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Major & Course Fee

Keeping pace with change is critical for success in the 21st century. Business graduates must be prepared with more than just access to the latest technology and course content. They need courses that fully develop their leadership, decision-making and critical-thinking skills. They also need an academic foundation to make effective and ethical decisions in their chosen profession.

We want our students to have a top-20 college experience and graduate to pursue outstanding careers. To accomplish this, we have designed the entire College of Business experience to increase our students’ success in highly competitive job markets. This goal is partially supported by a major and course fee that funds infrastructure and program enhancements that benefit all business majors, as well as non-majors in upper-level business courses. Clemson is not unique in charging these types of fees, but we want to be transparent about them.

Enhancements include additional top-tier faculty to ensure more sections of upper-level business courses and smaller average class sizes. The ability to offer more sections allows us to guarantee that our majors get all the required courses they need for a timely graduation while maintaining the high quality of these courses. Benefit programs offered through our Office of Student Enrichment provide leadership and professional development opportunities to give our students a competitive edge.

Fee Assessment

  • A Major Fee of $1,000* per semester — capped at $4,000 cumulative — is assessed for all full-time business majors who are considered junior or senior status in terms of credit hours.
  • A Course Fee of $100* per credit hour — capped at $1,000 per semester (10 credit hours) — is assessed for all other students taking business 3000- and 4000-level courses. This applies to majors who are freshmen or sophomores, non-business majors and part-time majors.

Fee Benefits

  • Exclusive internship opportunities are available for College of Business juniors and seniors.
  • Corporate recruiters are brought to campus to interact with students.
  • Professional development events and activities afford students a competitive edge upon graduation.
  • Select students earn certification in our I LEAD! leadership training program.
  • Students can travel to present their research at national conferences.
  • Students can apply for financial aid to make their study abroad trips possible.
  • Students are able to participate in college and department-level national and international competitions, trade conferences, educational trips, research presentations and classes including the Business Management Strategy Challenge and Gateways to World Markets class (trip to NYC), just to name a couple.
  • More sections of business 3000- and 4000- level classes are available.
  • Average class sizes across the college are smaller, especially in upper-level business courses.
  • Dedicated advisers guide progress of juniors and seniors and ensure students stay on track to graduate on time.

Fee-Funded Programs

The following breakdown serves as an example of how the funds are utilized for student programs within a given academic year:

  • 70% to the Office for Student Enrichment, which offers mentorship, leadership, internship, study abroad, and professional development opportunities for students;
  • 24% to various student needs within individual departments — from sending students to national conferences to bringing corporate recruiters to campus;
  • and 6% to travel aid for business majors for their study abroad experiences.

Fee Funding Process

At the beginning of the fall semester, each department fills out a funds proposal form. The Fee Committee, which is composed of two faculty members and two students, determines how funds will be distributed based upon the proposals submitted by the departments. All four committee members must agree unanimously with the purpose of the project, the student benefit from the project, and the associated project cost. Once determined, the Fee Committee notifies the departments and provides the funding for the approved projects.

All benefit funding from the major and course fee is utilized within the same academic year; in other words, students benefit directly from the fee they pay.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions about the programs and opportunities provided by the fee, please contact:

Dr. Kinly Sturkie
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
170 Sirrine Hall

If a student changes to a business major on or before the “Last day to drop a class or withdraw from the University without a final grade” in any semester, they will receive a bill for the business major fee for that semester. Please see the University Academic Calendar for the specific date each semester.

* Although the fee has remained constant since 2008, it is subject to increase at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.