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Congratulations, and welcome to the Graduate School at Clemson University! By choosing Clemson, you’re joining a community of internationally renowned educators, researchers, and scholars. You’ll participate in innovative research in some of the world’s most sophisticated labs, discover solutions to local, regional, and global challenges, and engage in service activities throughout the world. Very literally, your transformation begins here!

We’re confident you’ll find Clemson to be a collegial, hospitable community. Please use the information on this site to help you begin your Clemson career, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions that aren’t addressed here. You can find contact information on our Contact page. The Graduate School office is located in E-106 Martin Hall; feel free to stop by for help or just to say hello. And again, welcome to Clemson University!

WHAT’S NEXT? The steps below will help you get started on your journey as a graduate student.

+ First Things First

Wait to receive instructions from the Graduate School on accessing your Clemson username and password (email will be sent 3–5 days after you accept your offer of admission).

To activate your Clemson University Username:

  1. Please go to
  2. You will need your Clemson University XID# that was sent to you in your acceptance letter. Your XID number should begin with “C” and have 8 numbers—e.g., C12345678.
  3. You will need your username activation code, which will be emailed to you. Please note that you may receive this email several days after you get your acceptance letter. If you need this information re-sent to you by email, please contact the Admissions Office or ITHELP. Then, you can proceed with authenticating your Clemson University username and creating your password.
  4. After you set up your username and password, you will need to set up two-factor authentication (a security feature now required for many areas of the Clemson website) by registering with Duo. Duo is the dual-authentication app that Clemson University uses for security purposes. Here is the link with instructions: This step should be done before you try to set up your email.

Once you know your Clemson University username and password, please completely CLOSE YOUR BROWSER and open a new session.

Your official Clemson email address is in the format <>. In partnership with Google, Clemson offers students Google Apps for Education accounts. This account has already been created with your Clemson username. All you need to do is set up your account and password.

If you receive an offer of an assistantship or fellowship, please return your award letter to your academic department as soon as possible so your bill can be adjusted well before the payment deadline. If you did not receive an offer, or if you need additional financial aid, you may be eligible for a federal Stafford loan. You can apply at

The Office of International Services has created an International Student Arrival Guide as a resource for international students to help prepare for departure to Clemson University. The arrival guide is located here.

In order to issue the appropriate certificate of eligibility for your visa application process, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Wait to receive instructions from the Graduate School on accessing your Clemson username and password (email will be sent 3–5 days after you have accepted your offer of admission).
  2. Follow the instructions from step 2 above to access your Clemson username and password. If you already have a Clemson username and password, proceed to step 3.
  3. Complete the instructions on accessing the Sunapsis Student Portal to submit an E-form Request for Certificate of Eligibility.

*Transfer Students: Students transferring an Active SEVIS record from another U.S. institution will also need to submit the IS-100 Request to Transfer-In F-1 SEVIS record or IS-270 Request to Transfer-In J-1 SEVIS record and complete the Transfer-In E-Form. Forms may be found through this link:

Please allow 7–10 business days from the SEVIS transfer release date for processing time of the transfer I-20 or DS-2019.

Consult with the coordinator or representative of your program to determine your department’s preferred timeline for class registration, your planned course of study, prerequisite courses, etc. After you have consulted with your advisor, you can register for classes. Note: Some programs will advise new students to refrain from registering until arriving on campus. 

We offer two on-campus orientations each year, one in August and one in January. The program lasts from approximately 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. with a reception at the conclusion of the day, until 5:00 p.m. Lunch is included. At this time, there is not a program for spouses, partners or families. Students are highly encouraged to attend; for those enrolling in programs off-campus, some portions of orientation may be streamed online. For more information and to register, please visit the Student Transitions and Family Programs Grad Orientation page.

Official transcripts are only required of those applicants who are offered admission. Therefore, upon receiving official notice of acceptance to the Graduate School, you should request official transcripts from the institutions where you completed your bachelor’s and any other previous academic work. Transcripts are considered official only if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Are received by the Graduate Admissions office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Please mail transcripts to:
    Graduate Admissions
    E-209 Martin Hall
    Clemson SC 29634-5713


  • Are received electronically directly from your institution’s registrar’s office (U.S. institutions only). To submit a secure (passcode required) final official transcript electronically, directly from your institution’s Registrar’s Office, please use the following email address (all other inquiries should be directed to


  • The title of the degree earned and the date awarded must be noted to be considered a final official transcript. Official certificates or diplomas in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution should accompany any transcripts that do not note the degree earned and date awarded directly on the transcripts.

registration hold will be placed on all students who have not submitted final official transcripts during their first term.

Transcript Translations
An English translation of all international transcripts is required. Translations are accepted from the issuing institution or translations provided by any NACES or AICE recognized credential evaluation service. Some do not provide translations. Three companies which do provide transcript translations are Spantran (requests for translations/verifications should be sent to, Josef Silny and Associates, and Foreign Credits, Inc, but you are welcome to use any NACES- or AICE-recognized company. Clemson does not endorse any particular company.

Click here for Transcript FAQs.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the Graduate School’s complete Final Official Transcript Policy.

+ Before You Arrive

There are only a few steps for registering for classes:

  1. Go to this link:
  2. Log in with your Clemson username and password.
  3. Authenticate with Duo. If you have not registered with Duo, you can do so here: Duo is a dual-authentication requirement that Clemson University uses for security purposes.
  4. Once you are logged in, click iROAR (SSB).
  5. Under the Student section, click on Registration and proceed with your registration.

This video will show you the steps in registering for classes.

If you have any questions about your registration, your academic department and program coordinator are available.

*Some programs will advise you as a new student to refrain from registering until after you arrive on campus.

All new or transfer students are required to complete the Student Immunization Form and provide written proof of required immunizations by July 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester. Please see the official Immunization Policy by clicking here.

Exception: If you are enrolled only in online courses, you do not need to comply with medical clearance requirements.

Full-time Graduate Students on the main campus, Graduate Assistants, and International Students will be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. If you already have health insurance coverage, you can need to download the Online Health Insurance Waiver form from this page (see “Students Required to Have Insurance” topic). Then, follow the instructions to request a waiver of the required Student Health Insurance Plan. For additional information visit the Clemson Student Health Services Center Student Insurance and Billing resources page.

Even if you are on an assistantship, you will still be responsible for paying student fees. Please see the Student Financial Services Office to pay your tuition and fees after registering for courses. Payment deadlines for the current semester will be found here.

All of your bills are available on our iROAR website through the steps below:
  1. Use your userid and password to log in.
  2. Click on Student Account.
  3. Then click “To access your bill and optional fees.”

The online bill provides all of information of your current registration and billing information. Your bill is real-time, so you can make sure all fees are satisfied before the payment deadlines.

Government Sponsored Student

If you are a Government Sponsored Student, you are responsible for submitting a copy of your official Financial Guarantee or Financial Support Letter to prior to the payment deadline. After submitting your official support letter, please monitor your student account through iROAR and make payment on any non-covered fees prior to the published deadlines.

Late Fees

For Fall 2018, your tuition and fees must be posted by August 16. A late fee of $150 is applied when payment is made after the due date, beginning on August 17, 2018.

You will not have a tuition bill until you have registered for courses. If you register for classes after the tuition payment deadline, you will need to pay your tuition and fees the same day you register for classes, otherwise you will be assessed a $150 late fee.

Enrollment at Clemson University is contingent upon verification of lawful presence in the United States, pursuant to South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 59-101-430.* Please provide one of the acceptable forms of documentation during your first term of enrollment.  A registration hold  for your second term will be placed on your account until you have been cleared.

Note to International Students on F1 or J1 visas:  Your Lawful Presence will be verified when you check in with the Office of International Services. No additional steps are needed unless you are notified.

Acceptable Documentation:
U.S.  Citizens — the following documents will be accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship:

  • Social Security approval through Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).  (This option eliminates your having to submit any of the documentation listed above.  The Clemson University Office of Financial Aid can verify the approval through a Department of Education database.  You must complete and submit the FAFSA form, available at  If you have not yet submitted, the FAFSA option is still available to you.  Please note that a copy of the Social Security card is not sufficient documentation.
  • South Carolina Driver’s License first issued after January 1, 2002 (date of birth after 1/1/1987)
  • U.S. Passport 
  • U.S. or U.S. Territory Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • U.S. Government-issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Certificate of Citizenship

*Please note that the original documents are required for verification; no copies will be accepted. However, we only need to see the original documents, and they will not be taken up or kept by Clemson. If you are unable to provide this information at orientation, you will have 30 days after the start of classes to declare your legal presence without penalty. For more information, you may visit the Legal Presence page on the Office of the Registrar website.

Offices Updating Legal Presence:

  • Enrolled Student Services: 104D Sikes Hall
  • Graduate School: E-106 Martin Hall
  • Registrar’s Office: 104 Sikes Hall
  • Registration Services: E-206 Martin Hall
  • University Center Greenville: COE Office, Alison Search
  • College of Education: Main Campus–Tillman 102, Julie Jones and Cadie Giba
  • CAR: Jeremiah Farmer
  • Greenville One: MBA Office, Kristin Allen Hawk
  • Greenville One: MRED Office–712, Amy Matthews Herrick
  • Charleston: Historic Preservation Office, Amanda Tucker
  • North Charleston/Zucker: EdiVania Powell
  • Email:
  • Fax: 864-656-0622
Note: If you have provided any of the documentation above to the University for another reason (e.g., employment, SC Residency, etc.), it will not automatically update your Legal Presence status.  The documentation must be provided again for this specific purpose.

*In accordance with section 59-101-430 of the S.C. Code of Laws, also known as the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act, those unlawfully present in the United States are prohibited from attending a public institution of higher education in South Carolina.  Those unlawfully present in the United States are also prohibited from receiving a public higher education benefit including scholarships, financial aid, grants or resident tuition.  The check for lawful presence applies to all students — citizens, permanent residents, and international students.

The TigerOne Card is more than just an ID card. The card is used in many ways, including as a personal TigerStripe balance card, for access to everything you need on campus, and for the athletic student ticket privilege (football and basketball only). Your TigerOne card is necessary for your travel, food, privileges, and security on campus, so make sure to always carry it with you! Visit the TigerOne Card Services New Student information page to learn how to upload your TigerOne Card photograph (and apply for/pick up your card once you arrive).

More information about the TigerOne card in general is available at the TigerOne Card Services webpage.

Clemson University contracts with Off Campus Partners, LLC to create Clemson Off Campus. This website allows students access to a variety of housing options available off campus. While this resource is provided as a service to Clemson students, the University makes no representations about the conditions of any property found through this site, has no role in any transactions involving these properties, and in no way endorses any of the properties found through use of this information.

Please be aware that with any transaction, especially those that occur over the web, there is the potential for fraud. Always check sources, confirm identities, and establish credibility with anyone you interact with in the property search process.

The Student Financial Aid office has posted an informative Estimated Cost of Attendance table that shows standard figures for budgeting purposes and eligibility for need-based financial aid.

If you have been offered a Graduate Assistantship, the steps below serve as a basic guideline for getting on board. This is not an exhaustive list, and does not supersede your department's guidelines. Always check with the department that is offering you the position to find out what your next steps will be.

Step 1If you intend to accept:
Contact the department when you are ready to accept the offer. Vacant positions fill quickly.

Step 2Review and sign contract:
Understand the contract/offer letter. Understand the job responsibilities and the department’s expectations. Return signed contract to your hiring department by the due date.

Step 3Paperwork:
International Students must possess a U.S. Social Security card before beginning job duties. Your hiring department will assist you with the process.

Step 4Orientation/training:
Get information from your hiring pertaining to any training sessions being offered.

Step 5Human Resources:
Your hiring department will navigate the process of getting you hired and added to payroll.

Transit Access: The easiest way to get around campus and the surrounding areas is by riding the Clemson Area Transit bus (CATbus). Always free of charge, the CATbus has several on-campus routes to help you get to your destination, as well as routes through the city of Clemson and to the nearby cities of Anderson, Pendleton, Seneca and Central. For more information, call 864-656-4789.

Tiger Commute & Tiger Connection: The Clemson–Greenville Connection. This offers a weekday commuter service to connect the main campus with Clemson’s instructional and research sites in Greenville and other Greenlink stops. For more information and to view the schedule, visit the Transportation Services website.

Parking Permits: Parking on campus is restricted to permit or metered parking. Students can purchase a parking permit (optional; price varies) for their residential area or for a commuter lot prior to their arrival.

Shuttle Services: To arrange transportation to or from Greenville–Spartanburg airport or Charlotte–Douglas airport, visit this Airport Shuttles page.


+ Once You Get Here

You will need to know your Clemson username and password and have some form of ID (passport, driver’s license, military ID, etc.), so remember to have both when you go to get your card.

For main campus students, go to Hendrix Student Center, Room 111 and receive your card.

For satellite campus students, you can contact the appropriate off-campus TigerOne liaison listed on this page.

More information about the TigerOne card process is available on the TigerOne Card website.

Review the meal plan options offered by Clemson University Dining Services and enroll in a meal plan.