Orientation FAQ

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College is a time of transition for both you and your student. In these unprecedented times, the support that you provide your student during this transition is more important than ever. As you and your student are navigating the orientation process, we hope that you find the following information useful!

Honors Parent/Family Q&A Zoom meetings

Join Dr. Bill Lasser, Executive Director of the Honors College, Dr. Sarah Winslow, Senior Associate Director of the Honors College, and Dr. Katie Maxwell, Director of Advising and Student Development, to learn more about your student's honors experience. Below are the dates for each Q&A. You can expect to receive an email in the coming weeks with the Zoom meeting details. However, this meeting information has been emailed to your student on April 29. 

  • Monday, June 7 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Monday, June 14 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Monday, June 28 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m. (EST)
Have more questions? 

We hope that the Zoom meetings and the FAQ section below will be helpful! However, if you have any further honors-related questions, please contact Katie Maxwell, Director of Advising and Student Development for the Honors College. Other orientation inquiries should be directed to orientation@clemson.edu.

For Clemson University's updates related to COVID-19, please visit this webpage.


Honors Orientation

  • What advising support will my student receive during orientation?
    Students are required to meet with their department's academic advisor before they register for classes. Academic advisors will reach out to students to schedule their pre-registration advising meetings. Students are not required to meet with their honors advisor; however, if students have honors-specific questions, they can can join the Honors College's virtual drop-in advising hours via Zoom at the dates and times below. Honors advisors will also be available via Zoom on the following dates and times to provide honors-related support should the student need assistance while registering. Students should not call our office for support during registration as we will only be available via Zoom during those times. All Zoom meeting information is included in the Honors College section (under "Academics") within your student's virtual orientation program and was emailed out to students on April 29.

    Drop-in advising

    • Tuesday, June 8 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (EST)
    • Tuesday, June 15 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (EST)
    • Tuesday, June 29 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (EST)

    Registration Support

    • June 10 from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (EST)
    • June 10 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (EST)
    • June 17 from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (EST)
    • June 17 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (EST)
    • July 1 from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (EST)
    • July 1 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Will Honors students receive priority registration during orientation?
    Yes, Honors students will receive priority registration during orientation. Honors priority registration during orientation refers to the time that Honors students register during each session (8:30am in a morning block or 1:00pm in an afternoon block), NOT the date of the session. The 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. time tickets are the earliest registration time tickets available in each registration block, providing Honors students the opportunity to select their courses first during their registration block. An earlier session date does not equate to better or more access to courses. Seats in courses (both Honors and non-honors courses) are allocated and opened during each registration block (morning and afternoon); they are not all opened during the first orientation session. They are also not all opened in the morning; seats are opened before each morning and each afternoon block. Whether an Honors student registers on June 10 or July 1, their Honors priority registration provides them the first opportunity to select available courses. However, keep in mind that you may not get the “perfect” schedule. Go into registration with some back-up options and the willingness to be flexible.

Fall 2021 Course Schedule Planning

Honors Courses 

Current Honors Student Experience

  • What support will my student receive in the Honors College?
    Throughout your student's time in the Honors College, we aim to provide as much support as possible including, but not limited to, honors advising, peer mentoring, discussion groups, and social events. More information about these services and programs can be found in the following questions below. 
  • What is honors advising and how does it differ from academic advising?
    Honors advisors serve as an supplemental advisor, in addition to your student's academic advisor, to assist your student throughout his/her honors experience. Honors advisors can answer questions related to honors courses, honors graduation requirements, opportunities available in the Honors College, and much more. Honors advising is optional, but students are required to meet with their department's academic advisor at least once a semester to plan their next semester's courses.
  • When will my student be assigned his/her honors advisor?
    Honors advisors will be assigned shortly before fall classes start after academic advisors are assigned. Honors advisors will send an introductory email to your student close to the start of the fall semester.
  • What is Honors Peer Mentoring and how can my student join?
    The Peer Mentoring program creates a community of students working and learning together to develop a unique perspective of living and learning through shared experiences. Peer mentors are current upperclassmen in the Honors Program that work with groups of 8-10 newly admitted Honors students throughout the academic year. Your student can expect to receive emails about this program and how to join the week of May 10; the deadline to opt-in into the program is Friday, July 23, 2021 at noon. More information about the program can be found here.
  • What is the Dixon Fellows program and how can my student join?
    The Dixon Fellows Program pairs undergraduates with a top Clemson professor to explore a wide range of intellectually challenging topics through readings, theater, film and travel. More information can be found on our Dixon Fellows web page. The application deadline is typically late August, shortly after classes start
  • What social events are offered in the Honors College?
    There are a large variety of social events offered in the Honors College including engaging discussions; networking with industry professionals and graduate and professional school representatives; movie nights; and much more!
  • How will my student be made aware of Honors College events and opportunities?
    Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the Honors College will keep your student informed through a weekly Honors newsletter (via email), announcements on Canvas, posts on social media (i.e., Facebook and Instagram), and opt-in text reminders.
  • What is required for my student to graduate with an Honors College distinction?
    There are three different graduation tracks that honors students have the option to graduate with: General Honors, Departmental Honors, and Interdisciplinary Honors. General Honors requires at least 18 credit hours in at least three different disciplines. The requirements (i.e., amount of credit hours, course, and final project) for Departmental Honors differs depending on the department the student chooses to pursue. Lastly, Interdisciplinary requires at least 14 credit hours. More information about these tracks can be found here.

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Last updated on 5/6/21