Undergraduate Students


Welcome to Clemson University!


The New Student Orientation program at Clemson University is the first step in ensuring that new undergraduate students have a successful transition and integration into college life. The program promotes discussion among parents, new students, continuing students, and faculty and staff on the expectations and experiences of the campus community.


We are committed to providing an in-person Orientation experience for new students and their families and delivering the highest quality program possible. In order to achieve this while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, we will deliver a hybrid Orientation experience. This model will consist of virtual elements over the summer followed by an in-person experience in August that coincides with your housing move-in and Welcome Week.


The following is important information regarding registering for New Student Orientation. Please review the following carefully.


Orientation Overview - 2021

The New Student Orientation program will consist of virtual elements over the summer followed by an in-person experience in August that coincides with housing move-in and Welcome Week. Academic advising and course registration will occur virtually over the course of the summer and will be completed before the in-person Orientation experience in August.

The student transition and support fee supports several programs and services outside of the Orientation program that students utilize throughout their time at Clemson. In addition to Orientation, the fee supports Welcome Week, transition and engagement programs, academic advising, retention, academic success, and campus connection initiatives, transfer student services, and family programs including parent and family orientation. The fee is non-refundable.


Fee Breakdown:

  • First-Year Students - $315
  • Transfer Students - $250

Information regarding signing up for Orientation will be available in the coming weeks. We will post that information here. We will also email all new students who have paid their deposit with this information in advance of the actual sign-up day.

No, courses are available and released throughout the summer and availability is not impacted by the date/time you sign up for orientation nor the course registration block you select when signing up for orientation.

New Student Orientation in August will be part of Clemson University’s Welcome Week experience, beginning with housing move-In. You will be introduced to an upperclass Welcome Week Captain to guide you through this transition, attend Orientation and Welcome Week events, and get connected with campus and other Clemson Tigers.


Orientation Sign Ups

Once Orientation Sign Ups open later this Spring, you will sign up through the Admitted Student Portal.


After you have signed up for Orientation, you will receive an email that will outline your next steps to complete the virtual component which includes preparing for academic advising, selecting courses, and preparing for student life at Clemson. It is imperative that you monitor your CLEMSON EMAIL for this and other important communications.


You must complete the onboarding process to set up your Clemson username, password and Clemson email address before accessing the New Student Orientation Virtual Platform. Please follow the instructions on the Next Steps tab in your Admitted Student Portal.


Student Transition and Support Fee (Non-Refundable)

The student transition and support fee supports several programs and services outside of the Orientation program that students utilize throughout their time at Clemson. In addition to Orientation, the fee supports Welcome Week, transition and engagement programs, academic advising, retention, academic success, and campus connection initiatives, transfer student services, and family programs including parent and family orientation. The fee is non-refundable.


Fee Breakdown:

  • First-Year Students - $315
  • Transfer Students - $250

Orientation Checklist

  • Sign up for Orientation and pay the Student Transition and Support Fee (see details above). Sign up for orientation through the Admitted Student Portal. Please have your summer calendar available as you will also be selecting your course registration block during this process. Course registration will take place during June and July.

  • Check your CLEMSON EMAIL for instructions on how to access New Student Virtual Orientation.

  • Complete Virtual Orientation which will include a virtual Academic Advising modules. You can complete Virtual Orientation at your own pace, but you should complete the Academic Advising module before you attend academic advising with your adviser.

  • Continue to monitor your CLEMSON EMAIL for communications from your academic advisers – this may not be right away, as advisers will contact students in the order of their advising blocks. Do not attempt to schedule an advising appointment on your own, further instructions for scheduling an academic advising appointment will be shared via email.

  • Register for your Fall courses during the specific course registration time block you signed up for as part of the Orientation sign-up process.


Change of Major

Are you unsure about your declared major? If you have already identified a new major, visit your Admitted Student Portal and complete the “Change of Major” form. You must request your major change before completing the Orientation registration process.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at orientation@clemson.edu. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Clemson Family!


Go Tigers!