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January Orientation

Welcome to Clemson University New Student Orientation for 2018 spring semester.

Online registration for those students planning to enter Clemson University in the 2018 spring semester is now closed to allow us time to prepare session materials for attendees.

If you are an accepted student for 2018 spring semester and did not pre-register for a session online, we encourage you to attend either orientation session, January 4 or January 5. You may register onsite each morning as a walk-in participant. We ask that you plan to arrive at 8 a.m. and go directly to the Help Desk for assistance. The student Orientation & Transition Fee is $250; the guest fee is $30. We can accept payment by cash, check or credit/debit cards.

Things to Know

  • This program is designed for incoming undergraduate freshman and transfer students accepted for the 2018 spring semester. At Clemson, attendance at new student orientation for undergraduates is mandatory. Orientation is an on-campus experience with academic components, including academic advising and course registration, and programs addressing the transition to our campus.

  • There are two sessions scheduled, January 4 and January 5. The orientation program, content and student experience is the same for both sessions.

  • Orientation for you is a one-day program. The student Orientation and Transition Fee is $250, nonrefundable.

  • This fee provides for the complete orientation experience, which includes the orientation session and the extended orientation program, Kick-Off Clemson. This extended orientation program is a continuation of orientation with integrated activities and events designed to assist new students in their successful transition to Clemson; learn more at Tiger Transition: Kick-Off Clemson.

  • Pre-registration for orientation is required. Visit the page, Register for Orientation, to access the online orientation registration program. You will select your session, answer some academic questions for your adviser, have the option to register one-two guests, and purchase the orientation t-shirt and Parent Fan Pack.

  • Lunch is provided.

  • This program includes walking on campus. We provide shuttle bus transportation for portions of the program. All venues and transportation are ADA compliant.

  • Change of major - if you know now that you want to request a change of major, please make that request to University Admissions before you attend orientation. Your academic path at orientation is determined by your accepted status in a particular major/college. You can reach Admissions at 864-656-2287 or by email at cuadmissions@clemson.edu. 

  • The fee for guests is $30 per person. This fee covers the logistical aspects of the program, session materials and lunch.

  • You will be able to add one-two guests when registering for their orientation session. There is no separate registration form for guests. You will provide their email address and we will contact them directly with a confirmation of the guest registration.

  • Guests will attend their own orientation program, which does not follow the student program at times.

  • Any person attending with you, including your parents and other family members, must be your registered guest for the orientation session

  • Sibling attendance is not recommended. The guest program is designed for parents and guardians. Younger children may tire easily and get bored with the process.

  • Significant others are welcome. However, they will follow the guest program. They will not be able to tag along with you in the student program.

  • Registered guests enjoy lunch in the dining hall. Housing and all other meals during orientation are the guest's responsibility.

  • During each orientation session, there is a Veterans and Veterans Benefits meeting. This is a special meeting introducing student veterans services and resources. Any veteran or dependent who will utilize Post 9/11 Chapter 33 benefits and other VA benefits will hear the steps required to verify your status for VA benefits and financial aid.

  • An additional Veteran Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester. All self-identified veterans will automatically receive an email notification of this event. For more information, contact Brennan Beck by email at bjbeck@clemson.edu or by phone at 864-336-3494.

  • Visit the Veterans website to learn about resources, events and opportunities for you.

  • There is no housing provided for students or guests during the January orientation sessions.

  • If you are assigned housing in an on-campus residence hall for the spring semester, please read the information below.

    • You are encouraged to attend the orientation session on Friday, January 5.

    • You will be able to sign-in and pick up your room key to your residence hall on Friday afternoon from 3 - 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    • To sign-in and pick up your room key, please go directly to the lobby of your residence hall.

    • IMPORTANT: You must have a current TigerOne card (university ID card) in order to pick up your room key.

    • Any questions about your residence hall assignment or move-in, please contact University Housing & Dining at 864-656-2295.

  • Parking for the sessions is in Lot C-1, near the Hendrix Student Center.

    • Visit Campus Maps to learn more.

    • If you are traveling by car, the GPS address for Hendrix Student Center is 720 McMillian Road, Clemson, SC 29634.

    • Click here to download the parking pass; it is valid for both sessions and for Kick-Off Clemson events. Plan to print the pass and place it on your vehicle's dashboard while parked in the designated lot.

  • The day begins with session check-in at 8 a.m. in the Hendrix Student Center and continues with programming throughout the afternoon. The orientation session will conclude by 5:30 p.m. after course registration.

  • All students who attend orientation are invited to dinner and a social on Friday evening, January 5, from 6 - 9 p.m. More details will be provided; your session nametag will be your entry ticket.

  • To access more information about the orientation session schedule, please download the Clemson Events app. Then select Freshman Transition Guide or Transfer Transition Guide (same info).  It is updated often to provide you with the most current information.

  • IMPORTANT: You are also required to attend the on-campus programs of Kick-Off Clemson scheduled on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 9. For more information about Kick-Off Clemson and the required course, CU 1000, visit Tiger Transition: Kick-Off Clemson.

  • It is recommended that new students attend a laptop workshop to set up their computer for Clemson wireless access and other helpful software. The workshop is scheduled for 9 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, in Cooper Library CCIT Support Center. Pre-register for this workshop on the CCIT website.

Questions and More Information

Contact our office with any questions you may have about orientation. You can reach us at 864-656-0515 or by email at orientation@clemson.edu. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the new year!