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Information for Prospective Automotive Engineering Students

You have a lot of questions about our degree program; this section is designed to answer those for you. If you still have questions or want additional information, please reach out to us at automotive@clemson.edu

Admission notification update by mid-May.

What do automotive engineers really do?

In the most exciting job description, automotive engineers are devoted to creating the fastest, sleekest sports cars that money can buy. That description, while true for a handful of individuals, does not tell the whole story of the work that automotive engineers do.

heavy trafficJust spend a few minutes reading the news to understand the importance of automotive engineering. It’s easy to see the role that these engineers will play in solving the energy crisis through the creation of hybrid vehicles and other technologies.

Now we want you to start thinking bigger...

Consider the headlines about the number of aging baby boomers. Did you know that automotive engineers will play a role in helping these individuals maintain mobility in their senior years? Teams of engineers are already working to create safer, more comfortable cars with these individuals in mind.

Live in a crowded urban area? Take a look at the amount of prime real estate that is used for parking when the average vehicle is only used a few hours each day. Automotive engineers are looking at ways to make vehicle sharing a more attractive option through the use of customizable cockpits for each driver. This could reduce the number of cars in the most densely populated areas.

Other automotive engineers are looking at ways to enable vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to increase safety and help drivers avoid traffic jams.

Still, others are looking at the manufacturing and supply-chain process in an effort to increase efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and lower costs.

Want to learn more? We encourage you to visit our research section to learn even more about the complex issues that face today’s automotive engineer.

For those who have concerns about the future of the automotive industry, sells continue to surpass records, with 2018 outpacing industry expectations. The trend should continue in 2019 as economic factors are currently strong.

We can attest to the health of the automotive sector. Our location in Greenville, South Carolina puts us close to BMW, Michelin, and other industry leaders. Since 1994, BMW and automotive suppliers have invested more than $3 billion and created more than 7,000 jobs in this region. Over 150 automotive-related companies are located within the area. This includes companies that are located alongside our program at the  Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research or CU-ICAR.

students with Dr. Zoran FilipiWhy should students consider Clemson's automotive engineering program?

We offer both master’s (M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in automotive engineering. Any number of reputable universities will allow you to get an advanced degree in engineering with an automotive concentration. What we offer is an entire program devoted to automotive engineering. It’s more than a concentration area; it’s our sole purpose for existence.

By narrowing our focus, we can give students deep knowledge in a particular area like powertrains, vehicle electrification, or hybrid propulsion while helping them understand the breadth of the automotive industry. We are creating engineers with both technical skills and business sense. This approach was recommended by the automotive industry leaders who sit on our advisory board. We aren’t just guessing about what the industry wants and needs, we actively involve OEM’s and suppliers in the design of our program.

We used industry feedback to create Deep Orange, the vehicle prototyping program that is a centerpiece of our curriculum.  Starting with nothing more than ideas, our Deep Orange students build a vehicle prototype in two years. Not only is this unique in the academic world; it’s also the sort to experience that working engineers only dream about.

We mentioned the role of our automotive partners in designing our curriculum. You might be wondering what kind of presence the automotive industry has in Greenville and the surrounding area. Since 1994 BMW and automotive suppliers have invested over three billion dollars and created more than 7,000 jobs in the region. In fact, more than 150 automotive-related companies are located in South Carolina's Upstate region. Our location puts students in the center of a burgeoning industry where they have the opportunity to network and ultimately start a career.

The U.S. Department of Energy saw something special here when they made us one of the country's seven Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Centers of Excellence.

For prospective students, the real proof of our success is in the achievements of our graduates. Since our first students graduated in 2009, we have awarded over 100 degrees, including both M.S. and Ph.D. graduates. We are proud to report that 92 percent of these graduates are using their degree in either industry or academia. These alumni are working at companies like BMW, Tesla, Michelin, Proterra, and FEV just to name a few.

If our approach and results interest you, please review the sections regarding the admissions process and curriculum. If you would like more information about the program please use the contact form. We will be in touch to address your specific questions.

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M.S. Application

M.S. admission notification update by mid-May.

Ph.D. Application

Ph.D. applicants receive notice by mid-June for Fall admission and mid-November for Spring admission.  Top candidates will be offered full financial support, assuming that performance continues to be up to standards. Support will be offered through various means, including research and teaching assistantships, fellowships and grants. To increase the chances of success with your application as well as in your Ph.D program, you are encouraged to reach out to and identify a faculty advisor willing to engage and support you with long-term funding. You can do this by contacting the faculty individually, with your CV and the statement about your areas of research interest.

Below you will find information regarding test score and GPA guidelines, application instructions, and deadlines.

Our FAQ page covers many other questions, we encourage all prospective students to review that information.

Admissions Guidelines

The review committee evaluates each application as a whole, weighing all of a student's qualifications including GRE/TOEFL test scores, GPA, previous education/transcript details/, work experience, interests, and recommendation letters.

For your reference, the following are typical minimum test scores of successfully admitted candidates in recent years.

GRE SCORES – revised scoring system 
Verbal  153 
Quantitative 155 
Written 3.0
TOEFL 80

Note:

  1. Not all candidates that meet minimum test scores will necessarily be admitted as other items on the student’s application are equally important.
  2. Similarly, students with scores that are marginally below these levels are not automatically denied admission if other credentials are strong.
  3. The above minimums may vary slightly from cohort to cohort
  4. Applications can only be reviewed by the Department of Automotive Engineering once marked as “complete”. All applicants are responsible for ensuring material are submitted prior to the deadlines and will be required to use the Application Status Check to verify that all information was received by the Clemson University Graduate School. 

Additional requirements

M.S. - Bachelor’s degree in engineering, applied sciences, or math with a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent from an accredited program. While not required, two years of post-BS, industry experience is a plus.
Ph.D. - A master’s degree is typically desired. Students wishing to enter the Ph.D. program directly after obtaining their BS degree must have a GPA of 3.5 or better. Degrees must be in engineering, applied sciences, or math.

Application Instructions

The admissions application is found online www.grad.Clemson.edu/admission/
Your materials are loaded into a system that will allow us to evaluate your application and act accordingly.

The following items are needed to complete your application. These documents can be submitted electronically. Test scores are submitted through the testing agency. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation are submitted as part of the application process.
Official GRE scores (Clemson’s ETS code is 5111. There is no additional department code.)
Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students (Clemson’s ETS code is 5111. There is no additional department code.)
Unofficial Transcripts
Letters of Recommendation Students should submit at least two letters of recommendation and can submit three. Any students applying for the GATE program should submit three letters of recommendation.

The Graduate School also offers detailed information on supporting materials.

If you are accepted, you will need to submit an official transcript*. Clemson requires one official academic transcript from each previously attended institution. These transcripts are sent directly to the address below in a sealed university envelope. Graduate Admissions will not accept faxed or scanned copies. Do not send high school transcripts or any certificates other than degree certificates. To ensure proper handling, do not send official transcripts until you have received your letter of acceptance.

Office of Graduate Admissions
209 E-Martin Hall
Clemson University
SC 29634

*Clemson students do not need to submit a transcript.

Deadlines

Fall enrollment (open to both M.S. and Ph.D. students) - apply by January 15 for full consideration for admissions and funding/fellowships
The application window will remain open until April 30 but applications arriving after January 15 are subject to vacancies in the program.

Spring enrollment (Ph.D. only) September 15 is the final deadline for full consideration.

For more information, visit both our graduate admissions FAQs and those published by the Clemson University Graduate School. Either the graduate student services coordinator or the graduate coordinator can assist with questions that are not answered by this site or the graduate school’s site.

Tuition and fees

Please visit the Graduate School's site for the most current information about tuition and fees. "Automotive engineering" is the first program listed under the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

Financial SupportFinancial support is awarded based on availability of funds and academic merit.  If a student changes his/her subject area after support has been extended, support eligibility is reviewed and funding may or may not be provided.  Automotive engineering Ph.D. students are given priority for financial support.

Graduate students are eligible for financial support if they are (1) enrolled in full-time graduate studies, (2) in good academic standing, i.e., not on probation, and (3) making satisfactory progress toward their degree. 

Assistantships
Graduate assistants receiving funding pay a flat fee for tuition and fees.  To receive the reduced tuition and fees for a particular semester, a qualified student must be on the department payroll by end of the second week of that semester.  Assistantship opportunities will be emailed to students when they become available. The emails will contain details about the position and application instructions. Students should not send unsolicited resumes/CVs to faculty members as these messages will be deleted. In general, only Ph.D. students will be considered for assistantships due to the compact nature of the master’s degree curriculum.


Fellowships
Funding for fellowships generally comes from donors who would like to contribute to the success of our students.

Currently, our fellowship sponsors include: Bosch, BMW, Bridgestone, Cooper Standard, Draxlmaier, FEV, JTEKT Koyo, Mazda, Plastic Omnium, SAGE Automotive, and Stäubli. The department also offers a number of fellowship opportunities for deserving students.

Unlike assistantships, many of our fellowships are open to M.S. students. Most of the fellowships available through the department do not require an additional application*; in these cases faculty review student admission applications and award fellowship dollars based on this information. Along with fellowship award which generally ranges from $5,000-$10,000, students on fellowship enjoy the benefit of in-state tuition.

*Students who are interested in the BMW M.S. Fellowship must complete a separate application. For details, please visit the BMW M.S. Fellowship page

Students must be enrolled for at least nine credit hours to receive a fellowship.

About the AuE Program Application Process and Admissions Accepted Students International Students Miscellaneous

About the Automotive Engineering (AuE) Program

Application Process and Admissions

Clemson University Graduate School Policy Handbook

Accepted Students

International Students

Miscellaneous

What makes Clemson's automotive engineering program different?
Our entire focus is automotive engineering. It is not one of a number of tracks or options offered in our program, instead, automotive engineering is our sole reason for existence. We are the nation's only graduate-level department of automotive engineering. We are also housed on a campus that is devoted to the automotive industry. By narrowing our focus, we can give students deep knowledge in a particular area like powertrains, vehicle electrification or hybrid propulsion while helping them understand the breadth of the automotive industry. We are creating engineers with both technical skills and business sense. This approach was recommended by the automotive industry leaders who sit on our advisory board. We are also implementing many of the key objectives outlined in ASME's Vision 2030.

Do I need to have a mechanical engineering background to succeed in your program?
Due to our systems-integration focus, our program draws interest from students with a variety of backgrounds. Our admissions guidelines state that students should have a degree in any branch of engineering, applied sciences, or mathematics. We find that students are best suited for success when they have an understanding of the principles and skills listed below.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
Integral calculus (one variable, two variables)
Differential calculus
Differential equations
Linear algebra
Matlab (software)
Good verbal and written communications skills (required for every class)

The lists below are specific to each technical concentration area.

MANUFACTURING
Engineering design (two units)
Manufacturing processes
Strength of materials (SOM)
Materials or materials engineering class

ENGINES

Thermodynamics
Heat transfer, controls
Understanding of fluid mechanics

POWERTRAIN
Kinematics
Thermodynamics
Understanding of fluid mechanics
Dynamics

ELECTRONICS
Basic electronics
Electrical circuits
Programming

OTHER HELPFUL COURSES
Human factors
Ergonomics

APPLICATION PROCESS AND ADMISSIONS
I've applied. When will I hear about my application?
Thanks for your interest in our program. We ask for your patience during the admissions process. Our faculty committee reviews applications continuously during the consideration window and makes decisions on a rolling basis. To follow the status of your application, please use the Clemson Grad School status check system.  We ask that you do not e-mail or call to check on your application as responding to these inquiries takes time away from other activities and will delay the review process. We anticipate that all admissions decisions for MS applicants will be communicated by May 15. Ph.D. applicants are required to identify a project together with a faculty member agreeing to be an advisor before the application will be considered.  (Updated Sep. 7, 2016)

Who can apply?
Enrollment is open to those with degrees in any branch of engineering, applied sciences, or mathematics.

What are the admissions requirements?
We look at each student as a whole when making decisions about admissions. Test scores and GPA are considered along with post-graduate work and automotive interest/experience.

The test scores listed below are our general guidelines for admissions.
GRE SCORES –revised scoring system (previous scoring system in parenthesis)
Verbal  153 (500 - previous GRE scale)
Quantitative 155 (700 – previous GRE scale)
Written 3.0
TOEFL 80

Additional requirements
M.S. - Bachelor’s degree in engineering, applied sciences, or math with a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent from an accredited program. While not required, two years of post-BS, industry experience is a plus.
Ph.D. - A master’s degree is typically desired. Students wishing to enter the Ph.D. program directly after obtaining their BS degree must have a GPA of 3.5 or better. Degrees must be in engineering, applied sciences, or math.

My verbal GRE score is less than 153 (500 on the old scale); do I have a chance of getting in?
We cannot give you a firm answer to this question. Our faculty committee looks at GRE scores, GPAs, previous experience -  both educational and industrial, recommendations, and essays before making a decision. Using this holistic approach, strengths in one category can help make up for deficiencies in another. It is not our policy to review applications or credentials that do not go through the official application process. Therefore, the only way to find out whether you’ll get in or not is to actually apply and go through the process.

What were the average GRE scores for students admitted in previous classes?
Please keep in mind that our holistic review process means that marginal GRE scores can be balanced by industrial experience or other factors. We cannot guarantee that students who meet or exceed these averages will be granted admission. With that stated, the average GRE scores for previous years are listed here.

How do I apply?
You may apply on the web at www.grad.Clemson.edu/admission/.  Your materials are loaded into a system that will allow us to evaluate your application and act accordingly.

What documents should I submit? Can I learn more about supporting materials?
Official GRE scores (ETS code – 5111  There is no additional department code.)
Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students
(ETS code – 5111  There is no additional department code.)
Unofficial Transcripts
Letters of Recommendation

Official transcripts are required upon acceptance.
Do not submit the transcript before you are accepted. Students* must submit one official academic transcript from each previously attended institution. These transcripts must be mailed to the address below. Graduate Admissions will not accept faxed or scanned copies. Do not send high school transcripts or any certificates other than degree certificates. To ensure proper handling, do not send official transcripts until you have received your letter of acceptance.

Clemson University Graduate Admissions
Clemson University
Graduate Admissions Office
E-209 Martin Hall
Clemson, S.C. 29634

*Clemson students do not need to submit a transcript.

For more on supporting materials, please visit the Grad School's information page.

What is an official transcript? When do I submit it?
Unlike the unofficial transcript that should accompany your application, the official transcript must be mailed to the Clemson Graduate School after you have been admitted. Your transcript must be placed in a sealed envelope by your college or university's registrar. The seal of the envelope should then be signed by the registrar. This seal is not to be broken by anyone outside of Clemson's Graduate School. These measures help to ensure the authenticity of your documents.

After you have been admitted, the official transcript should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
209 E-Martin Hall
Clemson University
SC 29634

I submitted my GRE and/or TOEFL score sheet but my application status still reads "awaiting materials." Why?
Your official score report comes directly to Clemson from the testing service (ETS). Any documents that you upload are not considered official. You must request a score report from the testing service. Be sure to use Clemson's institution code 5111 when making your request. It can take two-to-four weeks for the official score report to be matched to your application.

What are the application deadlines?
For fall admissions (M.S. and Ph.D. students can enroll in fall.) all materials must be in by January 15 to receive full consideration for both admission and funding. The application window will be open until April 30 but applications received after January 15 are subject to availability of vacancies in the program.
For spring admission (Ph.D. only) applications should be submitted by Sept. 15 for full consideration.


How much are the application fees?
Domestic Fees: $80
International Fees: $90
These non-refundable fees can be paid by credit card, debit card, or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when the application is submitted.

How can I learn more about the admissions process?
The Graduate School’s Webster has an extensive list of FAQs about the application process. We encourage you to read the information available here http://www.grad.Clemson.edu/admission/faq.php#apply. Read through the Clemson University Graduate School Policy Handbook.  Either the Graduate Coordinator or the Graduate Student Services Coordinator can assist with questions that are not answered by this site or the graduate school’s site.

Please do not call the office or send e-mails inquiring about your application status. This only slows the processing and review of your application. All Fall entry applicants will be notified by May of the year of application.

How can I check the status of my application?
You may check the status of your application by logging into the Application Status Check. Once your application is received and added to our student database, you will be able to see the information we have recorded about you, the status of your supporting documents, if your test scores have been received from ETS and when actions have been taken regarding admission status. If you find erroneous information when checking the status of your application, please notify us at grdapp@Clemson.edu.

Please do not call the office or send e-mails inquiring about your application status. This only slows the processing and review of your application. All Fall entry applicants will be notified by May of the year of application.

May I apply for both the M.S. and Ph.D. program on a single application?
No, you must select only one degree program or the other. Typically students apply for the master's program. If after a semester, they have decided to pursue a Ph.D., the student will complete a change of major form to make the switch. It is important to note that a student must have a faculty recommendation to make the switch, the ability to change your degree program is not guaranteed.

May I apply for multiple programs at Clemson on the same application?

Clemson allows you to apply to more than one program (for instance, both automotive engineering and mechanical engineering). However, you must use two separate applications. All applications at Clemson are customized to meet the needs of each specific program and are, not interchangeable. After you have submitted and paid for your first application, you are to go back in with the same UserID and password and change your major. You will have to submit the second application and pay another application fee. For more on the application process, and to complete an application form please visit the Clemson Graduate School.

I have not taken the GRE yet, can I still apply for the program?
You can complete the application before you take the GRE. The application system will match your GRE scores to your application when they are submitted by ETS. Be sure that the name used on your GRE matches the name used on your application. Please use Clemson's institutional code 5111 when requesting your score report. There is no separate departmental code in addition to the institutional code.

I am having technical issues with the application. What should I do?
First, be sure you have carefully read and followed all the application instructions. Secondly, review the FAQs provided by the Clemson Grad School. Finally, e-mail help@applyweb.com with technical issues.


Is it possible to send requests for letters of recommendation before I finish the application?
Yes, you can send a letter of recommendation requests before finalizing your application. As you enter information for your references, you will see a button allowing you to request a letter of recommendation. Click the button to generate the e-mail request.

I made an error when entering my recommender's e-mail address. What do I do?

Go to the Application Portal here:  http://grad.clemson.edu/admission/application.php.   Go to “Manage Your Account” and click on “Review Your Activity”. Use the same userID (email address) and password you created when you submitted your application. This will take you to any applications that you have completed through College Net. Click on Clemson University (Graduate).

You will see the section for Online Letters of Recommendation. You can see who you requested and if they have started their recommendation yet. There is a drop box that says "take action". The two selections are "send reminder" and "edit this recommender." The second option allows the name and/or email address to be edited.

When this is done, the original link is deactivated, and a new email is automatically generated and sent using the new information.

If you are still having problems, please contact College Net at help@applyweb.com.

My reference did not receive an e-mail from the system. What do I do?

Go to the Application Portal here:  http://grad.clemson.edu/admission/application.php.   Go to “Manage Your Account” and click on “Review Your Activity”. Use the same userID (email address) and password you created when you submitted your application. This will take you to any applications that you have completed through College Net. Click on Clemson University (Graduate).

You will see the section for Online Letters of Recommendation. You can see who you requested and if they have started their recommendation yet. There is a drop box that says "take action". The two selections are "send reminder" and "edit this recommender." Use the send a reminder link. If you are still having problems, please contact College Net at help@applyweb.com.

How can I learn more about transferring to Clemson's automotive engineering program?
The Graduate School sets policies concerning transfer credits. Those policies are spelled out on the GS Policy Handbook. Students with specific questions about transferring to the automotive engineering program should contact the Graduate Student Coordinator.

What is the cutoff score for GRE/GPA?
There is no cutoff score enforced for the GRE test. Median scores of admitted students can be found here: http://www.grad.clemson.edu/median_scores.php  Due to different scales of GPA, there is not a fixed cutoff. GPA and grades in individual courses are considered directly from the transcript(s).

The application asks me to input my GPA on a 4.0 scale, but my grading system is on a different scale. How do I convert it?
This field applies only to GPAs originally calculated on a 4.0 scale. If you are using a different scale, please leave this field blank and we will find your GPA directly from the transcript(s).

I got a score of XXX on my GRE, I have a GPA of XXX, I have taken courses XXX, and I have work experience XXX. What are my chances of getting into your program?
Each application is reviewed as a whole (including both these quantitative measures as well as references, personal essay, and understanding of work experience), and compared to the current applicant pool. Therefore, it is not possible to give an accurate assessment of the possibility of admission. Please use the baseline data and program description to assess yourself, and apply accordingly.

I am a Ph.D. applicant. When will I find out if I am admitted to the program?

If you are applying Ph.D., we require that you identify an advisor and project before we will admit you. We encourage you to contact researchers in your area of interest to find open positions.

ACCEPTED STUDENTS

I've been accepted. Now what do I do?
Visit the Clemson Graduate School's site and follow the steps outlined in the "new student checklist."  Please note that this site may list dates for orientation that do not apply to our program; you will receive orientation information directly from our department.  In addition to the steps outlined on the site, you will also receive a "response card" that must be completed and returned to us. This will allow us to start preparing for your arrival.

How can I be considered for fellowships?
All incoming students who meet the deadlines (Jan. 15 - fall admissions and Sept. 15 - spring admissions) are considered for fellowships. For most of our fellowships, there is no additional work on the student's part. The admission application provides the information needed for faculty to make decisions about fellowship awards. If other fellowships are available and involve a separate application form, accepted students will receive application information. Please note that fellowships with separate application processes may have additional criteria including the ability to work in the US without sponsorship ( US citizenship), specific interests, or experience.

I've heard there are medical requirements. What does this mean? What about health insurance?
All new Clemson students must complete an Online Medical Clearance Form and provide written proof of required immunizations by July 1 (fall admissions) or December 1 (spring admissions). Students will also be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Those who already have insurance can complete the online waiver form
Clemson University Health Insurance

Where should I live?
Students should live in Greenville, South Carolina. Clemson does not have official housing in Greenville; you can find information on apartment complexes near the CU-ICAR campus along with local information.  Students who don't have their own transportation are encouraged to live in complexes served by the Greenlink Shuttle. At this time those are Waterside Greene.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Are there additional steps that I must complete?
Yes. International students must complete the steps outlined here.

Do I submit financial certification documents when I apply?
Your financial certification documents are part of the 1-20 process that begins after students are admitted. Do not submit financial certification materials unless you are accepted and working to obtain an I-20. For more information visit

Your financial certification documents are part of the I-20 process. Students only begin this process after they are accepted so you should not worry about financial certification unless you are admitted to our program. For more information see http://www.clemson.edu/administration/ia/services/students/new-students.html.


Can you tell me more about the Office of International Engagement (international student office)?

Located on Clemson's main campus, the International Student office offers a number of services to help new students. Please start by reading the information the office has prepared for new students.
The office can be reached by e-mail at is@clemson.edu or by phone 864-656-3614.

Where can I find the forms for international students?
All forms pertaining to international students can be found here http://www.Clemson.edu/administration/ia/services/forms.html
This includes the IS-50 Financial Certification Form needed for the I-20 process.

As an international student, what do I need to know about the English-proficiency requirement?
Unless you have a degree from an English-speaking institution, you are required to earn a satisfactory score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test.


MISCELLANEOUS

Do I qualify for in-state tuition?
There are many factors that determine whether a student is eligible for in-state tuition or not. Clemson’s Office of Residency Classification assists graduate and undergraduate students with questions regarding residency and eligibility for in-state tuition. Please visit their website (http://www.clemson.edu/financial-aid/residency/index.html) or contact the office (864-656-2280) for assistance with your specific questions.


What other costs should I be aware of?
Please look carefully through Clemson's Graduate School Financial/Tuition website for updated information.

Students should also consider housing, utilities, and groceries and other typical living expenses when calculating their costs. These costs will vary greatly depending on your personal tastes. Rental rates for one bedroom apartments near the CU-ICAR campus typically run from $450-700 per month. Many students live with roommates to bring down the cost of their housing and utilities. This information from the Greenville Chamber of Commerce shows the average cost of common products and services in the Greenville area. Use this information and think about your own habits to know what you should budget for household expenses.


How can I get an assistantship?
Graduate assistants receiving funding pay a flat fee for tuition and fees.  To receive the reduced tuition and fees for a particular semester, a qualified student must be on the department payroll by end of the second week of that semester.  Assistantship opportunities will be emailed to students when they become available. The emails will contain details about the position and application instructions. Students should not send unsolicited resumes/CVs to faculty members as these messages will be deleted. In general, only Ph.D. students will be considered for assistantships due to the compact nature of the master’s degree curriculum.
Assistantships are limited and awarded on a highly competitive basis; preference is given to Ph.D. students.

The department and CU-ICAR relationships with companies. How does this help me get an internship or job?
Our department does not have an internship placement program that matches all of our students with an internship. Students are responsible for finding their own six month internships to fulfill the graduation requirement. When possible, we try to help our partners and other companies with finding interns and employees from within our student and alumni populations. This is meant to be a service to the automotive industry; it is not a guaranteed internship program for students. All students should prepare for their internship search by downloading the Graduate Student Career Plan provided by Clemson's Career Services. 

The Graduate Student Manual details curriculum and graduation requirements and other policies that govern students within the automotive engineering program. 

Graduate Student Manual - PDF

Clemson's automotive engineering program is located on the CU-ICAR campus in Greenville, South Carolina. The CU-ICAR campus is roughly 45 minutes from the university's main campus in Clemson, SC.

housingHOUSING
Clemson does not offer university housing in the Greenville area. The Department of Automotive Engineering does have contacts at several apartment complexes near the CU-ICAR campus.

This information is only meant as a resource for students. The Department of Automotive Engineering is not responsible for housing. Any questions regarding apartments and fees should be directed to the managers. All apartments are unfurnished.  

https://www.apartmentlist.com/sc/greenville#map

Waterside Greene Apartment Homes  (Approximately five miles from campus - formerly known as Candleton Apartments)
Contact: Jim Sweet
741 Woodruff Road
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (864)329-0591
Shuttle service is provided.

Innovation Apartments
75 Innovation Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (864)675-1531
50% off application fee, waived processing fee for ICAR students and staff

The Vinings at Laurel Creek
3434 Laurens Road
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (864)567-1201

Laurel Woods Apartments
350 Fairforest Way
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (864)288-7073
Fax: (864)288-7068

Avana at Carolina Point (Approximately two miles from CU-ICAR campus)
201 Carolina Point Parkway
Greenville, SC 29607
(866)557-7195

When visiting websites or talking with apartment managers, students must make sure that they are aware of additional fees that may be charged in addition to rent. These are usually one time fees to be paid before moving in. Typically, these could include an application fee, administrative fee, and/or security deposit. Other fees may be charged at the discretion of apartment management.

Students will be asked to provide a record of at least one year of rental history. Those who cannot provide at least one year of rental history may be required to pay one month’s rent in advance. Almost all apartment complexes perform criminal background and credit checks on all potential occupants. Housing can be denied to anyone who fails the background screening.

Finally, students need to inquire about which utility charges they will be responsible for. Sometimes complexes will include some utilities (cable, water, sewer or trash) in the rent. It is a student’s responsibility to ask about inclusions. Students do not have to purchase cable television service but they will have to pay for water, sewer, and trash if indicated by the apartment complex.

Greenlink ShuttleTRANSPORTATION
There are a number of transportation options for CU-ICAR students.

The Greenlink St. Francis-CU-ICAR shuttle is a 12.5-mile loop runs from the St. Francis Eastside Hospital on Patewood Drive, along Woodruff Road to Waterside Apartments, onto Verdae Boulevard and passes the Route 8 shelter with connections to downtown Greenville. The loop then heads to Laurens Road and the St. Francis Millennium campus at Innovation Drive, before stopping at CU-ICAR off Millennium Boulevard and returning to St. Francis Eastside.  The shuttle runs every 30 minutes. The current operation schedule* is Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The shuttle does not run on Sunday.  Current CUICAR-St. Francis route map

Tiger Connection links the CU-ICAR campus with Clemson at the Falls, University Center, and the Patewood Campus. Please review the PDF to see the route (inset map on page 2) and the schedule (pages 5-6). This service does not run on weekends or university holidays.

Tiger Commute links CU-ICAR with Clemson's main campus. Please review the PDF to see the route (page 2) and schedule (pages 3-4 and 6). This service does not run on weekends or university holidays.

For questions about the Tiger Connection and Tiger Commute services, please contact Clemson Parking and Transportation Services at 864-656-2270.


In addition to these services, CU-ICAR now offers the WeCar vehicle sharing service. For more information, visit WeCar information.

Falls Park Greenville SCABOUT GREENVILLE
Greenville is located on the Interstate 85 corridor and lies half-way between Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA. In recent years, Greenville has seen growth in both industry and new residents. In 2011, Forbes Magazine ranked Greenville 13th in their list of “Top Metro Areas for Young Professionals.” Relocate America named Greenville to its list of the 10 best places to live in the US in 2011.

Related links - Greenville Government or Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

The Department of Automotive Engineering would like to thank BMW for their continued support of our program and CU-ICAR.

One of the ways that BMW shows its support is by providing fellowship opportunities for incoming M.S. students.  BMW Fellows will receive $10,000 to cover tuition and educational expenses during their first academic year of the program.

To be considered for this fellowship, students must
- begin their M.S. program in Clemson University's Department of Automotive Engineering in Fall 2019. Students must apply for admission and be accepted to be considered for the fellowship.
- have at least a 3.3 GPA from their undergraduate institution.
- have unrestricted work eligibility in the U.S. (cannot require sponsorship - F1 visa students are not eligible.)
- have relevant experience in manufacturing or automotives
- be willing to perform an internship at BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
- be willing to learn German and work internationally. Clemson offers free access to Rosetta Stone for students who are unable to fit German courses into the Fall. Students are not promised an international assignment but they must be willing to go if asked.

Preference will be given to students who have experience working internationally and/or those with foreign language proficiency with German being particularly desirable.

If you are considering the program, please see our admissions information page and FAQs for additional information.