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Parent & Guest Info

Parent & Guest Info


Welcome to Clemson University New Student Orientation for 2017 summer and fall semesters. We are delighted that you are planning to attend new student orientation with your Clemson student. The guest program is a parallel program that provides you with valuable information regarding your student's transition to our campus.


  • We recommend that a parent or legal guardian accompany the student to orientation. We offer a specific program, apart from the student program, for parents to learn about their student's academic path, meet other parents and learn more about campus and university resources.

  • The student will be able to add one-two guests when registering for their orientation session. There is no separate registration form for guests. The student will provide your email address and we will contact you directly with a confirmation of the guest registration.

  • Any person attending with the student, including parents and other family members, must be a registered guest of the new Clemson student for the orientation session.

  • There is a per-person guest fee. This fee covers the logistical aspects of the program, session materials and lunch.

  • Sibling attendance is not recommended. The guest program is designed for parents and 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 the student in the student program.

  • The guest is responsible for obtaining and paying for their own accommodations and all other meals during the orientation session.

  • This program includes walking on campus. We provide shuttle bus transportation for portions of the program. All venues and transportation are ADA compliant.

  • More information about session check-in and parking will be provided on a webpage, Session Info & Check-in; this information will be available in late May.

  • The fee for guests of freshman students is $35 per person.

  • Day 1 begins at 8 a.m. with session check-in at the Watt Family Innovation Center; the required programming on Day 2 concludes late afternoon after your student's course registration. You have the option to participate in other programming available during the late afternoon; see schedule for details.

  • Housing and all other meals during orientation are your responsibility. Lunch is provided on Day 1.

  • We offer on-campus housing in a residence hall, as an option for you.

    • There is an additional per-person fee for this housing.

    • The student can select this option for you when they register you as a guest.

    • Space is limited.

    • More information is available below.

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

  • We offer on-campus housing in a residence hall, as an option for you.

    • The assigned residence hall for guests is Barnett Hall. Guests do not stay in the same residence hall as students.

    • The student can select this option for you when they register you as a guest.

    • Space is limited. Once all available rooms are purchased for a session, guest housing will not show up as an option for guests in that session.

  • Information re Barnett Hall:

    • It is a traditional-style residence hall. It is not a hotel setting.

    • There are individual rooms with two twin beds (maximum of two guests per room).

    • Community gender-specific bathrooms are located on each floor.

    • The one or two guests registered by the student will have/share their own room.

    • A linen set, pillow, shower towel and internet access are provided for each paid guest staying in Barnett. No amenities are available (no alarm clocks or televisions).

  • Fees for on-campus guest housing:

    • Fees are per person. The fee is $55 for the night of Day 1.

    • This fee includes additional meals - dinner on Day 1 with your student in the dining hall and breakfast on Day 2.

    • If you select on-campus housing, you have two additional options: (a) you may add pre-orientation housing for the night before Day 1 at an additional cost of $20 per person; and (b) you may add post-orientation housing for the night of Day 2 at an additional cost of $20 per person. NOTE: No housing is available for the night of July 21 (Day 2 of last session).

    • We are unable to provide housing for the day before and day after a session unless it is an add-on to the night of Day 1.

  • Example - if a student brings her mother and father to orientation and the parents want to stay in Barnett Hall:

    • The orientation guest fee is $35 per person for a total of $70.

    • The housing fee is $55 per person for a total of $110. Mother and Father would share a room.

    • Total fees would be $180. 

    • If the guests want to add on an extra night of housing, it would be an additional $20 per person for each night added.

  • Other information about on-campus guest housing:

    • We recommend you pack light.

    • You are allowed to park in green-lined spaces around Barnett Hall after 4:30 p.m. each evening with the orientation parking pass displayed on your vehicle's dashboard. Plan to move your vehicle by 7:00 a.m. the next morning to the designated orientation parking lot, Lot C-1, to avoid a parking ticket.

    • To sign out of housing: Guests are asked to leave the residence hall and return the room key(s) and fob(s) to the Barnett Hall front desk staff by noon.

    • There is no storage space available for luggage, backpacks and other personal items.

  • The fee for guests of transfer students is $30 per person.

  • Orientation begins at 8 a.m. with session check-in at the Watt Family Innovation Center and will conclude by mid-afternoon for guests. The student program will conclude no later than 5:30 p.m.

  • Lunch is provided.

  • Housing during orientation is your responsibility. We are unable to provide any housing for guests of transfer students at orientation.

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


Questions and Schedule Info

To access more information about the orientation session schedule, please download the Clemson Events app. Then select New Student Orientation. You can also access the schedule from your computer in a web-based app; click here to visit Clemson New Student Orientation 2017 schedule. It will be updated often to provide you with the most current schedule and information.


An outline of the daily orientation session schedule will be available to download. Check back again soon!


Contact our office with any questions you may have about orientation. You can reach us at 864-656-0515 or orientation@clemson.edu. We look forward to seeing you on campus this summer!