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Graduate School Orientation

Welcome to Clemson University! The graduate school orientation program at Clemson University provides the information and resources to ensure a successful transition to your graduate studies. The program promotes discussion on campus community and graduate education among all graduate students (masters, doctoral and post-doc) alongside faculty and staff. Each new degree-seeking graduate student is encouraged to attend orientation.

2019 Fall Semester

Graduate school orientation for students accepted into the 2019 fall semester is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2019. The program will take place on the Clemson main campus from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All new students are strongly encouraged to attend. If you are enrolled at an innovation campus, satellite campus or in an online graduate program, more information will be provided regarding online access to the orientation programs.

UPDATE: The online program to register for this orientation is now closed. If you did not pre-register, please plan to attend - you are welcome!  We will register you onsite Monday morning. There is no fee to attend. This program is intended for students; if guests attend with you they will follow the student program.

Orientation Program

Upon arrival at orientation, you will receive a printed, detailed schedule for the day.

  • 7:30 a.m. - Check-in for the session in Brooks Center
  • 8:00 a.m. - Opening program in Brooks Center
  • 10:30 a.m. - University Convocation in Littlejohn Coliseum
  • 12:30 p.m. - Lunch provided in Hendrix Student Center
  • 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Interest sessions and networking opportunities in Hendrix Student Center


Parking for the orientation session will be available in Lot C-1, near the Hendrix Student Center. A parking pass is required. If needed, you may download a one-day parking pass. Review the information in Campus Maps for location details.

If you have any questions about registration for orientation, please contact Student Transitions and Family Programs at 864-656-0515 or send an email to orientation@clemson.edu.

Orientation Checklists

The graduate school has prepared three Orientation Checklists of items to complete prior to, during and after coming to Clemson for on-campus orientation. Please visit Graduate School Orientation Checklists to learn more.

International Orientation

The International Orientation program is separate from graduate school orientation, yet both are helpful for graduate students from outside of the United States. For more information and the schedule of International Orientation, please visit International Student Arrival Guide. There is important information for you on this page, including information about International Orientation.


Any questions about Graduate School Orientation, please contact the Graduate School at 864-656-5202 or send an email to grdapp@clemson.edu.