Academic Advising Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Advising Center
Questions about Registration and Advising

FAQ About the 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 March. Watch for email announcements from the 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 adviser by contacting that adviser by email (see contact information). You may also drop by our office without an appointment and see any available adviser.

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 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 and Behavioral Science. *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.

FAQ About Registration and Advising

Do I have to meet with an adviser 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 adviser to direct your course selection; however, your advisor can still offer any needed advice. Your adviser is most familiar with the latest academic changes and regulations. Be sure to check in at least once a semester with your adviser.

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

Until your major is officially changed through the records office, you will need to meet with your current adviser. Your academic records are kept by your current adviser until s/he receives notification that your change of major has been processed, at which time s/he 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?

No. All students must make an advising appointment. If you have follow-up questions after you meet with your adviser, send an email. During the peak advising period, please be patient while waiting for a response. Our advisers 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 schedule registration log-in date, don't worry. You will be able to register for the classes you absolutely need … perhaps not at the times you most want, but YOU WILL GET THE CLASSES YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED FOR YOUR MAJOR. The courses that tend to create a demand squeeze 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 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.