Our Program

Clemson's Challenge for Academically Talented Students (C-CATS) recruits top 9th and 10th graders from SC, NC and GA to participate in high-powered weekend retreats. Through team-building and academic sessions, students gain leadership skills, learn to foster positive relationships and improve their ability to think clearly and perform under pressure.

Tour Clemson

Gain a competitive edge as you prepare to enter the college admissions process. Top Clemson students who know the campus best will show you all that Clemson has to offer!

Learn as a Group

Over the weekend, students participate in intense, interactive sessions to develop thinking skills in pressure-filled situations they can use in their studies and their work.

Go on an Adventure

Challenge yourself and cooperate with others on our zip line, 40 foot climbing wall, high adventure courses, along with other team-building activities.

2018 Dates

  • MARCH 2-4
  • MARCH 9-11
  • MARCH 16-18
  • APR 6-8
  • APRIL 13-15
  • APRIL 20-22
  • APRIL 27-29

“I really enjoyed the whole thing, I wish I could come back every year. Thank you!”


“Best weekend to date, I met so many great people and discovered a taste of college.”


“Bring me back next time, all of the counselors were awesome.”


“The food was good and I liked being an orange and winning. Go Orange!”




Includes 2 nights at YLI Headquarters, 6 meals, a Clemson University campus tour, and program activities.

Participation is subject to terms & conditions.


C-CATS is only open to students in the top-10% of their class. If you think you fit that criteria, please ask your guidance counselor to nominate you!