Programs - Experience Institute

The Experience Institute

Tough minds. Soft hearts. Great jobs. 

The Experience Institute works as a living and breathing practice field for real life, preparing you for “your next steps” after college. Fill your resume with experiences and skills and get ready to pursue your passions and purpose.

The Experience Institute:

  • provides students with integrative, high-impact learning through an experience-based curriculum,
  • supports faculty through professional and scholarly development in the field of experiential learning, 
  • and cultivates partnerships in industry and education that increase the impact and scale of Greenville’s experiential offerings.


The Experience Learning Lab (ELL) 

  • The Cube
  • The Think Tank
  • The Clubhouse
  • The Porch
  • Conference Room 

The Experience Hub: 

The Hub is a one-stop-shop for student experience. 

Students can find information and meet with staff from the offices of Community Life, Career Services, Student Success, Residence Life, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Programs/Activities, Student Leadership, and Experiential Education. The Experience Hub serves students. 



Experience First: 

A capstone course where you’ll gain hands-on experience with a team of peers as you pair up with local businesses and organizations to provide creative solutions to real-world challenges.

Students say…

“Experience First helped me develop skills in professional writing, holding business meetings, leading a team toward a goal, and working with persons who have different learning styles and strengths. I don’t know of any other college or university that has a program like Experience First.”

Dana Smith | business management major 

Dana’s Experience First group worked with the fair-trade apparel company, GOEX, to develop a marketing plan.


Partners say…

As an employee of True North Partners, Johnny Milabu served as a professional partner for an Experience First group. Here’s what he had to say about our students:

“The students assigned to True North helped build a survey that assisted us in our work with a prospective client. The survey and results impressed the client, who ultimately expressed the desire to conduct business with True North. I was proud of the students because I knew how hard they worked to succeed.”

Johnny Milabu | computer information systems major 

Johnny had the unique situation of being a professional partner and a former Experience First student!

More Experience-based Opportunities 

Entrepreneurial Class. Want to know what it’s like to run your own business? Find out in our entrepreneurship capstone course where you’ll create a business on campus. Previous endeavors include Breaking Bread Pretzel Stand, It’s Poppin’ Gourmet Popcorn, and Smash Brothers (where students pay “per-hit” to demolish a car). 

The SMART Center. Students who possess an entrepreneurial spirit can have the unique opportunity of working and growing their business in the SMART Center. Take Jeremey, for example, who makes and sells his homemade sugar-free gummy bears in the SMART Centers test kitchen. 

The campus store and coffee shop. Students gain real-world experience running and managing our campus store and coffee shop.