Academic Advising Center

Preregistration Bulletin

All Clemson University students are required to meet with an academic adviser prior to registering for classes. To assist you with meeting this requirement in a timely fashion, the Academic Advising Center will begin preregistration advising for the spring semester in October and the fall semester in March. Please review the information below carefully so that you will know what to do, where and when to do it.

Scheduling a preregistration advising appointment

The Academic Advising Center has full-time professional academic advisers to meet with students throughout the year. However, during the time crunch of preregistration advising, it is absolutely necessary that you plan ahead and schedule an appointment with an adviser. Advising appointments are apportioned into 20- or 30-minute time slots depending on the student’s major. We begin accepting advising appointments via electronic calendar in October for spring registration and in March for fall registration. An email announcement is sent from the Advising Center when the electronic calendar is available. You may access the calendar appointment link from this email or directly from the Advising Center’s Web page.

The Academic Advising Center is located in G-02 Sirrine Hall.

How do you know which adviser to see?

The Academic Advising Center provides advising services to:

  1. All first-semester freshmen in political science, psychology, sociology and economics (BA only)
  2. All students in the pre-business program

All other students in the College of Business and Behavioral Science will be advised in their major department. Contact each department for an adviser listing. All graphic communications majors are advised by the Graphic Communications Department advisers. All advisers in the Academic Advising Center can assist you. However, during preregistration advising students are assigned to specific advisers. When you log on to the appointment calendar, you will be automatically directed to your assigned adviser’s calendar.


All athletes who are 1) freshman behavioral science majors or 2) pre-business students of any classification will schedule an appointment with Col. Sandy Edge. Use the link in your advising email to schedule this appointment during preregistration advising, or stop by the advising office at any other time to make an appointment. All appointments will be conducted in the Advising Center.

During preregistration advising we will accept appointments only from students currently in the College of Business and Behavioral Science. We will begin taking advising appointments for students wishing to change their major into pre-business or one of the behavioral sciences the end of November in the fall semester and at the end of April in the spring semester. Until then, meet with your regular adviser to get your advising materials and complete the relevant advising worksheet for your intended major. The worksheet will guide your course selection during registration.

Advising Schedule

Preregistration advising appointments are available from mid-October to mid-November in the fall semester and mid-March to mid-April in the spring semester. Advising appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. online.

How to prepare for your preregistration advising appointment

Our primary goal is to provide you with high quality, professional academic guidance for navigating the often confusing intellectual waters of collegiate life — but we need your help to do our job. Here are several things you should do prior to meeting with an adviser:

Gather Your Resources
If you have not already done so, create a file to store all the information you have received from the University regarding your academic career. This should include the appropriate Undergraduate Announcements (your college catalog), a current Intended Major “What If” Degree Progress Report (DPR), academic advising forms, final semester grade reports, etc. This file will serve as your protection against the occasional bureaucratic error.

Investigate Your Information Links with the University
Clemson University has a new information access system for students: https://casauth.clemson.edu/.

Plan, Plan and Plan Again
The Spring/Fall Semester Schedule of Classes is available on the Clemson homepage. Using the resources you gathered above, begin planning which courses you need and want to enroll in for the spring semester. This will require that you familiarize yourself with the rules, regulations and requirements outlined in the Undergraduate Announcements. Review all requirements for both general education and your major. Specifically, read carefully those sections pertaining to your major. For each course that you anticipate taking in the spring, check the Undergraduate Announcements to make sure that you have met all prerequisites. If the system allows you to enroll in a class for which you have not met the prerequisites, you may be dropped from the course after the semester begins. Because of high demand and limited class space, some courses are filled quickly and early during registration. Therefore, it is important that you create a master course plan that’s flexible by having a reserve list of other courses that fit into your master plan just in case you cannot get your first choices.

Student Responsibilities During Advising

Please bring your course work plans and any other materials you may want to review with your adviser to your advising appointment.

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