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Special Programs

Committed to Your Success

Rely on resources that will help you thrive in and out of the classroom. Open career options through networking opportunities. Connect to other students in your field. The College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS) is committed to the success of its undergraduates and offers guidance through special opportunities for minorities, women and freshmen.


The highly successful Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER) pairs CECAS minority freshmen with minority upperclassmen who serve as mentors and guides in the transition to college life. As a result, Clemson’s minority graduation rates far exceed national averages. Prior to PEER’s establishment in 1987, Clemson’s graduation rate of African-American engineering majors was near the national average. Today, thanks in large part to PEER, Clemson is tied for first in the nation in the number of African-American students who graduate in engineering among nonhistorically black colleges and universities, according to a recent study cited in Black Issues in Higher Education.


Residents in Science and Engineering (RiSE) Living-Learning Community is a unique residential community designed for freshmen in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. The aim of this program is to ease student’s transition to college by supporting academic success, facilitating professional development and encouraging student engagement. The 396 students who participate in the RiSE program call Lever Hall home their freshman year. These students are enrolled in sections of CH 1010 and ENGR 1020 together, receive support from RiSE tutors five nights a week, and interact with the RiSE Faculty Director and academic advisers from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Advising Center on a daily basis. For more information on this exciting community, or to learn how to make RiSE part of your Clemson experience. use the link above.


The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program encourages women to prepare for, obtain and succeed in science and engineering careers. WISE provides programs and services that help students connect with other women in their majors or fields, including

  • Workshops and guest speakers
  • Academic advising and personal counseling
  • Career planning and preparation
  • Networking opportunities
  • Study hall and study groups
  • Tutoring
  • Lounge area
  • “WISE-UP” electronic newsletter

Cooperative Education

The Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program has students alternate semesters of academic study with paid, career-related semesters of employment. This partnership among the students, the University and the various participating industries, businesses and government agencies offers multiple advantages for participants and bridges the gap between the worlds of school and work.

International Programs

South Carolina has been very successful in cultivating international investment in business and manufacturing facilities, with more than 500 companies representing 27 countries located in the state. International firms, such as Michelin North America, TNS Mills and BMW Manufacturing Corp., have both national headquarters and manufacturing plants just a short drive from the Clemson University campus. Clemson has formed academic and business partnerships with many of these firms and the countries they represent, creating study abroad programs that give engineering and science students a strong competitive advantage for the global marketplace.