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Next Steps

One Stop Enrollment ResourcesCongratulations, and welcome to the Clemson Family! Our goal as an institution is to help you grow as a student, as a leader and as a person. Now that you’ve been accepted, it’s time to get enrolled and prepared to step onto campus. The following are 17 major steps to help you through the process.

Additional registration information can be found on our One-Stop page, a one-stop shop for your enrollment questions, including important tips and information about procedures, deadlines, billing, financial aid, registration, submitting your transcripts and more.

Before Orientation

Step 1: Activate your Clemson username.

Please go to: myusername.clemson.edu

To activate your Clemson University Username:

  1. You will need your Clemson University XID (for example, C12345678) that was sent to you in your acceptance letter.
  2. You will need your Username Activation code, which will be emailed to you. Please note that this email may be received several days after receiving your letter.  If you need this information resent to you by email, please contact the Admissions Office or ITHELP.

Then, you can proceed with getting the authentication of your Clemson University Username.

Once you know your Clemson University Username and Password, please completely CLOSE YOUR BROWSER and open a new session.

Step 2: Set up your Clemson email.

Your official Clemson email address is username@clemson.edu. In partnership with Google, Clemson offers students Google Apps for Education accounts. This account has already been created with your Clemson username. All you need to do is set up your account and password.

Step 3: Pay your deposit.

All incoming freshmen and transfer students must pay a nonrefundable $200 deposit.

IF YOU ARE BEGINNING YOUR CLEMSON STUDIES IN THE FALL (or SUMMER) SEMESTER: Pay your deposit online by going to iroar.clemson.edu and logging into your portal page, but now, as one of our New Students, using your Clemson Username.

The deposit will be paid and applied toward the tuition and fees for the fall semester, even if you are enrolling starting during the summer term.

If you have any question about the entry date that you listed on your application, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before attempting to submit the deposit.

The deposit will be applied toward the tuition and fees if you enroll for the fall semester.

Step 4: Meet all financial aid deadlines.

Financial aid applicants typically are notified of their awards beginning in April. Check the Financial Aid website for deadline information.

Step 5: Apply for housing.

New student housing application contracts will be available beginning on Nov. 1 for those starting Clemson in January 2014 (Spring term), and Jan. 2 for those starting Clemson in August 2014 (Fall or Summer Terms). At that time, you can apply for housing online. Visit the University Housing website for the application and additional housing information. Also, note that all freshman housing applications for fall and summer terms are due by May 15.

Freshmen are guaranteed housing and are required to live on campus. Current students and incoming freshmen have priority for assignment to University housing. Transfer students are offered on-campus housing as space permits.

Housing priority for all new students is based on the application date to the University, not on the date you applied for housing.

Step 6: Schedule your Orientation session.

Register for Orientation, which is required for all new students. There your faculty adviser will help you sign up for your classes. You’ll also meet fellow incoming students and get a chance to become familiar with campus. Orientation for the spring semester is held in January. Parents and guardians are strongly recommended to attend with their new student.

Step 7: Submit medical forms to Redfern Health Center.

All students are required to submit Student Immunization Form with documentation of the required immunizations prior to the completion of registration. Redfern Health Center also provides options for student health insurance for undergraduate students.

Step 8: Take placement tests.

Math

All accepted students, both freshman and transfer, MUST complete the Clemson Mathematics Placement Test (CMPT) in order to register for the first mathematics course required by their major. The CMPT insures proper advising for new students at Orientation.

Students who don’t achieve a satisfactory score on the CMPT, or those who don’t take the test, might be required to take a preparatory math course prior to starting the initial math course required for their major.

A low score on the CMPT doesn’t prevent you from using transfer credit to satisfy course prerequisites. If your CMPT score is lower than the minimum required for enrollment in these courses, however, we recommend you consult with your academic adviser before accepting transfer credit. Your score might suggest that you will have difficulty in subsequent courses. See the Clemson Mathematics Placement Test website for additional information.

Foreign language

If your intended major requires a foreign language and you plan to take French, German or Spanish to meet that requirement, you must take the Clemson Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) (scroll down on page) before registering for a foreign language course during summer Orientation. Even if you have taken an AP or IB exam or the SAT II test, you are still required to take the FLPT.

You don’t have to take the FLPT if you wish to begin a new language in which you have no background. Transfer students who have received college credit for a foreign language and who plan to continue with the same foreign language at Clemson are not required to take the FLPT.

The FLPT takes approximately one hour to complete. Preregistration is not required. For more information, including the test schedule, please visit the Department of Languages or call 864-656-3393.

Step 9: View Transfer Credits.

Accepted students with transferring credits from another institution, AP/IB credit and dual-enrollment credit may review the evaluation of their transfer credit here.

In order to access your transfer credit summary, you will need your Clemson Username and password. Instructions for activating your Username can be found in “Step One: Activate your Clemson Username.”

You may want to print a copy of your transfer credit summary for your records. It is recommended to bring a copy of the transfer credit summary when attending orientation at Clemson.

Step 10: Prepare for Legal Presence Verification.

South Carolina state law requires all state institutions of higher education to verify legal presence in U.S. For students who are U.S. citizens, you will be asked to provide documentation to confirm your current legal presence. On the first day of orientation, you will need to provide one of the following items:

  1. Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid to Clemson) (our code number is 003425);
  2. Show a valid S.C. driver's license issued after Jan. 1, 2002; 
  3. Show a current U.S. Passport; 
  4. Show an original U.S. or U.S. Territory Birth Certificate (not a hospital certificate), Certificate of Naturalization, U.S. government-issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certificate of Citizenship. 

Please note the original documents are required for verification, no copies will be accepted. However, we only need to see the original documents, and they will not be taken up or kept by Clemson. If you are unable to provide this information at orientation, you will have 30 days after the start of classes to declare your legal presence without penalty.

For legal aliens, you must complete immigration documentation with the Office of International Affairs within 30 days of the first day of fall classes. You will be verified as follows:

  1. U.S. permanent residents' status will be verified through the SAVE system
  2. J-1 and F-1 Student Visa holders will be verified through the SEVIS system 
  3. All other aliens will be verified through the SAVE system.

During Orientation

Step 11: Research laptops.

All Clemson students are required to own a laptop computer. While you can bring any laptop that meets the minimum specifications, the University recommends specific Apple and Windows-based laptops each year. Students who use the recommended laptops receive both software and hardware support.

After Orientation

Step 12: Pay your bill.

Be sure to pay your bill. Bills are available online in mid-July for the fall semester. A Tuition Payment Plan is available. For information on charges or the installment payment plan, please call the Bursar’s Office at 864-656-5592.

Step 13: Start your CU 1000 Clemson Connect course.

During Orientation, you will be introduced to and registered for CU 1000, which is required for all new students. Before classes start, watch the iClemson video through Blackboard, read and complete your summer reading book assignment (Freshmen only) and check out Blackboard for Welcome Leader and Welcome Group information. In CU 1000, you'll also get a chance to register for Academic Success Center Jumpstart Workshops, a New Student Service project and/or Laptop Workshops.

Step 14: Complete Title IX Training.

All incoming first-year and transfer students must complete Think About It, an online Title IX training module. Completion of this training is a University requirement for all students, faculty and staff. You will receive an email to your Clemson email account with instructions on how to complete this assignment.

Step 15: Find out about our clubs and organizations.

So much of the college experience comes from groups students are involved in on campus. We have more than 300 student clubs and organizations from fraternities and sororities to the performing arts and politics. There are also more than 50 intramural and club sports and from volleyball to scuba diving. With this vast selection, you should easily find something you’re interested in.

Once you're on campus you'll get information about the Organization Fair that's held every year. To find out even more about student orgs at Clemson, log into OrgSync@Clemson (choose Clemson from the dropdown and login using your Clemson username and password).

Step 16: Get ahead with Summer School.

Any applicant accepted for August entrance can take summer classes in the Second Summer session. If you wish to attend, let the Office of Admissions know.

Step 17: Prepare to move to Clemson.

You must have your parking pass in place when you arrive on campus. If you're moving on campus, be sure to visit the University Housing website for move-in times and procedures.

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