School of Education

About ClemsonLIFE

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ClemsonLIFE is a two year program incorporating functional academics, independent living, employment,and social/leisure skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults. Students successfully completing the two year program will receive   a certificate of postsecondary education. For select students, an optional third year is available to assist with job placement and community integration with a decreased level of supports.

ClemsonLIFE Courses

  • Functional Mathematics, Banking, and Budgeting
  • Functional Literature
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Self Advocacy and Safety
  • Employment Skills
  • Supervised Job Placement/Internships

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  • Students live in 4 bedroom apartments on campus
  • Supervision is provided by an on-site Resident Assistant (RA) in each student apartment
  • Independent living skills are taught in class, at the apartments, and then reinforced by RAs
  • Students are taught to use the Clemson Area Transit (CAT) buses for transportation
  • Students learn to manage a busy schedule with class, work, fitness, cooking instruction and more each day


  • Job placements (on and off campus) with on-site supervision
  • Weekly evaluation of performance on the job site
  • Classroom instruction on employment skills
  • Employment portfolio development: Each student will develop an electronic employment portfolio to present to prospective employers upon completion of the program. This portfolio will contain videos from job placement experiences along with other artifacts. This portfolio will give a more complete picture of what the student is capable of doing in additional a paper resume.


  • Counselors assist students and resident assistants with independent living skills
  • Weekly group counseling sessions with students
  • Individual counseling session available, upon student request


  • Clemson University leisure skills courses
  • Involvement in campus student organizations   Frequently Asked Questions
  • Campus and community evening and weekend activities  
  • Personal fitness training and workouts
  • Nutrition and health food cooking classes
  • Interaction with Clemson University students from all across campus   
  • Mentoring opportunities