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Frequently Asked Questions

RISE is a unique residential community that supports first-year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) students in the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences and the College of Science. At this time, RISE supports the disciplines of General Engineering, School of Computing, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Genetics & Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, and Pre-Professional Health Studies.

  • How do I sign-up for RISE?

    CLEMSON RISE requires an additional, program-specific application.

    Follow these steps to apply:

    1. Designate interest in RISE through the New Student Housing Application with Clemson Home.
      **Note that students must pay their admissions deposit before being able to access the Housing platform. 
    2. Complete the required RISE-specific application.
      Students will receive the link to the RISE-specific application:
      1. In the confirmation email from Clemson Home, upon designated interest in RISE on your New Student Housing application.
      2. In a reminder email from the RISE Team – be sure to check both your Clemson email & the email you applied to the University with!

    Please note that the RISE-specific application is due on April 10th.
    If you are interested in applying after this date, RISE will consider students from the Waitlist as spots become available. Contact the RISE Team for access to the Waitlist Interest Form at

  • Will I get to register for Housing early?

    Yes. If you choose to live in a living-learning community, like RISE, you will be able to register for housing before students who are not selecting a living-learning community on the housing application. Housing Application dates can be found on the Clemson Housing page.

  • What about roommates?

    You may select another first-year student as a roommate, and both must be in the RISE program.

    The RISE program-specific application offers a space for you to share if you’ve found a roommate already. Note that this is not required and will not impact your application status.

  • Can I be in Honors and RISE?

    Yes. Honors students can participate in RISE as a first-time first-year student. If you choose to be a RISE student, you will live in Mickel Hall, also in West Campus, with the Honors facilities. You will have the added benefit of having access to both Honors and RISE program services, events, and activities.

  • Do students in RISE participate in other clubs and activities?

    Yes. You can find RISE students in organizations across campus—from athletics to Tiger Band to Greek Life to discipline-specific honors societies.

  • What does the RISE fee cover?

    RISE offers a unique range of services and events. The fee helps cover the cost of in-hall tutoring services, workshops and events, leadership development opportunities, special course offerings, faculty partnerships, and support staff. The $750 per semester fee is an all-inclusive fee for participation in the program. This fee will show on the student’s tuition bill each semester.

University Contacts

University Housing & Dining staff can be reached at 864-656-2295. You can also find more information about housing rates, assignments, and contracts on Clemson Home. For Orientation information, please visit the Student Orientation website.

Undergraduate Admissions
(864) 656-2287

Financial Aid
G-01 Sikes Hall
(864) 656-2280

Paying Bills
Clemson Student Fees
G-08 Sikes Hall
(864) 656-5592

Redfern Health Center
McMillan Road
(864) 656-2283