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Set in a college town with a beautiful backdrop of lakeshore and mountains, Clemson University attracts students looking for a rigorous academic experience, world-class research opportunities, strong sense of community and vibrant school spirit. We invite you to pursue greatness here.

One of the country's most selective public research universities, Clemson was founded in 1889 with a mission to be a "high seminary of learning" dedicated to teaching, research and service. Today, these three concepts remain at the heart of the University and provide the framework for an exceptional educational experience.

At Clemson professors take the time to get to know students and explore innovative ways of teaching. Exceptional teaching is one reason our retention and graduation rates rank among the highest in the country for public universities.

Exceptional teaching is also why Clemson continues to attract an increasingly talented student body.

In 2017 more than half of the entering freshmen were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and the freshman class averaged 1302 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT.

The University is committed to the success of its students. For the fall 2016 class, Clemson's student retention rate was 93 percent. Much of this is due to the Academic Success Center (ASC), which is recognized nationally and internationally for its programs in collegiate learning. The ASC is housed in a 35,000-square-foot facility where it offers free one-on-one tutoring services for more than 80 courses as well as for additional courses as the need arises. Peer-Assisted Learning, academic skills workshops and academic coaching are also available free to all Clemson students.

Clemson has also received national recognition for its innovative Communication Across the Curriculum (CAC) program, which makes writing across all curriculums a priority. At Clemson, CAC has become a standard teaching method used in nearly every department to provide real-life challenges that require students to think and communicate effectively.

From cheering on the Tigers at a football game to socializing at the Hendrix Student Center, Clemson students can participate in a wide variety of activities outside the classroom. The more than 400 campus clubs and organizations include fraternities and sororities, as well as honorary, international, military, performing arts, political, professional, religious, service, social interest, special interest, sports and fitness, and student media.

With 19 intercollegiate sports, Clemson offers exciting spectator sports year-round. Clemson is a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and is an NCAA Division I school. Admission to regular-season home events is included in University fees for full-time students.

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Overview

Applicants
26,241
Acceptance Rate
47%
Average HS GPA
4.00

GPA Breakdown

91%
Over 3.75
5%
3.50 - 3.74
2%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

Deadlines

Regular — May 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

State Residency

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16.3:1
Total Faculty
1,648
with Terminal Degree
1,277

994
Men
654
Women
282
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations.
  • Agricultural Economics.
  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other.
  • Agronomy and Crop Science.
  • Food Science and Technology, Other.
  • Food Science.
  • Horticultural Science.
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General.
  • Turf and Turfgrass Management.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Environmental Design/Architecture.
  • Landscape Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • French Studies.
  • German Studies.
  • Japanese Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Animal Genetics.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Genetics, General.
  • Microbiology, General.
  • Physiology, General.
  • Plant Genetics.
  • Plant Pathology/Phytopathology.
  • Plant Physiology.
  • Zoology/Animal Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Graphic Communications, General.
  • Graphic Communications, Other.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Agricultural Teacher Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Community College Education.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other.
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Agricultural Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Ceramic Sciences and Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, Other.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics.
  • Engineering, General.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Materials Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Textile Sciences and Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth).

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other.
  • Textile Science.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy.

  • HIGH SCHOOL/SECONDARY DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES.

  • High School/Secondary Certificates, Other.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.
  • History, Other.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Forest Resources Production and Management.
  • Forestry, General.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Community Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS.

  • Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Commercial and Advertising Art.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.


Students Say

From the moment students set foot on Clemson University’s campus in South Carolina, they can sense that they are part of a “community-centered university that truly cares for its students and wants them to succeed.” A public research university, Clemson provides “top-notch resources in undergraduate research, while also maintaining an air of Southern hospitality and world-renowned athletics.” The university encourages students to “follow [their] passions...[and] challenge [themselves].” Importantly, Clemson undergrads speak quite highly of their professors. For the most part, they prove to be “wonderful” instructors who “want you to succeed and understand the material.” Many “go out of their way to help students that need it,” and they are usually “easy to reach outside of class for further discussion or advising.” Best of all, they tend to be “experts in their fields,” and they work diligently to foster “a passion for academia and learning” in their students. As one content undergrad summarizes, “I would say being at Clemson is like celebrating a very happy, successful, and loving family. Every student and faculty member is proud to be here, and we bond over our love for this community very easily.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Lucas Glover
Winner of the US Open, 2009

Jane Robelot
formerly with CBS News

Donald Logan
CEO, Time-Warner

John Floyd
Editor, So. Living Magazine

Nancy O'Dell
Access Hollywood

Harvey B. Gantt
Former Mayor of Charlotte, NC

Shawn Weatherly
Miss Universe, 1980

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$54,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$101,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$103,500

Percent High Job Meaning
51%

Percent STEM
37%


Students Say

The Center for Career and Professional Development offers a full schedule of events and workshops throughout the year, including career fairs (for both specialized industries and general employment), mock interviews, career counseling, and meet-ups. Plenty more services are available through the Michelin Career Center. The Clemson Tiger pride extend long beyond graduation, and Clemson's alumni are “very involved with current operations of the University.” Alumni are also a major contributor to the high job placement rate. It is common for many past alumni to contact department heads asking specifically for Clemson students to work for their business. “I knew that once I graduate from Clemson I would have no problem getting a job because so many people have heard how wonderful Clemson is,” says a student. Of the Clemson University alumni visiting PayScale.com, 51 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,918

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,183

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,531

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
46%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,201

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,795

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$13,186
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$32,738
Required Fees
$1,132
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,308

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,680
Transportation for Commuters
$4,130

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
19,402
Foreign Countries Represented
84

Demographics

2.37%
Asian
6.60%
African-American
3.77%
Hispanic
83.10%
Caucasian

49% female
51% male
35% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

Imbued with a “ton of school spirit,” Clemson students are united by their “share[d] pride of being a Tiger.” Indeed, a common sentiment among undergrads here is that “we are a family and we help each other out whenever we can.” More specifically, students describe their peers as “caring,” “engaged, and involved.” And many express simultaneous appreciation and disbelief that “everyone seems to always have a smile on their face.” Undergrads here also seem to truly “value their education.” They “work hard in order to do well and prove to themselves that they earned their spot at Clemson.” Of course, some individuals do caution that the population is “mostly white, Southern students who dress and behave similarly.” Others insist that “diversity” abounds. After all, you will find undergrads from all fifty states and around the globe. Fortunately, they’re “incredibly friendly and welcoming” no matter an individual’s background. Perhaps this satisfied student says it best: “Clemson is where people hold doors open for you even if you’re very far away, where one person’s chant gets hundreds of others to join, and where you can pull up a chair to a random person with the same textbook as you and ask them for help on your final.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
41%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Clemson offers students a myriad of opportunities for fun and excitement. To begin with, fall weekends are dedicated to football. Indeed, “everyone spends all Saturday tailgating before the game [as] getting there before the team runs down the hill is important.” Additionally, when time and weather permit, many Clemson undergrads enjoy getting outside. For example, “lots of students hang out on Bowman Field, kayak in Lake Hartwell, or hike the surrounding mountains.” Further, the “Botanical Gardens are right on campus and have beautiful hiking trails” as well. A number of individuals can also be found kicking back at the “underground rec center [which offers] bowling, ping pong and other arcade games.” And, as you might have suspected, “there are also...many clubs and organizations that are always holding events.” Most students enjoy attending “movie nights and game nights” and playing for “intramural teams.” And “there are usually different Greek life events going on at all times of the year that many people participate in” too. Once the weekend rolls around, a number of undergrads “go to parties (either frat parties or just in off-campus apartments) or they go to the bars downtown.” After all, “the downtown area, within [a] walkable distance to campus, has a ton of good restaurants” to boot.

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Margaret M. Camp

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
292
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
17
Number of Religious Organizations
24

10% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Tigers)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
75

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Clemson requires the purchase of laptop computers. IBM laptops are the computer of choice at present time.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ms. Helen Adams
Director of the Class of 1944 Visitors Center

Address
Admissions Office
105 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 296345124

Phone
8646562287

Email
cuvisit@clemson.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
SC Botanical Garden/ Discovery Center/Geology Muse
Hendrix Student Center - Clemson Ice Cream
Conference Center and Inn at Clemson/Walker Golf C
Fort Hill - John C. Calhoun House
Lee Art Gallery
Please visit: http://www.clemson.edu/visitors/index.html

Most Popular Places Off Campus
T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena
Lake Hartwell
Downtown Clemson/ Shopping and Dining
International Center Automotive Research
The Blue Ridge Mountains
Please visit: http://www.clemson.edu/visitors/places-interest.html

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Sunday
8am-4:30pm, abridged weekend hrs- open afternoon
8646562287

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Sat 9:45 am and 1:45 pm: Sun 1:45 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Interviews have no bearing on Admission.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://clemsontigers.cstv.com/school-bio

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in Greenville, SC is a 1-hour drive from campus. Arrange for a rental car or the airport shuttle for the drive from the airport to the campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-85, exit to US Rte. 76 (north and west). Follow US 76 to South Carolina Hwy. 93 W. Follow Highway 93 to Sikes Hall (admissions office) and to the Visitors Center (just off Hwy. 93 across from Sikes Hall).

Local Accommodations
Within a mile and a half of Clemson there are several chain motels. Days Inn, Ramada Inn, Sleep Inn, Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn and Lake Hartwell Inn. On campus, we have the James F. Martin Inn (864/ 656-9020)available, as well as golf privileges. Ramada Inn (U.S. Hwy. 123 and 76; 864-654-7501) has an indoor pool, live entertainment in the lounge Monday through Saturday, and a patio and balconies that open up into an atrium with the pool and gazebo. Comfort Inn (1305 Tiger Blvd.; 864-653-3600) has an outdoor pool and an exercise room. For charm the choice is the Liberty Hall Inn (Business Rte. 28, Pendleton; 864-646-7500), about 6 miles away. The Inn's inexpensive rates include breakfast. The inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the area in which it is located is exceptionally lovely.


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