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Summer Immersion Program for Incoming Freshmen

Clemson University’s Engineering Summer Immersion Program (ESIP) for Incoming Freshmen

ESIP is an early entry program designed for first-time General Engineering majors in the College of Engineering and Science (CES). The program allows freshmen to get a head start on introductory engineering courses and to explore engineering careers while networking with SC industry representatives, CES faculty, graduate students and other undergraduates.

Any first-time General Engineering major may participate, but we specifically encourage those who have earned college credit in math, chemistry or physics through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate Programs or dual enrollment.

Students may choose from several online or on campus engineering or general education courses that are taught during the second summer session.

General Engineering students who participate in ESIP have several advantages. They will:

  • progress more quickly toward their official engineering major
  • receive personalized advising and registration assistance for summer classes
  • meet and interact with engineers from local industry and learn about the latest cutting edge research from faculty, which assists students in making better informed career decisions
  • acclimate to the campus and to the demands of college in a more relaxed atmosphere

FAQs

What is the Clemson Engineering Summer Immersion Program (ESIP)?

ESIP is an early entry program designed for first-time General Engineering majors in the College of Engineering and Science (CoES).  The program allows freshmen to get a head start during the summer on introductory engineering courses and to explore engineering careers while networking with SC industry representatives, COES faculty, graduate students and other undergraduates. 

Who is a good candidate for the program?

If you are enrolled and earning college credit in calculus, chemistry and/or physics through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate (Higher Level) or dual enrollment, then this program may be a good option for you.

What are the program dates?

There are several online options for participation that span from June 24, 2015 through August 3, 2015.  Students have the option to be physically on campus during Minimester D, which runs from July 15 – August 3, 2015.

How do I know what classes to take to fulfill engineering requirements?

You can take ENGR 1050 in Minimester C (MMC) or in Minimester D (MMD) online at home. You must meet the math course prerequisites to enroll.

Upon successfully completing ENGR 1050 with a minimum grade of C in MMC, you may continue by taking ENGR 1060 on campus in MMD.

Are there prerequisites for ENGR 1050 and/or ENGR 1060? How are those handled for an incoming freshman?

Yes, there are. However, we assist Immersion students in registering for summer courses, and check the pre-requisite requirements at that time. To enroll in ENGR 1050, students must be eligible to enroll in MATH 1040 or 1060.

All students must take the Clemson Math Placement Test (CMPT) prior to starting ENGR 1050 even if anticipating AP/IB or college math credit! Since AP/IB scores and college credits are not available until late summer, we use the CMPT score for course placement. You will receive information about the CMPT in your orientation materials. For additional information, see the CMPT webpage: https://mthsc.clemson.edu/cmpt/

Could I take other courses too?

Yes, you can. You may want to get ahead by taking one of your engineering graphics or general education courses. There are several options. We will help you determine what courses work best based on your prior high school courses. Or, you may want to choose the one-hour skill building course. We have listed course options below.

How much does ESIP cost?

Regular summer school tuition and fees apply.  The cost varies based on total number of credit hours taken and all applicable fees.  Students enrolled in on campus courses will require housing and a meal plan.

In-state tuition per credit hour:
Out-of-state tuition per credit hour:

$566.00
$1348.00

For more detailed fee information, see:
http://www.clemson.edu/finance/student-financials/summer2015fees01232015.pdf          

ESIP Course Options

Engineering: Credits
ENGR 1050 Engineering Discipline & Skills I (Honors & Non Honors) Online 1
Must be taken and successfully completed BEFORE ENGR 1060
ENGR 1060 Engineering Discipline & Skills II   (Honors & Non Honors) On Campus 1
ENGR 2080 Engineering Graphics & Machine Design Online 2
General Education Courses: 3 Credits
STS 1010 Survey of Science & Technology in Society (space dependent) Online Summer II
STS 1200 Topics in Science & Technology in Society Online Summer II

Science and Technology in Society classes are specially designed to help students make the connection between advances in modern technology and the effect it has on societal development. One STS course is required by all engineering departments. These classes are very popular and difficult to schedule during the regular fall/spring semester.

There are many other classes that meet general education requirements. To view summer school offerings, please see: http://www.clemson.edu/summer/summer-school/

However, before enrolling in a general education course, please review the Clemson Undergraduate Announcements to ensure your selection fulfills the graduation requirement for your engineering degree. Check with our staff advisor for confirmation.

Skill Building Course: Credits
CU 1200 Career Exploration and Preparation for Engineers On Campus 1
Why choose the skill-building course?

CU 1200 is designed specifically for freshmen and provides a great start towards a career in engineering. Taught by one of the most experienced career counselors from the Michelin Career Center, it offers a real world perspective on career dos and don’ts.

Do I get Clemson credit for these courses and does this affect my Clemson Grade Point Average?

Yes, these courses apply to your Clemson degree and the grades you receive become a part of your cumulative Clemson GPA.

Is ENGR 1050 as an online class, a good introduction for an incoming freshman to try to handle in a condensed time period of a minimester?

The course is asynchronous, meaning the students can sign on at any time during the day to hear the lecture. Students are required to log on every weekday. There is a lecture every weekday, and there may be an assignment due every weekday. Students are not able to move faster through the course content, and cannot complete the class early. The professor is available several times each day when the students are able to connect in virtual office hours, to ask any questions they have regarding the assignments.

The pace is fast. For students who participated in AP/IB courses, particularly physics, chemistry, and math, the majority of the content should be review. We decided to make this course online per feedback from current students. We expect students to devote 1 – 3 hours per day working on course materials. Every two days in the summer session is the same as one week during the regular term. A student is expected to attend two hours of lecture and work 2 – 6 hours outside of class on assignments during the regular term.

Many accelerated students who had several AP courses in high school felt the material we moved into this online format repeated material they covered in their high school courses. This is not true for all of our students, as some students will begin our program without any pre-knowledge of this content. This course should not be attempted in the summer by students who have not taken any STEM AP/IB courses in high school. We do not recommend students attempt this course if they are going to be away from home during this time, such as to go on a vacation or a mission trip.

How much will it cost to live on campus if I take a course on campus in MMD?

Students in the ESIP program are housed in Byrnes Hall during MMD.   ESIP offers a special rate for housing and dining during MMD.  Housing costs $275.00.  Meals are $400.00 for MMD.

What about summer orientation?

Students who plan to participate in ESIP should, if possible, attend orientation on July 13-14. Arrangements have been made to allow students to move into their ESIP dorm rooms on Sunday, July 12 when they arrive for this orientation session. If you are attending an earlier orientation session you may move into the dormitory on July 14.

What are the advantages of ESIP?

ESIP participants progress more quickly toward their official engineering major.

ESIP participants receive personalized advising and registration assistance for summer classes.

ESIP participants may combine orientation with the on-campus program, eliminating duplicate travel to Clemson.

ESIP class sizes are smaller than the average fall class allowing for more interaction with faculty.

ESIP students are housed on campus in a central dormitory with other engineering students. They can establish academic and social networks before fall semester.

ESIP participants may be able to move into their assigned fall residence hall at the end of the program and avoid the Move-In Day rush.

ESIP students acclimate to the campus and to the demands of college in a more relaxed atmosphere.

ESIP students meet and interact with engineers from local industry and learn about the latest cutting edge research from faculty, which assists students in making better informed career decisions.

What do I do next if I want to take ESIP courses?

Please fill out the on-line application and return to us no later than June 12, 2015. Program space is limited, so please don’t delay. A $50.00 non-refundable application processing fee is required and may be paid by credit card at: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=81&CATID=131.

Once your application is received and payment is confirmed, your entrance date will be changed from fall to summer. Then we will register you in the course(s) you chose. You will be notified when this is completed so that you may view your bill then add housing and meal costs if applicable.

Who can I talk with if I have more questions?

Please call( 864) 656-2542 and ask for Ms. Crockett.

An Interest Form is located on the College of Engineering & Sciences website:

http://www.clemson.edu/ces/psu/immersion.html