Clemson Orientation

Freshman Students

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Welcome to Clemson University Orientation for 2014 fall semester.

Things to Know

Orientation for you is a two-day program. The Orientation and Transition Fee is $275. This fee provides for the complete orientation experience, which includes the summer program and Clemson Connect in August before classes start. This is a series of integrated programs designed to assist new students in their successful transition to Clemson.

Day 1 begins with check-in at 8 a.m. in the Hendrix Student Center; Day 2 concludes by 2 p.m. after course registration. Meals are included - lunch and dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2. A schedule-at-a-glance is available in the New Student Online Pre-Guide (link found below) to outline the events and programs for both days.

Students are provided housing in Manning Hall for the night of Day 1; it is included in the fee. Room includes a pillow, linens and towels. We recommend that you pack light. Students are required to leave Manning Hall and return their room keys/fobs by no later than noon on Day Two. There is no storage space available for luggage, backpacks or other personal items. Options for you during online registration:

  • You may add pre-orientation housing for the night before Day 1 at an additional cost of $20. 
  • You may add post-orientation housing for the night of Day 2 at an additional cost of $20.

How to Register a Guest

During online registration, you may add one or two guests. The fee for each guest is $25; this fee covers their materials, the program and lunch on Day 1. Guests will attend their own orientation program, which does not follow the student program at times.

UPDATE: Guest housing in Barnett Hall for the sessions July 7-8, 10-11, 14-15 and 17-18 is at capacity. If you have previously made a reservation for guest housing, the accommodations are confirmed. We are unable to accept any more reservations by phone. We are also unable to accept any walk-in requests for housing at the sessions.

Guests are responsible for obtaining their own accommodations during orientation. There is an option for you to reserve and purchase on-campus housing for your guests; this fee is in addition to the guest fee. The rooms are located in a traditional-style student residence hall; it is not a hotel setting. The room includes a pillow, linens and towels, and internet access (no television, alarm clock or other typical hotel amenities provided).

  • Housing is $55 per person for the night of Day 1 in Barnett Hall. Barnett is a traditional-style residence hall. There are individual rooms with two twin beds (maximum of two guests per room) with community bathrooms on each floor. Two guests from the same family will share a room. A single parent/guest will have their own room. The bathrooms will be gender-specific. Two meals are also included with this room - dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2.
  • If housing is purchased for Day 1, you may add pre-orientation housing and post-orientation housing for $20 per person, per night. We are unable to offer either of these additional accommodation options unless it is an add-on to the Day 1 housing.
  • There is limited space available for guest housing at each session.  It will be available until we reach capacity.
  • NOTE: all guest housing fees are per person.
  • We recommend that you pack light. Guests must leave the residence hall and return the room keys/fobs by no later than noon on Day Two. There is no storage space available for luggage, backpacks or other personal items.

Orientation Pre-Guide

The 2014 New Student Online Pre-Guide to Clemson University is available for your reference. It will have information to help you prepare for the two-day orientation session on campus. It is recommended that both you and your parents read through the guide prior to orientation. It contains information such as:

  • items to complete prior to attending orientation, including placement tests and medical clearance information
  • travel and parent/guest accommodations information
  • orientation schedule information for both the student program and the parent/guest program
  • link to the orientation parking pass

We do not recommend that you print the pre-guide. You will receive printed materials when you attend the orientation session. Also review the New Student Checklist and FAQs for helpful info.


Contact our office with any questions you may have about orientation. You can reach us at 864-656-4402 or We look forward to seeing you on campus this summer!