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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

What do I do if I am interested?

Please fill out and submit the on-line Interest Form. An application and more information will be sent at a later date.


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 21, 2016 through July 29, 2016.  Students have the option to be physically on campus during Minimester D, which runs from July 13 – July 29, 2016.

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: Students entering Clemson in the fall of 2016 may access the CMPT in mid-January.

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.

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. More information on Housing and Meals costs will be sent at a later date.

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


For more detailed fee information, see:          

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.

What about summer orientation?

Students who plan to participate in ESIP should, if possible, attend orientation on July 11-12. Arrangements have been made to allow students to move into their ESIP dorm rooms on Monday, July 11 when they arrive for this orientation session. If you are attending an earlier orientation session you may move into the dormitory on July 12.

Who can I talk with if I have more questions?

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