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Clemson University

  • Clemson, SC
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 46%54%
    student ratio
  • 16,931
    total students
  • $13,054 | $30,488
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • May 1
    fall application deadline
  • 57%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

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    Reported

    sat reading
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    Reported

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    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Nationally Recognized and Student-Centered

Clemson University is a nationally ranked public research university where the student experience is second to none. This institution combines the benefits of a major land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented university with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and individual student success. Yet, even with its national recognition, Clemson remains a student-centered community characterized by inclusiveness, collaboration, high academic standards and a drive to excel. Clemson's teaching and learning environment is more characteristic of private liberal arts colleges, but it still offers the academic, community service and social opportunities found at major public universities. Clemson has students who are engaged, spirited, highly competitive and -- according to one guidebook -- among the nation's happiest.

South Carolina Campus Connects with Nature

With a beautiful campus surrounded by lakes, forests and mountains, Clemson boasts its own 17,500-acre experimental forest and is home to the 295-acre S.C. Botanical Garden. It sits on the shores of Hartwell Lake, one of the Southeast's most popular recreation sites. The main campus translates into roughly one acre per student.

A Campus Life of Culture, Service, Athletics, and Learning

With a student population greater than 19,000 at Clemson University, classes are carefully managed to ensure small sizes, an 18-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and high retention and graduation rates. Student engagement and satisfaction score well above the national average, with 92 percent of seniors saying they'd choose Clemson again if they had it to do over. The University recently earned national recognition for its 18 living-learning communities, Creative Inquiry undergraduate research program, and student participation in service-learning and civic engagement.

More than 400 student organizations, honor societies, service fraternities and clubs make campus life an exciting experience. Clemson also boasts a variety of athletic and cultural opportunities. Students can enjoy music, dance, and student and professional theater at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts; tour historic homes at Fort Hill and Hanover House; and cheer Division I athletic events in 19 sports.

Clemson students are known for their loyalty and pride, but also for their hospitality. According to The Huffington Post, Clemson students are among the friendliest in the nation.

Wide Range of Degree Programs

Students can select from approximately 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs offered by five colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Science; Engineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Educational and Financial Accolades

Ranked No. 21 among national public universities according to U.S.News and World Report, Clemson is the number one choice of South Carolina's best high school graduates. More than half of incoming freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Clemson also has a ranking in the top 10 among national universities, both public and private, in payback ratio, according to Smart Money magazine -- a calculation based on graduates' lifetime earning potential and the cost of tuition.

Clemson's Founding

Clemson was founded in 1889 by a bequest from Thomas Green Clemson. He was a Philadelphia-born, European-educated engineer, musician and artist who married John C. Calhoun's daughter Anna and settled at her family's estate in South Carolina. Clemson believed that the way to rebuild his adopted state's war-ravaged economy was through scientific education, so he left his home and fortune to the state of South Carolina to create the institution that bears his name.


Location & Contact


Clemson, SC 29634
USA

Ms.Audrey Bodell

Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 864-656-2287
Fax: 864-656-2464
Email: cuadmissions@clemson.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Agricultural Business and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Agricultural Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Animal Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Aquaculture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Food Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Horticultural Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Soil Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Turf and Turfgrass Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Landscape Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Animal Genetics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Microbiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Construction Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Sports Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Agricultural Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Agricultural Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Materials Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Packaging Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Human Development and Family Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Languages Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Forest/Forest Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resources/Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Product Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

57% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied18,604
    • Accepted10,645
    • Acceptance Rate57%
    • Enrolled16,931
    • Female Applicants8,573
    • Females Accepted5,696
    • Female Acceptance Rate66%
    • Male Applicants10,031
    • Males Accepted4,949
    • Male Acceptance Rate49%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen May 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer July 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$13,054
    • Out-of-state tuition *$30,488
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$8,142.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionSenior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students16,931
    • Male Student Percentage54%
    • Female Student Percentage46%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.59%
    • Black or African American6.24%
    • White or Caucasian83.3%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.15%
    • Asian1.77%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.09%
    • Two or more races2.1%
    • Unknown2.63%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.12% representing 84 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students29% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 37%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations student government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Tiger Band
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling No Division C No
    • Cheerleading No Division X No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division C No
    • Football No Division A Yes
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle No Division C No
    • Rugy No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting No Division C No
    • Wrestling No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling No Division C No
    • Cheerleading No Division X No
    • Crew No Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division C No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle No Division C No
    • Rugy No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division C No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting No Division C No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,199
    • Full-time Percentage92%
    • Part-time Percentage8%
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio17:1 or 19,743 students to 1,134 faculty


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