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Supporting Materials

For most programs the items indicated below are all that is required for the application to be considered complete. However, for some programs additional supplementary materials (e.g., specialized personal statement, resume, thesis, portfolio, etc.) are requested to aid with application evaluation. Please be sure to check with your program area to be sure you have all of the necessary support materials provided.

Personal Statement

On the personal statement section, you will be asked to answer the following two questions:

A. Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in your chosen field of study?

B. Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree at Clemson University?

You can upload a prepared statement of purpose directly into the application.

Resume/CV

You can upload a resume/CV directly into the application.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are handled via an online recommendation system which is part of our online application. The host for this process is CollegeNet, the same vendor which hosts our online application. If you have technical difficulties while completing your letters of recommendation, you should send an e-mail to help@applyweb.com and include your User ID in the e-mail. The technicians at CollegeNet will be able to look at your letters of recommendation and help clear the problem.

On page 6 of the application you will be asked for the following information:
Name of recommenders
E-mail address of each recommender

Once you click “Submit Recommendation Request", an email will be sent to your respondents. This email will inform your recommenders how to complete the online letter of recommendation. To ensure receipt of this email, please inform each recommender about this email prior to the submission of your application.

If you or your recommender has technical difficulty with the online letter of recommendation system, please contact CollegeNet directly at the following email address: help@applyweb.com or you may call CollegeNet at 503-973-5213. It may be necessary to provide CollegeNet with your User ID and/or the name of the applicant or recommender. If your recommenders have failed to do the online recommendation you are able to go back into the application and remind them. You can leave them a note and another email will be sent to the email address that was provided.

If your recommender does not want to use the online form, they can download and print out the form here.

Transcripts for Domestic and Permanent Resident Applicants

A copy of your unofficial transcripts from each institution of attendance should be attached to and submitted with the online application for admission.

Official transcripts are only required of those applicants who are offered admission.

Final-official transcripts must be received by Clemson University in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. The title of the degree earned and the date awarded must be noted to be considered a final-official transcript. Official certificates or diplomas in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution should accompany any transcripts that do not note the degree earned and date awarded directly on the transcripts.

Clemson Students do not need to request transcripts.

Graduate Admissions will not accept faxed copies of transcipts as official.

Transcripts and/or Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions

A copy of your unofficial transcripts from each institution of attendance should be attached to and submitted with the online application for admission.

Official transcripts are only required of those applicants who are offered admission. Final-official transcripts must be received by Clemson University in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. The title of the degree earned and the date awarded must be noted to be considered a final-official transcript. Official certificates or diplomas in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution should accompany any transcripts that do not note the degree earned and date awarded directly on the transcripts. Graduate Admissions will not accept faxed copies of transcipts as official.

Do not send Secondary (High School) transcripts or any type of certificates other than degree certificates

Applicants to graduate programs at Clemson University must hold a four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) or a master's degree from an institution whose scholastic rating is satisfactory to the University. If you are uncertain whether an institution from which you received a degree is a qualifying institution, then you are encouraged to consult with the program to which you intend to apply. Contact information for the various programs can be found here. An English translation of all transcripts is required. Translations are accepted from the issuing institution or translations provided by any NACES recognized credential evaluation service. For a list of NACES recognized evaluation companies, please visit: http://www.naces.org/members.html

International Student Financial Certification

U.S. universities are required by law to verify that students entering the United States on F-1 and J-1 visas have adequate financial resources to meet expenses. A minimum of one (1) year's expenses must be available to the student upon arrival. The Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 visa (Form I-20) or Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 visa (Form DS-2019) will not be issued without the receipt by Clemson University of approved documents verifying availability of adequate funds.

Once admitted, follow the steps found under “International Student Visas” on the Newly Accepted Students page

Required Tests

GRE – Vary by department. Official Scores must be received directly from Educational Testing Service. Clemson’s Institution Code is 5111
GMAT – Vary by department.
TOEFL – (international students) A satisfactory score is required of international students whose native language is not English.
IELTS - (International Students) Can be taken in lieu of TOEFL.
MAT - Can be taken in lieu of GRE for MAT in Secondary Education and MAT in Middle-Level Education only. Clemson’s institution code is 1707.

Median GRE and GMAT scores for previously admitted students.

South Carolina Residency

If you indicate South Carolina as your state of legal residence, you may need to provide a completed copy of form GS 35 - Request for Certification of South Carolina Residency Form. It should be returned by mail to the following address:

Office of Residency Classification
G-01 Sikes Hall
Box 345123
Clemson, SC 29634-5123
864.656.2280
FAX 864.656.1831

Faculty/Staff- CU Employee Applicants

Admission for faculty, staff, & employees of Clemson University are subject to the same requirements and department approval and must follow all academic regulations.

No member of the faculty or staff who has a rank higher than instructor or its equivalent may be considered as a candidate for an advanced degree in the academic department where employed.

Enrollment into certain programs is limited to Clemson University employees who wish to use the tuition waiver benefit. Please consult with the program prior to applying, to be aware of possible restrictions.

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