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Welcome to Clemson University New Student Orientation for 2019 summer and fall semesters.

Things to Know

  • This program is designed for incoming undergraduate transfer students accepted for the 2019 summer and fall semesters. 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.

  • The orientation program, content and student experience, at a transfer orientation session is the same for all 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 summer orientation session and the extended orientation program in August before classes start. The program in August 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, reserve housing for the night before your session (optional), and purchase the orientation t-shirt, water bottle 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.

  • We recommend you wait and make your travel plans after you receive the session confirmation email to avoid any additional transportation charges.

  • 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. 

  • More details about coming to campus for the session, including parking info, will be provided on a webpage, Session Check-in; this information will be available in late May.

  • You may attend any orientation session that best fits your summer schedule. The orientation sessions on June 7 and June 10 have reserved spaces for you. Once these two sessions reach capacity, you will need to choose one of the other transfer sessions.

  • You are not required to pay a deposit to University Admissions.

  • You will have access to the online orientation registration program AFTER you receive your official letter of acceptance to Clemson University.

  • If you do not cross the bridge after the spring semester and are taking summer classes, you will not be eligible to attend orientation during June-July. You should plan to attend a session in August AFTER you receive your official letter of acceptance to Clemson University.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a newly accepted student to the Bridge Program and will be attending Tri-County Technical College in the fall semester, you should plan to attend orientation at Tri-County Tech. Please visit Bridge to Clemson website for more information.

  • If you have self-identified as a veteran on the application to Clemson University, you are encouraged to attend the session on June 17. This session is available for you to give you maximum time to complete any required paperwork you may have. However, please know that you may register for any open session that best fits your summer schedule.

  • During each orientation session, there is a Veterans and Veterans Benefits briefing. 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 864-656-0515.

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

  • On-campus housing is available for you the night prior to the session.

    • There will be two students in each room.

    • Same-gender roommates for students are assigned randomly, as each student signs in and picks up their key.

    • If you want to room with a particular person, the two of you would need to sign in with University Housing at the same time and request the same room.

    • IMPORTANT: Bring you own linens (sheets, blanket, pillow) and towels.

    • No amenities are available (no alarm clocks or televisions).

  • Options re student housing:

    • You may select pre-orientation housing for the night before your session at an additional cost of $20.

    • IMPORTANT: If you choose to sign in and pick up your room key the night before your session, you will automatically be charged the additional $20, whether or not you stay in the room.

  • Other information about on-campus student housing:

    • You are allowed to park in green-lined spaces around the residence hall after 4:30 p.m. each evening with the orientation parking pass displayed on your vehicle's dashboard. Plan to move your vehicle by 7:00 a.m. the next morning to the designated orientation parking lot, Lot C-1, to avoid a parking ticket.

    • To sign-out of housing: You are required to leave the residence hall and return the room key and fob to the front desk staff by 3:00 p.m.

    • There is no storage space available for luggage, backpacks and other personal items.

  • The fee for guests of transfer students 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 your 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.

  • To learn more about enrolling in courses for summer session, please visit the Summer Session website.

  • Most new students are accepted for the fall semester. To take summer courses, you must talk with University Admissions to ensure that you are in fact admitted/accepted for the summer session. You can reach Admissions at cuadmissions@clemson.edu or 864-656-2287.

  • Summer Session I starts May 14 and Summer Session II starts June 26. As an accepted student for the summer session, your time ticket to register for summer classes in iROAR will open automatically. You may contact your academic adviser directly to seek guidance re suggested courses for your curriculum.

  • NOTE: If you are planning to enroll in Summer Session II, we recommend that you attend the orientation session on June 17. You can then obtain appropriate academic advising and register for both summer and fall courses at orientation. 

  • The day begins with session check-in at 8 a.m. in the Watt Family Innovation Center and continues with programming throughout the afternoon.

  • The orientation session will conclude by 5:30 p.m. after course registration.

  • To access more information about the orientation session schedule, please download the Clemson Events app. Then search 2019 Transfer Orientation Guide. It is updated often to provide you with the most current information. CLICK HERE to view a web-based version of the Orientation Guide.

Questions and More Information

Contact our office, Student Transitions and Family Programs, 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 this summer!