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Next Steps

Congratulations, and welcome to the Clemson Family! Our goal as an institution is to help you grow as a student, as a leader and as a person. Now that you’ve been accepted, it’s time to get enrolled and prepared to step onto campus. The following are 19 major steps to help you through the process.

Before Orientation

Step 1: Activate your Clemson username.

To activate your Clemson University Username:

  1. You will need your Clemson University ID (for example, C12345678) and Username Activation code that were sent to you in your acceptance letter.
    Note: if you need this code resent to you by email, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or  ITHELP.
  2. Go to and complete the onboarding process to get your Clemson username and password.

Then, you will need to enroll a device in Duo Security for two-factor authentication (2FA).

  • 2FA is required to access secure systems like iRoar.
  • You can find more information about 2FA and step-by-step instructions for enrollment at

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

Step 2: Set up your Clemson email.

Your official Clemson email address is 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.

Step 3: Pay your deposit.

All incoming freshmen and transfer students must pay a nonrefundable $200 deposit.

Deposits must be paid online* at

The deposit will be paid and applied toward the tuition and fees for the semester in which you begin your Clemson studies. (If you enroll for the summer semester, the deposit will be applied toward the tuition and fees for the fall semester.)

* If you have not already, you will need to register in Duo Security for two-factor authentication (2FA) by visiting The 2FA registration is required to access iROAR and any future secure interactions.

If you have any question about the entry date that you listed on your application, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before attempting to submit the deposit.

Step 4: Meet all financial aid deadlines.

Financial aid applicants typically are notified of their awards beginning in April. Check the Financial Aid website for deadline information.

Step 5: Apply for housing.

Note: Your admissions deposit (Step 3) must be paid before you can proceed with your housing application. If you have just paid your admissions deposit today, it may take up to 24 hours before it is transmitted to the housing application.

New student housing application contracts will be available beginning on Nov. 1 for those starting Clemson in January (Spring term), and Feb. 1 for those starting Clemson in August (Fall or Summer Terms). At that time, you can apply for housing online. Visit the University Housing website for the application and additional housing information. Also, note that all freshman housing applications for fall and summer terms are due by May 15.

Freshmen are guaranteed housing and are required to live on campus. Current students and incoming freshmen have priority for assignment to University housing. Transfer students are offered on-campus housing as space permits.

Housing priority for all new students is based on the application date to the University, not on the date you applied for housing.

Step 6: Schedule your Orientation session.

Note: Step 3: Pay your deposit must be completed before you can proceed. If you have just paid your deposit today, it may take up to 24 hours before it is disclosed to the orientation office.

Register for Orientation, which is required for all new students. There your academic adviser will help you sign up for your classes. You’ll also meet fellow incoming students and get a chance to become familiar with campus. Parents and guardians are strongly recommended to attend with their new student.

Step 7: Set preferred name.

Clemson University students may choose to identify themselves within the University community using a preferred first name that differs from their official/legal name.

If you choose to set your preferred name review the guidelines prior to setting your preferred first name.

Step 8: Upload your photo for your TigerOne ID Card.

The TigerOne Card is the official photo identification card of Clemson University. By uploading a photo prior to orientation your card will be ready for pick up when you arrive on campus. Please review the guidelines prior to submitting your photo.

Step 9: Submit medical forms to Redfern Health Center.

All students are required to submit Student Immunization Form with documentation of the required immunizations prior to the completion of registration. Redfern Health Center also provides options for student health insurance for undergraduate students.

Step 10: Learn more about placement tests.


Learn more about the optional online Math Placement Test. Beginning with the 2020 fall semester, placement into introductory chemistry, mathematics, physics and statistics courses is guided by the math score on the SAT and/or ACT. You may choose to take the online Math Placement Test to improve upon your score.

Modern Language Placement Test

If your intended major requires a modern language and you plan to take French, German or Spanish to meet that requirement, you must take the Clemson Modern Language Placement Test (MLPT) (scroll down on page) before registering for a modern language course during summer Orientation. Even if you have taken an AP or IB exam or the SAT II test, you are still required to take the FLPT.

You don’t have to take the FLPT if you wish to begin a new language in which you have no background. Transfer students who have received college credit for a modern language and who plan to continue with the same modern language at Clemson are not required to take the FLPT.

The FLPT takes approximately one hour to complete. Preregistration is not required. For more information, including the test schedule, please visit the Department of Languages or call 864-656-3393.

Step 11: View Transfer Credits.

Accepted students with transferring credits from another institution, AP/IB credit and dual-enrollment credit may review the evaluation of their transfer credit here.

In order to access your transfer credit summary, you will need your Clemson Username and password. Instructions for activating your Username can be found in “Step One: Activate your Clemson Username.”

You may want to print a copy of your transfer credit summary for your records. It is recommended to bring a copy of the transfer credit summary when attending orientation at Clemson.

Step 12: Prepare for Legal Presence Verification.

South Carolina state law requires all state institutions of higher education to verify legal presence in U.S. For students who are U.S. citizens, you will be asked to provide documentation to confirm your current legal presence. On the first day of orientation, you will need to provide one of the following items:

  1. Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid to Clemson) (our code number is 003425);
  2. Show a valid S.C. driver's license issued after Jan. 1, 2002; 
  3. Show a current U.S. Passport; 
  4. Show an original U.S. or U.S. Territory Birth Certificate (not a hospital certificate), Certificate of Naturalization, U.S. government-issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad or 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 legal aliens, you must complete immigration documentation with the Office of International Affairs within 30 days of the first day of fall classes. You will be verified as follows:

  1. U.S. permanent residents' status will be verified through the SAVE system
  2. J-1 and F-1 Student Visa holders will be verified through the SEVIS system 
  3. All other aliens will be verified through the SAVE system.

During Orientation

Step 13: Research laptops.

All Clemson students are required to own a laptop computer. While you can bring any laptop that meets the minimum specifications, the University recommends specific Apple and Windows-based laptops each year. Students who use the recommended laptops receive both software and hardware support.

After Orientation

Step 14: Pay your bill.

Be sure to pay your bill. Bills are available online in mid-July for the fall semester. A Tuition Payment Plan is available. For information on charges or the installment payment plan, please call the Bursar’s Office at 864-656-5592.

Step 15: Get ahead with Summer School.

Any applicant accepted for August entrance can take summer classes in the Second Summer session. If you wish to attend, let the Office of Undergraduate Admissions know.

Step 16: Find out about our clubs and organizations.

So much of the college experience comes from groups students are involved in on campus. We have more than 400 student clubs and organizations from fraternities and sororities to the performing arts and politics. There are also more than 50 intramural and club sports and from volleyball to scuba diving. With this vast selection, you should easily find something you’re interested in.

Once you're on campus you'll get information about the Organization Fair that's held every year. To find out even more about student orgs at Clemson, log into TigerQuest (login using your Clemson username and password).

Step 17: Prepare to move to Clemson.

You must have your parking pass in place when you arrive on campus. If you're moving on campus, be sure to visit the University Housing website for move-in times and procedures.

Step 18: Attend University Convocation and Kick-Off Clemson activities.

The University Convocation and other Kick-Off Clemson activities and programs will be held during your first week on campus to introduce you to college life and help you make a successful transition to Clemson. All new students are assigned a welcome group leader. For the University Convocation schedule and other Kick-Off Clemson activities, click here.

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