Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for this program.
Successful applicants tend to demonstrate:
- Both depth and breadth in their interests, experiences, extracurricular activities, and leadership roles.
- A sense of curiosity that surpasses the classroom.
- Strong standardized test scores, exceptional grades, and thorough and thought-provoking essays.
Please note that, although students considered for the National Scholars Program often receive other scholarship monies and recognition as National Merit Scholars, the NSP is a distinct entity. Students who are identified as National Merit Scholars do not automatically qualify for Clemson’s National Scholars Program. Students who have questions regarding any other scholarships should contact the Financial Aid Office.
Current National Scholars graduated in the top 1% of their high school classes with an average old SAT score (or SAT equivalent) of 1510.
To be considered for the National Scholars Program, an applicant must submit BOTH the Clemson undergraduate admissions application AND the Calhoun Honors College admissions application online. ONLY those applicants who meet the PRIORITY application deadlines outlined in the application timeline will be eligible for consideration for the National Scholars Program.