• Beth & Tim Manners

How Clemson Decides

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

Independent Mail: “From 2008 to 2018, the number of freshmen applications to Clemson University increased 85 percent. Although the school has increased enrollment, it still has gotten more competitive to get a spot at the university … David Kuskowski, Clemson’s admissions director, said the university uses a ‘data-driven holistic’ model for admissions.”


“High school rigor, class rank, GPA, test scores and state residency are ‘very important’ factors for admission, according to the annual Common Data Set Clemson submits for the U.S. News & World Report. The most important components are a student’s high school rigor and coursework, followed by other factors like test scores, Kuskowski said.”


“On the other hand, work experience, volunteer work, level of applicant interest, geographic residence and personality qualities are “not considered,” based on the university’s Common Data Set answers. Extracurricular activities and talent are taken into consideration, but do not carry the same weight as other academic factors, according to the Common Data Set … Kuskowski said legacy is a “small positive factor” in the holistic review of applications, but legacy alone will not get a student accepted to the university.”

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