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Summer Start at Clemson

What is Summer Start?

Summer Start provides a select group of first-year students with an early opportunity to complete two academic courses before their first Fall semester, further develop their learning and study skills and connect with the Clemson community. The program supports a successful transition to Clemson through success coaching, mentoring and engagement in intentional programs and support services.


Summer Start is a program for first-year applicants to Clemson University who are offered Summer admission. There is no additional application for Summer Start. First-year applicants to Clemson are automatically considered for the program during the application review process, and a select group receives a Summer Start offer of admission. Students admitted to Summer Start are required to complete the summer program in order to continue at Clemson for the Fall 2024 term. All admitted Summer Start students are encouraged to sign up for a virtual Summer Start Information Session in their Admitted Student Portal to learn about the components of the program, including community living, student support and financial aid.


Summer Start Timeline

Time Frame Action
February 15 Admission decisions delivered
May 1 Enrollment deadline
June 14 Summer Start bill due
June 23 Move into Summer housing assignment
June 24 & 25 Ready, Set, Roar!
June 27 First day of classes
July 4 July 4th Holiday
July 31 Last day of classes
August 2 Final examinations
August 5 Final examinations
August 6 Move out of Summer housing assignment


A Summer of Success

Sarah Grace Malphrus works at her easel

“Just having time over the summer to interact with professors one-on-one was a huge benefit for me. I understood learning techniques better and got a feel for teaching styles in a more controlled environment. I ended up loving the transition. It was really good for me and will guide my Clemson Experience as long as I’m here.”

Sarah Grace Malphrus
art ’25

Contact Summer Start

First-Year Academic Programs

Phone: 864-656-6902

Clemson Office of Admissions

Phone: 864-656-2287

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