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Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

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Clemson University overview
Location Clemson, South Carolina
Online clemson.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Clemson University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Clemson University, founded in 1889, is a public research institution located in the town of Clemson in South Carolina, approximately 30 miles west of Greenville. Encompassing over 1,400 acres in a suburban setting, the campus features a prominent collection of Collegiate Gothic architecture. Clemson is characterized by a higher-than-average selectivity in its admissions process. The university offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strengths in engineering, business, and the sciences. Students are accommodated in on-campus housing options that contribute to a residential college experience. Clemson is also recognized for its NCAA Division I athletics, particularly in football, where the Clemson Tigers have achieved notable success on the national stage.

In the most recent statistical year 52,819 prospective students applied, and 22,704 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,588 enrolled in the school.  25,034 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,432 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $14,118 plus fees of $1,440. Clemson is ranked 133 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Clemson is rated within the top 24% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
Clemson University overview
SAT 1220/1410
ACT 28/32
Estimated GPA 3.75

Applications Accepted

Clemson University overview
Applications Due May 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend

South Carolina Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Clemson University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,388
Other Fees$1,440
Room and Board $12,350
Budget for Other Expenses$5,454
Total One Year Cost$34,750

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Clemson University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,388
Other Fees$1,440
Room and Board $12,350
Budget for Other Expenses$5,454
Total One Year Cost$58,694

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$57,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

80% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Clemson University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Engineering 17%
Health Professions 9%
Social Sciences 7%
Biology 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217882 IPEDS survey data for Clemson University.

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