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School of Nursing

Prospective Freshmen

The School of Nursing at Clemson University offers students the opportunity to engage with top-tier faculty as they progress through a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare them for success in the nursing field. With limited space, nursing is often one of the most competitive majors for entry at Clemson University. The program is direct admission, meaning there is no re-application process for progression to the upper level nursing courses for those students who are admitted as freshmen.

Generally, admissions considers three criteria:

  • High school class rank
  • High school GPA
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • General Campus Visitation Information

    Clemson University provides general campus tours through the Class of 1944 Visitor's Center. Additional information can be found using the links below. 

  • School of Nursing Visitation Information

    Due to the high volume of individual requests, the School of Nursing hosts group sessions to provide information for prospective students about the program. Space is limited, and advanced reservation is required. Participation in group sessions in no way influences admission’s decisions. Please use this link to to view and sign up for an upcoming tour or view a video tour.

  • Nursing Program Expansion

    In collaboration with Prisma Health-Upstate, Clemson University has expanded its nursing program in the Clemson University Nursing building in Greenville – an effort that has more than doubled enrollment in Clemson’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and is helping meet the growing need for nurses and bolstering health innovation and research efforts in upstate South Carolina. The collaboration has also expanded student clinical placements within Prisma Health-Upstate.

    With this program expansion, the School of Nursing is targeting an incoming freshman class of approximately 175 students. Entering freshmen have the opportunity to be part of one of two cohorts – a Clemson-based traditional cohort or a Greenville-based accelerated cohort – beginning once students reach their clinical courses. Transportation is provided between the two sites of instruction. 

    Nursing Expansion Program

  • Honors Application

    Outstanding high school seniors applying for admission to Clemson can also apply for membership in the Clemson University Honors College. For priority notification by February 15 as well as consideration for the National Scholars Program, applicants must submit their honors application online by December 1, and all supporting documents must be submitted by December 15. Please note that all applicants to the honors college must first submit the undergraduate admissions application.

    Clemson Honors College

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the minimum SAT/ACT/GPA requirements for admission to the School of Nursing?
    For the 2023 admissions cycle, Clemson has adopted a test-optional policy. Applicants are not required to submit a standardized test score to be considered for admission to Clemson for the 2023-2024 academic year. If a student chooses that test scores should be used, the scores must be submitted electronically by the respective testing agency.  Additional questions concerning standardized tests can be forwarded to The School of Nursing does not require SAT subject tests, any other nursing test, or any licensure for admission to Nursing.

    Is the B.S. in Nursing program a direct entry program?
    Yes, the B.S. in Nursing program is a direct entry program.

    Is there a separate application to apply to the School of Nursing?
    The application to Clemson University is also the application for a seat in the Nursing program. There is not a separate application to gain admission to Nursing. When you apply in the fall of your senior year, you will want to be sure to list Nursing as your first-choice major on the application.

    What happens if I am accepted to Clemson in another major, but want to major in nursing?
    Students are able to apply to change their major to Nursing twice: once during the spring of their first year and once during the spring of their second year. Students accepted in their second-choice major should meet with our Change of Major advisor early in their college career to learn about course requirements.

    When do students begin taking clinical coursework? Where are clinical sites located?
    Students begin taking clinical coursework in the fall of their junior year. The clinical sites are typically within an approximate 1-hour drive of Clemson’s campus, with the closest being a 10-minute drive from campus. The furthest site is Spartanburg Regional which is approximately an hour drive of Clemson’s campus. Clinical placements vary each semester depending on what courses a student is enrolled in. Clinical partnerships could include: Prisma Health-Upstate, AnMed, St. Francis, and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. 

    Can nursing students study abroad?
    Clemson offers some exciting education abroad opportunities including opportunities specific for nursing. Some of the Nursing specific opportunities allow students to gain additional hands-on experience and knowledge of healthcare in a global setting. The three Nursing specific opportunities are: Semester in Cyprus at the University of Nicosia, the Global Health Certificate, and a Spring Break trip in the Dominican Republic. You can find more information about these opportunities on our website here.

  • Financial
  • Contact

    If you have questions about the Clemson Nursing program, please contact:

    Deja Kenion
    309 Edwards Hall

School of Nursing
School of Nursing | 414 Edwards Hall