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Commit to Clemson.

You’ve been admitted and decided to join the Clemson Family. Congrats! To reserve your space for the first semester, there are just a few things you need to do. Complete the next three steps as soon as you’re confident that you’re going to commit to Clemson, and then read through the following steps you’ll need to take 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 your first semester.

Now that you’ve committed to Clemson, it’s time to get ready for your first semester on campus. Review the following steps carefully and complete the actions that pertain to your specific academic situation.

First-year students and their parents stand and talk during Orientation.
  • 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 ithelp@clemson.edu

    Go to myusername.clemson.edu 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 username@clemson.edu. 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.

  • Meet all financial aid deadlines

    Financial aid applicants are notified of their awards beginning in the spring. Check with Financial Aid for deadline information.

  • Schedule your Orientation session

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

    Note: Your deposit must be submitted before you can schedule an Orientation session. Please allow 24 hours for processing the deposit before attempting to schedule an Orientation session.

  • 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. 

  • Prepare for legal presence verification

    South Carolina state law requires all state institutions of higher education to verify legal presence in U.S. All students will be asked to provide documentation to confirm their current legal presence. To ensure that a student may enroll and attend classes, they must provide documentation as described below. Documentation must be uploaded electronically through the Legal Presence Documentation Portal.

    The following documents will be accepted as proof of your U.S. citizenship:

    • A completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid to Clemson), if not yet submitted (our code number is 003425);
    • A valid S.C. driver's license first issued after January 1, 2002, if your date of birth is after January 1, 1987 (If you were born before January 1, 1987, a S.C. driver’s license is not acceptable and you must provide another form of documentation.);
    • A current U.S. Passport;
    • An original U.S. or U.S. Territory Birth Certificate (not a hospital certificate);
    • A Certificate of Naturalization;
    • U.S. government-issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad; or Certificate of Citizenship.

    You will have 30 days after the start of classes to declare your legal presence without penalty.

Picture yourself here.

Now that you’ve completed documentation to mark where your academic journey begins, take the steps to determine what your daily life on campus will look like. From choosing your residence hall to researching student clubs and organizations, it’s time to complete the final steps leading up to your first day as a Clemson student.

  • 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.

Start the semester strong.

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.

Downtown Clemson welcomes a sea of new students during the Welcome Back Festival.
A Clemson student gives a speech during convocation.

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.