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CLEMSON RISE is a unique residential community designed for first-year students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors at Clemson University. RISE enhances the Clemson Experience and promotes success for first-year STEM students by supporting academic success, facilitating professional development, and encouraging student engagement among faculty and peers in a socially supportive environment.

What To Expect

  • Academic support through in-hall tutoring services five nights a week
  • Access to grouped courses with other RISE students featuring smaller class sizes
  • Increased access to College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS) Academic Advising Center, also housed in Byrnes and Lever Halls
  • Professional development through faculty sponsored programs and advising
  • Behind the scenes industry tours and events
  • Opportunities to get involved in specialized leadership development and service-learning initiatives  

Did You Know?

RISE is the largest Living-Learning Community at Clemson with over 700 students participating, and the only community at Clemson to span two residence halls (Byrnes and Lever Halls). RISE supports engineering and science disciplines that have been at the heart of Clemson for more than 100 years. In fact, RISE was one of the first Living-Learning Communities to be established and has been in popular demand ever since.

The socially supportive environment, proximity to campus resources, in-hall academic support, world-class faculty, and unique industry and leadership engagement opportunities help students make life-long friendships and develop a sense of resiliency to propel them forward into their future career field. Over 96% of RISE students report RISE eased their transition to college and would recommend the program to a friend.

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Student Perspective

“RISE has helped set me up for success in college, both academically and socially, through the extensive holistic programs and activities they offer!”

Evan Watson, PreProfessional Health
Spartanburg, SC

“RISE gave me a chance to meet people who shared common interests in STEM. I know I have made life-long friends here.”

Mata Diedhiou, Microbiology

“RISE gave me the opportunity to see similarities between different majors and exposed me to a diverse student support group. Everyone wanted me to succeed and gave me the motivation to get through my first year as a STEM student. Through RISE, I became a better computer scientist and contributor to the community.”

Jeff Rubillo, Computer Science