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Changing Academic Programs @ Clemson
1. When new freshmen and transfer students enroll at Clemson, most are accepted into a particular academic program. Two notable exceptions are engineering students who must enroll in General Engineering their first year and business students who must enroll in Pre-Business their first year. See paragraph 3 below for related comments on these two groups. In addition, approximately 200 students are accepted in an undeclared academic program status. The Admissions Office processes acceptable changes of academic programs for new freshmen and transfer students at the time of orientation. Once classes begin, new students can use the Request to Change Academic Program form. Completed forms should be turned into Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall.
2. Enrolled students who wish to change their academic program must process a Request to Change Academic Program form which should be turned into Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall. The form must be approved by both the current and new academic departments. Students wishing to change majors should talk with an advisor in both departments. Students should gain the acceptance of the new academic program prior to disengaging from the current one*. Many academic departments have established one or more conditions, such as a minimum grade-point ratio requirement, an application process, etc. that must be satisfied before approving a student´s Request to Change Academic Program. Students are usually put into the curriculum year in force at the time of the academic program change.
3. All engineering students must complete the freshmen General Engineering curriculum before being admitted into a specific engineering degree program (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, etc.). All new business students must complete the freshmen Pre-Business curriculum before being admitted into a specific business degree program (Accounting, Economics, Management, etc.). Both freshmen curricula have minimum grade point ratio requirements that must be satisfied before students can advance to a specific
degree-granting major. Advisors in both programs assist students in selecting a specific major and choosing a specific curriculum year.
4. If students withdraw form the University or do not remain continuously enrolled (summer terms excluded), they are readmitted into the major they were in when they were last enrolled.
*Please see Change-of-Academic Program requirements.
Managing Field of Study Changes
Students desiring to add, drop, or make a change to a field of study (concentration, emphasis and/or minor) must process a Request to Change Academic Program form. The student should seek a signature of approval from their departmental advisor or departmental designee. Submit the completed form to Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall.
Double Major/2nd Degree Request
Students desiring to add, drop, or change a second major or second degree program must process a Request to Change Academic Program form. The student should seek signatures of approval from departmental advisors or departmental designees of both majors. Submit the completed form to Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall.
Changing Curriculum Year @ Clemson
1. When students initially enroll at Clemson, the curriculum requirements for the degree in their major are those outlined in the Undergraduate Announcements in effect at the time of their enrollment. The Undergraduate Announcements, or Undergraduate Catalog, is published around May 15th each year and is in effect for 12 months until the following May 15th.
2. If a student withdraws from the University and subsequently returns or does not remain continuously enrolled (summers excluded), the student´s curriculum year is changed to the one in effect at the time of return for students with less than 95 credits. The curriculum year remains the same as when they were last enrolled for seniors (95 credits and more). The student´s major department can approve an exception. A Request to Change Academic Program form must be turned into Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall, for requesting the approval.
3. Transfer students are assigned the curriculum year based on the Undergraduate Announcements in effect at the time they enroll at Clemson. As an alternative, transfer students may select the curriculum that was outlined in the Clemson catalog at the time they entered the previous college(s), provided they have been in continuous enrollment since initially entering college. Further, transfer students may select any curriculum at Clemson subsequent to their initial college enrollment. New transfer students should meet with an advisor in their major department to determine which curriculum year is best for them. New transfer students wanting a curriculum year different from the one in effect when they transfer to Clemson should talk with their advisor and process a Request to Change Academic Program form to be turned into Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall.
4. Enrolled students who wish to change curriculum year within their current major (or who have been pursuing a major curriculum in order to complete requirements to change their major) should first meet with their academic advisor to discuss the advantages, disadvantages, availability of required courses that must be taken, and earned courses that can be used in the new curriculum. Students must receive approval to change their curriculum year requirements. A Request to Change Academic Program form must be turned into Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall, for requesting the approval.