Clemson University Admissions 2023: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,,USA

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Deepali Thareja

Founded in 1889, Clemson University is a renowned public research university in Clemson, South Carolina, USA. Located in the middle of Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, the university offers students the unique convenience of a small town as well as easy access to the attractions found in major cities.

Clemson University has more than 25,000 students pursuing one of 80+ majors and 130+ graduate courses. The student body comprises over 20,195 undergraduates and 5,627 postgraduates. Besides, it has a high employability rate of students graduating from the university. About 93% of Clemson undergraduates get placed within six months of college graduation due to the skills and experience gained through the quality education provided here.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

There are a variety of courses offered to international students such as:

  • More than 80 undergraduate programs to pick from in seven colleges
  • 85 masters or specialist's-level degree courses in over 100 fields of study
  • 50 doctoral-level programs

Besides, Clemson University also offers online and blended programs and certificate courses. Online programs provide all the course content online in accordance with the schedule of students. Blended programs are hybrid and are offered online as well as on-campus. 


Clemson has a robust infrastructure for research in various fields like Advanced Materials, Cyberinfrastructure and Big Data Science, Energy, Transportation and Advanced Manufacturing, Health Innovation, Human Resilience and Sustainable Environment.

Every year, over 4,600 undergraduate students work with peers, graduate students and faculty mentors on research projects as per their interest. The university has exciting research opportunities for students for which they can collaborate with industry partners in labs, fields and hospitals across South Carolina.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?


High School Performance (Class Standing and GPA)

High school performance is one of the most significant grounds for admission for first-year applicants. GPA, class rank and the rigor of the classes taken by the applicant in high school are also considered.

Standardized Test Scores (SAT or ACT)

Applicants are not required to submit a standardized test score to be considered for admission to Clemson for the 2021-2022 academic year.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL (Internet-based): 80 or higher

IELTS: 6.5 or higher (minimum 6.0 in each sub score)

English Composition I and II from an accredited US college or university Grade B or higher

DuoLingo: 105 or higher



Valid Academic Qualification
Bachelor’s degree from an approved institution or an equivalent degree from an institution outside the US is mandatory for admission. Additional degree requirements vary by program choice.

Test Scores

GRE: Requirement varies by department. The official scores of GRE must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service.

GMAT: Requirement varies by department.

MAT: Can be taken in lieu of GRE for MAT in Secondary Education and MAT in Middle-Level Education only.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL (Internet-based): 80 or higher

IELTS: 6.5 or higher

PTE Academic: 54 or higher

Alternatively, a student must provide supporting documentation of having received a previous bachelor or master degree from a US-based institution or an institution where the medium of instruction was English OR provide proof of completion of an approved ESL program. Any waiver on language proficiency requirement must be approved by the dean of the Graduate School.

*Interviews are conducted on a case-by-case basis following application review.

What all documents are needed for application?


  • Academic Transcript(s) (if not in English, a certified translation is to be submitted as well)
  • Documented English Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or DuoLingo)
  • Official Test Scores of the SAT, ACT or both must be sent directly from the testing agency (may be optional for some intakes, please check with the university)



  • Academic Transcripts from each institution attended. You may also submit other supporting materials such as your portfolio as per the guidelines provided by your program(s) of interest
  • Two or Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • GRE, GMAT or MAT Score (please refer to the eligibility requirement about your specific program of interest)
  • Documented English Proficiency (IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Academic)

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fee?


There is an application fee of $70 for undergraduate students. The university accepts payment through all major credit cards.


There is a non-refundable application fee of $90 for postgraduate students that can be paid by credit card, debit card, or electronic check (US banks/financial institutions only).

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university? 

The tuition fee (based on 12 hours or more) for international undergraduate students ranges between $18,555 and $22,500 per semester.


The tuition fee (per semester) for international postgraduate students based on nine credits or more vary for different programs as depicted below:

Note: Fee may be subject to change depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.


Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

There are no scholarships available for international undergraduate students at Clemson. While most forms of financial aid are exclusively available to the US residents and eligible non-citizens, there are some aid types or benefits that international students and/or ineligible non-citizens may qualify for.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?


The Clemson application opens early in August. Students must submit their application and all required credentials by the beginning of May for Fall entry or the starting of October for Spring entry.


There are no universal application deadlines for postgraduate programs. Therefore, applicants are advised to contact the program coordinator to find out specific program application deadlines. Also, international students often have earlier deadlines to allow enough time to apply for a visa. In general, those applying for degree courses must complete and submit their applications five weeks before the first day of class.


MBA courses have rolling admissions and applications close early if all the available seats are filled.

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

How to apply to UG courses?

You may apply through the Clemson Application, Coalition Application or the Common Application. However, no preference is given to any application in the admission review process.

Common Application Process
If you are applying to other US universities as well, then the Common App portal is the best option. You need to create an account, login with your credentials and start filling the application form. Registering on the Common App portal is free. However, when you start applying, you will be required to pay an application fee usually ranging $25–$90, according to the university. Clemson University charges $70 as the application fee.

After the creation of an account, you will be directed to a dashboard to proceed accordingly.

Clemson Application

Undergraduate students also have the option to apply online through the official university website. Here is the link for Clemson University online application:

A step-by-step guide is given below: 

Step 1: You will have to create an Admissions account.

Step 2: Next, you will be prompted to fill in the PIN sent to your email id and set a password.

Step 3: Then click on ‘Start New Application’ to begin.


Step 4: After selecting an application type, ‘Create Application’ tab to proceed.

Step 5: Then, you will be asked to fill your personal information.

Step 6: Thereafter, you would need to fill out your academic history and upload your supporting documents.

Coalition Application 

You may also apply through this route. 

Step 1: You will first need to create an account to access MyCoalition and then log in.

Step 2: You will then need to identify yourself either as a first-year or a transfer student.


Step 3: After this, you will be able to start your application and proceed accordingly.




How to apply to PG courses?

The Clemson University Graduate School application process is completed entirely online. Apply online through ApplyWeb, a secure, web-based application system.


A step-by-step guide is given below:

Step 1: Firstly, you will be directed to an ‘Online Graduate Application Menu’ and you will have to create an account in order to get started.

Step 2: Next, you will be prompted to verify your email and you will be notified that your account has been created.

Step 3: Then you can log in and start filling in your ‘Personal Information’, followed by ‘Biographical Information’ and ‘Educational Background’.

Step 4: After that, you would be asked to make a selection for the ‘Program Choice’ as well as the ‘Term’.

Step 5: Thereafter, you may proceed by uploading your supporting documents.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


The university keeps you posted on the status of your application through email. You can also get an update by visiting your Applicant Portal. It takes 7-10 business days for your transcripts, test scores and other credentials to be added to your application file.


After a decision has been made on your application, an official decision letter is posted by the Graduate School to your Application Portal after 48 hours and you would receive an email.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

What are the chances to get into this university?

For UG students, the university takes into account several factors while evaluating for admission. Most applicants have competitive GPAs and present transcripts with college preparatory, honors and AP/IB coursework based on what is offered by their high school. The admission to some of the majors is quite competitive where large numbers of applicants vie for admission. Being a public institution, we give South Carolina residents priority in our evaluation process. Consequently, students are asked to give their preference for two majors and based upon the availability the student will be admission will be offered. Apart from academic performance, the Clemson admissions team also assesses extracurricular activities. The university seeks a diverse student body with varied backgrounds, knowledge, talents and experiences.

The acceptance rate of the year 2019 is depicted below to give you an idea of the chances of admission.

How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?

As per the Clemson student body of 2019, the statistics were as follows:


2019 Freshman Class Representation

South Caroline residents


South Carolina high schools


Non-south Carolina high schools


States and the district of Columbia


Foreign countries


Source: Clemson University

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

As an international student with F-1 or J-1 status, you are allowed to work on-campus up to 20 hours per week all through the year. Also, you may also be permitted to work over the 20-hour limit during the recognized breaks. However, it is advised that you must maintain full-time enrolment if you are employed on-campus.

US immigration regulations do not allow international students to work during their period of study. However, international undergraduates can take part in Clemson’s Cooperative Education program. Some academic programs give participants the chance to alternate semesters of work and study to be able to gain practical work experience. It is advisable for students to have sufficient funds for the entire length of their course in the United States.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

Clemson University has several colleges:

  • College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
  • College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
  • Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
  • College of Science

The university also offers semester-long opportunities for students to study and gain a greater understanding of architecture and urban cultures. It has centres in Charleston (USA), Barcelona (Spain), and Genoa (Italy), where students can complete their degree requirements while acquainting with the distinct cultures of four remarkable cities. These off-campus centres make up Clemson's extended urban campus.

Is on-campus housing available?

Yes, there is an array of living options that will suit a variety of your preferences. Choosing a place to live depends on your student classification, the kind of amenities that you are looking for and how many people you want to live with. First-year students can choose from different types of residence halls, noting the location on campus of each hall and the type of space. Sophomore and Upper class students may choose from suite and apartment style living options.

The amounts given below are standard figures used for the purpose of budgeting for an academic year. Your actual bill would differ from these estimations. Books and supplies, transportation and personal costs will also vary for each student and these are only estimates.

Cost of Attendance for International Students

Type of Cost

on or off


Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3


Books and Supplies



































Source: Clemson University

Note: Housing, board, transportation and personal expenses for students living in on-campus and for students living off-campus average the same amount.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

Website Link:

Postal Address
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
Contact Number: 864-656-3311

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