Tigertown Summer Bound is now Clemson Summer Start

  • Three students enjoying ice cream outside of Vickery Hall.
  • Families check in to the Summer Start Welcome Event.
  • Students and families enjoy the interactive photo element at the Welcome Event.

We are excited to announce that Tigertown Summer Bound is changing its name to Clemson Summer Start! While our name is changing, the goals and purpose of our program remain the same. The Clemson Summer Start program will continue to provide students with the opportunity to enroll and make progress toward graduation by completing a challenging academic experience the summer before their first year. We look forward to continuing to work with students and families who begin their Clemson Experience through the Summer Start program!

To continue our commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, Clemson University admits a select group of talented students to Summer Start. Summer Start provides students with the opportunity to enroll and make progress toward graduation by completing a challenging academic experience the summer before their first-year. Summer Start students begin their Clemson education by completing two courses towards graduation during Summer II term, after which students transition into fall term to continue their first-year. Summer Start also provides individualized student support services, dedicated academic support, and the opportunity to develop relationships with peers, faculty, and staff mentors through fun and engaging activities. Summer Start is designed to support students in meeting the University’s academic requirements as they embark on their Clemson journey.

Summer Start instructors support the program mission by providing guidance and mentorship inside and outside of the classroom and by communicating student course performance to program staff. Evidence has shown that the support services and educational tools provided during Summer Start will empower students to realize their academic and personal goals at Clemson and beyond. Summer II term Summer Start courses will be assigned based on AP/IB/dual enrollment and transfer credits, major, and course setup. See the FAQ for more information.

Interest Sessions 

Students who have been invited to Summer Start are highly recommended to attend a Summer Start Interest Session to learn more about the program. Interest Sessions will take place virtually through Zoom. Students and families will receive more specific information on dates and registration in the Spring semester. 

If you are unable to attend a live Interest Session, a recorded session will be made available to all students and families through the Summer Start Box Drive. First-Year Academic Programs staff will also offer opportunities for individual meetings with students and families to answer more specific questions. Visit Interest Sessions on our website for more information.