Clemson University Overview
Clemson University is a public institution situated in Clemson, South Carolina. The suburban atmosphere of Clemson makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.
What Is Clemson University Known For?
- The student loan default rate at Clemson is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
- Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Clemson.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 93% of the faculty were full-time.
- A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Clemson makes roughly $52,400 a year. This is 28% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
Clemson University Rankings
Clemson landed the #283 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,587 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #3 out of 51 schools in South Carolina.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Clemson.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Clemson has earned from around the web.
|#1||Best Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) Schools||College Factual|
|#25||Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools||College Factual|
|#26||Best Engineering Technologies Schools||College Factual|
|#31||Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools||College Factual|
|#99||Best Computer Science Schools||Computer Science Degree|
|#138||Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools||College Factual|
Where Is Clemson University?
Contact details for Clemson are given below.
|Address:||201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634|
How Do I Get Into Clemson?
You can apply to Clemson online at: www.clemson.edu/admissions/undergraduate/index.html
Admission Requirements for Clemson
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||considered but not required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Clemson?
Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.
Average Test Scores
About 59% of students accepted to Clemson submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 610 and 690. Math scores were between 600 and 700.
Can I Afford Clemson University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Clemson, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $10,001 a year. That adds up to $40,004 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Clemson is 3.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Clemson University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 5,538 graduate students at the school.
Of the 20,021 full-time undergraduates at Clemson, 50% are male and 50% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Clemson University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,149|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,198|
South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Clemson University. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 89 countries are represented at Clemson. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Iran.
Online Learning at Clemson University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Clemson has changed over the last few years.
This school is the most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of Clemson
The following table shows how Clemson is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Biological & Biomedical Sciences||#31||#31|
|Human Development & Family Studies||#46||#63|
|Agriculture & Agriculture Operations||#52||#52|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||#73||#96|
Online Growth Rankings of Clemson
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Clemson University was 38.0%. This is the #787 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Clemson regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Clemson majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Business Administration & Management||9%|
|Business, Management & Marketing||9%|
|Computer & Information Sciences||12%|
|Health & Physical Education||24%|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies||0%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Clemson ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Clemson.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies||#4|
|Health & Physical Education||#64|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies||#70|
|Human Development & Family Studies||#79|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||#97|
|Instructional Media Design||#98|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||#166|
|Computer & Information Sciences||#305|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||#306|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Clemson University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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