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Explore Clemson Summer Programs

Explore Clemson Summer Programs


Explore more of Clemson University this summer. Explore Clemson is a series of optional pre-arrival programs which give first-year students a unique opportunity to enhance their transition to Clemson and to college life. Each Explore Clemson experience will consist of small group activities centered on a theme of outdoor, wellness or civic engagement.

Learn more about these programs planned for 2018 summer and join in! As other summer programs are confirmed and announced, we will provide more details here.

Explore Clemson Transfer Trek

Transfer students - get more out of your orientation experience by attending Explore Clemson Transfer Trek. Explore Clemson Transfer Trek is offered four times during the summer; it is an overnight program the afternoon and evening before an orientation session. Ambassadors join in as you interact with current and other incoming transfer students in a relaxed, informal setting and get your questions answered.


You check in early and receive your orientation materials. The additional fee is $55 and covers all costs, including tickets, dinner, transportation to/from the event, and overnight housing in the residence hall. Let us know if you have any special dietary needs. To attend, you would select Explore Clemson Transfer Trek during online registration as your session choice.


Currently, this program is for transfer students only, no guests. To see a detailed schedule for each Transfer Trek, download the Clemson Events app and search Transfer Transition Guide.

Students will get to know one another while venturing to Fluor Field in Greenville to take in a Greenville Drive baseball game. Dinner is at the game! The Drive is a minor league baseball team and Class A affiliate to the Boston Red Sox.

If you love the outdoors, this is the perfect Transfer Trek for you! Enjoy scenic Lake Hartwell while hanging out at Campus Beach for kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing. After your time on the water, take a break under the picnic shelter and enjoy s'mores around the campfire. Dinner is at a local restaurant, Sole on the Green, overlooking Lake Hartwell and Walker Golf Course.

Uptown Art is a painting studio in downtown Clemson that specializes in guiding anyone and everyone through a painting project. Paint a picture of a tiger to commemorate the beginning of your time as a Clemson Tiger. Dinner is at a local pizza restaurant downtown.

The Best of Clemson Tour features some of Clemson's most well-known places. You will take a tour of the Carillon Bells in the bell tower at Tillman Hall and enjoy a photo op at Howard's Rock. In Memorial Stadium, Howard's Rock sits at the top of the Hill; by tradition, all football players rub the rock as the enter the stadium on game day. You will wrap up the afternoon with dinner at the Esso Club, a well-known Clemson establishment, followed by dessert at Spill the Beans, a fun coffee and ice cream shop.


Explore Adventure

Join fellow incoming freshman students and the staff of the Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) program for a week long summer adventure trip. You will have the opportunity to make new friends, learn new outdoor skills, and discuss concerns and goals for your first year at Clemson University. This trip offers a variety of activities including hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking and white water rafting. Your trip leaders are current Clemson undergrads who can tell you all about their experiences as students at Clemson.


The inclusive fee includes transportation to/from Clemson University and the activity site, equipment, camping fees and meals. Visit the CORE website for more information; details will be posted in the summer.

Explore Your Impact

IMPACT is a four-day experience where incoming freshman and transfer students are met with the opportunity to explore leadership and community engagement. Participants will spend time learning through community service, team initiatives, small group conversations, and reflection and interaction with campus leaders. The vision of IMPACT is that incoming students engage with each other and the community to create a positive, sustainable change. . . making an impact on others.

Students who participate in IMPACT:

  • Recognize Clemson campus resources that will facilitate an effective transition to college life

  • Explore their personal leadership style and how the leadership process is used to create change

  • Explore ways to make a community impact through civic engagement

  • Develop friendships with peers and upper-class mentors

This year we are excited to offer two sessions of the IMPACT program. REGISTER TODAY - students can register online now to participate in the program; there is no fee. Registration is first-come, first-served, so don't delay.


Session 1 - Summer Session

  • July 12 at 4 p.m. - July 15 at 4 p.m.

  • This session is ideal for a student participating in the July 11-12 or July 16-17 orientation session, but is open to any incoming student.

  • Students will be provided housing in an on-campus residence hall for the evenings of July 12, 13 and 14.

  • If you are attending the orientation session on July 16-17, we suggest you add-on the extra night of housing for July 15 to your orientation registration (fee of $20).

Session 2 - Fall Session

  • August 15 at 1 p.m. - August 18 at 1 p.m.

  • Students participating in this session will be allowed to move into their assigned on-campus residence hall early, beginning at 8 a.m. on August 15.

  • We are unable to assist students with acquiring early move-in to off-campus residences.

Questions? Contact Kate Radford, Associate Director for Student Leadership & Community Engagement, at radford@clemson.edu.