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Chances of getting into Clemson University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
47.2%
Admission Difficulty for Clemson University
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Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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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 quarter of their high school class.

Clemson SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1220-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
50%
SAT Scores for Clemson University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 610
SAT Composite 25th 1220
SAT Scores for Clemson University
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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Clemson University admission chances by SAT score
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%
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Clemson ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
50%
ACT Scores for Clemson University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Clemson University
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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Clemson University admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Clemson GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.18
Typical High School Grades
A

What GPA do you need to get into Clemson University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Clemson. 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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Clemson University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 83% Good
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

54% of Clemson University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Clemson University students
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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Clemson University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,894 12,951 28,845
Accepted 7,570 6,043 13,613
Acceptance Rate 48% 47% 47%
Enrolled 2,017 1,775 3,792
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 29% 28%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
196

Applicants have 196 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on May 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Clemson University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Clemson University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Clemson University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
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.

FAQs

Does Clemson University prefer SAT or ACT?

50% of students submit their SAT scores to Clemson. 50% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Clemson University?

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.

What SAT score is required for Clemson University?

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.

What ACT score is required for Clemson University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 32. 50% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.