. You can also find more information about Fall 2018 housing rates, assignments, and contracts here.

 Yes. Academics are critical to your success, and so is fun! Trivia nights, game nights, tailgates, intramural teams are just a few ways RISE students have fun and engage with their fellow peers.

 Yes. Honors students can participate in RISE as a first-time freshman. If you choose to be a RISE student you will live in Byrnes or Lever Hall in the Bryan Mall area. You will have the added benefit of having access to both Honors and RISE program services, events, and activities.

Yes. You can find RISE students in organizations all across campus—from athletics to orchestra to discipline specific honors societies.

RISE offers a unique range of services and events. The fee helps cover the cost of in-hall tutoring services, workshops, industry tours and events, leadership development opportunities, special course offerings, faculty partnerships and support staff. The $500 one-time fee is an all-inclusive fee for participation in the program.

Yes. RISE is dedicated to supporting all students. Needs-based scholarships are available for eligible applicants. To learn more please e-mail

Additional Contacts

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
☏ (864) 656-2287


Financial Aid
G-01 Sikes Hall
☏ (864) 656-2280

200 Mell Hall
☏ (864) 656-2295

Paying Bills
Clemson University Student Fees
G-08 Sikes Hall
☏ (864) 656-5592

Redfern Health Center
McMillan Road
☏ (864) 656-2283