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Key Advising Information

Advising Basics

  1. Preregistration Advising Bulletin
  2. Student and Advisor Responsibilities
  3. Change of Major Policy
  4. How to Identify Your Advisor
  5. Preregistration Advising Preparation Guidance
  6. Questions about the Advising Center
  7. Questions about Registration and Advising

Registration Tools

  1. Major Requirements — Worksheets
  2. Degree Works
  3. Advising Worksheet Example
  4. Approved International Studies Requirement Course — AY 2012-2013 and before
  5. Schedule Planning Form
  6. Office of the Registrar

Academic Policies to Know

  1. Undergraduate Announcements, Catalog
    • Academic Eligibility — Refer to Clemson's guidelines in regards to eligibility standards to ensure academic success.
    • Academic Grievances — These guidelines will explain the process you would take if you felt that you were treated unfairly in the assigning of a final grade.
    • Academic Integrity — Refer to Clemson's guidelines on honesty and respect in academics, and learn what to do if your academic integrity is ever questioned.
  2. GPA Calculator

Change of Major Policy

Pre-Business Program (Non-Degree)

Students wishing to change their major to pre-business must 1) have completed at least 12 credit hours of college work at Clemson, 2) meet the Continuing Enrollment Policy and 3) have a minimum 2.0 GPR.

Business Degree Programs

Any student wishing to pursue a BS degree in accounting, economics, financial management, management or marketing must first be admitted to the pre-business program, satisfactorily complete the pre-business freshman core curriculum and have a minimum GPR of 2.0. Students wishing to change majors into the BS in marketing program must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPR.

Students who exceed 64 credit hours in the pre-business program and still do not meet the requirements for admission into a business degree program must declare another major.

Graphic Communications
Students wishing to change their major to graphic communications must 1) have completed at least 12 credit hours of course work at Clemson, 2) meet the Continuing Enrollment Policy, 3) have a minimum 2.0 GPR and 4) have earned a "B" or better in GC 1020.

How to Identify Your Advisor

  • Go to IROAR.
  • Click on "Students."
  • Click on "View Student Information."
  • If you have an assigned academic advisor, their name will appear in the text.

Preregistration Advising Bulletin

All Clemson University students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes. To assist you with meeting this requirement in a timely fashion, the Academic Advising Center will begin preregistration advising for the spring semester in September and the fall semester in February. Please review the information below carefully so you will know what to do, and where and when to do it.

All advising appointments are held in the Academic Advising Center, located in G-02 Sirrine Hall.

Scheduling a preregistration advising appointment

The Academic Advising Center has full-time professional academic advisors to meet with students throughout the year. However, during preregistration advising, it is absolutely necessary that you plan ahead and schedule an appointment with your advisor. You will receive an email with a link to your advisor's calendar so you may make an appointment. Advising appointments are 30-minutes long, and are available only to students enrolled in the Pre-Business program.

How do you know which advisor to see?

All Pre-Business students — those intending to major in Accounting, Economics BS, Financial Management, Management, and Marketing — are advised by the Academic Advising Center advisors. NOTE: Economics BA and Graphic Communications students are advised by their specific department advisors.

All Pre-Business students are assigned to professional staff advisors. Students are welcome and encouraged meet with their advisor any time they have questions or need assistance. Advisors meet with students one-on-one to address questions, concerns, and circumstances of each individual. As per university policy, all students must meet with their assigned advisor prior to registration for the next semester.

Students already in their major are advised by their specific department advisors. Check iRoar to determine your assigned advisor.

Advising for students wanting to change into Pre-Business

During preregistration advising, we will meet with students wanting to change their major to Pre-Business. Please use CU Navigate to schedule an appointment. Select "Explore" in the "Pick a Service for your Appointment" option and "College of Business Academic Advising Center" as the "Location for your Appointment." This will take you to the calendar of the appropriate advisor.

Advising schedule

Preregistration advising appointments are generally available beginning in mid-Septmeber in the fall semester and mid-February in the spring semester. Advising appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.

How to prepare for your preregistration advising appointment

Our primary goal is to provide you with high quality, professional academic guidance for navigating the often confusing intellectual waters of collegiate life — but we need your help to do our job. Here are several things you should do prior to meeting with an advisor:

Gather Your Resources
If you have not already done so, create a file to store all the information you have received from the University regarding your academic career. This should include a current "What If" Degree Works Report for your intended major, academic advising forms, final semester grade reports, etc. This file will serve as your protection against the occasional bureaucratic error. Your "What If" Degree Works report and academic transcript can be found in the Clemson University information access system for students – iROAR.

Plan, Plan and Plan Again
Using the resources you gathered above, begin planning which courses you need and want to enroll in for the next semester. This will require that you familiarize yourself with the rules, regulations and requirements outlined in the Undergraduate Announcements. Review all requirements for both general education and your major. Specifically, read carefully those sections pertaining to your major. For each course that you anticipate taking, check the Undergraduate Announcements to make sure that you have met all prerequisites. If the system allows you to enroll in a class for which you have not met the prerequisites, you may be dropped from the course after the semester begins. Because of high demand and limited class space, some courses fill quickly during registration. Therefore, it is important that you create a master course plan that's flexible by having a reserve list of other courses that fit into your master plan just in case you cannot get your first choices. View more information on preparing for your pre-registration advising appointment.


Student Responsibility

  • As per Clemson University policy, "All colleges and departments establish certain academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. Advisors, department chairs, and deans are available to help the student understand and meet these requirements; but the student is responsible for fulfilling them. If, at the end of a student's course of study, the requirements for graduation have not been satisfied, the degree will not be granted. For this reason, it is important for students to acquaint themselves with all academic requirements throughout their college careers and to be responsible for completing all requirements within prescribed deadlines and time limits."
  • Clarify your personal values, abilities, interests and goals.
  • Become knowledgeable and adhere to institutional policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Contact and make an appointment with an advisor during preregistration advising or when in need of assistance.
  • Prepare for advising sessions and bring appropriate resources or materials as outlined in the preregistration advising email and the "Preregistration Advising Preparation Guide" tab.
  • Follow through on actions identified during each advising session.
  • Accept final responsibility for all decisions.

Your Advisor's Responsibility

  • Help students define and develop realistic educational and career plans.
  • Assist students in planning an academic program consistent with their abilities and interests.
  • Assist advisees in identifying career opportunities.
  • Interpret and provide rationale for instructional policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Approve all designated educational transactions (e.g., change of academic program, waivers, necessary forms, graduation plans).
  • Monitor progress toward educational and career goals.
  • Inform students of administrative, academic and personal services and resources available to them.
  • Refer students when academic or personal problems require intervention by other professionals.
  • Protect the privacy of student information as set forth in The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). Details can be found at

(Modified from NACADA Advising Guidelines)

FAQ About the Academic Advising Center

Where is the advising center located?

We are in G-02 Sirrine Hall, on the corner of Calhoun Drive and Fernow Street.

When is the advising center open?

We are open Monday – Friday, 8 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

When is advising for next semester's registration?

Preregistration advising for spring classes begins in September. Preregistration advising for fall classes begins in February. Watch for email announcements from your advisor. Please see the Preregistration Advising Bulletin for additional details.

How do I schedule an advising appointment?

During preregistration advising, follow the instructions in the email you received from your advisor. You will schedule your appointment through the CU Navigate system as instructed in the email. Our advisors meet with students on a strictly appointment based system. You are able to make an appointment with your advisor at any time using the CU Navigate system.

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is an electronic record of your degree requirements that shows what courses you have taken and still need to take in order to graduate with a degree in your major. Students may obtain a copy of their academic progress by going to the Degree Works page from iROAR. This audit is a degree progress and advising tool, which may contain errors. It is not your academic transcript and does not represent an irrevocable contract with Clemson University. Please consult your advisor for information regarding academic requirements and degree completion.

How do I change my major?

To request a "Change of Academic Program," the student must initiate a request in iROAR. To make the process smoother, students should visit the Academic Advising Center for instructions on the best way to complete this form. View Change of Major Criteria for the College of Business. Information for Current Pre-Business Students Only.

What do I need to do to receive my Language Placement Credit?

Go to Room 717 Strode Hall and complete an Exception Credit Form.

I am interested in applying to a professional health program. What are the math and science courses that I will need to be prepared for admission?

Program and school requirements vary, and you will need to verify course requirements with the specific schools to which you plan to apply. For additional information, visit Health Professions Advising.

FAQ About Registration and Advising

Do I have to meet with an advisor even if I know what courses I need to take next semester?

As per University policy, "Academic advising is an on-going educational process that connects the student to the University. Academic advising supports the University's mission of preparing the student for learning beyond the confines of the academy. Academic advisors represent and interpret University policies and procedures to the student and help the student navigate the academic and organizational paths of the institution." You must meet with your academic advisor to receive your PIN to be able to register for the next semester.

In addition to preregistration advising, advisors are available to "assist students with issues related to degree planning, course selection, withdrawals, degree requirements, academic policies, academic difficulty, campus resources, internships/practicum opportunities and career/graduate school planning." Students may meet with an advisor any time they have questions or concerns.

I am changing my major. Why do I still need to meet with my Academic Advising Center advisor?

Until your major is officially changed, you will need to meet with your current advisor. Your academic records are kept by your current advisor until he/she receives notification that your change of major has been processed, at which time he/she will forward your materials to your new major. We do this so you won't get lost in the system.

My advising appointment isn't until after my registration date. Will I get into the classes I need?

You should schedule your appointment as soon as the advising schedule opens to be ready for registration. It is your responsibility to engage with your advisor to be prepared to register at the time designated by the enrollment system. However, if yu are not able to meet with your advisor until after registration begins, you will be able to register for the classes you absolutely need, perhaps not at the times you want.

If I cannot get into a class, should I sign up on the wait list?

YES! Departments want to accommodate student requests for classes, but doing so takes time and strategy. Think of it as a supply and demand relationship. Students want courses; faculty want to teach them. However, it is rather challenging to accurately predict how many students need to take a particular class in a particular semester. Departments must balance student demand with availability of faculty and classrooms. Depending on how many students want a particular course, departments may open additional seats in existing sections or create a new section.

Each department manages their wait list differently. If you absolutely need a certain class but haven't been added to the course by the last week of the semester, contact the registration coordinator to discuss their policy and your options.