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Build genuine relationships to develop a supportive personal and professional network. You can add many people to your network to support you, including advisors, staff, faculty, and other students. We can connect you to the right person to address your concerns.

Other students can also be a valuable resource. Meet people in your classes, in your residence hall or apartment complex, or through communities, clubs, and campus organizations. Have someone to confide in and hold you accountable for your goals.

Connect with a student mentor who can empathize since they recently learned to navigate student life at Clemson themselves. They can share their experiences and lessons learned and can connect you to resources on campus.

Formal mentorship programs for new students within the College prioritize women in engineering majors and under-represented students. Additional mentorship opportunities may be available. Let your advisor know if you are interested in connecting with an upper-level student. More information on mentorship programs is available below.

Your professors are responsible for instruction. They will deliver the content of your courses and provide practice through assignments and tests. Your professors will help you develop your skills to apply what you learn in class so you can analyze, evaluate, and create.

Professors also have extensive work and research experience. They can be an excellent resource for career advice. While some departments automatically pair upper-level students with faculty mentors, you may request support in other departments.

In College, you may find that you have to initiate the conversations with your instructors more so than in high school. Try attending office hours, sending an email, or staying a few minutes after class to ask a question. Talk to your instructors about their research and how you might be able to get involved.

Faculty offer weekly office hours to answer questions outside of class. Review your course syllabus for the schedule and find out if an appointment is required.

Many staff members are available to help you with your needs, undergraduate student staff, academic advisors, and program support staff. Do not hesitate to talk with a staff member if you need assistance. Contact information for our college advisors and support personnel is available in our Student Services Directory.

An advisor will be one of the first resources you will meet at orientation. While this may not be your permanent advisor, you will be assigned a specific advisor before the start of classes. Your advisor will help you plan your coursework and suggest opportunities for you to get involved. Advisors are also excellent at recommending success strategies and can often make referrals to other resources.

One of the easiest ways to locate your advisor’s contact information and schedule appointments is through the CU Navigate app.


STAY CONNECTED

Check your Clemson email daily for important information from your instructors, advisors, and administrators. Upcoming workshops, events, and reminders will be sent to your email weekly through The Roundup: Latest Opportunities & Resources site. In addition to the newsfeed view, a calendar of events is also available to filter by interest area.

TIP: Use the tag “audience: first year opportunities” to view relevant information for new students.

The University communicates important academic dates, like the last day to add or drop a class and University holidays, in the Academic Calendar. Your department will let you know about other communication channels they may use.

Exercise your voice. If you have an idea or want to voice a concern, reach out to a fellow student serving in an advisory capacity to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in our college on the Student Advisory Board (SAB).


BELONG

Participate in a shared sense of purpose and get involved in making a difference.

Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER) is dedicated to increasing diversity in science and engineering. We offer mentoring, guidance, counseling, and tutoring. In addition, the program provides career development and networking opportunities by pairing students with successful people in their classes and the workforce. These personal contacts can not only furnish tremendous support while pursuing studies, but they establish a network upon which to call when launching a career.

The Student of Color Community is designed to support the success of students who identify as Black or African-American, Latinx, Asian, Native American, and/or multiple of the aforementioned racial identities. There are several communities to choose from which offer mentorship, workshops, and individualize support from staff.

The mission of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is to educate, recruit, and retain women in STEM fields. We desire to make women feel comfortable and supported as they pursue their degree in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Students can participate in mentoring, life coaching, and enrichment opportunities.

Clemson University supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) community through several programs, services, and advocacy efforts. Whether you are a member of the community, a strong ally, or just interested in learning more, the Gantt Multicultural Center has a program for you.

The mission of Veteran and Military Connected Students is to serve and support the Clemson military-connected community through new student veteran orientation, employment transition workshops, tutoring, and military appreciation and celebration events. We cover topics such as academic support, career preparedness, physical and mental health, financial stability, goal-setting, community resources, social engagement, resiliency, and mental toughness.

The FIRST Program serves as the primary supporter for students who are the first in their family to attain a four-year college degree. Programming includes mentorship, celebration days, workshops, and individualized support.

If you are part of the Clemson University Honors College, you will be able to network with other highly motivated, academically talented students and take advantage of opportunities for scholarship and research not always available to undergraduates. The purpose of Honors is to foster continued intellectual growth, cultivate lifelong respect for learning, and prepare students for lives as leaders and change agents. If you did not initially join the Honor’s College, talk to your advisor about applying as a continuing student.

CLEMSON RISE is a unique residential community designed for first-year students in the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences. From move-in day to transitioning into your engineering major, the RISE team is here to support your success. Students will have opportunities to engage with fellow students and faculty, develop and apply their strengths, discover and invent new ideas, and achieve academically in the living-learning environment. Students should indicate their interest in joining the CLEMSON RISE community on their housing application.

The Student Pathways in Engineering and Computing for Transfers (SPECTRA) program is a community for students who attended one of the 16 South Carolina Technical Colleges. SPECTRA supports students financially and provides research and enrichment experiences with increased access to dedicated staff and faculty mentors who specifically work with students in the program.

Transfer Academic Programs collaborates with campus partners to support new transfer students as they transition to Clemson. We aim to create a sense of belonging and cultivate a support system within the transfer community. Highlights include the TransferMation newsletter and the peer-to-peer Transfer 2 Tiger Mentor Program.

Meet new people who share common interests by joining a club, professional organization, or hobby group. In addition to making new friends, you will be developing your teamwork and leadership skills and expanding your resume. We suggest all students join one professional organization and a club or interest group related to something they enjoy.

Get a glimpse of many of the clubs & organizations our students are involved with at Tiger Quest and our college organizations fair. A list of CECAS hosted clubs and organizations can be found at the link below.

Clubs & Organizations

Our mentors strive to assist with the transition to Clemson and your major. Talk to one of our many mentors who have been there before, persevered, and reached their goals. Beyond academic encouragement, mentors host social and professional activities throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Our first-year mentoring programs connect new first-year and transfer students with upper-level students in our College who are alumni of the programs. Students who are best served by these programs will be contacted over the summer with additional information.

Several community groups have mentoring initiatives built-in, and additional mentoring programs are available after you transition to your major.

Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER) - focus on supporting under-represented students by race and ethnicity.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) – focus on supporting women

CHAMPS (RISE) – available to students in the RISE program

Student Advisory Board

Goines Profile

If you have an idea or want to voice a concern, reach out to a fellow student serving in an advisory capacity on the Student Advisory Board (SAB).