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Frequently Asked Questions


Below is general information regarding summer orientation sessions for all new undergraduate students. If you have any specific questions or need more information, please call Student Transitions and Family Programs at 864-656-0515 or email us at orientation@clemson.edu. Provide your name and XID for our reference.


  • You, the student, need to be here. Orientation is a mandatory program at Clemson, with many academic and campus life presentations and programs, and course registration for the upcoming semester.

  • You may attend any open session; open sessions will show up as available choices during online registration. Session availability is first-come, first-served, based upon your academic major. Students in the Calhoun Honors College, Early Success Program, CONNECTIONS, FIRST Summer Preview, and scholarship athletes may have specific sessions they are asked to attend.

  • Your session date is not confirmed until you complete the online registration, make the payment, and receive the confirmation email.

  • If you wish to attend a particular session with a friend, we encourage each of you to sign up at the same time and select the same session.

  • Once a session has reached capacity, it will be closed. We do not maintain waiting lists.

  • It is highly encouraged that you bring your parent(s) or guardian(s). We offer a specific program, apart from the student program, for your family members to learn about their student's academic path, meet other parents and learn more about campus and university resources.

  • Sibling attendance is not recommended. The guest program is designed for parents/guardians. Younger children may tire easily and get bored with the process.

  • Significant others are welcome. However, they will follow the guest program. They will not be able to tag along with you in the student program.

  • An open mind, patience and excitement!

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes

  • An umbrella and raincoat - just in case

  • Paper and pens for taking notes

  • Money for snacks and souvenirs

  • FYI: Alarm clocks, televisions and telephones are not provided in the residence halls

  • Your laptop (the one you will be using in fall semester) so you can participate in the optional laptop workshop

  • Travel arrangements are not included in the Orientation and Transition Fee and are your responsibility to coordinate. We recommend that you wait and make your travel plans after you receive the orientation session confirmation email to avoid any additional transportation charges.

  • The designated parking lot for all orientation sessions is Lot C-1, located near the Hendrix Student Center. You can view the Campus Parking Map to learn more. A parking pass will be available for you to download/print. You will need to place it on your vehicle's dashboard.

  • Allow enough travel time; the session starts at 8 a.m. Summer freshman sessions conclude mid-afternoon on Day Two; transfer sessions conclude by 5:30 p.m.

  • Arriving by air? Greenville SC (GSP) is the closest airport and is approximately 1 hour away. Clemson is halfway between Charlotte, NC (CLT) and Atlanta, GA (ATL); each airport is about 2 1/2 hours away.

  • Driving to campus? The GPS address for the Hendrix Student Center, located near the assigned orientation parking lot and residence halls, is 720 McMillan Road, Clemson, SC 29634.

  • Are you traveling alone? Although Clemson is a safe place and environment, it is good to practice general caution when traveling to a place by yourself, especially if visiting our campus for the first time. Ensure that your travel arrangements are confirmed in advance. Review the orientation web site for check-in information and the information in FAQs. Do not hesitate to contact our office or any of the other departments on campus if you need assistance. Helpful and emergency contact information is provided below.

  • Vehicles displaying a state-issued valid disability access parking permit or license plate may park as allowed by South Carolina law.

  • Many local area accommodations for your guests are available. We recommend the James F. Martin Inn, located at the Madren Conference Center on campus. Reserve now at 888-654-9020.

  • More information can be found on these pages, Clemson Class of 1944 Visitors Center and Campus Map.

  • The program includes walking on campus; we suggest comfortable clothing and shoes. All venues are ADA compliant.

  • You will not need your car during the on-campus program events.

  • If you arrive the night before your session, there are several dining options: (1) Fresh Food Company Dining Hall will be open until 6:30 p.m. for general campus use during the summer evenings. The cost for dinner is about $10; cash and credit cards are accepted at the door. (2) Off-campus dining within walking distance is available at restaurants in downtown Clemson; most restaurants close around 8 p.m. during the summer. (3) Many pizza restaurants deliver to on-campus locations. Phone books with local delivery options are always available at the front desks of the residence halls.

  • If staying on campus in one of our residence halls, we recommend you pack light. Students and guests are required to leave the residence halls and return the room keys/fobs to the front desk staff by no later than noon. There is no storage space available for luggage, backpacks or other personal items.

  • Tiger Transit is an on-campus only evening transportation service. You can request a ride via the my.clemson app or 864-656-3333. Hours of operation are 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. every day.

  • What about special needs or assistance for you or a family member? Call us if you have questions at 864-656-0515. During the online registration process, please note any assistance or accommodations that your or your guest may need. Our Dining Services partners are prepared to assist with any special dietary needs.

  • Do I really need to attend orientation because (a) I attended orientation at my previous institution, or (2) my family member went to Clemson? Yes, orientation is unique to each student who attends. Clemson is continually improving its academic and campus life programs and services for you. Orientation is an opportunity to meet other students who are experiencing the same transition. Many life-long friendships have been established during orientation.

  • Do I meet with an academic adviser? Yes, you do. You will attend a meeting specifically for your major, and have an advising meeting with an academic adviser. Then you will register for the upcoming semester courses.

  • How much is a t-shirt? The t-shirts sold at orientation are designed specifically for our orientation attendees, with designs for the student, mom and dad. The t-shirts are $15. You may purchase these items during the online registration or while here on campus at orientation.

  • What is the Parent Fan Pack? The Parent Fan Pack is $30 and available for purchase during the online registration or while here on campus at orientation. The Fan Pack includes a canvas tote bag, insulated beverage cup, car decal, orange pom-pom, set of beverage can coozies and post-it notes. These are the perfect accessories to show off your Tiger spirit!

  • To learn more about enrolling in courses for summer session, please visit the Summer Session website.

  • Most new students are accepted for the fall semester. To take summer courses, you must talk with University Admissions to ensure that you are in fact admitted/accepted for the summer session. You can reach Admissions at cuadmissions@clemson.edu or 864-656-2287.

  • Summer Session I starts May 17 and Summer Session II starts June 28. As an accepted student for the summer session, your time ticket to register for summer classes in iROAR will open automatically. You may contact your academic adviser directly to seek guidance re suggested courses for your curriculum.

  • If you are planning to enroll in Summer Session II, we recommend that you attend an early orientation session prior to this date. You can then obtain appropriate academic advising and register for both summer and fall courses at orientation.