Skip to main content

First-Year Students Considering Summer Classes

Some high achieving students may consider starting introductory engineering courses during summer sessions. Please refer to the following information before you decide if a summer course is the best choice.

What steps do I take if I decide to enroll in a GE course during the summer?

  1. Contact Admissions at (864) 656-2287 to request an entry date change from fall to summer. This must be completed before you can register for summer classes or attend orientation. Otherwise, this will restrict registration for fall classes.
  2. Talk with a General Engineering (GE) advisor before you register. Advisors will discuss how these summer courses affect your fall schedule. You may reach an advisor by calling (864) 656-2541.
  3. Look for GE summer classes and pay particular attention to the start and end dates so that you register for the correct session.
  4. Register for your summer courses using Clemson’s IROAR. You need your Clemson username and CUXID.
  5. Find information for paying tuition and other fees on the same webpage.
  6. Check your Clemson email. Once registered, you are listed on the instructor’s roster. The instructor will contact you about course needs, syllabus, and any additional instructions before class begins.

Is online ENGR 1020 a good introduction for incoming freshmen to attempt over the summer?

The course is asynchronous, meaning the students can sign on at any time during the day to hear the lectures. Students are instructed to log-on Monday - Friday. There is a lecture every weekday, and the potential for an assignment due every weekday. Students cannot move faster than schedule through the course content, nor complete the class early. The professor has virtual office hours, so students can connect to ask questions about assignments.

The pace is accelerated. For students who participated in AP/IB courses - particularly physics, chemistry, and math - the majority of the content should be review. We expect students to devote 1 – 3 hours per day working on course materials. Every two days in the summer session is the same as one week during the regular term. A student should attend 3 hours of lecture and work 3 – 9 hours outside of class on assignments during the regular term. It is not acceptable to attempt to cram all the required coursework into a weekend or the day before an exam.

Students are provided a course syllabus outlining all procedures, policies, and assignments at the start of the class. They should abide by those and contact the professor if the situation requires an extension of a deadline.

Is the course material difficult?

Accelerated students who had AP courses in high school consider the material repeat information they covered in high school. This is not accurate for all our students, as some students will begin our program without any pre-knowledge of this content.

It is recommended that students who have not taken STEM AP/IB classes in high school should not take during the summer (i.e. those who have not taken calculus, chemistry, and physics).

We also do not recommend students attempt this course if they will be away from home for an extended time. Students with full-time summer jobs must manage their time to be successful in the course and the job.

Are there prerequisites for ENGR 1020? How are those handled for incoming freshmen?

To enroll in ENGR 1020, students must be eligible to enroll in MATH 1040 or 1060. This means you will need a Clemson Math Placement Test (CMPT) score of 65 or higher.

All students must take the CMPT before starting ENGR 1020 even if anticipating AP/IB or college math credit! Since AP/IB scores and college credits are unavailable until late summer, we use the CMPT score for course placement. You should receive information about the CMPT in your orientation materials. For further information, visit the CMPT webpage. CMPT should be taken as soon as you can. Our registration system will not allow you to enroll in ENGR 1020 (even at orientation) unless you have taken the CMPT.

All GE courses require a grade of C or higher to move forward. 

Do I receive Clemson credit for these courses? Does this affect my Clemson Grade Point Average?

Yes, both courses apply to your Clemson degree and the grades received are part of your cumulative Clemson GPA. If you are a recipient of one of the Life or Palmetto Fellows scholarships, check to see how summer courses affect your eligibility.

How are online tests and exams managed?

Students enrolled in online classes must either arrange for their exams to be given at a secure site and monitored by a proctor or be proctored using remote proctoring software. The method of proctoring depends on the course, so refer to the syllabus.

A proctor is an individual appointed to supervise students as they complete exams, ensuring an environment free of distractions or resources that might jeopardize the integrity of the assessment. If a resident is within driving distance of Clemson, you may arrange with the professor to complete exams on campus.

Acceptable proctors are those who have an appropriate level of credentials to administer a college‐level exam. Your professor will make the final decision on whether your proctor is acceptable.

Preferred Proctors

  • High school or college librarians
  • Testing center staff
  • Professors or high school teachers or administrators

You may suggest other monitors of equal status. Most proctors provide their services at no cost. If the proctor or testing center charges a fee, it is the student’s responsibility to pay. Proctors must have a computer with internet and access to a printer and copier/scanner/camera capable of scanning exams to PDF or image files. They must additionally provide a business address, phone number, and e-mail address. Public e-mail (such as @gmail or @outlook) will not be accepted.

Clemson iROAR

Chris Porter director for undergraduate

Christopher H. Porter, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Recruitment
☏ 864-656-7870

As the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment, I am here to assist with any questions you have regarding the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University.