Spectrum Program

Thank you for your interest in the Spectrum Program at Clemson University. The Spectrum Program provides individualized services beyond standard accommodations for students diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Spectrum Program is committed to helping students build connections through their college experience that will assist them in achieving academic, social, and career and professional development success.

The Spectrum Program at Clemson University seeks to support students and foster growth and independence in the following areas:

  • Academic Skills and Resilience
  • Personal and Interpersonal Skills
  • Career and Professional Development Skills
  • Independent Living and Social Skills

To be considered for Fall 2021 admission please use our online form
If you would prefer a paper application or if you have any additional questions, please contact tbeeson@clemson.edu

Application FormRecommendation Form

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the application process?
    • Interested students must apply to the Spectrum Program through the application form. In addition, selected applicants will be invited to interview by the program’s committee. Students will be accepted to the program based on acceptance through Clemson University. If the student is not accepted to Clemson University, then the student will not be accepted to the Spectrum Program. Please note: acceptance into Clemson University does not guarantee acceptance into the Spectrum Program.

    To be considered for admission into the Spectrum Program, the following must be submitted:

    • Application form for the Spectrum Program
    • Current and comprehensive documentation of a disability (related to ASD) according to established documentation guidelines (https://www.clemson.edu/academics/studentaccess/guidelines.html)
    • Copy of transcripts from high school and former college, if applicable. Unofficial and/or official transcripts will be accepted.
    • Copy of most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan, if applicable.
    • At least two (2) completed recommendation forms from someone who has worked with the student in an academic setting. The applicant should submit these forms in a sealed envelope, or the recommendation form can be mailed or emailed directly from the recommender.

    Please send the completed application packet to tbeeson@clemson.edu or send by mail to:

    Student Accessibility Services
    Attn: Tom Beeson
    Class of ’56 Academic Success Center
    836 McMillan Road, Suite 239
    Clemson, SC 29634

  • Who can apply for the program?

    Applicants to the program must apply and be admitted to Clemson University. Documentation of an autism spectrum disorder is required.

  • When is the application due?

    Application review for the 2021-22 Academic Year will begin in March. Students should submit their application materials by February 28, 2021 to ensure that they are considered for program admission. Applications postmarked or timestamped after this date will be reviewed only if space is available. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Students are encouraged to apply to the program at the same time that they apply to Clemson. This allows us to track the admissions process and flag applications.

  • When does the Spectrum Program start?

    The 2020 Summer Session for new students will start on July 15th. Students should plan on moving in prior to this date and will receive further information on this process. Please contact Tom Beeson, tbeeson@clemson.edu, about the summer start date.

    For more information about summer housing and move in and move out dates, please visit: https://housing.clemson.edu/summer-session-housing/
    Note: The summer commitment is for the first year only.

  • How much does the program cost?

    CUSP fees are $3000 per semester; this is in addition to Clemson’s standard in-state or out-of-state tuition and fees. Students who have open cases with Vocational Rehabilitation should speak to their counselor about possible financial assistance.

  • How many students are accepted into the program each year?

    The number of accepted students into the Spectrum Program is determined by the program’s committee for each academic year.

  • Do students in the Spectrum Program automatically receive special housing accommodations?

    Students in the Spectrum Program who require housing accommodations can request these through Student Accessibility Services.

  • What is the difference between Student Accessibility Services and the Spectrum Program?

    Student Accessibility Services provides equal access to the campus community, such as reasonable accommodations to students, faculty, and staff as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    The Spectrum Program provides more intensive support services in other areas where a student might have challenges, such as executive functioning, social skills, communicating with others on campus, etc.

*Important note: The Spectrum Program is housed under the umbrella of the Student Accessibility Services office. For more information, please contact:
Tom Beeson
Spectrum Program Coordinator
tbeeson@clemson.edu