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Get the facts about Clemson University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Clemson University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 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 105 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is recreation administration.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Clemson as #144 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Clemson also holds the #2 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

The acceptance rate at Clemson University is a competitive 47%, 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 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

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 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.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Clemson

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,195 undergraduates at Clemson with 19,486 being full-time and 709 being part-time.

Clemson Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 87.19 out of 100, Clemson is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  87.19 out of 100
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How Much Does Clemson University Cost?

The overall average net price of Clemson is $18,252. 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 +
$13,131 $14,199 $18,356 $20,369 $21,052

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 40% of students took out student loans averaging $8,747 a year. That adds up to $34,988 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clemson is 2.9%. 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?

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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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 95 majors graduated from Clemson University. Of these students, 4,676 received undergraduate degrees and 1,761 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 330 $40,800
General Psychology 283 $27,900
General Biology 280 $25,900
Marketing 268 $42,900
Mechanical Engineering 245 $64,100
Nursing 163 $57,000
Industrial Engineering 154 $65,500
Finance & Financial Management 142 $46,000
Recreation Administration 141 $28,000
Accounting 141 $43,700

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 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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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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