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About Clemson

Clemson University is a nationally ranked research institution that combines the benefits of a major land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university with a strong commitment to teaching and student success. In an environment more common to private, liberal arts colleges, Clemson offers academic, community service, and social opportunities found at major public universities—all on a beautiful campus surrounded by lakes, forests, and mountains. With an enrollment of 25,000 (20,000 undergraduates), classes are strategically managed to ensure small sizes, a 19:1 student-faculty ratio, and high retention and graduation rates. Clemson scores well above the national average on annual student engagement and satisfaction surveys and recently earned national recognition for its living-learning communities, Creative Inquiry undergraduate research program, and student participation in service-learning and civic engagement.

Clemson University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson was founded in 1889 and now enrolls around 26,406 students a year, including 20,868 undergrads. Clemson offers on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Clemson! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Clemson's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Clemson students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Clemson has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Clemson has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Clemson on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Clemson on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! May 1, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by February 15.

2021 Clemson Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 62%
Average GPA 4.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 59%
In-State Tuition $13,838
Out-of-State $36,430
Percent of Need Met 50%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,592

Is Clemson a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a university is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a clearer idea of what Clemson offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

Clemson Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into Clemson. Clemson admitted 62% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 28,599 students applied to Clemson and 17,715 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Clemson

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Clemson, around 94% come back the next year. Clemson's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 85%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Clemson Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 45% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Clemson's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $518.6 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $10,188 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Clemson

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Clemson meets 50% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,592 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $32,510 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Clemson. Based on this information, how does Clemson sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Clemson a good school for you?

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Where is Clemson University Located?

Clemson is located in the small town setting of Clemson, South Carolina.

If you want to see Clemson for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 85 to Clemson, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Greenville-Spartanburg International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Clemson and Clemson are like without leaving home.

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College Info

105 Sikes Hall Clemson, SC 29634

Campus Setting: Small Town

Clemson Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Clemson is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Clemson is Jul 1.

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Clemson ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 32

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Clemson SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1230 - 1380


Math SAT Range

600 - 700


Reading SAT Range

610 - 690

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Clemson Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Clemson is like? There are approximately 26,406 students enrolled at Clemson, including 20,868 undergraduate students and 5,538 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 64% percent are from SC and 36% percent of students are from other states.


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