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Chances of getting into Clemson University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
61.9%
Admission Difficulty for Clemson University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into Clemson and can I get accepted? The school has a 62% acceptance rate ranking it #11 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 17,715 out of 28,600 applicants were admitted making Clemson a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 19 percent. Clemson University typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Clemson University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clemson SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1210-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
50%
SAT Scores for Clemson University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1210
SAT Scores for Clemson University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1390
Average SAT Score 1300

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Clemson University?

Clemson University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 23 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1210 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 1120. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 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 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Clemson University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1390 and Above Good >74%
1300 to 1390 Avg + 62%-74%
1210 to 1300 Avg - 49%-62%
1120 to 1210 Reach 36%-49%
Less than 1120 Low <36%
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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 26
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Clemson University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 30
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 2020 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 >76%
29 to 32 Avg + 62%-76%
27 to 29 Avg - 52%-62%
25 to 27 Reach 41%-52%
Less than 25 Low <41%
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Clemson GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA
4.39
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 4.39 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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Clemson accepts 62% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Clemson University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 75.0% Avg -
3.75 to 3.99 12.0% Reach
3.50 to 3.74 8.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 4.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

52.6% 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 52.6%
Top 25% of class 85.2%
Top 50% of class 98%
Lower 50% of class 2%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Clemson University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 16,340 12,259 28,600
Accepted 10,053 7,662 17,715
Acceptance Rate 62% 63% 62%
Enrolled 2,236 1,963 4,199
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 26% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Clemson University is $70.

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 Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor 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?

62% of those who apply are granted admission to Clemson. Admission competition is low and the college has very high 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 1210 and 1390. 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.