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Information for Incoming Students

The School of Computing offers three undergraduate degree programs that each contain a strong a common technical core that emphasizes the development of programming and problem-solving skills. The programs typically differ in requirements during the junior and senior year with different emphases in areas outside of computer science. In addition, the school is pleased to offer a minor in computer science and a minor in digital production arts, as participates in the Clemson University Cybersecurity Center's cybersecurity minor. Visit our undergraduate programs of study page to learn more about the requirements of each of our programs.

Orientation and Advising

Clemson provides a comprehensive new student orientation to introduce incoming students to campus life, resources, and traditions. During orientation, you will also get an introduction to the School of Computing, meet with a School of Computing advisor, and register for classes. The following resources are used for the School of Computing information and advising sessions.

If you're not certain about which degree you want to pursue, that's okay! Discuss your interests and options with an advisor during the advising session. To make best use of the advising session, have a list of your interests, prior computing history and/or courses, and any information that you think would be helpful.

You may use Clemson's iROAR system to search for courses ahead of your advising session. If you find introductory courses are full, do not be discouraged. During summer orientation, many departments hold back available seats for incoming students and release them in blocks throughout the summer. Your advisor will help you through the process during your orientation session.

Laptop Information

Clemson requires all entering students to own a laptop; Clemson’s Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) group publishes a page on laptop support and typically lists recommended laptop configurations for each entering fall class. For the 2018-2019 academic year, any of the laptops (aside from the CCIT-specified Lenovo Thinkpad 13" laptop, which has a low display resolution) will be appropriate for use with School of Computing courses. If you choose to buy a laptop outside of these recommendations, we generally recommend a minimum of 8 GB of RAM, an Intel current generation i5-or-better processor, a 3- or 4-year warranty, and a display resolution of at least 1920 x 1080. About half of our students opt to purchase a laptop on their own.

The School of Computing does not endorse a particular laptop model—our students use a mix of Windows, Macintosh, and Linux-based devices. If you plan on developing iOS applications, Apple’s Developer Guidelines specify that you must use a Macintosh-based computer to run the xCode integrated development environment.

The School of Computing does strongly urge students to consider extended warranty coverage for laptop purchases. In case you encounter Murphy's Law while as a student,  extended warranty coverage can help you recover quickly from an unpleasant experience through manufacturers’ authorized service centers (as well as offer peace of mind). Clemson’s CCIT does offer limited computer repair services, although some models must be purchased through Clemson in order to leverage this support.

We asked senior School of Computing students to provide advice for new incoming students. One student opted to provide this feedback on a laptop: "Get a laptop that is well-rounded and has a long battery life. Your first few years are not typically spent doing intensive computing. Plus, Clemson provides ... resources for those situations, already."

Frequently Asked Questions

Check back here for a list of frequently asked questions from past incoming students.