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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 offers to participate.


Summer Start Timeline

Time Frame Action
March 1 Admission decisions delivered
May 1 Enrollment deadline
June 25 Move into Summer housing assignment
June 26 New Student Orientation
June 28 First day of classes!
August 2 Last day of classes
August 8 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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