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Department of Community Achievement and Student Empowerment | Division of Student Affairs | Clemson University


First Generation Students


 Clemson University values having first-generation college students as part of its community. At Clemson, we define first-generation as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) do not have a four-year college degree. First-generation students add to the diversity of our campus community and are among some of our most accomplished students. As an institution we are led by President Clements and Provost Jones, extraordinary leaders who were the first in their families to receive a college degree. You will find our staff and faculty sensitive to your needs and supportive of your success as many of the mare first-generation college graduates. In spring 2019, Clemson University was recognized by NASPA’s Center for First-Generation Student Success as a First Forward Institution. This recognition is further evidence of our commitment to supporting first-generation college students.


Community Achievement and Student Empowerment (CASE)provides a number of services to support first-generation students in attaining their educational goals and developing a sense of belonging to and within Clemson:


Highlights for First-Gen Community