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Undergraduate Admission Appeal Process

Each year, Clemson University receives more applications for undergraduate admission than there are spaces available. The admissions process is competitive and academically selective, therefore not all applicants can be granted admission. The appeal process offers students the only avenue to have their application reconsidered for admission. All appeals must be submitted by the student using the online appeal form available at Each appeal should show a compelling reason to be considered by the Undergraduate Appeals Committee. Deadlines are strictly enforced and are listed below on the Appeals Calendar.

How To Submit An Appeal

To submit an appeal, carefully read and follow the steps below. Only complete appeals will be considered. Please use the same email and password that you created when your application was submitted. DO NOT SUBMIT A SECOND APPLICATION FOR SUMMER AND/OR FALL ADMISSION.

  1. Appeal as soon as possible. Please see the Appeals Calendar below for appeal deadlines.
  2. Submit your appeal online. To ensure your appeal is processed, please submit:
    • The Clemson University Admissions Appeal Form
      • This online form should include the statement of appeal detailing the reason your application should be reviewed by the Undergraduate Appeals Committee.
    • Supporting documentation that substantiates your appeal should be sent to All Supporting documentation should include your complete legal name, not just your preferred name or nickname. Examples of supporting documentation include:
      • updated high school transcript showing improved academic performance
      • improved SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency
      • documentation supporting situations that are outside of the student’s control, if applicable.
    • Letters of recommendation should be sent to Please limit to no more than three.
    • *Personal interviews with the Appeals Committee are NOT permitted. Meeting with the admissions staff will not affect the outcome of the appeal.
  3. Allow time for your appeal to be reviewed and the decision mailed to you.
    • Please refer to the Appeals Calendar.
    • Applicants will be notified of appeals decision by U.S. mail. Decisions will not be given out over the telephone.

Appeals Calendar

Submission Deadline
(appeal form and supporting documentation)
Notification date
March 1, 2017 Week of March 12
March 29, 2017 Week of April 10
May 3, 2017 Week of May 15
May 31, 2017 Week of June 12
After May 31, 2017 As soon as possible

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is allowed to appeal?
Any applicant denied undergraduate admission to Clemson University may submit an appeal.

Applicants who are invited to be on the wait list may not appeal that decision as it is not a final decision on their application. If the wait-listed student is later denied admission an appeal would then be considered.

I have been invited to the Bridge to Clemson program, but wish to appeal. Is this possible?
Students 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/her space in the bridge program, any Bridge program deposits that have been paid will be refunded.

Please be aware that the Bridge program fills on a first-come, first-served basis, so we do not recommend you wait to hear your appeal decision before going through the Bridge Interest/Deposit process.

Who is on the Appeal Committee?
Appeals are reviewed by a committee within the University's Faculty Governance System, which includes faculty members representing all academic colleges. Members of the admissions staff are not on the committee. The Director of Admissions serves as chair of the committee, but does not vote in the appeal process. The Director’s role is to serve as the coordinator of committee activities.

I have been admitted to other universities, but I would really like to come to Clemson. Should I wait for my appeal decision before accepting another offer?
Since there is no guarantee that an appeal decision will offer admission to Clemson, we always recommend that students be prepared to pursue alternative educational plans. Consider a back-up plan should your appeal to Clemson be denied or sustained.