Clemson University is a public land-grant research university in Clemson, South Carolina. Founded in 1889, Clemson is the second-largest university in the student population in South Carolina.
So far, Enrolled Students in Clemson.
For the fall 2019 semester, the university enrolled 20,195 undergraduate students and 5,627 graduate students, and the student/faculty ratio was 18:1. Clemson’s 1,400-acre campus is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campus now borders Lake Hartwell, which was formed by the dam completed in 1962. The university manages the nearby 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest used for research, education, and recreation.
It consists of seven colleges
Clemson University consists of seven colleges: Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; The Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business; Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences; Education; Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences; and Science. U.S. News & World Report ranks Clemson University at 74th for 2021 among all national U.S. universities. University to classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity.
Clemson University’s 2022-2023 Rankings
Clemson University is ranked #77 out of 443 National Universities. Schools are ranked according
to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.
#77 in National Universities (tie)
#46 in Best Colleges for Veterans (tie)
#66 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)
Clemson University Alumni Starting Salaries
Below are the median starting salaries by major for alumni of Clemson University.
Alumni’s Starting salary is $57,400
Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Clemson University Admissions
Clemson University admissions are more selective, with an acceptance rate of 49%. Half the applicants admitted to Clemson have an SAT score between 1220 and 1420 or an ACT score of 27 and 32. However, one-quarter of admitted applicants scored above these ranges, and one-quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline is May 1, and the application fee at University is $70.
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Academic Life at Clemson University
The student-faculty ratio at University is 16:1, and the school has 32.2% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Clemson University include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields; Psychology; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Education; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94%.
- Classes with fewer than 20 students32.2%
- 50 or more17%
Student Life at Clemson
Clemson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,653 (fall 2021), with a gender distribution of 49% male and 51% female students. At this school, 33% of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59% of students live off campus. In sports, Clemson is part of the NCAA I.
Student Gender Distribution
- Male 49%
- Female 51%
Clemson Tuition & Financial Aid
At Clemson University, 39% of full-time undergraduates receive need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,628.
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