New Freshmen and Transfer Students
When new freshmen and transfer students enroll at Clemson, most are accepted into a particular academic program. Two notable exceptions are engineering students who must enroll in General Engineering their first year and business students who must enroll in Pre-Business their first year. See section 3 below for related comments on these two groups. In addition, approximately 200 students are accepted in an undeclared academic program status. The Admissions Office processes acceptable changes of academic programs for new freshmen and transfer students at the time of orientation. Once classes begin, new students can submit an Undergraduate Change of Program request in iROAR* 〉 Student Self-Service 〉 Student Records 〉 Undergraduate Change of Program.
Enrolled students who wish to change their academic program must submit an Undergraduate Change of Program request in the Student Records tab in iROAR.* The request must be approved by both the current and new academic departments. Students wishing to change majors should talk with an advisor in both departments. Students should gain the acceptance of the new academic program prior to disengaging from the current one*. Many academic departments have established one or more conditions, such as a minimum grade-point ratio requirement, an application process, etc. that must be satisfied before approving a student Request to Change Academic Program. Students are usually put into the curriculum year in force at the time of the academic program change.
*There are guidelines and restrictions by college for changing academic programs. Please see Key Dates for Changing Academic Program.
General Engineering and Pre-Business
All engineering students must complete the freshmen General Engineering curriculum before being admitted into a specific engineering degree program (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, etc.). All new business students must complete the freshmen Pre-Business curriculum before being admitted into a specific business degree program (Accounting, Economics, Management, etc.). Both freshmen curricula have minimum grade point ratio requirements that must be satisfied before students can advance to a specific degree-granting major. Advisors in both programs assist students in selecting a specific major and choosing a specific curriculum year.
If students withdraw from the University or do not remain continuously enrolled (summer terms excluded), they are readmitted into the major they were in when they were last enrolled.
Questions regarding the Undergraduate Change of Program request in iROAR should be directed to Enrolled Student Services, 864-656-2174. General change of program questions should be directed to your advisor.