Chances of getting into Clemson University
|Admission Standards||Very High|
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
Applicants Submitting SAT39%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||670|
|SAT Math 25th||620|
|SAT Composite 25th||1290|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||710|
|SAT Math 75th||730|
|SAT Composite 75th||1440|
|Average SAT Score||1370|
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 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.
|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%|
Clemson ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT61%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||28|
|ACT Math 25th||26|
|ACT Composite 25th||27|
|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.
|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%|
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)||28%||31%||29%|
Applications are DueMay 1, 2020
Days left to Apply164
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|
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.