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Key Advising Information

Advising Basics

  1. Questions about the Advising Center
  2. Pre-Registration Advising Bulletin
  3. Pre-Registration Advising Preparation Guidance
  4. Questions About Advising and Registration
  5. Change of Major Policy
  6. Student and Advisor Responsibilities
  7. GPA Calculator

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 Grievance - 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.

Questions 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 through 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 an email announcement from your advisor. Please see the Preregistration Advising Bulletin for additional details.

How do I schedule an advising appointment?

During pre-registration 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 an 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.

Pre-Registration 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 pre-registration 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 pre-registration advising appointment

The Academic Advising Center has full-time professional academic advisors to meet with students throughout the year. However, during pre-registration 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. Only students enrolled in the Pre-Business program will receive this email. Advising appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are 30 minutes long.

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 to 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. Go to iRoar, select "Student," select "Student Records," select "View Student Information." Your advisor's name is found in the top section of information.

Advising for students wanting to change into Pre-Business

During pre-registration 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.

How to prepare for your pre-registration 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.

Questions About Advising and Registration

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 pre-registration 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 you are not able to meet with your advisor until after registration begins, we will assist as much as possible so you are able to register for the classes need to fulfill degree requirements. Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to engage our advising and enrollment system in a timely and effective manner.

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

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 the 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 its waitlist 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.

Change of Major Policy

The College of Business limits times when students may request a Change of Academic Program (CoAP) each semester. The Business School stops changing students into pre-business, business majors, and graphic communications on the last day to add or register for classes each semester. This is typically the Tuesday after classes begin in each regular semester. Students should submit their requests at least two days prior to this cutoff date to ensure adequate time for processing to occur. The college resumes processing major changes on the first day of registration each semester.

The college requires all students to meet with a business school academic advisor prior to approving CoAP requests into a business school academic program. This meeting provides the opportunity to discuss major change requirements and other information pertinent to this request such as the major and course fee. Students should use the "Explore" option in CU Navigate to schedule an appointment.

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) have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Business Degree Programs

To be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science degree programs in Accounting, Economics, Financial Management, or Management, students must have completed the courses outlined in the freshman core curriculum and have a Clemson/Bridge cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher. Students wishing to enter the Marketing Program must have completed the freshman core curriculum and have a Clemson/Bridge cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Students should submit an electronic Undergraduate Change of Program/Major request through iROAR. Students who fail to meet the requirements for admission to a degree-granting business program may remain in Pre-Business until those requirements are met, but only until 64 semester hours of coursework have been completed. Students who exceed 64 credit hours and still do not meet the requirements for admission into a 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) have a minimum 2.0 GPA and 3) have earned a "B" or better in GC 1020.


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 pre-registration advising or when in need of assistance.
  • Prepare for advising sessions and bring appropriate resources or materials as outlined in the pre-registration 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)