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Clemson University
G-01 Tillman Hall
101 Gantt Circle
Clemson, SC 29634
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Program Contact Erica Walters
Phone 864-656-0501

The ClemsonLIFE Program at Clemson University is designed for students with intellectual disabilities who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus. ClemsonLIFE offers a collegiate experience that prepares young men and women with intellectual disabilities for competitive employment and independent living through a combination of academic coursework and career exploration. Clemson LIFE offers a two year Basic Program, and also an invite only 3rd and 4th year Advanced Program. Housing for the Basic Program is in on-campus apartments, and is in off campus apartments for the Advanced Program. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of each program.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 37
Deadline to apply to this program: December 13, 2019
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 16%
Retention rate: 92%
Tuition amount: $24,000.00
Room and board: $8,720.00
Program specific fees: $3,100.00
Additional costs: $1,200.00

University Academic Fees

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

Students enroll in one university leisure skills course each semester.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

ClemsonLIFE students attend modified courses in ClemsonLIFE classrooms taught by instructors with certified special education teaching certificates and graduate student instructors. In addition, ClemsonLIFE students attend one Clemson University leisure skills course.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 96%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Various Campus Organizations. Athletics, Greek Life, University Pageant, Sports teams managers

Last updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 09:02