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Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Clemson University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
47.2%
Admission Difficulty for Clemson University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Clemson and can I get accepted? The school has a 47% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 12,380 out of 26,242 applicants were admitted making Clemson 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 14 percent. Clemson University typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 29% 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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1290-1440
Applicants Submitting SAT
39%
SAT Scores for Clemson University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1290
SAT Scores for Clemson University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1440
Average SAT Score 1370

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

Clemson University typically requires applicants to be in the top 13 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1290 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 1210. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 39 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
1440 and Above Good >60%
1365 to 1440 Avg + 47%-60%
1290 to 1365 Avg - 34%-47%
1215 to 1290 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 1215 Low <23%
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Clemson ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
61%
ACT Scores for Clemson University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
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 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
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 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 61 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 >60%
29 to 31 Avg + 47%-60%
27 to 29 Avg - 34%-47%
25 to 27 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 25 Low <23%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.18
Typical High School Grades
A

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.

 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

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%

Admission Statistics

Clemson University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,109 12,132 26,242
Accepted 6,926 5,454 12,380
Acceptance Rate 49% 45% 47%
Enrolled 1,951 1,699 3,650
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 31% 29%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
164

Applicants have 164 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on May 1, 2020.

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

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
Mar 14 Mar 27
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19
Apr 4 Apr 14

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.