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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Independent Living

  • 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 give a more complete picture of what the student is capable of doing in addition to a paper resume. The portfolio will contain a cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, Sample W-2, Sample I-9 and Sample Application.


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

Socialization/LeisureFrequently Asked Questions

  • Clemson University leisure skills courses
  • Involvement in campus student organizations  
  • 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