RISE is a unique residential community designed for first-year students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors at Clemson University in the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences and the College of Science. RISE enhances the Clemson Experience and promotes success for first-year STEM students by supporting academic success, facilitating professional development, and encouraging student engagement among faculty and peers in a socially supportive environment.
RISE is the largest Living-Learning Community at Clemson with over 700 students participating, and the only community at Clemson to span two residence halls (Byrnes and Lever Halls). RISE supports engineering and science disciplines that have been at the heart of Clemson for more than 100 years. In fact, RISE was one of the first Living-Learning Communities to be established and has been in popular demand ever since.
Students who choose to be in RISE choose to be part of something greater. The socially supportive environment, proximity to campus resources, in-hall academic support, world-class faculty, and unique industry and leadership engagement opportunities help students make life-long friendships and develop a sense of resiliency to propel them forward into their future career field. Over 96% of RISE students report RISE eased their transition to college and would recommend the program to a friend.
“RISE gave me a chance to meet people who shared common interests in STEM. I know I have made life-long friends here.”
-Mata Diedhiou, RISE Microbiology Student
“RISE has given me the opportunity to expand on my leadership abilities as well as making lasting friendships within the science and engineering community.”
-Natalie Armstrong, RISE Mathematical Sciences Student
“RISE gave me the opportunity to see similarities between different majors and exposed me to a diverse student support group. Everyone wanted me to succeed and gave me the motivation to get through my first year as a STEM student. Through RISE, I became a better computer scientist and contributor to the community.”
-Jeff Rubillo, RISE Computer Science Student
“I’ve seen people make lifelong best friends and boost their grades, just by going to their friends for help; friends they wouldn’t have made if they hadn’t lived in RISE. It’s helped me become accustomed to living at college and being away from home. But most of all, it’s helped me make friends and ask for help.”
– Naomi Paz, RISE Engineering Student
Size: 700 students
Location: Byrnes & Lever Halls
Roommate Policy: May only request other program participants
Restrictions: *Major specific, and must room with other program participants. Coed.
Application: None required. After acceptance to RISE, program participants should expect to fill out a supplemental information form by June 18. Upon acceptance applicants will be emailed the supplemental information form.
*RISE is dedicated to supporting all students. Needs-based scholarships are available for eligible applicants. To learn more please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aubrey C. Baldwin
Director, Residents in Science and Engineering
RISE Living-Learning Center
116 Lever Hall