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Clemson University

Clemson, SC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate49%
Acceptance Rate49%

About Clemson

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 and why Clemson continues to attract a talented student body.

Clemson University Overview

Clemson University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson was founded in 1889 and enrolls around 27,341 students per year year, which includes 21,653 undergrads. Clemson provides housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is May 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by February 15.

Student Activities at Clemson

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school'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.

Excited for Greek life? Clemson has both 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.

2022 Clemson Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 49%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 40%
In-State Tuition $14,118
Out-of-State $38,062
Percent of Need Met 47%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $13,011

Is Clemson a Good School?


There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better sense of what Clemson offers and if the college could be a good choice for you.

Clemson Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Clemson. The university admitted 49% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 47,007 applications received in 2022, 23,138 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Clemson

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

Approximately 94% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Clemsonreturn for their sophomore year. Around 85% of students who started at Clemson earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. 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. 45% of graduates from Clemson recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with Clemson directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

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.

Clemson's endowment was valued at $518.6 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. 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 47% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $13,011 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $32,934 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. 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, does Clemson seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! 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 would like to see Clemson for yourself, be sure to 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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Clemson University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Clemson ACT Scores

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ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above

Good

27 to 32

Avg

27 and Less

Low

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Clemson SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1400

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Math SAT Range

610 - 720

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Reading SAT Range

610 - 700

Clemson Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$28,602

In State

$51,594

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$14,118
$37,110
Fees
$1,002
$1,002
Housing
$12,234
$12,234
Books
$1,248
$1,248

Student Life

Wondering what life at Clemson is like? There are approximately 27,341 students enrolled at Clemson, including 21,653 undergraduate students and 5,688 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 57% percent are from SC and 43% percent of students are from other states.

96%

Full Time

4%

Part Time

57%

In State

43%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

27,341

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

49%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$15,120

Out-of-State

$38,112

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

May 1
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