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Clemson Application Essay Updates for 2020-21

There have been a few changes to the Clemson Application essays for this year. First of all, you can now apply to Clemson using the Common Application!  If you pick this route, you will have to write the Common Application Personal Statement. Don't worry: if you pick the Coalition app (or Clemson's own application) your main essay is still optional. 

There are also updated Calhoun Honors College essay prompts for 2020-21.  Click here to read our fully updated guide, or read on if you just want to know the new prompts.

These first two prompts are required.

  • Tell us -as best you can at this point- about your academic and professional goals. What experiences, talents, accomplishments, and/or personal qualities make you think you'd be happy and successful in the Honors College and in your future career? (500 words)

  • What is something you thought you knew that you turned out to be wrong about? Why was this realization important? (500 words)

These two prompts are optional.

  • Please use this space to share any special circumstances affecting your application that warrant consideration by the selection committee. (250 words, optional)

  • Please upload any extra documentation here that you wish to include with your application such as your resume or list of accomplishments. You may upload a PDF, MS Word, or MS Excel file up to 10mb in size. Due to the volume of materials received by the Clemson University Honors College during our admission cycle, we are unable to manually attach documentation to your application that is mailed, faxed, or emailed to our office. You have the option to upload a resume and one additional document in this section of our application and three additional support document uploads at the end of this application. Each applicant is limited to a total of five additional support documentation uploads. Three of these upload options are available for post-submission upload via the "View Checklist" link after clicking on "Review Your Activity" on the index page (meaning you can upload up to three of your maximum five support documents at any time after you submit your initial application to us). (no word limit, optional)



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