In these unprecedented times, there is one thing that should not be left uncertain: where you want to attend college. We, the staff and students at the Clemson University Honors College, are committed to ensuring that you have the information needed to make the best college choice.
Although the Honors College will not be hosting in-person events, we made it our top priority to connect with you, an accepted student to the Honors College for Fall 2021. In place of our on-campus events, we are providing opportunities for you to virtually connect with our staff, current students, and alumni.
We hope that you find the following events and resources engaging and informative! We will update this page as we get new information. If you have any questions for our staff, please complete the Google Form at the end of this webpage.
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Please note that attendance to these events is not mandatory, and that all events will be recorded and posted on this web page for future reference. *Prior registration is required (instructions below).
Event Registration and Confirmation
Log in to your Admitted Student Portal (Note: This is not the same as the Honors College's ApplyWeb Application Status Portal.)
Click the Events tab
Register for each event you want to attend
You will receive an email confirmation for each event you register for. In addition, you will receive automated email reminders 24 hours and 1 hour before the start of the events you are attending.
Targeted toward priority accepted students:
Student and Parent Q&A*- Tuesday, March 2nd, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (EST) (Recording below)
Parent Q&A*- Thursday, March 18th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (EST) (Recording below)
Current Student and Alumni Panel*- Monday, March 29th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (EST) (Recording below)
Targeted toward non-priority accepted students:
Student and Parent Q&A*- Thursday, April 8th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (EST) (Recording below)
Current Student and Alumni Panel*- Tuesday, April 13th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (EST) (Recording below)
Facebook Live event with current honors students- Wednesday, April 21st, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (EST) (Recording below)
Hosted by: Susan Falendysz, Honors Admissions Manager and EUREKA! Program Director, and Rachael Wallace, Program Assistant
EUREKA! Counselors: Liz Dillard (Head Counselor), Andrew O'Rourke, and Mariana Holladay
Current student panelist: Gabe Cutter (EUREKA! 2019 Alum; Junior, Computer Engineering; 2021 Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipient)
Alum panelists: Dr. Chris Pollock (2006 & 2007 EUREKA! Head Counselor, 2007 Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipient, 2009 Norris Medal recipient, Cornell High Energy Synchotron Source Beamline Scientist)
Faculty-in-Residence Honors Residential College Prof. Joshua Catalano Prof. Briana Pocratsky
Honors Alumni profiles
Aaron Gordon Civil Engineering, B.S. Class of 2017
I was a Clemson Honors student for all four years and I loved every minute of it. During my time, I was fortunate to participate in the Dixon Fellows Program, the Dixon Global Policy Scholars Program, and several Honors seminars courses. It's not a coincidence that my favorite classes at Clemson were all Honors seminars. These small classroom experiences helped me develop close relationships with professors in nearly every department. My seminars involved amazing discussions including how to influence public policy in the United States, the relationship between the Civil War in the 1860s and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the impact that cults and conspiracies have in our society. I met many of my best friends and my fiancée through the tight-knit community of the Honors College and it made a large school feel small. Clemson's Honors College defined my overall Clemson experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I am currently a structural engineer at Kimley-Horn Associates in Atlanta, GA. My focus has been large transportation projects with an emphasis on bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure. Most of my work has been for the Atlanta Beltline, a network of trails and light-rail transit that will one day connect the entire city of Atlanta. In addition, I am wrapping up a Master’s degree at Georgia Tech in Civil Engineering which I’ve been doing part-time.
Since my projects are in the public sector, the Honors College played a huge role in preparing me for tackling the intersection between engineering and public policy. Planning, designing, and constructing transit projects requires a robust understanding of local politics, funding mechanisms, and legislative priorities. All of these topics and more were covered by the Dixon Global Policy Scholars program and the Honors seminars that I took. These experiences revealed my passion for serving the public through engineering and I don’t think I’d be where I am without them. Furthermore, the education I received at Clemson through the Honors College did an excellent job preparing me for the challenges of graduate school and the responsibilities of balancing work and the classroom.
Shannon Kay Industrial Engineering, B.S. Class of 2016
The Honors College and my Clemson experience proved transformational. Between living in the Honors Residential College and taking honors classes each semester, I found myself surrounded by intellectually engaging people, some of whom remain my best friends today. My life philosophy morphed dramatically while at Clemson, as I learned about and discussed ideas I had never considered before and took classes that challenged my intellectual capabilities in the most rewarding ways.
Today, I’m pursuing a dual-degree Master of Engineering Sciences and Master of Business Administration at Harvard University. Clemson and the Honors College contributed greatly to the trajectory I have taken, primarily by nurturing my curiosity and encouraging me to set and passionately chase ambitious goals. While I constantly strive to review my life philosophy, no other time period has proved quite as formative as my experience at Clemson.
Megan Hunt Biochemistry, B.S. Class of 2017
My name is Megan Hunt and I am currently a third year medical student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I graduated from Clemson in 2017 with a B.S. in Biochemistry, and minors in Political Science and Spanish. I completed both General Honors and two Departmental Honors (in Biochemistry and Political Science) during my time at Clemson. The Honors College comprised an enormous part of my experience at Clemson. My freshman year I lived in the Honors Residential College and met some of my best friends. We continued to live together throughout our time at Clemson and remain very close to this day. They are an inspiring and supportive group of people who contributed greatly to my Clemson experience. Not to mention, they are all pursuing amazing careers and have been profoundly successful.
In the Honors College, I was able to pursue a variety of different interests outside of my field of Biochemistry. Not only did I take the Honors sections of several of my required science classes, but I was involved in the Dixon Global Policy Scholars Program, which was an amazing opportunity to engage with global policy with wonderful faculty and students. Because of this program, I began my minor in political science and pursued one of my Departmental projects with Dr. Fine, who co-leads the Global Policy Scholar Program. Additionally, I was involved in the Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH) program as both an advisee and then an advisor, was able to complete internships in Peru and Uganda with support of the Educational Enrichment Travel Grants, received funding for research projects, had fantastic advising from Honors faculty and staff and more.
My Honors College truly shaped my experience at Clemson. It provided a unique sense of community within a larger institution. The resources in the Honors College were excellent and afforded me individualized opportunities that I do not think I would have received elsewhere.
I am proud to call myself an alumni of Clemson’s Honors College. It led me to where I am today with my passion for medicine and health policy!
Rebecca MacPherson Genetics, B.S. Class of 2018
My name is Rebecca MacPherson and I am a second year Ph.D. student in Genetics at the Clemson Center for Human Genetics, originally from Anchorage, Alaska. In 2018, I graduated from Clemson with a B.S. in Genetics and minors in Microbiology and Psychology. I was also a member of the Honors College and graduated with Departmental and General Honors. Simply put, the Honors College changed my life forever. Not only did I meet my husband through the EUREKA! Program, but the experiences afforded to me by the Honors College made applying to graduate school a painless process.
The EUREKA! Program, a 5-week long residential research summer camp offered to incoming freshman, gave me relationships that led to recommendation letters for graduate school, research opportunities, multiple jobs, appearances in weddings, a “tailgate family”, and a head start on college. My transition from high school in Alaska to college at Clemson was much easier than I anticipated. Thanks to the EUREKA! Program, I already was familiar with campus and had a swarm of students and Honors College staff that I could lean on for support, before the school year even began.
As I continued my undergraduate degree, my involvement with the Honors College continued to contribute to my success. I found that many of my closest friends were also members of the Honors College, living alongside me in the Honors Residential College and taking the same Honors courses. We were all united by a passion for learning, but diverse in our interests outside of classes, which made for many intellectually stimulating late-night discussions and just as many unforgettable adventures. The Honors courses I took also greatly contributed to my academic success. The smaller course sizes made me feel more comfortable asking questions and allowed for more one-on-one instruction in my more challenging science courses. Compared to non-Honors courses, Honors courses were on much more interesting topics, which fostered enthusiasm for my classes and further motivated me to succeed.
By taking advantage of opportunities available to me through the Honors College, I built an extremely solid resume for applying to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Genetics. EUREKA! gave me my foot in the door for research and my Departmental Honors undergraduate thesis gave me a taste of how to be successful in graduate school. Additionally, I had an excellent GPA, in part due to the Honors courses that cultivated academic success. At the end of my four years with the Honors College, I had my pick of research programs, research mentors, and stipend packages. As it turns out, I was heavily recruited by my current Ph.D. advisor, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, even though she wasn’t originally planning on taking a student. Just like the transition into undergraduate, my transition into graduate school was made far easier by the opportunities given to me by the Honors College, and for that I am grateful!
Katherine Horton Mathematical Sciences, B.S. Class of 2005
My time at Clemson broadened my knowledge and understanding of the world and helped me to find my place in it. Through Clemson Honors I was able to pursue diverse and influential intellectual opportunities outside my field of study, and I had opportunities to study abroad in South Africa and the United Kingdom. These opportunities, combined with invaluable mentorship that I found in Clemson Honors, helped me discover the field of infectious disease epidemiology, which is the perfect intersection of my skills in mathematics, my interests in medicine and public health, and my commitment to social justice.
Over the past 15 years, since graduating from Clemson and earning a Master's of Public Health from Emory University, I have worked within research institutes, universities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization to better understand the impact of infectious diseases on population health in low- and middle-income countries. My work as an infectious disease epidemiologist has covered a range of topics in settings around the world - from managing data and clinical departments for HIV prevention studies in East and southern Africa and modeling the impact of public health interventions for tuberculosis in South East Asia, to establishing surveillance systems for emerging zoonoses and other infections in the Eastern Mediterranean and assessing pandemic preparedness and response capacities in the Western Pacific. I am grateful that my time in Clemson Honors started me on a path for such an interesting and meaningful career.
Priority decisions are released on February 17 by 11:59pm. You will find your Clemson Honors decision letter in your ApplyWeb Application Status Portal in the Clemson University Honors College application section.
Non-priority decisions are released on April 1 by 11:59pm. You will find your Clemson Honors decision letter in your ApplyWeb Application Status Portal in the Clemson University Honors College application section.
Yes. You will need to log in to your ApplyWeb Application Status Portal, find the Clemson Honors section, then click on “Decision Form.” Please note that this decision form is separate, and in addition to, your Decision Reply form for Clemson University, which can be found in the university's Admitted Student Portal.
No, it is not a binding agreement, but only accepted students that are seriously planning to attend Clemson University should submit the form. If you change your mind and want to decline your offer for admission, please send an email to email@example.com.
Housing priority at Clemson University is determined by your undergraduate application submission date. So the earlier you applied to Clemson, the better your chances are of getting your first choice of housing.
Typically the answer to this is "because we have not yet received your honors acceptance of membership form (found in your ApplyWeb Application Status Portal)." If your acceptance of membership form has been submitted, it takes about 2-3 business days to reach the Housing database.
Some honors students have found roommates through the general Class of 2025 Facebook group. Also, you can search for honors roommates in the housing application portal once you have completed your housing application and have chosen the Honors Residential College as your community choice.
Honors priority registration during orientation refers to the time that Honors students register during each session (8:30am in a morning block or 1:00pm in an afternoon block), NOT the date of the session. The 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. time tickets are the earliest registration time tickets available in each registration block, providing Honors students the opportunity to select their courses first during their registration block. An earlier session date does not equate to better or more access to courses. Seats in courses (both Honors and non-honors courses) are allocated and opened during each registration block (morning and afternoon); they are not all opened during the first orientation session. They are also not all opened in the morning; seats are opened before each morning and each afternoon block. Whether an Honors student registers on June 10 or July 1, their Honors priority registration provides them the first opportunity to select available courses. However, keep in mind that you may not get the “perfect” schedule. Go into registration with some back-up options and the willingness to be flexible.
The Honors College will offer virtual Honors College drop-in advising hours prior to course registration, virtual registration support during course registration, and Honors Parent Q&A sessions. More specific information about these offerings can be found in the following questions.
Honors Advisors will be available the following days and times to meet with incoming Honors students should they have specific questions about Honors courses or other Honors-related inquiries. This is NOT mandatory and does NOT take the place of an advising meeting with your departmental academic advisor. We will only provide supplemental, honors-related advising. This could include questions related to honors courses or assistance identifying honors courses to register for. If you need to speak with an honors advisor prior to registering, you will want to log-in for drop-in advising hours during the week you register. Zoom meeting information has been sent out via email on April 29 and can be found in the "Honors College" section (under "Academics") in the virtual orientation program.
Should you have honors course-related questions or concerns while you are registering for classes during your honors registration block, we will have Honors advising staff available to meet with you via Zoom during and directly following each Honors registration time. Keep in mind that this is intended for honors-specific assistance. This will be the easiest and most efficient way to receive honors-related support should you need it during registration. Please do not call our office for support during your registration. All advisors will be assisting with registration support via Zoom so we will not be fielding phone calls during that time. Below you will find the Honors registration support times. Zoom meeting information has been sent out via email on April 29 and can be found in the "Honors College" section (under "Academics") in the virtual orientation program.
We will be offering three Honors Parent Q&As via Zoom for parents/family members. Below are the dates and times of each Q&A. We will be sending a separate email to your parent(s) in the coming weeks, but honors students have received an email with the Zoom meeting information on Thursday, April 29. These are intended for parents/family member only. Prior registration is NOT required.
If you have any honors-specific orientation questions, please contact Katie Maxwell, Director of Advising and Student Development for the Honors College. Questions regarding orientation registration and other inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.