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Clemson University Overview

Clemson University is a public institution located in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Clemson University Known For?

4,831 Undergraduate Awards
$44,326 Avg Cost After Aid
47% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.
  • The highest award offered at Clemson is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 92% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Clemson with a bachelor's degree make about $52,400 a year. That's 28% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Clemson University Rankings

We have ranked Clemson as #301 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #3 out of 34 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.

Clemson has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#63 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#108 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#133 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Clemson.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Recreation Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Writing Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Romance Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Industrial Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Fine & Studio Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Clemson has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Recreation Administration College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#37 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#40 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#59 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#175 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Clemson University?

Location of Clemson University

Contact details for Clemson are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: 864-656-4636
Website: www.clemson.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clemsonuniv
Twitter: https://twitter.com/clemsonuniv

How Do I Get Into Clemson?

You can apply to Clemson online at: www.clemson.edu/admissions/undergraduate/index.html

Admission Requirements for Clemson

Submission Required?
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
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Clemson?

47% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
39% Submit SAT Scores
Clemson has a fairly low acceptance rate of 47%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 45%, and the acceptance rate for women is 49%.

Average Test Scores

About 39% 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 620 and 690. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clemson University  ( 620 to 690 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Clemson University  ( 600 to 700 )
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800
Clemson received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 30. Composite scores were between 27 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Clemson University  ( 28 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Clemson University  ( 26 to 30 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Clemson University  ( 27 to 31 )
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36

Can I Afford Clemson University?

$44,326 Net Price
40% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Clemson is $44,326. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Clemson, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $8,747 a year. That adds up to $34,988 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clemson is 2.9%. 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

19,486 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 20,195 undergraduate students at Clemson, with 19,486 being full-time and 709 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Clemson

There are also 5,627 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,486 full-time undergraduates at Clemson, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Clemson

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Clemson University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Clemson Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 506
Black or African American 1,181
Hispanic or Latino 1,073
White 15,686
International Students 167
Other Races/Ethnicities 873

Geographic Diversity

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

1,386 Took All Classes Online
6,326 Took At Least One Class Online
14.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 18 master’s degree programs available online at Clemson. In 2017-2018, 6,326 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Clemson has changed over the last few years.

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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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Clemson

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Clemson University was 14.8%. This is the #1,084 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 13%
Business, Management & Marketing 7%
Civil Engineering 18%
Communication & Journalism 28%
Communication & Media Studies 38%
Computer Programming 33%
Education 7%
Educational Administration 23%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 22%
General Education 86%
Health & Physical Education 52%
Health Professions 1%
Human Development & Family Studies 22%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 10%
Nursing 5%
Public Administration 27%
Public Administration & Social Service 16%
Public Relations & Advertising 21%

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
Agricultural Production #1
Recreation Administration #3
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies #6
Construction Management #8
Industrial Engineering #11
Systems Engineering #12
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #13
Civil Engineering #14
General Biology #14
Other Health Professions #15
Public Relations & Advertising #15
Student Counseling #18
Computer Programming #19
Electrical Engineering #21
Writing Studies #25
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #26
Human Development & Family Studies #38
Public Administration #39
English Language & Literature #41
Communication & Media Studies #41
Health & Physical Education #43
Engineering #43
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #45
Human Resource Management #49
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #49
General Education #55
Communication & Journalism #61
Special Education #66
Teacher Education Subject Specific #77
Public Administration & Social Service #88
Teacher Education Grade Specific #106
Educational Administration #107
Computer & Information Sciences #142
Nursing #217
Education #274
Business Administration & Management #328
Health Professions #358
Business, Management & Marketing #409

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.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 330 9 218 5 562
General Biology 0 280 0 101 4 385
Marketing 41 268 0 7 0 316
Mechanical Engineering 0 245 0 55 11 311
Industrial Engineering 72 154 0 56 5 287
General Psychology 0 283 0 0 0 283
Accounting 0 141 0 108 0 249
Nursing 0 163 0 55 0 218
Civil Engineering 0 118 43 37 16 214
Computer Information Systems 0 140 0 47 7 194
Recreation Administration 0 141 2 43 8 194
Biomedical Engineering 0 112 1 50 14 177
Finance & Financial Management 0 142 0 0 0 142
Economics 0 119 0 5 15 139
Electrical Engineering 4 80 0 27 8 119
Animal Science 0 108 0 0 0 108
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 102 0 5 0 107
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 88 0 16 0 104
Student Counseling 0 0 34 67 0 101
Chemical Engineering 0 88 0 3 6 97
Mathematics 0 50 0 35 12 97
Other Health Professions 11 85 0 0 0 96
General Education 0 0 0 92 0 92
Other Engineering 5 0 6 62 11 84
Computer Engineering 0 62 0 15 4 81
Political Science & Government 0 81 0 0 0 81
General English Literature 0 70 0 6 0 76
Food Science Technology 0 61 0 10 3 74
Design & Applied Arts 0 68 0 3 0 71
General Architecture 0 59 8 1 0 68
Engineering-Related Fields 0 61 0 5 2 68
Writing Studies 0 63 0 5 0 68
Construction Management 0 57 1 8 0 66
Educational Administration 0 0 25 20 21 66
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 57 0 5 3 65
History 0 56 0 5 0 61
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 58 0 0 1 59
Materials Engineering 0 44 0 5 9 58
Sociology 0 51 0 0 0 51
Agricultural Production 0 46 0 4 0 50
Genetics 0 47 0 0 3 50
Environmental Engineering 0 30 0 17 1 48
Human Development & Family Studies 0 2 24 16 3 45
Chemistry 0 26 0 0 15 41
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 23 0 14 0 37
Public Administration 0 0 10 27 0 37
Plant Sciences 0 12 0 13 10 35
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 34 0 0 0 34
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 0 31 0 31
Forestry 0 23 0 6 2 31
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 29 0 29
Public Health 18 0 0 10 0 28
Natural Resources Conservation 0 28 0 0 0 28
Physics 0 21 0 2 4 27
Fine & Studio Arts 0 19 0 7 0 26
Real Estate 0 0 0 25 0 25
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 15 0 10 0 25
Other Visual Art 0 25 0 0 0 25
Public Relations & Advertising 0 23 1 0 0 24
Special Education 0 20 0 4 0 24
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 24 0 0 0 24
Romance Languages 0 24 0 0 0 24
Wildlife Management 0 0 0 21 3 24
Criminology 0 24 0 0 0 24
Landscape Architecture 0 13 0 7 0 20
Agricultural Engineering 0 18 0 1 1 20
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 19 0 19
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 12 7 19
Information Science 0 17 0 0 0 17
Philosophy 0 17 0 0 0 17
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 16 0 16
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 9 7 16
Computer Programming 0 0 0 15 0 15
Zoology 0 0 0 9 3 12
Anthropology 0 11 0 0 0 11
Horticulture 0 10 0 0 0 10
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 10 0 10
Religious Studies 0 10 0 0 0 10
Soil Sciences 0 9 0 0 0 9
Ethnic Studies 0 8 0 0 0 8
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 8 0 0 0 8
Environmental Design 0 0 0 0 7 7
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 2 2 4
General Sales & Marketing 4 0 0 0 0 4
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 4 4
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 4 0 0 0 4
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 4 0 4
Medical Science 0 0 3 0 0 3
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 3 3
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 2 2
Other Education 0 0 0 0 1 1
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 1 0 1
Agricultural Public Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ceramic Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
American Sign Language 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computational Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 155 4,676 167 1,518 243 6,759

References

*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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