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Early Action FAQs

What is the difference between Early Action and Regular Decision?

Both application plans undergo the same holistic review process; there’s just a different timeline. If your application and all required materials are ready to be submitted by October 15, apply as Early Action to receive your admission decision on December 1. If you submit your application and all required materials after October 15 but before January 2, you’ll apply as Regular Decision and receive an admission decision on March 1.

Early Action Benefits

Why does Clemson offer both Early Action and Regular Decision?

Early Action has an application deadline of October 15. Applying through Early Action allows students to know their admissions decision sooner (on December 1). This gives students more time to consider Clemson as their college choice.

Regular Decision gives students additional time to add any updated test scores, include first-semester senior year grades, and add any additional supporting documents to their application file.

Early Action Process

How do I apply Early Action?

We accept the Clemson Application, Common Application and Coalition Application, Powered by Scoir. No preference is given to any application in the admission review process. More information can be found on Clemson’s Admissions website.

Which decision types are released in Early Action?

Students who apply Early Action will receive either an admit, defer or deny decision. 

If I don’t get accepted during Early Action, will my application automatically be deferred?

If you receive a defer admission decision during Early Action, your application will automatically be considered for Regular Decision. Some students who apply Early Action may not be admissible to Clemson University and will therefore receive a deny decision. Students who are deferred to Regular Decision may not appeal their decision as it is still under active consideration.

If I receive a defer admission decision during Early Action, when will I receive my final admission decision?

Your application is deferred to the Regular Decision timeline, so you will receive an admission decision on March 1.

Majors and Financial Aid

Are different majors offered for Early Action versus Regular Decision?

No, the list of majors you can apply to will be the same for both Early Action and Regular Decision.

Are there different financial aid/scholarship opportunities for Early Action versus Regular Decision?

All students who submit their application and required materials by the Regular Decision deadline of January 2 are automatically considered for scholarship opportunities. To be considered for need-based scholarships, applicants must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by January 2.