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Summer Preview

FIRST program participant at Clemson University Clemson SC

Join us for a FREE class this summer!

If you want a head start and to experience Clemson before the masses arrive in August, join us for this golden opportunity. Make friends, meet upperclassmen, make connections and learn what college life is like. You will feel at home here and be armed with the tools you need to succeed.

Dates — July 9-July 28, 2017

Move-in Sunday, July 9, 2017
Classes begin Thursday, July 12, 2017
Fun and free weekend activities. This is your chance to experience Clemson from the inside!


  • Housing and Dining: You will live on campus with 50 other students in Core Campus, complete with meals for three weeks. The program is available to a limited amount of students, so apply now.
  • FIRST Community: Five older students will live with you in the residence hall. They are first-generation students and will be your mentors and counselors during the summer and continue throughout your first year. You will meet a variety of faculty and staff during your time here.
  • Excursions: Free weekend activities are planned and include: whitewater rafting, a Greenville Zoo trip, Clemson Outdoor Lab team ventures and ropes course, SkyZone, and a lake trip among many other campus and local industry tours.
  • Class details: COMM 2500* is Public Speaking and will include a Chemistry component to prepare students for lab sciences at Clemson. The course meets a general education requirement.
    *Comm 2500: Practical instruction in public speaking; practice in the preparation, delivery, and criticism of short speeches. Develops an understanding and knowledge of the process of communication. Includes a laboratory. This course meets the Oral Communication General Education competency (p. 37 of Undergraduate Announcements).

This is your chance to take your first Clemson course. A top grade in this class can jump start a high GPR as you begin your degree program. The Summer Preview provides students with an introduction to college rigor. Students will gain the tools needed to achieve success at the college level.  There will also be guest speakers and introduction to various resources available to Clemson students.

Apply to Summer Preview

The FIRST Summer Preview is open only to students who are attending Clemson University in the Fall 2017. Students are required to register and pay for Orientation by signing up for any open session that they are available to attend with their parents. This will be separate from the Summer Preview Program, so please choose a date that does not interfere with program/class dates July 10-July 28, 2017 if at all possible. If the only dates available to register for are during the FIRST Summer Preview, please let us know after you apply for the program. 

Pell Grant Students

Note that if you have received a Pell grant ward for the 2017-2018 school year through financial aid, you are eligible to have your Clemson University Orientation fee waived. You need to contact the Orientation Office and inform them that you are Pell eligible. They will process your refund if you have already paid for Orientation.


Summer Counselors

  • Breana Thomas, Early Childhood Education at Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Breana Thomas, Early Childhood Education
  • Steven Young, Electrical Engineering at Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Steven Young, Electrical Engineering
  • Samantha Lovern, Biological Sciences , Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Samantha Lovern, Biological Sciences
  • Juan Ramos, Computer Science  at Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Juan Ramos, Computer Science
  • Bethany Bolden, Industrial Engineering at Clemson University, Clemson SC
    Bethany Bolden, Industrial Engineering

Remember that FIRST is not just a summer program. We look forward to welcoming you to the FIRST family.
Feel free to email with any questions.