Clemson University GPA, SAT and ACT Data

Clemson University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Clemson University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Clemson University has selective admissions, and in 2016 the school had an acceptance rate of 51%. Admitted students tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are above average. To see how you measure up at Clemson, you can use this free tool from Cappex to calculate your chances of getting in.

Discussion of Clemson's Admissions Standards

With roughly half of all applicants receiving rejection letters, Clemson University is a selective public university. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had "B+" or higher unweighted averages, SAT scores (RW+M) of about 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or higher. Those numbers are the very bottom of the range, and you'll have much better chances if your scores are higher. 

Note that there is some red and yellow (rejected and wait listed students) hidden behind the green and blue—some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Clemson did not get in. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Clemson takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your extracurricular involvement, your legacy status, and your personal comments (an optional feature on the Clemson application). A student with deep extracurricular involvement and difficult courses can get accepted with lower test scores and grades than a student who has little on the extracurricular front and academic courses that are remedial.

As with most selective universities, Clemson wants to see that you have completed a college preparatory curriculum in high school. At the least, you should have taken 4 credits of English, 3 credits of math, 3 credits of lab science, 3 credits of a foreign language, 3 credits of social science, one credit of art, and a couple of electives. Your application will be stronger if you have successfully completed AP, IB, Honors, or other advanced courses.

Clemson University does not require interviews, but the school does invite students to meet with an admissions staff member. Doing an optional interview can have many benefits--Clemson will get to know you individually, you'll get to know the school better, and your decision to do an optional interview helps demonstrate your interest in the school.

Clemson has a late application deadline—May 1st for fall admission—but it will be to your advantage to apply early. Once all spaces are filled, admission will be closed. You will increase your chances of getting full consideration if you apply before December 1st. 

Finally, realize that if you are interested in a music or theater concentration, you will need to audition as part of your application.

To learn more about Clemson University including the middle 50 percent numbers for the SAT and ACT, costs, financial aid data, retention rates, and graduation rates, check out the Clemson University admissions profile.

If You Like Clemson University, You May Also Like These Schools

Clemson is a relatively large public university with a lot of school spirit and strong NCAA Division I athletic programs. Applicants tend to apply to similar types of schools such as Auburn UniversityFlorida State UniversityNorth Carolina State University, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Georgia

If you're also interested in private universities, be sure to check out Vanderbilt UniversityDuke University, and Wake Forest University. Realize that these schools have higher admissions standards than Clemson. They also have much higher sticker prices, but for applicants who qualify for financial aid, the price difference might be negligible (in some cases, the private universities will even be less expensive since they have more resources for financial aid).

Articles Featuring Clemson University

Clemson's many strengths on both the academic and student life sides of the equation earned it a spot among the top South Carolina colleges and universities, the top southeastern colleges and universities, and best public universities. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society, and on the athletic front, the Clemson Tigers compete in the ACC, Atlantic Coast Conference.