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CONNECTIONS is an initiative to assist first-year students that identify as a student of color (African-American, Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, Native American, multiracial) or a first generation student with their transition to Clemson University. Through our program, students will have opportunities for transformation related to personal development, academic engagement, culture and diversity, a support network and involvement.

The three primary components of CONNECTIONS are Living-Learning Community, Peer Mentoring and Faculty/Staff Engagement.

Holmes Hall services as our primary community for CONNECTIONS and enables students to build a sense of belonging to Clemson, form a support network and begin creating their college experience.  The community experience includes:

  • CONNECTIONS-only freshman seminar

  • Social activities (canvas painting, bowling, games, nights, etc.)

  • Lunchtime dialogues (graduate school preparation, summer planning, etc.)

  • In-hall academic tutoring through the Academic Success Center

Residents in Sciences and Engineering Program (RiSE) and Community for Undergraduate Business Students (CUBS) serve as secondary communities for CONNECTIONS students with an eligible STEM or business major. We believe the combined CONNECTIONS and the academic and career engagements through RiSE and CUBS create an environment that fosters success in the transition of new college freshmen. In addition to receiving the CONNECTIONS experience mentioned above you will also experience:

  • Support from a community of peers with similar academic and social experiences.

  • Engagement with faculty and staff invested in your success in and out of the classroom.

  • Understanding your connection between your social identities and program of study.

Our team of peer mentors serves as a resource and guide for students throughout their first year at Clemson. Peer mentors will meet with students individually each month and also attend university-related events with students. Our peer mentors are:

  • Diverse in terms of majors, social identities and experiences.

  • Equipped to support new students in transitions, campus involvement, development of goals, establishment of connects, and the Clemson Experience.

Clemson University is home to world-class staff and faculty. Through CONNECTIONS you will be able to meet one-on-one with faculty and staff as you navigate your transition and continue to progress towards your degree. In addition, alumni, corporate partners and community members are actively engagement in supporting students. The support provided from this group will provide you guidance in exploring career opportunities, developing career competencies and establishing involvement in your community.


Please feel free to email clemsoncase@clemson.edu with questions.

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