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New Applicants

You are considered a new applicant if you wish to apply as a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student, and have never previously attended the Graduate School at Clemson University.

Admission to the non-degree category is restricted primarily to those who may benefit professionally from additional study at the graduate level. In all cases as a non-degree student, you must receive permission from the Program Coordinator or the Department Chair before enrolling in any graduate course. 

When you’re ready to begin the application, simply click the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page.

Steps to submitting your application

Create your ApplyWeb account

Clemson’s online application for admission is hosted by CollegeNET. You’ll be asked to create a user ID and password. Once you’ve created your login credentials, CollegeNET allows you to complete portions of the application, save the work, and then return at a later time to complete and submit the application — you won’t have to complete the whole thing in one sitting.


Fill out your application. Remember you can stop and begin again at any time. After you are satisfied that ALL information in your application is correct, you may submit your application.

Check your application status

After you have completed the online application, clicked “SUBMIT,” validated your data, and paid your application fee, your application will be forwarded to Clemson.

The Application Status Check link will get you back into ApplyWeb to check.

How to submit multiple applications

Clemson University allows you to apply to more than one program, but each application must be submitted individually with a separate application fee.

Applications at Clemson are customized to meet the needs of each specific program and are not interchangeable between programs. After you have submitted your first application and paid the application fee, you can return to the online application portal (using your same user ID and password) and pick your alternate major. When you submit the second application, you’ll be prompted to pay another application fee. 

Non-degree applications

Admission in this category is for students who do not intend to earn a degree; for example: you’re seeking a teaching certificate or recertification. If you wish to obtain a degree at a later date, then you’ll have to re-apply to the appropriate degree program, and you may only transfer up to 12 credit hours of the coursework completed as a non-degree student. In general, the only supporting material you’ll need for non-degree admission is a transcript showing an appropriate background and confirming the awarding of a bachelor’s degree or higher. Be sure to check with the department you’re applying to, to ensure you have the appropriate materials. In most cases, international students are not eligible for non-degree status. If you aren’t sure which application to submit (graduate, undergraduate, or former student returning), please use the Non-Degree Checklist to assist you in your decision.

Conditional language admission

Currently, only the programs listed on the Conditional Language Admission page at Clemson University have agreed to consider applicants for conditional letters of admission (CLAs) pending successful completion of an approved ESL program.

Visit the Conditional Language Admission page for a list of steps that explains this application process.

Faculty/Staff (University employee) applicants

Current Clemson faculty, staff and employees who apply to the Clemson University Graduate School are subject to the same admissions requirements, approvals and academic regulations as all other applicants.

No member of the faculty or staff who has a rank higher than instructor or its equivalent may be considered as a candidate for an advanced degree in the academic department where employed.

More information on the Employee Tuition Assistance Program can be found here.

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Technical Difficulties
If you have technical difficulties while completing your application or letters of recommendation, send an email to and include your UserID in the email. The technicians at CollegeNET will be able to look at your application or letters of recommendation and help correct the problem. 

International: Applicants to Clemson graduate programs who are non-residents of the U.S. are assigned an NR number. If you already have an NR number, please have it available when you complete the online application, so that you can enter it in the appropriate place. If you do not already have an NR number, you will be provided one when you complete the online application. Please save this number. You will need it to inquire about your application.