Clemson University Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Clemson University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into Clemson University? The school has a 51% acceptance rate. Last year, 11,881 out of 23,506 applicants were admitted making Clemson University a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent. Clemson University typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
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
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. 41 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.

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 >64%
1310 to 1400 Avg + 51%-64%
1220 to 1310 Avg - 38%-51%
1130 to 1220 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 1130 Low <26%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Clemson University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Clemson University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Clemson University?

Admission data indicates that Clemson University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Clemson University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Clemson University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >66%
28 to 31 Avg + 51%-66%
26 to 28 Avg - 41%-51%
24 to 26 Reach 31%-41%
Less than 24 Low <31%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Clemson University accepts 51% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Clemson University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

Admission Statistics

Clemson University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,645 10,861 23,506
Accepted 6,626 5,255 11,881
Acceptance Rate 52% 48% 51%
Enrolled 1,933 1,751 3,684
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 33% 31%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 135 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on May 1, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Clemson University before the May 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Mar 9 Mar 22
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Feb 9 Feb 20
Apr 13 Apr 23

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Clemson University and what considerations affect 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.