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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 new 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 2019 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 2019 Transfer Orientation Guide; it will be posted after May 1 and updated as needed to provide you with the most current details and information.

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.

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.

Spare Time Entertainment is Greenville's newest entertainment venue. Come enjoy dinner at Spare Time's restaurant before enjoying an evening playing your favorite arcade games and laser tag.


Explore Your FOCUS

When is it?

  • Sunday, June 23

  • 12:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

What is it?

  • Free pre-orientation experience for students of color and first-generation students

  • Workshops and presentations to learn tips and tricks specifically geared toward the student-of-color and first-generation student experience at Clemson University

  • Opportunity to meet other incoming students and current students

How to attend?

  • The online application to register is open now

  • Available to students on a first-come, first-served basis

  • CLICK HERE to access the online application

  • Registration will close on June 10 or when the program reaches capacity, whichever first occurs

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.

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

  • June 19 at 5:00 p.m. - June 23 at 2:30 p.m.

  • This session is ideal for a student participating in the June 18-19 or June 24-25 orientation session, but is open to any incoming student.

  • Students will be provided housing in an on-campus residence hall for the evenings of June 19, 20, 21 and 22.

  • If you are attending the orientation session on June 24-25, we suggest you add-on the extra night of housing for June 23 to your orientation registration (fee of $20).

Session 2 - Fall Session

  • August 14 at 1:00 p.m. - August 17 at 1:00 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 14.

  • 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.