If you are considering submitting an application to Clemson, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is May 1 and the application fee costs $70.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.
Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than February 15.
|Clemson 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||4.4|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||52.6%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are considered|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||59%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||41%|
Clemson University does not offer early decision or early action.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
Getting into Clemson is very difficult. Clemson has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.
In 2021, Clemson accepted 62% of students, around 17,715 of the 28,599 students who applied.
Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Clemson, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. For applicants who are not residents of South Carolina, getting into Clemson University is moderately difficult.
In 2021, Clemson waitlisted 5,154 students. Of those, 2,580 eventually received an admissions offer.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Not Considered|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Work Experience||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|First Generation||Not Considered|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
|Volunteer Work||Not Considered|
To apply, all applicants to Clemson must submit the following items. Double check with Clemson's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Clemson have an average unweighted GPA of 4.4.
Out of all students that were admitted, 65% submitted a class rank. At Clemson 52.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 85.2% were in the top 25% and 97.5% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At Clemson University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||12%|
|3.50 and 3.74||8%|
|3.25 and 3.49||4%|
|3.00 and 3.24||1%|
|2.50 and 2.9||0%|
|2.00 and 2.49||0%|
Clemson considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
Clemson is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 59% of Clemson's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Clemson applicants, you should strive to earn between 1230 and 1380 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Clemson 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1380 and 25% of scored lower than 1230, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Clemson students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Clemson students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Clemson, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Clemson's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.
A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Clemson students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Clemson.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is July 1.
Transfer students can enroll in Clemson during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Clemson?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Clemson.
Does Clemson accept transfer credits?
Clemson accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does Clemson accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Clemson accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Clemson?
Clemson is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
What is Clemson's acceptance rate?
Clemson's acceptance rate is 62%.
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How hard is it to get into Clemson? Clemson is a very selective institution. The Clemson acceptance rate is 62%. This means that the institution accepts 61 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Clemson is May 1.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Clemson is Jul 1.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Clemson, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.39. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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