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Appeal Your Admission Decision

Each year, Clemson University receives more applications for undergraduate admission than there are spots available. The admissions process is competitive and academically selective, so all applicants cannot be granted admission. The Office of Admissions takes great care in the consideration of our applicants, and successful appeals are rare. However, applicants with new and compelling information that were denied undergraduate admission to Clemson University may submit an appeal to be considered for admission again.

Before submitting an appeal, please note the following:

  • We strongly encourage students to wait to submit the Appeal Form until they have all supporting documentation ready to submit along with the form. Once the form is submitted, it will be forwarded to the Appeal Committee based on the calendar below. Therefore, all supporting documentation must be received by the submission deadlines on the calendar.
  • Students who are placed on the waitlist are not eligible for appeal until a decision is made on their application. If a student on the waitlist is denied admission and has new and compelling information, an appeal would then be considered.
  • Students who are offered admission through the Tigertown Summer Bound program are not eligible for appeal because this decision is considered an admission to Clemson.
  • Personal interviews with the Appeals Committee are not permitted.
  • Meeting with the admissions staff will not affect the outcome of an appeal.
  • Admissions does not allow for second appeals. If your appeal is denied, you may not appeal the decision a second time.
  • Do not submit a second application for Summer and/or Fall admission.

How to Submit an Appeal

Appeals will be accepted beginning on February 22, 2021.

  1. Fill out the Clemson University Admissions Appeal Form. Please use the same email and password that you use to access your Applicant Portal.
  2. In order to submit the Appeal Form, you will be required to upload a current high school or college transcript, or degree progress report (unofficial copies are acceptable).
  3. You are also encouraged to upload additional supporting documentation with the form. (Please view the Appeal Information below.)
  4. If you need to submit additional supporting documentation after submitting the Appeal Form, please send to appeal@admission.clemson.edu.
    *Note: Once the Appeal Form is submitted, it will be forwarded to the Appeal Committee based on the calendar below. For example, if you submit the form before or on March 5, your appeal will be moved forward to the Committee on March 5. Any supporting documentation we have received for your file by March 5 will also be forwarded, but anything sent after the deadline will not be included. This applies to all submission deadlines on the calendar.

Appeals Calendar

Appeals will be accepted beginning on February 22, 2021.

Submission Deadline (appeal form and supporting documentation) Notification Date
March 5, 2021 Week of March 28
March 26, 2021 Week of April 11
April 16, 2021 Week of May 2
May 7, 2021 Week of May 23
After May 7, 2021 10-15 business days

Appeal Information for Incoming First-Year Students

If you are an incoming first-year student, you must provide an updated high school transcript showing improved academic performance and are encouraged to also submit one or more of the following:

  • Improved SAT or ACT scores (unofficial copies accepted).
  • One to three letters of recommendation.
  • Supporting documentation for situations that are outside of the student’s control.

If you have been admitted to other universities and are considering waiting on an appeal decision from Clemson before accepting another offer, we recommend being prepared to pursue alternative educational plans. The Office of Admissions takes great care in the consideration of our applicants, and successful appeals are rare. Since there is no guarantee that an appeal decision will offer admission to Clemson, students should consider a backup plan should your appeal be denied or sustained.

Students with new and compelling information who have been invited to the Bridge to Clemson Program may submit an appeal. It is, however, highly recommended that students express an interest in Bridge and pay the required deposit while waiting to hear the results of their appeal. If the student is admitted to Clemson (including admission with required Summer attendance or a Spring semester deferment), and the student subsequently relinquishes his or her space in the Bridge program, any Bridge program deposits that have been paid will be refunded.

Appeal Information for Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student, you must provide an updated college transcript that shows at least 30 hours of transferable credit and a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and are encouraged to also submit one or more of the following:

  • Supporting documentation of situations that are outside of the student’s control.
  • One to three letters of recommendation.