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ELS Conditional Admission

Currently, only certain graduate programs at Clemson University have agreed to consider applicants for conditional letters of admission (CLA’s) pending successful completion of ELS Language Center’s level 112 English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Those programs are listed on the ELS Partnership Page.

Connect with Clemson graduate students who have gone through the ELS program.

Application Process 

Review the Program

Review the program profile listing for your graduate program of interest to determine whether or not the qualifications you possess make you a viable candidate for conditional admission.

Please note: Admission to Clemson’s graduate programs is highly competitive. Meeting or exceeding minimum requirements specified in the academic profile in no way guarantees admission to the program with a CLA.

Submit the Application

Submit the degree-seeking online application for admission and pay the associated application fee (credit card required).

On the bottom of page 2 of the application select “yes” to the question: “Are you currently enrolled in or do you plan to enroll in an ELS Language Center prior to beginning your program of study?” Then, choose “Clemson” from the drop down menu as the ELS Language Center location. Please note that the ELS Center associated with Clemson University is located in the University Center in Greenville, South Carolina and not directly on the main Clemson University campus. The University Center in Greenville is located 45 minutes from the main campus.

Upload the Required Materials

Upload all required materials directly to the online application (transcripts, resume, personal statement, etc.) Letters of recommendation and personal statements may be submitted electronically unless otherwise stated by the department. You may submit standardized exam scores (TOEFL, GRE) if you have already taken the exam. Use school code 5111 when requesting GRE, GMAT, or TOEFL scores to be sent to Clemson University. If you have not taken the exam, exam scores are NOT required for applications being considered for a conditional letter of acceptance.

Check the Status

You may check the status of your application online by selecting "Online Graduate Application" on the Application Menu located on the application page. You should allow several weeks for your application to be reviewed. If the academic department to which you applied has an application deadline, you should wait several weeks following the deadline to check the status of your application.

Additional Requirements

If you are selected for admission, an official conditional letter of admission will be posted to the Application Portal. If the academic department to which you have been admitted indicates additional requirements must be met prior to matriculation at the university (example: Presenting acceptable scores on the GRE, GMAT or prerequisite course requirements), these will be specified on the conditional letter of admission.

Conditionally Admitted

Confirm Conditional Acceptance

Confirm acceptance of Conditional Language Admission offer.

For students accepted for conditional language admission, please confirm your attendance on the application portal by clicking “Online Graduate Application” from the Application Page

Enroll in an ELS Language Center

Enroll in an ELS Language Center:

Coordinate and Complete

Coordinate your anticipated program start date with Laura Kinard in the Graduate Admissions office.

Complete ELS Level 112 and submit certificate to Clemson University’s Graduate Admissions office.

Additional Requirements

Complete all additional requirements, such as taking the GRE or GMAT. Submit official scores to Clemson University, school code 5111.

Since admission to Clemson University's Graduate School is competitive, you must achieve a competitive score among other applicants requesting admission to the program for your intended term of matriculation. To serve as a guide, students offered admission into Clemson University Graduate School programs performed as follows on the GRE or GMAT: Median GRE and GMAT scores for previously admitted students

Following Conditional Admission

Additional Conditions Compliance

Comply with any additional conditions imposed by the academic department prior to matriculating at the university. It is the student’s responsibility, and the student agrees, to meet all conditions pursuant to the CLA. For example, if the academic department requires the student to take and post an acceptable score on the GRE prior to matriculating into the university, the student must prepare for the exam while concurrently enrolled in ELS’ program and take the exam in a timely manner and request an official score report be released from ETS to the Graduate School at Clemson University. Clemson’s institutional code is 5111.

ELS Completion Verification

Following successful completion of ELS’ level 112, you must request for ELS to send an official transcript verifying completion of level 112 to by email to or by mail to: Graduate Admissions E-209 Martin Hall Clemson, South Carolina 29634.

Admission Letter

Upon verification of compliance with the conditions of admissions, Graduate Admissions will issue you a new decision letter, viewable on the application portal.

SEVIS Record Request

Contact ELS and request for your SEVIS record to be transferred to Clemson. The Designated School Official at ELS will advise you on the appropriate documentation such as your fully admitted admission letter which must be provided prior to transferring your record.

I-20 Issuance

The Office of International Services will issue an I-20 to you once your SEVIS record has been transferred and released to Clemson University and OIA has determined your eligibility for I-20 issuance. Questions regarding transferring SEVIS records to Clemson and I-20 issuance should be directed to the Office of International Services. Contact information is available at