Clemson Admission RequirementsClemson, South Carolina
Chances of getting into Clemson University
How hard is it to get into Clemson and can I get accepted? The school has a 47% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 13,613 out of 28,845 applicants were admitted making Clemson a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 18 percent. Clemson University typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.
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Clemson SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT50%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||610|
|SAT Math 25th||610|
|SAT Composite 25th||1220|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||690|
|SAT Math 75th||710|
|SAT Composite 75th||1400|
|Average SAT Score||1310|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Clemson University?
Clemson University typically requires applicants to be in the top 22 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1220 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1130. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1400 and Above||Good||>60%|
|1310 to 1400||Avg +||47%-60%|
|1220 to 1310||Avg -||34%-47%|
|1130 to 1220||Reach||23%-34%|
|Less than 1130||Low||<23%|
Clemson ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT50%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||27|
|ACT Math 25th||26|
|ACT Composite 25th||27|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||31|
|ACT Composite 75th||32|
|Average ACT Score||29|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Clemson?
Admission data indicates that Clemson regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Clemson University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|32 and Above||Good||>63%|
|29 to 32||Avg +||47%-63%|
|27 to 29||Avg -||37%-47%|
|25 to 27||Reach||28%-37%|
|Less than 25||Low||<28%|
Avg. High School GPA4.18
Typical High School GradesA
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Clemson University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Clemson University was 4.18 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in South Carolina for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Clemson will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||8%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.50||5%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.25||3%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||1%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
54% of Clemson University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||54%|
|Top 25% of class||84%|
|Top 50% of class||97%|
|Bottom 50% of class||3%|
|Bottom 25% of class||1%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||27%||29%||28%|
Applications were DueMay 1, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Clemson University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217882 IPEDS survey data for Clemson University.
Frequently Asked Questions
50% of students submit their SAT scores to Clemson. 50% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
47% of those who apply are granted admission to Clemson. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1220 and 1400. 50% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.