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Key Advising Information

Registration Tools

  1. Major Requirements — Worksheets
  2. Degree Works
  3. Advising Worksheet Example
  4. Approved International Studies Requirement Course — AY 2012-2013 and before
  5. Schedule Planning Form
  6. Registration Information
  7. Office of the Registrar
  8. Registration Coordinators

Advanced Placement, Transfer Placement

  1. Clemson Math Placement Test (CMPT)
  2. Advanced Placement Credits
  3. Foreign Language Placement Test
  4. Transfer Credit Equivalency List (TCEL)

Academic Policies to Know

  1. Undergraduate Announcements, Catalog
    • Academic Eligibility — Refer to Clemson’s guidelines in regards to eligibility standards to ensure academic success.
    • Academic Grievances  — These guidelines will explain the process you would take if you felt that you were treated unfairly in the assigning of a final grade.
    • Academic Integrity —  Refer to Clemson’s guidelines on honesty and respect in academics, and learn what to do if your academic integrity is ever questioned.
  2. GPA Calculator

Opportunities to Excel

  1. Student Enrichment Office
  2. Study Abroad
  3. Business in Paris
  4. Cooperative Education (Co-op)
  5. Internships
  6. Leadership Opportunities
  7. Student Advisory Board
  8. Lyceum Scholars Program
  9. Clemson IDEAS
  10. Tiger Venture Accelerator
  11. Creative Inquiry
  12. Student Organizations and Clubs

University Services

  1. Academic Success Center
  2. Student Accessibility Services
  3. Center for Career and Professional Development
  4. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  5. Student Affairs
  6. Scholarships and Financial Aid
  7. University Academic Advising
  8. Undergraduate Studies

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Change of Major Policy

Pre-Business Program (Non-Degree)

Students wishing to change their major to pre-business must 1) have completed at least 12 credit hours of college work at Clemson, 2) meet the Continuing Enrollment Policy and 3) have a minimum 2.0 GPR.

Business Degree Programs

Any student wishing to pursue a BS degree in accounting, economics, financial management, management or marketing must first be admitted to the pre-business program, satisfactorily complete the pre-business freshman core curriculum and have a minimum GPR of 2.0. Students wishing to change majors into the BS in marketing program must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPR.

Students who exceed 64 credit hours in the pre-business program and still do not meet the requirements for admission into a business degree program must declare another major.

Graphic Communications
Students wishing to change their major to graphic communications must 1) have completed at least 12 credit hours of course work at Clemson, 2) meet the Continuing Enrollment Policy, 3) have a minimum 2.0 GPR and 4) have earned a “B” or better in GC 1020.

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How to Identify Your Advisor

  • Go to IROAR
  • Click on "Students"
  • Click on "View Student Information"
  • If you have an assigned academic advisor, their name will appear in the text.

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Preregistration Advising Bulletin

All Clemson University students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes. To assist you with meeting this requirement in a timely fashion, the Academic Advising Center will begin preregistration advising for the spring semester in September and the fall semester in February. Please review the information below carefully so that you will know what to do, where and when to do it.

Scheduling a preregistration advising appointment

The Academic Advising Center has full-time professional academic advisors to meet with students throughout the year. However, during the time crunch of preregistration advising, it is absolutely necessary that you plan ahead and schedule an appointment with an advisor. Advising appointments are 30-minutes long. We begin accepting advising appointments via electronic calendar in October for spring registration and in February for fall registration. An email announcement is sent from the advising center when the electronic calendar is available. You may access the calendar appointment link from the email you receive or by clicking here.

The Academic Advising Center is located in G-02 Sirrine Hall.

How do you know which advisor to see?

All pre-business students — Accounting, Economics BS, Financial Management, Management, and Marketing — are advised by the Academic Advising Center advisors. NOTE: Economics BS students begin their coursework in pre-business, Economics BA students do not. Economics BA and Graphic Communications students are advised by their specific department advisors.

All advisors in the advising center can assist pre-business students. However, during preregistration students are assigned to specific advisors. When you log on to the appointment calendar, you will be automatically directed to your assigned advisor’s calendar.

Students already in their major are advised by their specific department advisors. Check iRoar to determine your assigned advisor.


During preregistration advising we will accept appointments only from students currently in the College of Business. We will begin taking advising appointments for students wishing to change their major into pre-business at the end of November in the fall semester and at the end of April in the spring semester. Until then, meet with your regular advisor to get your advising materials and complete the relevant advising worksheet for your intended major. The worksheet will guide your course selection during registration.

Advising schedule

Preregistration advising appointments are available from mid-October to mid-November in the fall semester and mid-February to mid-April in the spring semester. Advising appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. online.

How to prepare for your preregistration advising appointment

Our primary goal is to provide you with high quality, professional academic guidance for navigating the often confusing intellectual waters of collegiate life — but we need your help to do our job. Here are several things you should do prior to meeting with an advisor:

Gather Your Resources
If you have not already done so, create a file to store all the information you have received from the University regarding your academic career. This should include the appropriate Undergraduate Announcements (your college catalog), a current Intended Major “What If” Degree Progress Report (DPR), academic advising forms, final semester grade reports, etc. This file will serve as your protection against the occasional bureaucratic error.

Investigate Your Information Links with the University (iROAR)
Clemson University has a new information access system for students:

Plan, Plan and Plan Again
The spring/fall semester schedule of classes is available on the Clemson homepage. Using the resources you gathered above, begin planning which courses you need and want to enroll in for the spring or fall semester. This will require that you familiarize yourself with the rules, regulations and requirements outlined in the Undergraduate Announcements. Review all requirements for both general education and your major. Specifically, read carefully those sections pertaining to your major. For each course that you anticipate taking, check the Undergraduate Announcements to make sure that you have met all prerequisites. If the system allows you to enroll in a class for which you have not met the prerequisites, you may be dropped from the course after the semester begins. Because of high demand and limited class space, some courses are filled quickly and early during registration. Therefore, it is important that you create a master course plan that’s flexible by having a reserve list of other courses that fit into your master plan just in case you cannot get your first choices.

Click here for more information on preparing for your pre-registration advising appointment.

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Student Responsibilities

Your Responsibility During Advising

  • See Student Responsibility under the "General Information" heading in your Undergraduate Announcements for an official statement on student responsibility toward degree completion.
  • Clarify your personal values, abilities, interests and goals.
  • Become knowledgeable and adhere to institutional policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Regularly visit the advising center’s webpage to keep abreast of announcements and policy changes.
  • Contact and make an appointment with an advisor during preregistration advising or when in need of assistance.
  • Prepare for advising sessions and bring appropriate resources or materials to include in your intended major “What If” Degree Progress Report.
  • Follow through on actions identified during each advising session.
  • Accept final responsibility for all decisions.

Your Advisor’s Responsibility

  • Help students define and develop realistic educational and career plans.
  • Assist students in planning an academic program consistent with their abilities and interests.
  • Assist advisees in identifying career opportunities.
  • Interpret and provide rationale for instructional policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Approve all designated educational transactions (e.g., schedule, drops and adds, withdrawals, change of major, waivers, graduation requirements).
  • Monitor progress toward educational and career goals.
  • Inform students of administrative, academic and personal services and resources available to them.
  • Refer students when academic or personal problems require intervention by other professionals.
  • Protect the privacy of student information as set forth in The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99).

(Modified from NACADA Advising Guidelines)

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FAQ About the Academic Advising Center

Where is the advising center located?

We are in G-02 Sirrine Hall, on the corner of Calhoun Drive and Fernow Street.

When is the advising center open?

We are open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

When is advising for next semester's registration?

Preregistration for spring classes begins in October. Preregistration for fall classes begins in February. Watch for email announcements from the Academic Advising Center. Click here for more details.

How do I schedule an advising appointment?

During preregistration advising, follow the instructions in the Preregistration Advising Bulletin. Before and after preregistration advising, you may schedule an appointment with a specific advisor by contacting that advisor by email (see contact information). You may also drop by our office without an appointment and see any available advisor.

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is an electronic record of your degree requirements that shows what courses you have taken and still need to take in order to graduate with a degree in your major. Students may obtain a copy of their academic progress by going to the Degree Works page from iROAR. This audit is a degree progress and advising tool, which may contain errors. It is not your academic transcript and does not represent an irrevocable contract with Clemson University. Please consult your advisor for information regarding academic requirements and degree completion.

How do I change my major?

Request to Change Academic Programs forms are available from the Academic Advising Center. To make the process smoother, students should visit the Academic Advising Center for instructions on the best way to complete this form. Click here for Change of Major Criteria for the College of Business. *Information for Current Pre-Business Students Only.

What do I need to do to receive my Language Placement Credit?

Go to Room 717 Strode Hall and complete an Exception Credit Form.

I am interested in applying to medical school. What are the math and science courses that I will need to be prepared for the MCAT?

As a general guide, you will need 16 hours of chemistry, eight hours of biology, eight hours of physics and three hours of calculus to be prepared for the MCATS and to meet entrance requirements for most medical schools. However, school requirements may vary, and you will need to verify course requirements with the specific schools to which you plan to apply. For additional information, visit Pre-Professional Studies in Health.

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FAQ About Registration and Advising

Do I have to meet with an advisor even if I know what courses I need to take next semester?

The short answer is 'yes.' At this point in your academic career, you no longer need an advisor to direct your course selection; however, your advisor can still offer any needed advice. Your advisor is most familiar with the latest academic changes and regulations. Be sure to check in at least once a semester with your advisor.

I am changing my major. Why do I still need to meet with my Academic Advising Center advisor?

Until your major is officially changed through the records office, you will need to meet with your current advisor. Your academic records are kept by your current advisor until he/she receives notification that your change of major has been processed, at which time he/she will forward your materials to your new major. We do this so you won't get lost in the system.

Are there any walk-in times during preregistration advising?

During pre-registration advising, students who are not currently identified in iROAR as pre-business may use our walk-in advising period from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. 

All pre-business students must make an advising appointment. If you have follow-up questions after your appointment, you should send your advisor an e-mail or visit our office during our walk-in advising period each day from 1 to 4 p.m.  Keep in mind, you may only use this period after you have met with your advisor during our pre-registration advising period.

During the peak advising period, please be patient while waiting for a response. Our advisors are in advising appointments most of the day; they will respond to your questions as soon as they can.

My advising appointment isn't until after my registration date. Will I get into the classes I need?

While you should try to schedule your appointment as soon as the advising schedule opens in order to be ready for registration when your time comes, if your appointment is after your scheduled registration login date, don't worry. You will be able to register for the classes you absolutely need, perhaps not at the times you want, but YOU WILL GET THE CLASSES YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED FOR YOUR MAJOR.

The courses that tend to create a high demand are those that satisfy the general education requirements, it's an issue with supply and demand. It is much easier for departments to predict how many students in their majors will need a certain course than to predict how many students, from everyone on campus, might want to take a course for a general education requirement in a specific semester.

If I cannot get into a class, should I sign up on the wait list?

YES! Departments want to accommodate student requests for classes, but doing so takes time and managerial acumen. Think of it as a supply and demand relationship. Students want courses; faculty want to teach them. However, it is rather challenging to accurately predict how many students need to take a particular class in a particular semester. Departments must balance student demand with availability of teachers and classrooms. Depending on how many students want a particular course, departments may open additional seats in existing sections or create a new section.

Each department manages their wait list differently, so one size management strategy doesn't necessarily fit all. If you absolutely need a certain class but haven't been added to the course by the last week of the semester, contact the registration coordinator to discuss their policy and your options.

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