Student Affairs

Welcome Week 2023 sets the stage for Fall semester


Main campus at Clemson University will be buzzing soon with the arrival of students, signifying the start of another academic year is just around the corner.

With great anticipation comes the excitement of engaging nearly 4,700 first-year students in campus life. Welcome Week 2023 is designed to foster a student’s sense of belonging at Clemson and includes a strong lineup of programs, activities and events — with most aimed at the Class of 2027. Welcome Week begins in conjunction with move-in on Monday, Aug. 14 and concludes the first day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

View the full schedule of events or download the Clemson University Events app and search “Welcome Week 2023” for more detailed information.


• Welcome Week leaders guide first-year residential students through movie nights, laser tag, escape rooms, themed events and more — setting the stages for a busy three days from Sunday, Aug. 20 through Tuesday, Aug. 22.

• On Sunday, Aug. 20, Clemson Leader Day introduces first-year students to the Clemson Leader framework. Later that afternoon, student organization Central Spirit holds a welcome rally in the heart of main campus.

• Monday, Aug. 21 includes New Student Convocation, Clemson Athletics Showcase, Entering Year Photo and the President’s Cookout — all between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. New students hear from academic leaders, athletics coaches and dine with the president while squeezing in time to gather at midfield of Memorial Stadium for an all-encompassing group photo.

• Also on Monday, the Alumni Association holds the Welcome Back Festival from 6-8 p.m. on College Avenue in downtown Clemson in an annual town and gown celebration.

• Tiger Prowl, Clemson’s annual student involvement fair, highlights Tuesday, Aug. 22. With more than 500 clubs and organizations, Tiger Prowl offers a chance for everyone to get involved. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. on the concourses of Memorial Stadium.

• Also on Tuesday, recruitment for College Panhellenic Association sorority chapters culminates with bid day in the Fraternity Sorority Quad.