Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for this program
Successful applicants tend to demonstrate:
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.
Deadline to submit applications to Clemson University for undergraduate admission
Deadline to submit applications to the Calhoun Honors College
All supporting materials - including your transcript, counselor form, and teacher letter of recommendation - must be received by the Calhoun Honors College no later than December 15, 2018
Applications that do not meet the final, Dec. 15 deadline WILL NOT be considered for the National Scholars Program, but will be considered for admission to the Calhoun Honors College. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made to this policy. To ensure compliance with these deadlines, the National Scholars Program recommends that students complete their Clemson University and Calhoun Honors College applications well before these deadlines.
It is the APPLICANT'S responsibility to ensure that the Clemson application is submitted by the December 1, 2018, deadline, that the Calhoun Honors College application is submitted by December 8, 2018, and the supporting materials are received by December 15, 2018. Applications that do not meet these deadlines WILL NOT be considered for the NSP.
Notified of selection as a National Scholars Program Finalist and invited to compete during National Scholars Program Weekend
ONLY finalists invited to interview will be notified of their status; there is no separate notification for those NOT selected as finalists.
National Scholars Program Weekend
FINALISTS MUST ATTEND NATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM WEEKEND TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ACCEPTANCE TO THE NATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM.
Notified of status.
The National Scholars Program Finalists are notified of their selection in January and are invited to compete during National Scholars Program Weekend in February.
The final selection of the National Scholars is based on the Clemson University admissions application, the Calhoun Honors College application, and interviews and other activities that take place during National Scholars Program Weekend.
Invitations to join the National Scholars Program are sent soon after National Scholars Weekend. Finalists MUST attend the weekend to be eligible for the scholarship.
Typical weekend assessment activities include individual interviews with a panel of faculty and alumni, a group interview with the NSP Director and one other faculty member (typically the NSP Faculty Fellow), and a group decision-making activity.