Clemson University (CU)

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Clemson University can be found in Clemson, SC, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Clemson University has about 27,000 students enrolled yearly.

Students can submit either the SAT Exam or ACT scores at CU. A score between 1230 to 1400 on the SAT exam, or 27 to 32 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. We were able to estimate the Clemson University (CU) average GPA (3.55 - 3.78) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. CU admits approximately 50% of those that apply per year. Of those that are accepted, about 26% of students enrolled. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Clemson University (CU) acceptance rate 2021 will be around 46%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Clemson University (CU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Clemson University was reported as 51.3% in Fall 2020 with over 29,100 college applications submitted to Clemson University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CU ACT Scores: 27 - 32
  • CU Average GPA: 3.55 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into Clemson University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Clemson University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Clemson University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 50.5%
  • 2017-2018: 47.2%
  • 2018-2019: 47.2%
  • 2019-2020: 51.3%
  • Projected CU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 45.8%

How Does Clemson University (CU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Clemson University is eleven percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Western Carolina University68.7%
University of Georgia45.3%
Emory University15.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Clemson University (CU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 690
Math610 - 710
Total Score1230 - 1400
ACT®Score Range
English27 - 34
Math25 - 30
Composite Score27 - 32
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