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Apply to Clemson as a Transfer Student

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Clemson Application Coalition Application Common Application

You are considered a transfer applicant if you have earned a high school diploma or equivalent credential and have attended a college or university in a full-time or part-time status during a regular semester.

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Application Schedule and Deadlines

Transfer applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are completed. Admission is closed when all classroom space has been committed. You will be notified by email when we receive your application and as needed while it’s under consideration.

Date Event
December 1 Deadline to apply for Spring admission (January enrollment)
December 15 Official transcripts, except those for your current term, must be postmarked by this date
July 1 Final deadline to apply for Fall admission

Transfer students who wish to apply for Maymester or Summer Sessions should submit their application at least two weeks before classes begin.

How to Apply to Clemson as a Transfer Student

  1. Review important dates and deadlines.

  2. Complete the application.

    Submit your application through the Clemson Application, Coalition Application or the Common Application. No preference is given to any application in the admission review process.

  3. Pay the application fee.

    There is a $70 application fee. Clemson accepts all major credit cards. If you cannot afford to pay the application fee, please fill out the financial sections of the application completely. This information will determine if you meet the level of need we can approve by policy for a fee waiver. If you have other hardships concerning the application fee, please reach out to the counselor for your state.

  4. Request final official transcripts from each college previously attended.

    You must submit official transcripts even if you do not expect to receive credit for the work or if you withdrew prior to receiving final grades. Transcripts must be received by Undergraduate Admissions from the registrar of each college previously attended.

Ace Your Application. Here’s What We Look For.

College Coursework and GPA

Applicants for transfer admission should have earned 30 hours of transferable credit after high school graduation. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and dual-enrollment credit may not be used to count toward the 30-hour requirement for transfer applications, but credit for these courses may be applied toward your degree if you are accepted to Clemson University. View the Advanced Standing Guide, AP Credit Chart and IB Credit Chart to learn more about transfer credits that may be applied toward your degree at Clemson.

Transfer applicants should have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale – 3.0 is preferred.

We recommend transfer applicants complete freshman-level courses in English, science and mathematics for their intended major at Clemson. All transfer applicants must be in good standing and eligible to return to the last institution they attended. You can use the Transfer Course Equivalency List (TCEL) to see which courses have transferred to Clemson previously from your institution.

High School Performance and Standardized Test Scores*

Transfer applicants with less than 30 credits (post-high school) may still be considered, but they must also submit high school transcript and test scores (SAT or ACT). High school performance is reviewed first, and a strong high school GPA, class rank and standardized test score are necessary. College academic performance is also required and will be reviewed.

*This consideration is only for transfer applicants who have completed less than 30 hours of college coursework.

Choice of Major

Some majors at Clemson are more competitive due to grade point average requirements and space limitations. Students interested in one of the majors listed below will need to select a second choice of major on the application to allow more flexibility in the review process.

Space-restricted majors include Communication Studies; Health Science (available for Fall semester only); Landscape Architecture; Nursing (available for Fall semester only); Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Performing Arts (Audio); and Sports Communication.

GPA-restricted majors include Construction Science and Management (3.0 GPA required), Early Childhood Education (2.75 GPA required), Elementary Education (2.75 GPA required), General Engineering (2.7 GPA required), Secondary Education (2.75 GPA required) and Special Education (2.75 GPA required).

Activities Outside the Classroom

What do you enjoy most? We want to hear about your favorite activities and how you dedicate yourself to growing in your performance, leadership and service.

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Sports
  • Arts
  • Volunteer activity
  • Part-time employment
  • Military service
  • Family obligations

Background and Opportunities

Not every student has access to the same resources, so each applicant is considered based on how they take advantage of the opportunities they have through their school and community.

Let us know about the circumstances that have shaped you academically and personally. The Office of Admissions takes diversity, legacy status, first-generation status and more into account when reviewing each application.

Your Unique Story

At Clemson, we recognize that our differences make us stronger. Upload an optional personal statement with your application to let us know if there are specific circumstances that we should consider in the admissions process.

After You Apply

Next Steps

We will keep you updated on the status of your application via email, but you can always find the most up-to-date information by visiting your Applicant Portal. When you are accessing the Applicant Portal for the first time, please reference your email for log-in instructions.

Please allow seven to 10 business days for the receipt of transcripts, test scores and other credentials to be added to your application file.

All transfer applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Need to Edit Your Application?

To change your major, edit your personal information, change your application term or withdraw your application, please visit your Applicant Portal.

Explore Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available on October 1. The amount of need-related aid for which you are eligible is determined by the information you supply annually on the FAFSA. To be considered for need-based scholarships, applicants must also submit the FAFSA to the federal processor by January 2.

Decision Types

Fall Admit

Admitted transfers for Fall have until May 1 to choose whether or not to attend Clemson University. Students admitted to Fall may opt in to the Summer term if they choose.

January Admit

Students admitted to the Spring semester will enroll at Clemson in January.

Admit with different major

Students who receive this decision must select a different major to be admitted to Clemson.

Deny, less than 30 hours

We encourage students who receive this decision to take additional college coursework to achieve the 30-hour requirement and reapply for transfer admission.