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Clemson Military and Veterans Engagement

Prospective & New Students

Clemson University thanks you for your service and is grateful you are considering making Clemson your home for the next few years. Clemson has a long, proud military heritage and your academic pursuit with us enhances our community. You will find our staff and faculty sensitive to your needs and supportive of your success. There is a newly renovated Clemson Student Veteran Center on campus staffed by student veterans available to answer your questions and advise you of the resources Clemson provides.

We encourage you to self-identify as a veteran on all Clemson Admissions documents so we may better serve your needs as a student veteran.

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Veterans looking to apply to Clemson University as freshmen or transfer students should review the Veterans Undergraduate Admissions Page for information on reduced transfer credit requirements and application fee waivers.

Prospective new graduate students seeking general admissions information, please visit Clemson University Graduate School website. To begin the application process, you will need to create an account with the University. Follow the links on the website "Apply Now".


Once you create your account and fill out the application, you have continual access to your account.  You can complete the form over multiple sessions; know immediately when Clemson receives your application; and continue to access and review the status of your application.

The application fee is waived for current and former military service members (except those with a dishonorable discharge). On the last page of the online application, there is a section where you can request the fee waiver. You will be asked to provide one of the following forms of appropriate documentation:

  • Certification of Eligibility for VA Benefits

  • Copy of DD-214

  • Driver's License with "Veteran" insignia

  • Non-expired Military Card

  • Non-expired VA Identification Card

If approved, your application submission will be processed and you will receive an email from us confirming the waiver was approved. If denied, you will need to pay the application fee by credit card or electronic check. You will receive an email if the request is denied. Please do not pay for the application until you have heard back from the Graduate Admissions Office. We are not able to issue refunds once the fee is paid by credit card to electronic check.

Orientation for graduate students is conducted through the graduate school and is typically the Sunday before classes start. More information will be posted on the Graduate School website prior to the start of the semester.

Former Students returning should review the Application For Re-Entrance page for information on reapplying to Clemson University. Students using VA Educational Benefits, such as the GI Bill®, should contact our School Certifying Officials at VAbenefits@clemson.edu.

New undergraduate and graduate students should visit for online registration and information about spring and fall orientation sessions. Click here to visit the New Student Orientation website.

In addition to New Student Orientation, the Student Veteran Orientation program, offered the 4-6 pm the Tuesday before classes begin, provides new undergraduate and graduate student veterans the resources and connections to help with their transition into Clemson University. This event provides attendees an opportunity to:

  • Connect with key personnel that support veterans on- and off-campus

  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources and services

  • Learn tips for making the most of your VA Educational Benefits, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

  • Meet new and returning student veterans

  • Learn tips and best practices to aid in a successful transition

  • Enjoy a free meal as you network with student veterans and veteran support staff

  • Start your Clemson experience with a head start

Assessment: 100% of Veteran Orientation attendees reported learning helpful info and would recommend to another transitioning student veteran.

Data: On average, veterans who attend Veteran Orientation see a higher GPA than those who don’t.

Self-identified veteran applicants will be emailed before classes begin with registration information. Contact Brennan Beck at bjbeck@clemson.edu for more information.

- Orientation Team 864-656-0515

- Clemson Student Veteran Center 864-656-2982

- University Undergraduate Admissions 864-656-2287

- University Graduate Admissions 864-656-3195

- Financial Aid 864-656-2280

- VA Certifying Officials 864-656-7855