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Academic Advising

Advising Preparation and Academic Resources

Preparing for your First Advising Appointment

To make the most out of your first advising appointment, it's important to come prepared. Here's a guide to help you get ready:

  1. Submit Your Scores and Transcripts:

    Before your appointment, ensure that your AP/IB credits or any transcripts from other institutions have been sent to Clemson University. These documents help us understand your prior academic achievements and determine appropriate course placements.
  2. Placement Tests:

    If you're required to take math or foreign language placement tests, make sure to complete them before your advising appointment. These tests help us gauge your proficiency in these subjects and recommend the right courses for your skill level.

  3. Review Program Requirements: Familiarize yourself with the general education and major-specific requirements for your intended program. This will give you an idea of the courses you'll need to take over your academic journey.
  4. Prepare Questions: Jot down any questions you have about the curriculum, majors, minors, extracurricular activities or any other concerns. Your advisor is here to help, so don't hesitate to ask.
  5. Create a Tentative Schedule: If you have a preliminary idea of the courses you'd like to take in your first semester, bring that list with you. Your advisor can review it with you and offer insights.
  6. Stay Open-Minded: While you may have a clear plan in mind, be open to exploring new opportunities and alternative paths suggested by your advisor. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
  7. Be Punctual: Show up to your appointment on time.