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Calhoun Honors College Admissions

The Fall 2018 Honors College Freshman Application is now open!  Please take a few minutes and read our Q & A Guide plus other information regarding the freshman application to the Honors College.  It may answer questions you have regarding the admissions process.

We are delighted that you are interested in becoming a member of the Calhoun Honors College.  Before submitting your Honors College application, you must first apply to Clemson University Undergraduate Admissions.

Please read the Honors College Q&A Guide before you begin the Honors College Application process.

If, after reviewing our Admissions webpages and the Q & A Guide, you still have questions  please email and someone will reply to you as soon as possible - usually within 24 hours.

Honors Admission Process

PLEASE take great care in reviewing your application BEFORE SUBMITTING. We are NOT able to cancel a submitted application nor can we change the status of your application from submitted to unsubmitted so you can edit your application after submission. The only changes you can make after submission are to upload additional supplemental materials. If, after reading the guide you still have questions, please email We are happy to help you with our process!

  • Admission to the Calhoun Honors College is by an online application that is separate from, and in addition to, your application to Clemson University and requires your Clemson ID number in order to complete and submit your Honors College application.
  • To be considered for admission to the Honors College, applicants must have a combined critical reading and math SAT score of at least 1380 (new version) or an ACT score of 30. In exceptional situations, we will consider applications from students who do not fully meet these qualifications.
  • Admission to the Honors College is highly selective, with SAT scores historically averaging 1480 (new version) or higher, a 33 on the ACT and applicants typically ranking in the top three percent of their high school class.
  • Freshman enrollment in the Honors College is limited to approximately 350 or less than ten percent of the freshman class.

Honors Fee: Students in the Honors College are assessed an Honors Fee, currently $500 per semester. This fee supports new and enhanced Honors College programs and activities which enrich our students' educational experiences inside and outside the classroom.

Additional Admissions Information

  • Incoming Freshmen

    If, after reviewing our Admissions webpages and the Q & A Guide, you still have questions  please email and someone will reply to you as soon as possible - usually within 24 hours.

    Below are important dates and deadlines for submitting your Honors College application. Please take note of all deadlines and the resulting notification for Honors admission.

    Students who apply to the Honors College after March 1, or whose supporting materials are submitted after March 15, may be considered for admission to the Honors College on a space available basis. However, we cannot guarantee that such applications will receive consideration.

    A complete Calhoun Honors College application includes

    1. The student application (submitted using the Honors web-based application form)
    2. A teacher letter of recommendation (submitted using the Honors web-based system; recommender will receive an email request after student application submitted)
    3. A counselor letter of recommendation (submitted using the Honors web-based system; recommender will receive an email request after student application submitted)
    4. A current transcript (submitted either by uploading using the Honors web-based system, or by mailing, emailing or faxing directly to Honors)

    The National Scholars Program (NSP) is Clemson's premier undergraduate, merit-based scholarship program. The NSP provides a competitive scholarship for eight semesters of undergraduate study. While not a part of the Calhoun Honors College, the NSP bases finalist selection on rigorous reviews of the Honors application. Click here for information about the NSP selection process and timeline; the NSP follows the earlier Honors priority deadlines. For more information visit the National Scholars Program website.

    Important dates and deadlines for Fall freshman applicants.

    Honors College application deadlines:

    For Notification By

    Clemson University Undergraduate Application Deadline

    Honors College Application* Deadline (submitted online)

    Supporting Materials** (submitted online)

    February 15 (11:59 p.m. EST) for Priority Applicants December 1 December 8 11:59 p.m. EST December 15, 11:59 p.m. EST
    April 1 (11:59 p.m. EST) for Non-Priority Applicants February 15 March 1, 11:59 p.m. EST March 15, 11:59 p.m. EST

    Other Important Dates

    Priority appeal submission deadline*** March 1
    Priority appeal decision notification April 1    
    Non-priority appeal submission deadline*** April 15
    Non-priority appeal decision notification April 30

    * The Honors College application must be submitted using the web-based form.

    ** The required supporting materials are a teacher recommendation, a counselor recommendation, and current transcript. The two recommendations must be submitted using the web-based form (recommenders will receive a request via email when students submit their applications). Honors prefers that the transcript be uploaded using the web-based form by either the applicant or a counselor, but transcripts can be emailed, faxed or mailed to the Honors College at the appropriate address or number below.

    ***The link to the Honors admission Reconsideration Form is located in the applicant's Clemson Honors Check.  The Check List is stored in the applicant's ApplyWeb applicant status portal found here:


    Note: To graduate with Honors Distinction students must complete the requirements for General and/or Departmental Honors. See specific requirements for Honors Programs listed in the Honors Student Handbook (PDF).

  • Current Students

    The Honors College welcomes applications to the Calhoun Honors College from students currently enrolled at Clemson who are NOT members of the Honors College. Applications are accepted during both the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for admission, current students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher by the end of the semester in which they apply.  

    If, after reviewing our Admissions webpages and the Q & A Guide, you still have questions  please email and someone will reply to you as soon as possible - usually within 24 hours.


    Please read carefully to select the correct application to submit.

    • There are two types of programs current students can pursue as an accepted member of the Honors College: General Honors and Departmental Honors.
    • You can pursue General Honors, Departmental, or you can pursue both General and Departmental Honors.
    • Please refer to the Honors Student Handbook for ALL the requirements and policies for each program before submitting the appropriate application.

    Types of Applications

     1.  General Honors: Application for Continuing Students

    The main purpose of General Honors is to broaden the student’s intellectual perspectives. Students are encouraged to take honors courses in many different areas of study. Most of the courses you will take for General Honors are 1000-2000 level courses that satisfy the university’s General Education requirements or serve as introductory courses in your major. Typically, students take most of their General Honors courses during the freshman and sophomore years, although many students enroll in General Honors courses as juniors and seniors.

    2.  Departmental Honors: Application for Continuing Students

    The purpose of Departmental Honors is to provide students a unique opportunity to do an advanced, in-depth study or project, thesis research, or a combination, within their major academic disciplines. Normally, Departmental Honors is completed during your junior and senior years, or at the point in your curriculum where you are ready to pursue Departmental Honors courses at the 3000 - 4000 level. It is required that applicants independently contact the academic department in which you wish to pursue Departmental Honors to discuss possible opportunities and an appropriate proposed faculty mentor BEFORE you submit your Honors application. You will be asked to identify your *academic department contact within the Departmental Honors application. If you do not know your academic department contact, please email Katie Maxwell. Students who are accepted for membership in the Honors College to pursue Departmental Honors are admitted at the discretion of the academic department.

    *Students that enroll as continuing students pursuing General Honors are welcome to begin Deparmental Honors at the appropriate time at the discretion of their academic deparment - no extra application to the Honors College is needed. Keep in mind that some academic departments have an internal application process for Honors students wanting to pursue Departmental Honors. Check with the departmental contact to see if this applies for the Departmental Honors program you are interested in pursuing. 


    To enroll: Application opens: Application due: Students notified: Mandatory Meeting: Time:
    Fall  March 1 April 15* May 10 August 21, 2018

    General Honors: 10-11 a.m.

    Departmental Honors: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    *Both meetings will be held in the Great Hall in the Honors Center which located on the 1st floor of Core Campus.

    Spring October 1 December 1* December 22 January 9, 2018

    General Honors: 10-11 a.m.

    Departmental Honors: 1-2 p.m.

    *Both meetings will be held in the Great Hall in the Honors Center which located on the 1st floor of Core Campus. 

    *Applications for Departmental Honors submitted after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the department. To ensure that your application will be reviewed, you must submit by the deadline. General Honors applicants must apply by the deadline, late applications will not be considered for General Honors.


    Please email if you have any questions about the application process.

  • Transfer Students

    If, after reviewing our Admissions webpages and the Q & A Guide, you still have questions  please email and someone will reply to you as soon as possible - usually within 24 hours. 

    The Calhoun Honors College welcomes students that are transferring to Clemson from other university Honors programs or Honors colleges. The Honors College Transfer Student Application is separate from, and in addition to, the Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Application.


    Are you interested in a career in science, engineering, or medicine? Do your plans take you in the direction of law, politics, history, English literature, music, or theater? Do you want to study or work abroad? Serve others, at home or far away? The Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University provides numerous resources to promote academic, personal and professional development.

    Our students are carrying out world-class research in laboratories and libraries, participating in archaeological digs, and pursuing environmental field studies. They are extending their education through internships in the public and private sectors, and serving through learning projects at home and abroad.

    Calhoun Honors College alumni are attending or have graduated from the world’s premier universities and professional schools, and have earned leadership positions in industry, government, and academia. 

    Ready to begin your own adventure? At Clemson, you’ll get all the advantages of one of the nation’s leading public universities along with the small classes, individualized attention, and innovative programs of the Calhoun Honors College.


    Below indicate the following credentials and requirements needed to apply for the Transfer Honors Application.  

    • Transfer Undergraduate Admissions Application and Acceptance: Before students will be accepted into the Honors College, students must complete and be accepted by Clemson’s Undergraduate Admissions. Students may submit their application before accepted to Clemson, but will not receive a decision from Honors prior to being accepted to Clemson University.
    • Transfer Undergraduate Honors Application:
      • Unofficial transcript
      • Cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or Higher
      • Recommendation Letter from Previous Institution Honors College Dean or Director
      • Essays
    • Member in Good Standing of Honors Program or Honors College at Previous Institution

    Applicants that are not members of an Honors Program or Honors College at their previous institution are encouraged to apply as a continuing student during their first semester at Clemson to hopefully gain admission to the Honors College for their second semester. Please find application details about applying as a current Clemson student here.

    If you have any questions about the admissions process please email


    Semester Enrollment Application Deadline Decision Notification
    Fall June 15 July 15
    Spring November 15 December 15