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+First Things First

Wait to receive instructions from the Graduate School on accessing your Clemson Username and Password (Email will be sent 3-5 days after accepting offer of admission).

To activate your Clemson University Username:

  1. Please go to: myusername.clemson.edu
  2. You will need your Clemson University XID (for example, C12345678) that was sent to you in your acceptance letter.
  3. You will need your Username Activation code, which will be emailed to you. Please note that this email may be received several days after receiving your letter.  If you need this information resent to you by email, please contact the Admissions Office or ITHELP.

Then, you can proceed with getting the authentication of your Clemson University Username.

Once you know your Clemson University Username and Password, please completely CLOSE YOUR BROWSER and open a new session.

Your official Clemson email address is username@clemson.edu. In partnership with Google, Clemson offers students Google Apps for Education accounts. This account has already been created with your Clemson username. All you need to do is set up your account and password.

If you receive an offer of an assistantship or fellowship, please return your award letter to your academic department as soon as possible so your bill can be adjusted well before the payment deadline. If you did not receive an offer, or if you need additional financial aid, you may be eligible for a federal Stafford loan. You can apply at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm.

International Services has created a Pre-arrival guide as a resource for international students to help prepare for departure to Clemson University. The Pre-arrival guide is located here.

In order to issue the appropriate certificate of eligibility for your visa application process, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Wait to receive instructions from the Graduate School on accessing your Clemson Username and Password (Email will be sent 3-5 days after accepting offer of admission).
  2. Follow the instructions from step 2 above to access your Clemson Username and Password. If you already have a Clemson username and password, proceed to step 3.
  3. Complete the instructions on accessing the Sunapsis Student Portal to submit an E-Form Request for Certificate of Eligibility.

*Transfer Students: Students transferring an Active SEVIS record from another U.S. institution will also need to submit the IS-100 Request to Transfer-In F-1 SEVIS record or IS-270 Request to Transfer-In J-1 SEVIS record and complete the Transfer-In E-Form. Forms may be found through this link: http://www.clemson.edu/administration/ia/services/forms.html

Please allow 7-10 business days from the SEVIS transfer release date for processing time of the transfer I-20 or DS-2019.

Consult with your advisor to determine the department’s preferred timeline for class registration, your planned course of study, etc. After you have consulted with your advisor, you can register for classes.

The New Graduate Student Orientation will be held in August for fall semester and January for spring semester.  All new graduate students are expected to attend. However, off-campus, distance education and part-time students are welcomed to attend this orientation but are not required to do so.

You may register for New Graduate Student Orientation here.

You may also need to attend the following mandatory Orientations:
  • Academic Department Orientation
  • International Student Orientation (if applicable)

Official transcripts are only required of those applicants who are offered admission. Therefore, upon receiving official notice of acceptance to the Graduate School, you should request official transcripts from the institutions where you completed your previous academic work. Transcripts are considered official only if they are received by the Graduate Admissions Office in a sealed university envelope.

Final-official transcripts must be received by Clemson University in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. The title of the degree earned and the date awarded must be noted to be considered a final-official transcript. Official certificates or diplomas in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution should accompany any transcripts that do not note the degree earned and date awarded directly on the transcripts.

US Institutions Only:
To submit a secure (pass-code required) final official transcript electronically, directly from your institution's Registrar's Office , Please use the following email address gstranscripts@lists.clemson.edu (all other inquiries should be directed to grdapp@clemson.edu )

International Applicants:
Final-official transcripts must be received by Clemson University in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. The title of the degree earned and the date awarded must be noted to be considered a final-official transcript. Official certificates or diplomas in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution should accompany any transcripts that do not note the degree earned and date awarded directly on the transcripts.
DO NOT send Secondary (High School) transcripts or any type of certificates other than degree certificates

Transcript Translations
An English translation of all transcripts is required. Translations are accepted from the issuing institution or translations provided by any NACES recognized credential evaluation service. For a list of NACES recognized evaluation companies, please visit: http://www.naces.org/members.html

+Before You Arrive

There are only a few steps for registering for classes:

  1. Go to this link: https://casauth.clemson.edu/
  2. Simply choose the section which best represents you.
  3. Then go to the registration section.
  4. Choose the semester you are going to start your studies.
  5. Click on iROAR.
  6. Under the student section click on registration and proceed with your registration!

If you have any questions about your registration, your academic department and advisor are available..

All new or transfer students are required to complete the Online Medical Clearance Form and provide written proof of required immunizations by July 1st for fall semester and December 1st for spring semester. Please see the official Medical Clearance Policy by clicking here

Exception: If you are enrolled in only online courses, you do not need to comply with medical clearance requirements.

Full Time Graduate Students on the main campus, Graduate Assistants and International Students will be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. If you already have health insurance coverage, you will need to go to the Online Health Insurance Waiver form and select  "Waive" on the left. Then, follow the instructions to request a waiver of the required Student Health Insurance Plan. For additional information visit the Redfern Health Center Student Insurance Resources page.

Even if you are on an assistantship, you will still be responsible for paying student fees. Please see the Student Financial Services Office to pay your tuition and fees after registering for courses.

All of your bills are available on our iROAR website through the steps below:
  1. Use your userid and password to log in.
  2. Click on Student Account.
  3. Then click “To access your bill and optional fees”.

The online bill provides all of information of your current registration and billing information. Your bill is real-time, so you can make sure all fees are satisfied before the payment deadlines.

Government Sponsored Student

If you are a Government Sponsored Student, you are responsible for submitting a copy of your official Financial Guarantee or Financial Support Letter to thirdpartycontract@clemson.edu prior to the payment deadline. After submitting your official support letter, please monitor your student account through iROAR and make payment on any non-covered fees prior to the published deadlines.

Late Fees

You must pay your tuition and fees by August 17th for mailed payments, or August 23rd for credit card or walk-in payments. You will not have a tuition bill until you have registered for courses. If you register for classes after the tuition payment deadline, you will need to pay your tuition and fees the same day you register for classes, otherwise you will be assessed a $150 late fee.

Enrollment at Clemson University is contingent upon verification of lawful presence in the United States, pursuant to South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 59-101-430*.  Please provide one of the acceptable forms of documentation during your first term of enrollment.  A registration hold  for your second term will be placed on your account until you have been cleared.

Note to International Students on F1 or J1 visas:  Your Lawful Presence will be verified when you check-in with the office of International Services.  No additional steps are needed unless notified.

Acceptable Documentation:
U. S.  Citizens – the following documents will be accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship:

  • Social Security approval through Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).  (This option eliminates your having to submit any of the documentation listed above.  The Clemson University Office of Financial Aid can verify the approval through a Department of Education database.  You must complete and submit the FAFSA form, available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.)  If not yet submitted, the FAFSA option is still available to you.  Please note that a copy of the Social Security card is not sufficient documentation.
  • South Carolina Driver’s License first issued after January 1, 2002 (date of birth after 1/1/1987)
  • U.S. Passport 
  • U.S. or U.S. Territory Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization.
  • U.S. government issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
  • Certificate of Citizenship

*Please note the original documents are required for verification; no copies will be accepted. However, we only need to see the original documents, and they will not be taken up or kept by Clemson. If you are unable to provide this information at orientation, you will have 30 days after the start of classes to declare your legal presence without penalty. For more information, you may visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Offices updating Legal Presence:

  • Enrolled Student Services: 104 Sikes Hall
  • Graduate School: E-108 Martin Hall
  • Registrar’s Office: 104D Sikes Hall
  • Registration Services: E-206 Martin Hall
  • University Center Greenville-HEHD Office of Distance Education: Claire Cappio
  • ICAR Suite 336: Tycie Stewart
  • Greenville One-MBA Office: Kristin Allen
  • Greenville One-MRED Office-712: Amy Matthews
  • Charleston-Historic Preservation Office-292 Meeting St.: Mary Margaret Schely
  • Email: gsmail@clemson.edu
  • Fax: 864-656-4723

Note: If you have provided any of the documentation above to the University for another reason (i.e. employment, SC Residency, etc.), it will not automatically update your Legal Presence status.  The documentation must be provided again for this specific purpose.

*In accordance with section 59-101-430 of the SC Code of Laws, also known as the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act, those unlawfully present in the United States are prohibited from attending a public institution of higher education in South Carolina.  Those unlawfully present in the United States are also prohibited from receiving a public higher education benefit including scholarships, financial aid, grants or resident tuition.  The check for lawful presence applies to all students – citizens, permanent residents and international students.

Clemson University contracts with Off Campus Partners, LLC to create Clemson Off Campus. This website allows students to easily find a variety of housing options available off-campus. While this resource is provided as a service to Clemson students, the University makes no representations about the conditions of any property found through this site, has no role in any transactions involving these properties, and in no way endorses any of the properties found through use of this information.

Please be aware that with any transaction, especially those that occur over the web, there is the potential for fraud. Always check sources, confirm identities, and establish credibility with anyone you interact with in the property search process.

If you have been offered a Graduate Assistant this can serve as a basic guideline for the steps that you need to follow. This is not an exhaustive list, and does not supersede what the department guidelines are. Always check with the department that is offering you the position to find out what your next steps will be.

Step 1 - If you intend to Accept
Contact the department when you are ready to accept the offer. Vacant positions fill quickly.

Step 2 - Review and Sign Contract
Understand the contract/offer letter. Understand the job responsibilities and the department’s expectations. Return signed contract to your hiring department by the due date.

Step 3 - Paperwork
International Students must possess a US Social Security card before beginning job duties. Your hiring department will assist you with the process

Step 4 - Orientation/Training
Get information from your hiring pertaining to any training sessions being offered.

Step 5 - Human Resources Your hiring department will navigate the process of getting you hired and added to payroll.

+Once You Get Here

The TigerOne Card is more than just an ID card. The card is used in a many ways such as a personal TigerStripe balance card, access to everything you need on campus, and the athletic student ticket privilege (Football and Basketball only.) Your TigerOne card is necessary for your travel, food, privileges, and security on campus, so make sure to always carry it with you! To receive your TigerOne Card, follow these three simple steps:

  1. Visit the TigerOne Card Services New Student information page to learn how to upload your TigerOne Card picture
  2. You will need to know your Clemson username and password and have some form of ID (passport, driver’s license, military ID, etc), so remember to have both when you go to get your card.
  3. Go to Hendrix Student Center, Room 111 and receive your card.

More information about the TigerOne card process is available on the TigerOne website

All new graduate students are expected to attend the New Graduate Student Orientation. However, off-campus, distance education and part-time students are welcomed to attend this orientation but are not required to do so. Look for the location date and time to come to your clemson.edu email and/or on the Graduate School homepage.

You may also need to attend the following mandatory Orientations:
  • Academic Department Orientation
  • International Student Orientation (if applicable)

Review the meal plan options and enroll in a meal plan.

Transit Access: The easiest way to get around campus and the surrounding areas is by riding the Clemson Area Transit bus. Always free, the CAT bus has several on-campus routes to help you get to your destination as well as routes through the city of Clemson and to the nearby cities of Anderson, Pendleton, Seneca and Central. For more information, call 864-656-4789.

Tiger Commute & Tiger Connection: The Clemson-Greenville Connection. This offers a weekday commuter service to connect the main campus with Clemson’s instructional and research sites in Greenville and other Greenlink stops. For more information and to view the schedule, visit the Transportation Services website.

Parking Permits: Parking on campus is restricted to permit or metered parking. Students can purchase a parking permit (optional; price varies) for their residential area or a commuter lot prior to their arrival.

Shuttle Services: Shuttle services (third-party vendors not affiliated with the University): Airport Shuttle of Clemson at 800-669-6463; Anderson-Clemson Shuttle Services at 888-732-5500; or Larry Andrews Airport Services at 864-653-5677.

Directions:

From Anderson (I-85)

  • Take Highway 76 from Anderson.
  • Turn onto the exit ramp for Highway 93, just past the Army Reserve Armory on the right.
  • At the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto 93. Stay on 93...you will see the President's house, Sikes Hall, Tillman Hall and Bowman Field on your left.
  • Continue on 93, thru the traffic light for College Ave., past the Soccer field and tennis courts on the left.
  • Turn left at the next traffic light onto Williamson Road.
  • Take the first left onto Heisman Street (Fike Recreation will be on the right).
  • Heisman will turn sharply to the right, becoming Klugh Ave.
  • Turn left immediately past the basketball court. At this turn, a brown sign identifies Parking Services, Harcombe Dining Hall, Post Office and ROTC.
  • At the top of the hill turn right, further identified with the small cannon in front of ROTC.
  • Go under the white portico and Parking Services will be on your left.
  • Park against the building in the yellow spaces if available, or at the meters (you must deposit money in the meters).
  • There is a large banner indicating Parking Services, the entrance is in the courtyard.

From Seneca

  • Take Highway 123 from Seneca.
  • Turn right onto Highway 93, past the YMCA and over Lake Hartwell Bridge.
  • At the second stop light, take a right onto Williamson Road. Take the first left onto Heisman Street (Fike Recreation will be on the right). Heisman will turn sharply to the right, becoming Klugh Ave.
  • Turn left immediately past the basketball court. At this turn, a brown sign identifies Parking Services, Harcombe Dining Hall, Post Office and ROTC.
  • At the top of the hill turn right, further identified with the small cannon in front of ROTC.
  • Go under the white portico and Parking Services will be on your left.
  • Park against the building in the yellow spaces if available, or at the meters (you must deposit money in the meters).
  • There is a large banner indicating Parking Services, the entrance is in the courtyard.