19,402
Students
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Admission Difficulty
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Overview

Nationally Recognized and Student Centered

Clemson University is a nationally ranked public research university with a reputation for exceptional student experience. 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 guidebooks and student reviews -- 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 21,000 at Clemson University, classes are carefully managed to ensure small sizes, a 17-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 23 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 a fun and enriching 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 hospitality. According to The Princeton Review, Clemson students are also proud of their university, ranking No. 3 among students who love their college.

Wide Range of Degree Programs

Students can select from more than 80 undergraduate and 119 graduate degree programs offered by the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; College of Business; College of Education; College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; and College of Science.

Educational and Financial Accolades

Ranked No. 23 among national public universities according to U.SNews & World Report, Clemson is also 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 ranked 21st among national universities in Money magazine's annual list of "Best Colleges for Your Money," in 2016.

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

Address Clemson, SC  29634
United States

Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
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Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Environmental/environmental Health Engineering Checkmark
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

26,241
Applied
12,380
Accepted
19,402
Enrolled
47%
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Female Admissions

14,109
Females Applied
6,926
Females Accepted
49%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

12,132
Males Applied
5,454
Males Accepted
45%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

70
Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Recommended Essay

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen May 1st Not reported
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer July 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 620 690
SAT Math 600 700
ACT Composite 29 27 31

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

13,520
In-state
34,132
Out-of-state
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Fees

1,192
Full-time student fees
9,592
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

11,582
Avg. Financial Aid Package
13,131
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
4,531
Avg. Loan Aid
5,071
Avg. Grant Aid
9,183
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
97% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
54%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
16%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

19,402
Total undergrad students
1%
International Students
29%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 3.75%
Black or African American 6.59%
White or Caucasian 82.87%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.21%
Asian 2.39%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.03%
Two or more races 2.93%
Other 0.3%

Gender

Male (51.48%)
Female (48.52%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 37%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming/Tigerama, Welcome Back Festival and Campus Sweep

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Tiger Band

Campus Security & Safety

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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 1 Checkmark
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Bowling No Checkmark No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Checkmark No
Football No Division 1A Checkmark
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Riflery No Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sailing No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting No Checkmark No
Wrestling No Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling No Checkmark No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Division 1 Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Checkmark No
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Riflery No Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sailing No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
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Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting No Checkmark No
Wrestling No No No

Faculty

1,648
Total Faculty
16:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 1,248
Part-time - 400
Male - 994
Female - 654
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