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New Student Orientation - Undergraduate Students

New Student Orientation Overview

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.

Clemson University’s New Student Orientation experience consists of the following components:

  • 1. Orientation Sign Ups

    Sign Ups for New Student Orientation for students starting in the SPRING 2024 semester will open on December 5, 2024, and will be in your Clemson admissions portal.

    Student Transition and Support Fee (Required, 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.

  • 2. Virtual Orientation Modules

    All incoming new students are expected to navigate through our Virtual Orientation modules, which also open on December 5, 2024. There are seven modules in total, you are expected to finish Module 2: "Academics" before meeting with an academic adviser.

    The remaining 5 modules should be completed before starting class on January 10th. 

  • 3. Academic Advising

    All new students will meet with an academic adviser after completion of Module 2: "Academics". These advising appointments will take place virtually.

    Important: Check your CLEMSON email for communication from your adviser after completing the virtual orientation modules. This is the only form of communication you will receive from your adviser. 

  • 4. Course Registration
    Course Registration is when new students log into iRoar and sign up for classes! After meeting with an adviser you will reserve your spot to register. Spring 2024 course registration will take place on Monday, January 8 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 5. Ready, Set, Roar! on January 9th

    Our Spring 2024 Ready, Set, Roar! program is an optional in-person Orientation experience on campus. It is designed to connect students and guests to campus, to their academic programs, and to other incoming Clemson Tigers. 

    After attending Ready, Set, Roar! last summer:

    • 96% of students and guests felt like a member of the Clemson Community
    • 97% of students felt prepared to invest in their experience at Clemson 
    • 95% of students Agree/Strongly Agree that Ready, Set, Roar! was worth their time
    • 98% of students said their Orientation Ambassador made them feel welcome

    Space is limited! Sign up using your Clemson admissions portal after you sign up for Orientation!

    Ready, Set, Roar! will take place on Tuesday, January 9 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The cost of attending Ready, Set, Roar! is $30 per person. Guest are welcome!

    January 9 Schedule

    • 8:30 a.m. - Arrive and check-in
    • 9:10 a.m. - Program Welcome with Chris Miller, Vice President and Dean of Students
    • 9:20 a.m. - "A Holistic Approach to Student Success" by Sean Brittain, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Learning
    • 10:10 a.m. - Tiger Talks — Hear from campus experts about safety, leadership and engagement, and how to make the most of your Clemson experience
    • 11 a.m. - Student panel discussion with Freshman Council and Transfer Programs
    • 11 a.m. - Guest panel discussion with the Clemson Family Ambassador Board
    • 12 p.m. - Lunch at Schilleter Dining Hall
    • 1:05 p.m. - Interest Sessions - Two rounds of session to learn more about specific offices on campus and how to get involved in your first year
    • 2:05 p.m. - Campus tours with student leaders

    Click here to see why students recommend attending Ready, Set, Roar!


Orientation Checklist

  • Sign up for Orientation and pay the Student Transition and Support Fee (see details above). Sign up for orientation through the Clemson admissions portal

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

  • Complete Virtual Orientation. You can complete Virtual Orientation at your own pace, but you should complete the "Academics" 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 courses on January 8

  • Attend Ready, Set, Roar! - our HIGHLY RECOMMENDED experience on campus. See above for more details. 


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