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Clemson University

Clemson, SC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate49%
Acceptance Rate49%

Clemson Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Clemson, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is May 1 and the fee for the application is $70.

Students who submit their applications to Clemson for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than February 15.

Clemson Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Clemson's admissions stats.

Clemson 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 54.7%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 40%
Waitlist Yes

Clemson University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Clemson University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes May 1 February 15

Want to Apply Early to Clemson?

Clemson University may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Clemson directly for more information about early applications.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Clemson University Admissions

How To Get Into Clemson University

Getting into Clemson is very difficult.

In 2021, Clemson accepted 49% of students, around 23,138 from 47,007 applicants.

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.

For applicants who are not residents of South Carolina, getting into Clemson University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Clemson University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Clemson

Clemson has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Clemson Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Clemson

What does Clemson consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Clemson for more information on admission factors.

Clemson Application Requirements

To apply to Clemson, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in 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(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Clemson?

Clemson has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 62% submitted a class rank. At Clemson 54.7% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 87% were in the top 25% and 99.6% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Clemson University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 77%
3.75 and 3.99 11%
3.50 and 3.74 7%
3.25 and 3.49 3%
3.00 and 3.24 1%
2.50 and 2.9 1%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Clemson directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Clemson looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Clemson is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 40% of Clemson's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application.

What is a Good SAT Score for Clemson?

To be competitive with other Clemson applicants, you should aim to earn between 1240 and 1400 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Clemson 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1400 and 25% of scored lower than 1240, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Clemson students scored 720 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 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

What is 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.

More Information on 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 applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

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) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Clemson?

❌ No, Clemson is test optional, so you can decide whether to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Clemson's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Clemson is 49%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Clemson?

🟨 Clemson may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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Clemson Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Clemson? Clemson is a very selective institution. The Clemson acceptance rate is 49%. This means that the institution accepts 49 out of every 100 applicants.


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


ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


27 to 32


27 and Less


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Clemson SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1400


Math SAT Range

610 - 720


Reading SAT Range

610 - 700

Clemson GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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