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New Students

Academic advisors are here to help make the transition to Clemson an easy one. We have listed a few ways to get off to a good start.

Step 1 - Register for Orientation

Reserve your spot for orientation beginning in early May. Orientation sessions are normally offered June thru mid-July and fill up quickly.

Bridge students are already part of the Clemson University family. Because of this, we have designated a few sessions of transfer orientation for bridge-crossers only. If you are unable to attend one of the Bridge-Crosser-specific orientation sessions, you will need to choose one of the other transfer sessions.


Step 2 - Receive Credit

Be sure to submit your AP and IB scores to Clemson. To request AP scores be sent to Clemson, contact College Board and use 5111 for Clemson’s institutional code. To request IB scores be sent to Clemson, contact the International Baccalaureate Programme.

If you took Dual Enrollment classes or courses at another college or university, have official transcripts sent to Clemson for review. Contact the registrar of each college or university where credit was earned to have your transcripts sent to Clemson as soon as possible. Contact the Admissions Office by email ( or by phone at 864-656-2287 with questions.

Step 3 - Make Sure Clemson has Math Placement Information

Starting out in the appropriate MATH course for your current skill level is crucial for your success. Placement into MATH courses is determined by SAT or ACT math scores, previous college-level math credit, or recommendations based on AP or IB scores.

  • Be sure to send your SAT and ACT scores to Clemson for math placement purposes even if you did not provide them for admission.
  • Take the optional Clemson Math Placement Test (CMPT). An explanation of when and how the test is administered is available at the link below. This does not obligate you to take the test.
  • Complete the Clemson Math Placement Test (CMPT) learning modules and retest. The test and modules may be all that is needed to refresh your knowledge and advance to the next math course.

CMPT Information

Step 4 - Attend Virtual Orientation

  • Through our virtual orientation modules, you will learn more about academics, support services, student life, policies, procedures, safety, paying for college, and next steps.
  • You will receive course recommendations for your first term from an advisor in your major and have an opportunity to discuss these with an advisor.
  • You will register for classes and create your first schedule.

Step 5 - Attend In-Person Orientation

Attend Welcome Week events the week before classes begin. These events are designed to acclimate you to campus life. You will have an opportunity to learn about leadership, clubs and organizations, and be part of a group photo.

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Keshauna Goines
Industrial Engineering, '21

My freshman year adviser made my transition into college so much easier! There is a ton of responsibility that comes with planning your schedules and registering for classes - which can be a bit overwhelming at times, but it was so relieving to have such a patient advisor who understood this and was willing to help.