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Advising Information for New Students

New Students

Welcome to the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences! Academic advisors are here to help make the transition to being a college student an easy one. Whether it's orientation information or events to kick off the fall semester, we hope your first year at Clemson is a success.

Steps to Prepare for Orientation

Starting out somewhere new can have you feeling uncertain about the steps you need to take. We have listed a few ways to get off to a good start at Clemson.

Step 1

If you have received AP or IB scores, send them to Clemson to prepare for your advising session. If you took Dual Enrollment classes or courses at another College or University, have official transcripts sent to Clemson for review.

checklist for new students

Advanced Credits

Information on how to send advanced standing credit to Clemson can be found on the Admissions Undergraduate site.

View Guide

Step 2

Starting out in the appropriate MATH course for your current skill level is crucial for your success. Placement into MATH courses is determined by SAT or ACT math scores, previous college-level math credit, or recommendations based on AP or IB scores. Without AP, IB, or transferrable math courses, MATH placement will be determined solely by SAT, ACT, or CMPT score.

taking the math placement test

Math Placement

Students can take the optional Clemson Math Placement Test (CMPT) to improve their math placement.

Test Information

Step 3

The preferred laptops for most majors are Lenovo ThinkPad P1 and Dell Precision 5540. The School of Computing choices include Lenovo ThinkPad T490, Dell Latitude 7400, and MacBook Pro 13".

MacBook Pro 13" or 16" are acceptable but may need Bootcamp due to some software requiring Windows. Apple purchases must be MacBook Pro 16" for Mechanical Engineering Majors.

laptop requirements

Laptop Requirements

Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) has a full list of laptop recommendations and buying information

CCIT Recommendations

Orientation Process

Orientation provides important information that will help you become a successful new student. The summer orientation has moved to virtual sessions. Here is what to expect:

  • Review the New Student Checklist and sign up for an orientation session.
  • Check your email for information on how to access orientation materials through Canvas. Topics range from preparing for academic advising to student life at Clemson.
  • Advisement occurs prior to your registration block; an advisor will help select a course load that progresses you towards your goals.
  • Register for classes during your registration block.

Register for Orientation

Bridge Students

Bridge students are already part of the Clemson University family. Because of this, we have designated two sessions of transfer orientation for bridge-crossers only. If you are unable to attend one of the Bridge-Crosser specific orientation sessions, you will need to choose one of the other transfer sessions.


Talk to alumni and you will often hear the phrase Clemson Family. It is a feeling of connectedness, of belonging. We here at CECAS want you to know you are part of a community. Work hard, play hard.

family weekend gathering

Family Weekend

  • Spring 2021
  • Meet faculty and advising staff
  • Family Weekend merchandise available

View Weekend Events

As you begin at Clemson, there are several events to help you get excited about the new school year, learn about campus, and find extracurricular programs.

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Goines Profile

Keshauna Goines
Industrial Engineering, '21

My freshman year adviser made my transition into college so much easier! There is a ton of responsibility that comes with planning your schedules and registering for classes - which can be a bit overwhelming at times, but it was so relieving to have such a patient advisor who understood this and was willing to help.