Clemson University

Clemson University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Clemson University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Clemson University was awarded 711 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is family and community services.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Clemson as #195 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Clemson is also ranked #2 out of 50 schools in South Carolina.

See all of the rankings for Clemson University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Clemson?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Clemson University is a competitive 62%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 59% 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 610 and 690. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clemson University  ( 610 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Clemson University  ( 600 to 700 )
Clemson received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Clemson University  ( 27 to 32 )

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Clemson University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Clemson University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Clemson University is 93%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  93 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Clemson University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 94% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Clemson University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Clemson the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 59%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  59 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Clemson University.

Clemson University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,868 undergraduates at Clemson with 20,021 being full-time and 847 being part-time.

How Much Does Clemson University Cost?

The overall average net price of Clemson is $20,008. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Clemson

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,698 $14,413 $18,971 $22,937 $23,933

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Clemson, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Clemson, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $10,001 a year. That adds up to $40,004 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clemson is 3.1%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Clemson Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Clemson make about $52,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Clemson graduates since it is 32% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Clemson University make the most money.

Location of Clemson University

Clemson University is a public institution situated in Clemson, South Carolina. The suburban atmosphere of Clemson makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for Clemson are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: 864-656-4636

Clemson University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 96 majors graduated from Clemson University. Of these students, 5,067 received undergraduate degrees and 1,943 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 379 $44,449
General Psychology 303 $27,947
General Biology 275 $25,804
Marketing 269 $49,191
Mechanical Engineering 228 $67,212
Finance & Financial Management 207 $55,190
Nursing 207 $60,373
Industrial Engineering 159 $69,338
Computer Information Systems 157 $70,370
Accounting 143 $49,270

Learn more about the majors offered at Clemson University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Clemson

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 22,531 students took at least one online class at Clemson University. This is an increase from the 7,423 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 22,531 3,018
2018-2019 7,423 1,622
2017-2018 6,326 1,386
2016-2017 5,663 1,145
2015-2016 4,648 896

Learn more about online learning at Clemson University.

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Notes and 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.


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