Frequently Asked Questions

Please view the course specific web pages for course schedules, course descriptions, program dates, and corresponding costs. The cost includes room (double occupancy), board, staffing, educational materials, field trips, recreational expenses, insurance and health service coverage.

  • Location

    The Summer Scholars Program takes place on Clemson University’s campus, in beautiful Upstate South Carolina. 

  • Arrival and Departure

    Arrival is 3:00-4:00 PM on Sunday at the residence hall. Please do not arrive before check in time on the first day of camp as staff will be preparing for camp and will be unable to supervise scholars. Departure on Saturday will be from 8:00-10:00 AM from the student’s assigned dorm. Please note that breakfast will not be served prior to check out on Sunday.

  • Airport Shuttle

    The Summer Scholars program can provide van transportation to and from the Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) for program participants who will be using air transportation to and from our program. There is a $200.00 charge for this service ($100 each way). We request that flights be arranged proximate to the designated check in and check out times of the program. If students are unable to secure flights within those times, you must contact the program Administrative Assistant at (864) 656-5535. Additionally, all flight itineraries must be provided no later than 3-weeks prior to arrival. These must be emailed to

  • Program Activities

    Summer counselors plan many evening activities for the scholars to participate in throughout the week. Activities may include: field Olympics, bowling, gymnasium activities, movie night, swimming in the Aquatics Center, karaoke, trivia night, etc. Scholars can expect light activity during these times and plenty of walking throughout the week (make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes). 

    Free time is also scheduled into the day and will include time at the dorm, Starbucks and ice cream runs, visits to the library, playing Frisbee on Bowman Field, etc. During free time, students may also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Office of Admissions and Clemson ROTC, and/or take a guided tour of the famed Death Valley football stadium. Free time activities are dependent on group interests and are subject to change depending on weather, staff availability or acts of third parties beyond our control.

  • Course of Study

    Scholars will attend their courses Monday – Friday for 2 ½ hours each morning and 2 ½ hours each afternoon (9:00 am – 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm). Additional academic course time may be required for out of classroom activities and/or field trips.

  • Field Trips

    Scholars will leave campus for a variety of activities. Some courses plan field trips to local establishments that reinforce what they are learning in class. Social time field trips vary from year to year but have included trips to see a local baseball game (Greenville Drive – Boston Red Sox minor league), area parks, and other recreational and cultural attractions. The expenses for the trips are included in the cost of the program and students will only need money for personal expenses.

  • Facilities

    Summer Scholars reside in a single-gender residence hall. The residence halls are air-conditioned. Refrigerators are not provided in individual dorm rooms unless deemed medically necessary. Scholars access their room by using a key. Each hall and/or outer door is card access protected, which each counselor will have access to. Scholars are asked to lock their door when leaving the room and when sleeping. Clemson University and Summer Scholars do not assume responsibility for any items lost or stolen. Scholars and parents/guardians will be asked to read and sign the “Housing Release of Liability” form before arriving. Scholars will enjoy most meals on campus at the  Dining Hall. During field trips, students enjoy boxed lunches from the dining hall or catered meals off campus. Students are encouraged to eat three meals a day, as they will be kept very busy. All special requests that address dietary concerns should be noted on the application.

  • Residence Hall Group Assignments

    Residence hall groups are assigned according to gender and age.  If you have someone with which you want to room, please make this request on the Online Enrollment Form, but please know roommates are not guaranteed.

  • Expectations of Scholars

    The Summer Scholars program is recommended for responsible middle and high school students that want to learn more about life in a college setting. While we recognize that this age student is not a college freshman, we do expect students to exhibit self-control and portray excellent character. The scholar and parent/guardian will be required to read and sign the “Code of Conduct” and the “Discipline” policy forms (which outline behavior standards) before arriving on campus. Scholars who continue to display problem behavior will be asked to withdraw from the program without a refund. No student will be allowed to leave the campus without the permission of their parent/guardian and the Director of Summer Scholars. Visitation by parents and friends is discouraged. Scholars may drive a car to campus but will not be allowed use of their personal vehicle until end-of-camp departure.

  • Staff

    The nighttime residence hall ratio of scholars to counselor staff is 10 to 1. Summer Scholars strives to afford participants small group time with staff and fellow scholars. Counselors have been chosen for their dedication and their ability to work with young people. They are Clemson University students and some were Summer Scholars themselves! They are chosen on the basis of a thorough interview process, background checks, reference checks, and outstanding character. They undergo extensive pre-camp training prior to the beginning of the summer. Counselors supervise scholars 24 hours a day, live in the residence halls and are dedicated to the program. They accompany the scholars to class, on field trips, and to social events. Counselors are assigned residence hall groups during the evening and nighttime. They are responsible for ensuring that students are aware of and comply with the expectations set before them

  • What to Bring

    Packing Advice - What should I bring?  What should I leave home?

    Course-specific packing lists will be sent in the course-specific email. To see when you should receive this email, please check the Important Dates page.   

    Recommended items are listed below. Please pack light. You do not have to bring everything in your closet or room! We recommend that campers bring only one suitcase and one bedroll. If possible, mark clothes with your name, as we will not be responsible for lost clothing or other personal items. You should be prepared to carry or wheel your luggage, and should not bring more than you can carry. If you are flying to Greenville, be sure to check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines. Since most airlines are charging for extra bags, you will have to pack wisely!


    Students need to bring their own linen

    • Twin XL sheets/blanket or sleeping bag (extra long single bed sheets to fit the residence hall mattresses)
    • Pillow         
    • Towels/washcloths

    Clothing List

    • 2 pairs of comfortable shoes (One should be tennis shoes! - We walk A LOT) **Please view program-specific packing list in case closed toed shoes or other forms of footwear are required for your child’s course.**
    • Flip flops or sandals
    • Undergarments
    • Sleeping clothes/pajamas
    • 1 long sleeve shirt
    • 3 – 4 short sleeve tops or t-shirts
    • One pair of pants/nice jeans **Please view program-specific packing list in case long pants are required for your child’s course**
    • 3 pair of shorts/skirts
    • Socks
    • Modest swimsuit and beach towel  (The Fike Recreation Center on campus has a pool!)

    Non-clothing items

    • Sunscreen and lip gloss/lip balm
    • Personal Toiletries  (if flying, be sure these are 3 oz. or less in clear plastic bag)
    • Bug Spray/Lotion
    • Notebook and pens/pencils for class
    • Wallet/spending money
    • Glasses/contact lenses (Be sure to bring contact solution too!)
    • Sunglasses
    • Watch
    • Cell phone and charger
    • Prescription medicine and absolutely necessary over the counter pills & supplies (Only bring medications and medical supplies listed on your medical form)
    • Water Bottle
    • Alarm clock

    Optional Items

    • Camera – small, inexpensive  (Please do not bring expensive equipment!)
    • Earplugs (If you are a light sleeper.)
    • Paperback books for leisure reading
    • Work out clothes
    • Playing cards
    • Personal fan for your room (while rooms are air conditioned, you might want a fan.)


  • Laundry

    Washers and dryers are available in the residence hall. Students must provide detergent, dryer sheets, etc. There is no cost to use the machines.

  • Mobile Phones

    Although we do not forbid cell phones at camp, we do limit use. If a camper needs to bring his or her cell phone to camp, we will ask that they refrain from using it during all organized program activities unless required in the course. They will be allowed to use it during unstructured free time for “checking in” with parents or emergencies.

  • Electronics

    Electronic devices of any kind (other than cameras) may be used only during unstructured free time, rest periods, and/or before bed. They may not leave the dorm unless required in the course. Students will have access to Clemson University’s WIFI throughout the week. Please view program-specific packing list in case specific electronics are required for your child’s course.

  • Additional Money

    Many students enjoy purchasing Clemson University souvenirs, buying pizza together before bedtime, etc. It is at your discretion on the exact amount to send with them, however, a good suggestion would be around $20-$30 (excluding souvenirs).

  • Sending Snacks

    You are able to send nonperishable snacks for your scholars, however, they will solely be responsible for them and refrigeration is not guaranteed. Vending machines are available in the residence halls. Please note that breakfast will not be served the morning of check out so it may be a good idea to send a morning snack with your camper.

  • Health Care

    Staff certified in First Aid and CPR will be present at camp 24 hours each day. The on-campus Redfern Health Center is available during weekday business hours, with Urgent Care in Clemson available through late evening. A full-service hospital is available within a 15-minute drive of campus.

    All medications must be given to the health officer upon arrival at camp. The health officer will be responsible for properly administering the medicine on a daily basis as directed by a physician or parent.  All prescription and non-prescription drugs are kept under lock and key.  (Exceptions may be made for inhalers or Epi-pens.) The health officer will have commonly used non-prescription medications such as Ibuprofen and acetaminophen available. Please refrain from packing such medications if possible. All campers are screened upon arrival at camp for good health prior to admission. We ask that no camper come to camp ill or with any contagious condition.  We reserve the right to send your camper home if they become ill, develop any contagious condition (such as pink eye, or head lice) or if they are unable to participate in the major activities of camp. If your camper cannot remain at camp due to health reasons you will NOT receive a refund of camp fees. Each camp has limited medical insurance on every camper for accidents and illnesses that occur at camp. Pre-existing illness and eyeglass/contact replacement are not covered. Camp is not responsible for eyeglasses or contacts that are lost or broken at camp.

  • Weather and Physical Conditions

    The weather in Clemson is very warm (sometimes very hot!) in the summer. Daily temperatures will be between 80 – 90 degrees and humid. Nights can also be very humid with temperatures in the 70s. Scholars should bring appropriate clothing for warm weather. Scholars will be given a refillable water bottle at check-in.

  • Sending Mail to Your Scholar

    Please feel free to write your child. Parents often mail letters and packages the week prior to check-in, so mail will reach the camp before they leave that week. 

    The mailing address is:

    (Scholar’s Name)
    Summer Scholars Program
    2045 Barre Hall
    Clemson, SC 29634-0108
  • Homesickness

    Parents can help their student adjust to camp by letting them know that they expect them to have fun, meet new friends, and learn many new things. Our staff works hard to help campers adjust to camp by making sure they are involved in teambuilding and fun activities. If an emergency situation arises at home, we ask that you contact the camp director.

  • How to Contact Director

    For emergencies M-F 8a-4:30p, call: 864-656-5535. Outside of those hours, please call the number of the Camp Coordinator provided to you at check-in. Scholars are not allowed to use mobile phones during organized program activities so as to assist them in making the most of their campus experience. Should your scholar need to contact you during the week for special circumstances, the camp staff will assist them accordingly.