Student Affairs

Ready, Set, Roar! to provide new students and families an optional in-person Orientation experience


Orientation Ambassadors lead new students through Convocation in August 2021
Orientation Ambassadors acclimate new students to campus life during Welcome Week 2021.
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Orientation will take on a different look this summer.

As Clemson University prepares to welcome its newest incoming class, the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement has been busy preparing a hybrid approach to transitioning and acclimating 4,600 students — and their families — to campus life.

The department contracted with and recently launched a new Virtual Orientation platform that is required for all new students. Virtual Orientation provides students with a jump-start as it relates to academic advising and course registration.

“Ready, Set, Roar! is supplemental to everything a student gets through Virtual Orientation,” said Glenn Spurlin, director of student transitions. “It’s a chance to come to campus and get everything a little more in-depth — more of a traditional Orientation experience.”

Ready, Set, Roar! allows new students an opportunity to build connections with each other, as well as faculty, staff and campus itself. A team of Orientation Ambassadors will lead students through an intentional, two-day process where they are grouped together by academic college.

A typical in-person campus experience will include small group time, presentations from campus administrators and academics staff, showcases with campus and off-campus partners, interest sessions and parent/guest socials.

In all, students can participate in the optional two-day campus experience for only $60, which includes lodging and meals.

“One of the key pieces is that a student’s Orientation Ambassador will be present the entire time,” Spurlin added. “They’ll have upperclassmen who are highly recruited, trained and skilled leading them around and introducing them to the Clemson Experience.”

Summer dates for Ready, Set, Roar! are published below, as well as a typical example of an in-person experience in the following graphic. Sign-up for an in-person experience closes two weeks in advance of each available session of Ready, Set, Roar!

Visit the New Student Orientation website for additional information.

Ready, Set, Roar! Summer Dates
College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences – June 13-14, July 11-12
College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – June 13-14, July 11-12
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences – June 7-8, July 7-8
Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business – June 28-29, July 25-26
College of Education – June 13-14, July 11-1
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences – June 15-16, July 13-14
College of Science – June 9-10, July 5-6