General Details (will be updated mid November))


Advance registration is required.  (Registration will be open February 1 - March 31)
See detailed registration instructions by following the REGISTER and PAY link in the left margin  Registration instructions for 2016 will be updated by January 1.

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 31)

  • 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: Ginger Foulk, Biology Merit Exam, Dept. of Biological Sciences, 132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-0314.

Requests for refunds must be received by March 31 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 Friday from 8:45am - 9:45am at Tillman Hall. 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 Tillman Auditorium
Welcome 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Tillman Auditorium
Exam 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Tillman Auditorium
Optional - Lunch & Activities 12:00 PM* - 

Clemson campus

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


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 2015 T-shirt design.

Hotel Reservations

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