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New Student Checklist

These checklists were created to help identify tasks that should be completed prior to starting your first semester at Clemson. To make your transition to Clemson as smooth as possible, we highly encourage you to follow all three checklists and complete each task.


Before Orientation

  • Contact Student Accessibility Services if you anticipate needing special accommodations as a Clemson student.

  • Apply for University Housing.

  • Register for Orientation. You will have access to the online registration program after you first pay the University Admissions deposit.

  • Complete online Math Placement Test. All new students are required to take this placement test before coming to campus for orientation. This requirement applies to freshman, transfer and Bridge-to-Clemson students. The score on this test is an essential requirement for your academic advising session. 

  • Complete online Modern Language Placement Test (French, German or Spanish only) if you are continuing your studies in one of these languages. The score on this test is an essential requirement for your academic advising session.

  • Complete the Student Immunization Forms and submit proper documentation.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Ensure final transcripts are submitted to University Admissions.

  • Transfer students only: Bring all credit evaluations and other materials sent by Clemson Admissions.

  • Begin researching which laptop to purchase and pre-register for laptop workshop to attend during your orientation session.

  • Submit your photo for your TigerOne Card (official University ID) using the online photo submission webpage. Review the guidelines before submitting your photo to ensure a quality photo is submitted.

  • Create the Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) through the Duo Security app to ensure access to iROAR. This is a requirement for all Clemson students. Click here to learn how.

  • Preview iROAR course registration program.

  • If you know you want to request a change of major, contact University Admissions to make the change-of-major request before you attend your orientation session.

  • Take a look at Clemson Undergraduate Announcements for your academic year. This is an online publication.

  • Review Clemson’s website, and jot down any specific questions you may want to ask at orientation.

  • Download the Clemson app to your smartphone.

  • Access your Clemson email regularly for important updates.


During Orientation

  • Attend all scheduled meetings and presentations during the session.

  • Meet with an academic adviser.

  • Get TigerOne Card. A valid photo ID is needed to pick up your card.

  • Bring your laptop that you plan to use in fall semester and attend a laptop workshop (optional).

  • Complete fall semester course registration and leave with a full schedule - 12 hours minimum.

  • Meet at least one person who can be a resource.

  • Ask questions, have fun!


After Orientation

  • Check your Clemson email daily. Email is Clemson’s primary form of communication with you.

  • Complete orientation evaluation sent electronically.

  • Order your Clemson laptop, if needed, and if you didn't attend a workshop during your orientation session, pre-register for laptop workshop before classes start.

  • Purchase Parking Permit. Commuter or resident parking pass is required if planning to park on campus.

  • Sign up for CU Safe Alerts - an emergency information texting system.

  • Contact roommate to plan for move-in.

  • Visit University Housing website for move-in updates.

  • Register your valuables (laptop, bicycle, etc.) with Clemson University Police Department.

  • Ensure FAFSA is complete and aid committed to your account.

  • Pay Tuition and Fees - University bill is available online.

  • Visit Tiger Transition: Kick-Off Clemson to see scheduled events for your return to campus!

  • You will learn about an online training module regarding the importance of the federal law known as "Title IX." This is a university requirement for all new students. You will receive an email notification when the training is activated for you.