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Eligibility and Requirements

Program Description

The Early Success Program (ESP) is a Conditional Academic Program. Participants must meet all program requirements before being fully admitted to Clemson University. ESP students who do not meet the requirements of the program will be suspended for 2 consecutive semesters (fall, spring and/or entire summer session). They will be allowed to re-apply as a continuing student at the end of this suspension with no guarantee of re-admission. Students are expected to make academic success a priority in order to complete the program. Students participating in ESP have not met regular admissions requirements for Clemson University; therefore, they are subject to stricter academic standards during the program to ensure that they can transition successfully to being fully-admitted students.


  • Participate in the program for one full academic year (June-May).
  • Participate in all ESP-sponsored trips, activities, and programs (schedule will be provided at the beginning of the summer, but is subject to change).
  • Meet with ESP Advisor regularly.
  • Obtain written parental approval to pledge a fraternity/sorority during the fall or spring semester by August 13, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Live in on-campus housing during summer, fall, and spring semesters. If a student is dismissed from housing and permitted to remain enrolled at Clemson, for any reason, they must seek permission from the Director of Freshman Academic Programs to continue in the Early Success program. Any decision made by the Director of Freshman Academic Programs may be appealed to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Meet with an ESP advisor prior to withdrawing from any course or making any changes to class selection. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain the hours requirements set forth in this document and to ensure they meet scholarship and loan requirements.
  • Sign a release allowing ESP staff to speak to parent/designated guardian regarding any  academic/behavioral concerns brought to their attention throughout the academic year (June-May).
  • Students must receive a 2.0 cumulative GPA and 24 credit hours by the end of the spring 2019 semester to remain at Clemson. The 24 credit hours include only those earned in Summer II 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 at Clemson University (the 24 total does not include transfer, AP, or credit earned at Clemson prior to Summer II 2018). These credit hours do include earned hours in P/F courses. If a student chooses to academically forgive a course after the summer, fall or spring semester, their GPA and credit hours, prior to applying the forgiveness policy, is what will be considered to determine if they have met the GPA and hours requirement to remain at Clemson. If it is determined that a student will be unable to meet requirements at the conclusion of the fall or spring semester, the student will be removed from the program and suspended from Clemson University for 2 consecutive semesters as outlined above (under Program Description). Please note that these academic requirements are more stringent than what is required for regularly admitted students.


  • Be present for ESP Move in and ESP Opening banquet on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
  • Attend summer orientation and ESP specific orientation requirements on Monday, June 25th and Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
  • Attend Summer Session II and enroll in the prescribed ESP common curriculum (June 27-August 3). Students must earn at least a 2.5 GPA and 6 hours in prescribed ESP curriculum by the end of the Summer Session II, 2018 in order to be eligible to enroll for the fall semester. 
  • Attend all study sessions scheduled by ESP staff.
  • Attend individual weekly meetings with ESP advisor.
  • Attend all events and activities scheduled for CU Out There. CU Out There is developed by ESP Staff and includes team building, campus engagement, and community engagement activities. CU Out There is designed to enhance your educational experience by exposing you to a variety of Clemson and community resources and activities, as well as the local community during your time over the summer. This schedule will be distributed at the time of move in.
  • Be present for the entirety of the summer, including weekends where required activities are scheduled. Permission for program absence during the summer must be obtained by June 29th at 4:30PM. Emergency absence requests will be handled on a case by case basis.


  • Enroll in CU 1970 during the fall semester (ESP sections only).
  • Enroll in no more than 14 credit hours during the fall semester.
  • Participate in 3-4 hours of academic success activities each week including university provided tutoring, Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), ASC workshops, academic advising, and meetings with professors during office hours. Private tutoring (not provided by the university) must be approved by the ESP director. Students will have flexibility to determine the activities that will be most effective for them. Students will submit weekly logs to their ESP advisor outlining how they are meeting this requirement. Students who do not complete and submit these logs, according to the guidelines provided, will be removed from ESP and Clemson University.


  • Enroll in no more than 14 credit hours during the spring semester. Students who have earned at least 18 cumulative credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher by the end of the fall semester at Clemson University (including Summer II 18 and Fall 18 hours only) may petition to add up to two credit hours before spring classes begin.
  • Participation in ESP arranged meetings and programs will be based on the student’s individual academic performance during the fall semester. Students who receive lower than a 2.75 GPA and/or 12 credit hours in the fall semester may be required to receive academic coaching from an ESP advisor for the spring semester.
  • Participation in ESP arranged meetings and activities may also be required if a student requests this assistance or if their ESP advisor believes that it would be beneficial for academic or personal wellness reasons.