Clemson HOPE is a living-learning community for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Who We Are

Clemson HOPE is a 16-week, semester program held at the Clemson University Outdoor Lab, located on a beautiful peninsula on Hartwell Lake. The Outdoor Lab was originally created in the early 1970's to serve people with disabilities in a camp setting, and these programs still take place in June and July.  During the rest of the year, the Outdoor Lab is a retreat center and location for various events including workshops, family reunions and weddings.  The unique environment provides opportunities for education, work and recreation in a residential, outdoor setting. 

The Clemson HOPE Student

ClemsonHOPE is designed to give students with intellectual disabilities a post secondary education experience in a residential setting. The ClemsonHOPE student:

  • Is between the ages of 18-28
  • Has been diagnosed with a cognitive/intellectual disability
    • Intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18. (www.aamr.org)
  • Demonstrates a motivated attitude towards work and active learning
  • Desires personal independence
  • Has parents or caregivers that will help them pursue independence

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About Clemson Hope

Our Focus

Program Fees

Application Process

A Day in the Life

Volunteer Opportunities


7 Charlie White Trail
Pendleton, SC 29670

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Phone: 864-646-7502
Fax: 864-646-3620

Clemson University Outdoor Lab
263 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0737