Frequently Asked Questions for New Students

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  • Why is the virtual orientation fee still the same as the in-person orientation fee?

    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. .

  • 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.

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