The acceptance rate at Clemson is 62%. It ranks #11 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Clemson is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 17,715 out of 28,600 applicants were admitted.
The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 19 percent (SAT 1210/1390 ACT 27/32). Clemson University typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 4.39. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
The Clemson application fee is $70 and applications are due by May 1.
You are required to 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 COVID-19.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||610|
|SAT Math 25th||600|
|SAT Composite 25th||1210|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||690|
|SAT Math 75th||700|
|SAT Composite 75th||1390|
|Average SAT Score||1300
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. Clemson ranks #2 in South Carolina and #122 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||26|
|ACT Math 25th||25|
|ACT Composite 25th||27|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||30|
|ACT Composite 75th||32|
|Average ACT Score||29
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 and #126 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Clemson University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||12.0%||Avg -|
|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
52.6% 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||52.6%|
|Top 25% of class||85.2%|
|Top 50% of class||98%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||22%||26%||24%|
The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2022.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Clemson University is $70.
What are the requirements for admission to Clemson University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
50% of students submit their SAT scores to Clemson. 50% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.