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New Student Checklist

These checklists were created to help identify tasks that should be completed prior to starting your first semester at Clemson. To make your transition to Clemson as smooth as possible, we highly encourage you to follow all three checklists and complete each task.


Before Orientation

  • Apply for University Housing & Dining.

  • Register for Orientation. You will have access to the online registration program after you are accepted and first pay the University Admissions deposit. For 2019 spring semester, online registration will open November 1.

  • Complete online Math Placement Test. All new students are required to take this placement test before coming to campus for orientation. This requirement applies to freshman, transfer and Bridge-to-Clemson students. The score on this test is an essential requirement for your academic advising session. 

  • Complete online Modern Language Placement Test (French, German, Russian or Spanish only) if you are continuing your studies in one of these languages. The score on this test is an essential requirement for your academic advising session.

  • Complete the Student Immunization Forms and submit proper documentation.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Ensure final transcripts are submitted to University Admissions.

  • Transfer students only: Bring all credit evaluations and other materials sent by Clemson Admissions.

  • Contact Student Accessibility Services if you anticipate needing special accommodations as a Clemson student (academic, living and dining accommodations).

  • Begin researching which laptop to purchase and pre-register for laptop workshop to attend during your orientation session (optional activity).

  • Submit your photo for your TigerOne Card (official University ID) using the online photo submission webpage. Review the guidelines before submitting your photo to ensure a quality photo is submitted.

  • If you know you want to request a change of major, contact University Admissions to make the change-of-major request before you attend your orientation session.

  • Take a look at Clemson University Undergraduate Catalog for your academic year. This is an online publication.

  • Review Clemson’s website, and jot down any specific questions you may want to ask at orientation.

  • Download the following apps, designed for Clemson students: my.clemson (for everything Clemson), Duo Security app (for Clemson's required two-factor authentication), Navigate app (for your academic reminders and adviser communication) and Clemson Events app (for orientation and other program schedules).

  • Access your Clemson email regularly for important updates.


During Orientation

  • Know your Clemson username and correct password - you'll use it often!

  • Meet with an academic adviser.

  • Ensure your smartphone stays charged; you'll need it to access Duo Security app during course registration.

  • Get TigerOne Card. A valid photo ID is needed to pick up your card.

  • Bring your laptop that you plan to use in your first semester and attend a laptop workshop.

  • Complete semester course registration and leave with a full schedule - 12 hours minimum.

  • Meet at least one person who can be a resource.

  • Ask questions, have fun!


After Orientation

  • Check your Clemson email daily. Email is Clemson’s primary form of communication with you.

  • Complete orientation evaluation sent electronically.

  • Finalize your Clemson laptop, if needed, and if you didn't attend a workshop during your orientation session, pre-register for laptop workshop before classes start.

  • Purchase Parking Permit. Commuter or resident parking pass is required if planning to park on campus.

  • Sign up for CU Safe Alerts - an emergency information texting system.

  • Contact roommate to plan for move-in.

  • Visit University Housing & Dining website for move-in updates.

  • Register your valuables (laptop, bicycle, etc.) with Clemson University Police Department.

  • Ensure FAFSA is complete and aid committed to your account.

  • Pay tuition and fees - University bill is available online.

  • Access the 2018 Freshman or Transfer Orientation and Transition Guide in Clemson Events app and visit the website, Tiger Transition: Kick-Off Clemson, to see schedule of events for your return to campus!

  • You will learn about an online training module regarding the importance of the federal law known as "Title IX." This is a university requirement for all new students. You will receive an email notification when the training is activated for you.