General Details (will be updated in November 2015)


Advance registration is required.  (Registration is now open)
See detailed registration instructions by following the REGISTER and PAY link in the left margin  Registration should be completed for an entire class/group at one time by the teacher coordinating the trip, not by individual students.  Plan to complete registration all at once/at one sitting by the end of February or the beginning of March.

A parent may register his/her child separately ONLY if he/she is the only representative from his/her school or class participating. Otherwise, the registration should be completed by the teacher coordinating the trip for a class/group.   

Fees  (due March 25)

  • Student Registration (required) $10.00/student
  • T-shirt (optional) $10.00 each (sizes S, M, L, XL)
  • T-shirt (optional) $12.00 (sizes XXL, XXXL)

Credit cards are the preferred method of payment and strongly encouraged.  If your school cannot pay via credit card, an option to print an invoice and mail a check in for payment will be available for a limited time.   Checks should be made payable to Clemson University and mailed to: Stephanie Evans, Biology Merit Exam, Dept. of Biological Sciences, 132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-0314.

Requests for refunds must be received by April 3 after which fees are non-refundable.  Any T-shirts purchased will be mailed to the coordinating teacher after the exam.

On-site Check-In (required)

Check-In is April 17 from 8:45am - 9:45am at Littlejohn Coliseum. One teacher or chaperone from each school should check in their entire group.  Students must have been registered online and in advance in order to be checked-in for the exam. There is no on-site registration for students on the day of the exam. 

All students must be accompanied by adult chaperones with a preferred 15:1 student to chaperone ratio. Plan to arrive on campus as early as possible to avoid delays at check-in.

Tentative Schedule

Check-In  8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Littlejohn Coliseum concourse
Welcome 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Littlejohn Coliseum arena
Exam 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Littlejohn Coliseum arena
Optional - Lunch & Activities 12:00 PM* - 

Clemson campus

* Please note - all vehicles must be moved from the roads bordering Littlejohn by 1:00PM. See Directions/Parking for more details.

Due to new regulations concerning supervision of minors, we will be unable to host the Teacher Reception this year.  A parent, guardian, teacher or chaperone is required to be present with children throughout the duration of the program.  Clemson University is not responsible for supervising children during the program.


Plaques will be awarded for the top three places in each division. Other high scoring students will receive honorable mention awards. 

Souvenir T-shirts

T-shirts with a reproduction of the Biology Merit Exam logo on the front and exam theme on the back are available for a $10-12.  A limited number of T-shirts may be available for sale the day of the exam - cash or check only.
Click here to see the latest T-shirt design.

Travel Assistance for Large Groups

A teacher bringing 25 or more students may apply in advance for a limited number of supplementary travel subsidies, up to $300 each. Qualified schools must have students registered and all fees paid by the deadline. Please contact Ginger Foulk,, about the availability of travel subsidies.

Hotel Reservations

Should your trip require an overnight stay, rooms may be available at the following hotels:

  • Courtyard Marriott 864-654-8833
  • James F. Martin Inn 864-654-9020
  • Holiday Inn Express 864-654-9410
  • Comfort Inn 864-653-3600
  • Hampton Inn 864-653-7744
  • Tillman Hotel 864-653-6000