The orientation and transition fee has been in place for many years and funds a variety of programs and services that occur throughout a student’s experience at Clemson. This fee supports academic advising, family programs and retention initiatives. In addition to this summer’s virtual orientation, the University is committed to an in-person component in August. Details of the in-person component will be communicated to students and families as soon as possible. .
Frequently Asked Questions for New Students
These questions and answers are intended to help you understand the issues associated with undergraduate advising, your responsibilities and the expectations of your instructors. Send additional suggestions for FAQ questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is the virtual orientation fee still the same as the in-person orientation fee?
Will Clemson be online in the Fall? When will this decision be made?
The University plans to hold in person classes for the Fall semester. Please refer to President Clements’ letter to the Clemson Family, which was issued May 21. Clemson University plans for a three-phased approach to returning in the fall. We are excited about the prospect of being back with our students and we are committed to returning to our campuses in a manner prioritizing the health and well-being of our students, employees and communities.
Will tuition be reduced if Clemson classes are online?
During its April 2020 meeting, Clemson University’s Board of Trustees approved Clemson’s plan for a tuition freeze for the 2020-21 academic year for all in-state and out-of-state students. The University plans to hold in person classes for the Fall semester and is not planning to be completely online, and fees remain unchanged.
We signed up for on-campus housing. How many students will Clemson let back on campus?
The University is in the midst of processing on-campus housing requests for 2020-21. Significant planning is underway to determine safe capacity levels, guidelines for healthy practices and more. Information related to room assignments and move-in procedures will be communicated to the student's email of record as soon as it becomes available.
What protective equipment do I need to purchase for my student if they are coming to campus?
The University will provide protective equipment at no cost to those students taking on-campus classes. Students need not purchase additional protective equipment unless they wish to.
How will Clemson be handling housing and dining?
The University is committed to establishing safety precautions within residential areas through the following measures:
- Physical distancing and reduced congestion in communal areas such as dining halls.
- Custodial and facilities staff will work diligently clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in common areas of residence halls, such as laundry facilities, elevators, communal bathroom spaces, front desks and door handles.
- Several locations have already been identified both on and off campus for isolation and quarantine of students who may be symptomatic or vulnerable.
- Alternative methods of providing meal services to students.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I know who my academic advisor is?
To find your academic advisor go to iROAR, click on the Student tab, then Student Profile.
2. Can I change academic advisors?
If your advisor is a faculty member in your home department, contact the department chair to request a different advisor.
3. Do I have to meet with my academic advisor?
Make an appointment with your assigned advisor prior to registration. Your advisor is the only one who can clear you to register for classes! If you have other questions concerning anything else other than registration you may set up an appointment with an advisor through the Academic Advising Center.
4. How do I set up meetings with my academic advisor?
If your advisor is a faculty member in your home department, email your advisor to set up a meeting.
If you are advised through your colleges advising center: appointments are not required outside of the early registration advising period. Students are seen on a walk-in, first come, first served basis. If you have not heard from your advisor, contact him/her to set up an advising meeting prior to registration.
5. Can I register for classes without meeting with my academic advisor?
No, your academic advisor is the only one who can clear you to register.
6. What do I need to do to make the most of my advising session?
Come to all sessions prepared. Review the email you received from your advisor to make sure you have all necessary paperwork.
7. How do I register for classes?
Registration takes place near the end of each semester. To register, go to iROAR; Student; Registration; Add or Drop Classes.
8. Where do I find my class schedule?
Your class schedule can be found on iROAR under Registration.
9. Where do I find my class assignments?
Your instructor should give you a syllabus at the beginning of the semester with a list of assignments and due dates. They can also be found on the syllabus repository.
10. Who do I go to if I'm having trouble with my classes?
First, seek help from your instructor. The syllabus should have office hours available. See what times fit your schedule and set up a meeting with him/her. If you need further help, find a tutor in the Academic Success Center.
11. Do I have to take all of these General Education courses?
Yes, General Education courses are required to graduate.
12. How do I find my GPA? How do I calculate my GPA?
Your GPA can be found on Degree Works, located under “Student Records” in iROAR. Your GPA can be calculated using the GPA calculator. Your GPA can also be found on the transcript: Student > Student Records > Academic Transcript.
13. How do I know that I'm in the right major?
Set up a meeting with your advisor to discuss different options and/or go to the Michelin Career Center to meet with someone to learn about other options.
14. What do I do if I want to change my major?
First, inform your current advisor of this change. Second, follow the steps laid out here:
Enrolled students who wish to change academic programs must process a Request to Change Academic Program form which should be turned into Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall. The form must be approved and signed by both the current and new academic departments. Students wishing to change academic programs should talk with an advisor in both departments. Students should gain the acceptance of the new academic program prior to disengaging from the current one.
15. How do I declare a minor?
Students should work with their assigned academic advisor to determine the best minor to meet the student’s career goals. Not every major requires a minor.
16. What scholarships are available for me?
All scholarships available to Clemson students will be given to them; there is no need to apply. For a list of these, go to Financial Aid/Scholarships.
- 17. How do I know if my AP/IB/BC credits transferred?
- 18. I'm a transfer student, how do I know if my credits transferred?
College Advising Websites
- College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
- College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities
- College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Science
- College of Science