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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of the ClemsonLIFE program?

Our mission is to provide a coordinated course of study that includes career exploration and preparation along with self awareness, discovery, and personal improvement, through a framework of courses, job internships, and community participation.

How does the ClemsonLIFE Program differ from other post-secondary opportunities?

ClemsonLIFE core principles support the concept that enhancing academic, social, employment, and life skills will better prepare students with disabilities to lead full and productive lives. It is a comprehensive residential college experience designed to raise the expectations and skill levels of the students admitted to the program.

Who will be teaching the coursework?

Courses are taught by staff with teacher certification in the area of special education.

What is the admission criterion?

An applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 23 years old at entrance to the program and have an intellectual disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills. Applicants must have a strong desire to become an independent adult, possess sufficient emotional stability and maturity to successfully participate in the program.

What is the application process?

Download an application or email clemsonlife@clemson.edu to receive an electronic copy of the application by email. Complete and submit the entrance application. Submit required documentation. Sign up and attend a campus open house. Attend a personal interview. Student applications will be reviewed each spring for the following fall semester. Admission decisions are made by June 1st.

How many applicants are offered admission each year?

Six to eight full time students will be admitted each year for fall semester.

How do I request a Student Application Packet?

Student Application Packets are available for download or you may email our office to request an Application Packet by email.

Is this a residential or commuter program?

ClemsonLIFE is a residential program providing practical experience in independent living skills. All students currently live in on-campus apartments. There are three LIFEstudents with one LIFE Resident Assistant in each four bedroom apartment.

What is the length the program?

The program is designed as a two year program. An additional third year is available as an invite-only option to successful students interested in the additional year with a decreased level of supports. 

What kind of certificate do students get?

Students successfully completing the program will receive a certificate of postsecondary education (not an accredited college degree program). Students will also receive an employment portfolio to take to potential employers.

Will there be student mentors?

There will be Clemson University peer student mentors drawn from throughout the campus. These mentors will assist ClemsonLIFE™ students both academically and socially and will also assist in helping them to fully integrate into the college community.

Are there opportunities for scholarships or grants?

Currently there are a few small scholarships available. However, students eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation can use that source for funding through tuition stipends. Also, the Higher Education Act is currently scheduled to provide access to Pell grants and work study opportunities beginning in the fall of 2010. We will continue to work on soliciting private, community, and state funds for this purpose.

How do I schedule a campus tour?

It is highly suggested that all interested applicants attend our fall open house program. Sessions are typically offered in mid-October. Exact dates will be posted on the Application and Admissions page of this website. To reserve a space at an open house session, please call or email our office. To schedule a campus tour, please visit the University campus tours page and fill out the registration form.

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