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Clemson Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Clemson, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is May 1 and the application fee is $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Clemson by February 15.

Considering Applying Early to Clemson?

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.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Clemson University

Clemson is avery difficult school to get into. Clemson evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Clemson accepted 62% of all applicants., 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, 2580 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Clemson Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Clemson

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Very Important
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Clemson Application Requirements

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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Clemson?

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, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 65%
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 does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Clemson does not have a test optional admissions policy. 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.

What's a Good SAT Score for Clemson?

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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What's a Good ACT Score for Clemson?

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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Clemson University

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

Clemson Admissions FAQs

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) creditsand 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.

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Clemson Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

62%

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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Clemson Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

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

Clemson ACT Scores

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ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above

Good

27 to 32

Avg

27 and Less

Low

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Clemson SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1230 - 1380

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Math SAT Range

600 - 700

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Reading SAT Range

610 - 690

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Clemson GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

4.39

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

26,406

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

62%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$15,120

Out-of-State

$37,712

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Application Deadline

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