Current Clemson Students

Clemson University, Clemson Honors, The Honors College welcomes applications to the Clemson University Honors College from students currently enrolled at Clemson who are NOT members of the Honors College. Applications are accepted during both the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for admission, current students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher by the end of the semester in which they apply.  

If after reviewing the online information presented here you still have questions, please email and someone will reply to you as soon as possible - usually within 24 hours.


Please read carefully to select the correct application to submit.

  • There are two types of programs current students can pursue as an accepted member of the Honors College: General Honors and Departmental Honors.
  • You can pursue General Honors, Departmental Honors, or you can pursue both General and Departmental Honors.
  • Please refer to the Honors Student Handbook for ALL the requirements and policies for each program before submitting your application.
  • The application links in the top right will direct you to create an ApplyWeb account to access the Honors applications.

Types of Applications

 1.  General Honors: Application for Continuing Students

The main purpose of General Honors is to broaden the student’s intellectual perspectives. Students are encouraged to take honors courses in many different areas of study. Most of the courses you will take for General Honors are 1000-2000 level courses that satisfy the university’s General Education requirements or serve as introductory courses in your major. Typically, students take most of their General Honors courses during the freshman and sophomore years, although many students enroll in General Honors courses as juniors and seniors.

2.  Departmental Honors: Application for Continuing Students

The purpose of Departmental Honors is to provide students a unique opportunity to do an advanced, in-depth study or project, thesis research, or a combination, within their major academic disciplines. Normally, Departmental Honors is completed during your junior and senior years, or at the point in your curriculum where you are ready to pursue Departmental Honors courses at the 3000 - 4000 level. It is required that applicants independently contact the academic department in which you wish to pursue Departmental Honors to discuss possible opportunities and an appropriate proposed faculty mentor BEFORE you submit your Honors application. You will be asked to identify your *academic department contact within the Departmental Honors application. If you do not know your academic department contact, please email Katie Maxwell. Students who are accepted for membership in the Honors College to pursue Departmental Honors are admitted at the discretion of the academic department.

*Students that enroll as continuing students pursuing General Honors are welcome to begin Departmental Honors at the appropriate time at the discretion of their academic department - no extra application to the Honors College is needed. Keep in mind that some academic departments have an internal application process for Honors students wanting to pursue Departmental Honors. Check with the departmental contact to see if this applies for the Departmental Honors program you are interested in pursuing.


To enroll: Application opens: Application due: Students notified: Mandatory Meeting: Time:
Fall  March 1 April 15* at 11:59pm EST May 20 August 17, 2021

General Honors: 10-11 a.m.

Departmental Honors: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Spring October 1 December 1* at 11:59pm EST December 20 January 5, 2021

General Honors: 10-11 a.m.

Departmental Honors: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

*Applications for Departmental Honors submitted after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the department. To ensure that your application will be reviewed, you must submit by the deadline. General Honors applicants must apply by the deadline, late applications will not be considered for General Honors.


Please email if you have any questions about the application process.