College of Health, Education and Human Development

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What does the HEHD Academic Advising Center do?

    The center advises freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students in the majors of parks, recreation, and tourism management (PRTM), nursing, health science, and all areas of education.

    • We answer questions for prospective majors in these same fields who are high school seniors.
    • We provide services for change of major students trying to gain access to restricted/closed majors within HEHD. This may be in the form of group interest meetings, information on our web site, or one-on-one assistance. During peak times--first two weeks of school, October 1st through November 15th and March 1st through April 15th--students changing major will be seen after current advisees on an as-available basis.
    • We assist students with course scheduling, registration, and other academic related assistance to ensure success through the first two years.
    • We work with students to assist them with working through the process of how to take courses elsewhere (usually in the summer).
    • We assist students who would like more information about studying abroad and make campus referrals as necessary.
  • What is the best way to make an appointment to see an advisor?

    With the high volume of inquiries, appointments are the only way to ensure you will see an advisor. During peak times, appointments are required. Advisors request that you call us at 656-5495 or email the individual advisor. We promise to get back to you in a timely manner!

  • When is the advising center open?

    Typically, the center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Generally, the center is open through the lunch hour; however, advisors will take lunch and may not be available to meet with students. We are closed on weekends as well as university and state holidays.

  • I will be visiting campus and would like to meet with an advisor in my intended area. Will someone be available?

    Advisors within the HEHD Academic Advising Center are always willing to meet with prospective students. It is recommended that you schedule prospective student appointments with the advisor at least two weeks in advance to ensure availability.  Due to the high volume of Nursing prospective student inquiries, tours for this department are only available option for visiting.  Please see this link for more information about their policy:  http://www.clemson.edu/hehd/departments/nursing/prospective/freshmen/. Please note that advisors are not available on Saturdays, Sundays, university holidays, or during peak advising times. The advisors will make every effort to accommodate requests made less than two weeks in advance. The Academic Advising Center always has material available to prospective students to pick up if an appointment has not been made. Regular office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is also highly recommended that students meet with a university admissions counselor as our advisors do not admit students to the university.

  • Am I required to meet with an advisor to obtain my advising number?

    In short, yes. Your advisor is concerned about your academic progress and well being as a student at Clemson and the College of HEHD. Therefore, we require that each student make an appointment through our on-line advising system and come into our office for a face-to-face meeting with their advisor. We do not give out advising numbers via e-mail or telephone.

  • At what time of the year do I need to obtain my advising number?

    The pre-registration period always runs from roughly October 1st to November 15th in the fall semesters and March 1st to April 15th in the spring semesters. All students will be REQUIRED to have an appointment to be seen during this time. We have many students who need to be seen so the only way to avoid mass chaos is through appointments. Students are encouraged to sign up for appointments through our on-line advising appointment system. All students advised by the HEHD AAC will receive e-mail --through their official Clemson University e-mail address--- notification containing pre-registration information and instructions for how to sign up for an appointment. It is your responsibility as the student to respond to these e-mails and make an appointment versus just showing up and expecting to be seen.

  • I haven't heard from my advisor, and I know it is time to be advised. What should I do?

    There are many reasons why communication may not be reaching you regarding the pre-registration process. It is recommended that you reach out to your assigned advisor, either by going to their campus office, by calling their campus phone number, or by emailing them.

  • I am not certain who my assigned advisor is for this semester. How can I find this?

    Advisor/advisee lists do change. The HEHD Academic Advising Center maintains advising lists in the bulletin board in their lobby in 309 Edwards Hall. Stop by between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday to look up your advisor's name. Generally, freshmen and sophomores are assigned advisors in the Academic Advising Center and juniors and seniors are assigned faculty advisors in their field of study.

  • I am a parent and would like to know about my child's grades, class attendance, or another issue. Will an advisor talk with me?

    Under current FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Acts) legislation, if your student is 18 years of age or older, we cannot speak to parents or other family members concerning academic record, class attendance, or other educational information. For more information concerning FERPA and your rights, please visit the registrar's web site for a brief tutorial. We encourage students and their parents to have open, honest lines of communication that will allow the parents to be knowledgeable about pertinent aspects of their academic progress.

  • Can I follow up with an advisor concerning my student's inquiries?

    We strongly encourage your student to become independent. This includes having them take charge of scheduling meetings, making phone calls, sending e-mails, or any other sort of actions related to following up to information needed.

  • How can I track my academic progress?

    Degree Progress Reports (DPR's) are available on-line at any time. They are updated several times a semester for accuracy. You can check your DPR on-line by following these steps:

    • Go to Clemson homepage
    • Click SIS/Student Information
    • Click SISWeb
    • Log in
    • Click on "view degree progress report" link
  • Can I just stop by to see my advisor?

    The advisors often have other assigned duties which typically result in meetings away from our office. It is best to call 656-5495 before walking (or driving) all the way here and then finding that your advisor is in a meeting and cannot be seen. There are also times when students will be required to have appointments.

  • I am a new freshman. Must I attend freshmen orientation?

    Yes. During orientation you will register for fall classes, learn about different universities programs & services, and you will also meet faculty and staff within the College of HEHD. Advisors within the college will assist you in selecting courses.

  • Does it matter which orientation that I attend?

    There are special orientations for Honors College, Early Success Program (ESP), and Math Excellence Workshop (MEW) students. Refer to the orientation link for those sessions. Students not participating in these programs are not required to attend a specific orientation. Nursing majors are encouraged to attend designated orientations if possible. Those dates are available starting April 1st from the nursing advisor.

  • Must I attend orientation if I am a transfer student?

    The College of HEHD requires that transfer students attend transfer orientation to get their credit evaluated and to register for fall classes. Advisors within the college will assist you in selecting courses.

  • How many hours do I need to keep my scholarship?

    Every scholarship is different. You should always contact financial aid with any scholarship questions.

  • How do I change my major to nursing, health science, PRTM, or education?

    These programs all have different requirements. Please refer to our change of major page.

  • I want to take a course at my local community college over the summer. What is the process for this?

    First you will want to sit down with your advisor to walk through the process and make sure the course you wish to take will work in your program. You must have the course approved in advance by HEHD with a Coursework to be Taken Elsewhere form. Remember that you must complete a minimum of 37 of the last 43 credits at Clemson.

  • I have transfer credit from another institution. Will it count towards my Clemson GPR?

    Only credits transfer, not grades.

  • How do I declare a minor?

    Your advisor can enter your minor into the system for you if possible. Check out the minor requirements in your announcement book and make sure that you have room in your schedule.