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; there is an application fee. 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;

  • Pay your application form fee online;

  • Securely store and transmit data;

  • Save time by not having to retype data on different forms;

  • Know immediately when Clemson receives your application; and,

  • Continue to access and review the status of your application.

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.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Elliott at or 864-656-5280.

  • New Student Orientation is a mandatory program to ensure that new students have a successful transition and integration into college life.

  • Students entering the spring semester: Registration is online and opens in November. There is one session scheduled on the Monday before classes start.

  • Students entering the fall semester: Registration is online and opens in April. There are multiple sessions; please choose the session that best fits your summer schedule.

  • During session check-in at each orientation session, there is a Veterans and Veterans Benefits meeting. This is a special meeting introducing student veterans services and resources. Any veteran or dependent who will utilize Post 9/11 Chapter 33 benefits and other VA benefits will hear the steps required to verify your status for VA benefits and financial aid.

  • An additional Veteran Orientation will be held at the beginning of each semester. If you self-identify as a veteran with Clemson, you will automatically receive an email notification of this event. For more information, contact Brennan Beck by email at or by phone at 864-656-9793.

  • The dates for summer orientation along with the online registration can be found by visiting New Student Orientation.

- Orientation office at Student Transitions and Family Programs 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