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International Student Checklist

Enroll at Clemson.

Congratulations on your admission to Clemson University! If you have decided to attend Clemson for college, you’ll need to complete the next four steps to reserve your space for the first semester. Then, read through the rest of the tasks you’ll need to complete before the first day of class.

  • Visit your Admitted Student Portal

    Your Admitted Student Portal will have important information and next steps for enrolling at Clemson University. We encourage you to visit this portal often for updates and to complete enrollment tasks.

  • Complete your Decision Reply form

    Visit your Admitted Student Portal to indicate your plan to enroll at Clemson. Your response is non-binding. This form must be completed before you can pay your enrollment deposit.

  • Pay your deposit

    All incoming freshmen and transfer students must pay a nonrefundable $200 deposit online through their Admitted Student Portal. Deposits are due by midnight EST of the deadline date. The deposit will be applied toward the tuition and fees for the semester in which you begin your studies at Clemson. One exception is for students who enroll in Summer classes. If you enroll for the Summer semester, the deposit will be applied toward the tuition and fees for the Fall semester.

    If you have a question about the entry date listed on your application, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before submitting the deposit.

Prepare for Orientation.

Now that you’ve committed to Clemson, it’s time to prepare for your first semester on campus. International Services has created an International Student Arrival Guide to help you prepare for your arrival in Clemson. Review this guide, as well as the following steps, carefully, and complete the actions that pertain to your specific academic situation.

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  • Activate your Clemson username

    To activate your Clemson University username: 

    You will need your Clemson University ID (for example, C12345678) and username activation code that are available in your Admitted Student Portal.

    If you need this code resent to you by email, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or

    Go to and complete the onboarding process. Next, you will need to enroll a device in Duo Security for two-factor authentication (2FA). 

    2FA is required to access secure systems like iRoar.

    Use the provided step-by-step instructions for Duo Security to enroll. 

    Once you know your Clemson University username and password, please completely close your browser and open a new session. 

  • Set up your Clemson email

    Your 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. 

    Use the provided instructions for setting up your Google Apps for Education account or opt out of Google Apps for Education and use another email service.

  • Request Certificate of Eligibility

    After you have been admitted to the University, International Services (IS) will be notified and will contact you to provide instructions on how to request an I-20 or DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility.

    Request Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 information)

    Once your request has been submitted through the iStart student portal, please allow 15 business days for the request to be processed (business days include Monday-Friday). Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email with instructions as to how to request the shipping of your forms.

    Please note the following deadlines:

    • Students expecting to enroll in the Spring term should submit all materials by November 15.
    • Students expecting to enroll in the Summer term should submit all materials by April 15.
    • Students expecting to enroll in the Fall term should submit all materials by July 1.
  • Sign up for New Student Orientation

    The New Student Orientation program at Clemson University is the first step in ensuring that new undergraduate students have a successful transition and integration into college life. The program promotes discussion among parents, new students, continuing students and faculty and staff on the expectations and experiences of the campus community.

    After arriving in Clemson, it is required that all new international students also attend the International Student Orientation. At Orientation, you will learn about Clemson University and the U.S., meet new people and meet the International Services team. You will also receive information on immigration, Clemson University resources, health care and other logistical support items.

  • Set your preferred name

    Clemson students may choose to identify themselves within the University community using a preferred first name that differs from their legal name. If you choose to set your preferred name, review the guidelines first.

  • Upload your photo for your TigerOne ID

    The TigerOne credential is the official photo identification of Clemson University. Review the guidelines before uploading your photo to ensure an acceptable photo is submitted.

  • Submit medical forms to Redfern Health Center

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

  • Take placement tests

    Learn more about Math Placement testing

    Take the Modern Language Placement Test.

    If your intended major requires a modern language and you plan to take French, German or Spanish, you must take the Clemson Modern Language Placement Test (CMLPT) before registering for a modern language course during Orientation. 

    Your scores on these placement tests are essential to your academic advising session during Orientation. 

  • View transfer credits

    Admitted students with transfer credits from another institution, AP/IB credit and dual-enrollment credit may review the evaluation of their transfer credit here. To access your transfer credit summary, you will need your Clemson username and password. Instructions for setting up your Clemson username can be found under “Activating Your Username.” Be sure to print a copy of your transfer credit summary and bring it with you to Orientation. This will be helpful during your academic advising session.

Get ready to move to Clemson.

Now it’s time to determine what your daily life on campus will look like. Choose a residence hall, research student organizations and clubs and complete the remaining tasks before your first day of classes.

  • Apply for housing

    Your admissions deposit must be paid before you can apply for housing. Please allow 24 hours for processing the deposit before applying for housing. New student housing application contracts will be available beginning February 1 for students starting at Clemson in August (Fall or Summer semesters) and November 1 for those starting at Clemson in January (Spring semester). At that time, you can apply for housing online. 

    Visit University Housing 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 required to live on campus. Current students and incoming freshmen have priority assignment to University housing, and 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 the date you apply for housing. 

  • Order your student parking permit

    Students are required to obtain a parking permit before parking on campus. If you plan to bring a car with you to Clemson, visit Parking and Transportation Services to preorder your student parking permit. The permit will be mailed to your home address so that you can attach it to your vehicle before moving to campus.

  • Purchase a laptop

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

  • Pay your bill

    Bills are available online in mid-July for the Fall semester. A Tuition Payment Plan is also available. For information on charges of the installment payment plan, please call the Student Billing Office at 864-656-5592.  

  • Find out about student clubs and organizations

    Familiarize yourself with the 500+ student clubs and organizations on campus before arriving. From fraternities and sororities to the performing arts and politics, there’s a group for every interest. There are also more than 50 intramural and club sports to choose from.

  • Prepare for move-in day

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

Begin your first semester.

This is where your Clemson journey officially begins. Attend the first on-campus activities scheduled for you and your peers. Make new friends, meet President Clements and create a routine that enables you to thrive during your first semester.

International students congregate in the Carillon Garden for a first-week event.
A crowded room of students sit in rows during a presentation.

Attend Welcome Week activities.

Welcome Week occurs when first-year students move to campus for the start of Fall semester. Through a variety of online and in-person activities, the Clemson Family comes together to welcome you to Tigertown, help you make friends and set you up for academic success. Find more information about Welcome Week and transitioning to Clemson on the Tiger Transition: Welcome Week page.