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How Well Is Clemson University Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Clemson University was awarded 100 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biological and biomedical sciences.

Overall Quality

Clemson landed the #108 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Clemson held the #139 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Clemson also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking.

See all of the rankings for Clemson University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Clemson?

Acceptance Rate

Clemson University has an acceptance rate of 47%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Clemson.

Average Test Scores

About 39% 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 620 and 690. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clemson University  ( 620 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Clemson University  ( 600 to 700 )
Clemson received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Clemson University  ( 27 to 31 )

Learn more about Clemson University admissions.

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

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Clemson University is 92%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  92 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Clemson University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Clemson University has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Clemson for first-time, full-time students is 58%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  58 out of 100

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

Good Overall Diversity at Clemson

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,402 undergraduates at Clemson with 18,642 being full-time and 760 being part-time.

Clemson Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Clemson is 77.87 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  77.87 out of 100
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How Much Does Clemson University Cost?

The overall average net price of Clemson is $17,696. 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 +
$12,679 $14,137 $18,021 $19,963 $20,419

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Clemson, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $8,586 a year. That adds up to $34,344 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clemson is 1.9%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Clemson make around $52,400 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Clemson students since it is 28% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Clemson University make the most money.

Location of Clemson University

Located in Clemson, South Carolina, Clemson University is a public institution. Clemson is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Clemson University

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 93 majors graduated from Clemson University. Of these students, 4,548 received undergraduate degrees and 1,626 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 293 $40,800
General Biology 284 $25,900
General Psychology 247 $27,900
Marketing 235 $42,900
Mechanical Engineering 227 $64,100
Recreation Administration 178 $28,000
Nursing 151 $57,000
Computer Information Systems 148 $63,400
Accounting 143 $43,700
Industrial Engineering 140 $65,500

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

Online Learning at Clemson

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 6,326 students took at least one online class at Clemson University. This is an increase from the 5,663 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 6,326 1,386
2016-2017 5,663 1,145
2015-2016 4,648 896
2014-2015 4,585 864
2013-2014 3,966 809

Learn more about online learning at Clemson University.

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