About Clemson University

Founded in 1889, Clemson University. is a Public college. Located in South Carolina, which is a city setting in South Carolina, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 18,599 full time undergraduate students, and 4,807 full time graduate students.

The Clemson University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 1173 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Clemson University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate50%
Application Deadline
Application Fee70
SAT Range1150-1340
ACT Range26-31

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,201% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

97% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 84% were in the top quarter, and 54% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Clemson University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
31%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
5%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
17%
“Sometimes, but not often”
58%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
27%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
68%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
3%
“We bought the gear”
96%
“We live for the big game”
15%
“It”s not really our thing”
30%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
49%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
7%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
58%
“They keep regular office hours”
32%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
9%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
77%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
12%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
15%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
49%
“We only party on weekends”
32%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
9%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
63%
“There might be people who do”
26%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
31%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
5%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
17%
“Sometimes, but not often”
58%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
27%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
68%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
3%
“We bought the gear”
96%
“We live for the big game”
15%
“It”s not really our thing”
30%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
49%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
7%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
58%
“They keep regular office hours”
32%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
9%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
77%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
12%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
15%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
49%
“We only party on weekends”
32%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
9%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
63%
“There might be people who do”
26%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Clemson University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    329 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    195 Students rated off-campus housing 4.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    342 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    344 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    342 Students rated class size 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    342 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    344 Students rated local services 4 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    344 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Clemson University?

197 Students rated Clemson University

Justin - 11/18/2021

I think it is a good school but its gonna be awbhile before i actually get to college. So im taking my time wiht looking for where i wanna go. In the next three years i will continiue my reseasrch on schools and hoepfully this is the one i choose. The tour overall was well i think ic ould have gotten around more.

Caroline - 06/05/2021

Well, Clemson was not my first choice, I'll start there. There were other colleges I liked a bit more and I would not have applied to Clemson had they not sent me an application fee waiver in the mail. As soon as I realized that I wanted to pursue food science, my options were severely limited as Clemson was the only in state school that had my major. I couldn't afford to part with the in-state scholarships I had worked for. Clemson is competitive to get into, especially for in-state students, who are really only accepted by Clemson to meet a quota. The recent success of college football has caused this surge in interest, but I imagine that as the team comes off of a high, desire to attend the school will decline. Because of the heavy emphasis on sports, I do often feel a little out of place. I chose Clemson for academic and financial reasons, so it can be frustrating to be continuously questioned by peers and older adults alike why I bothered to attend the university if I'm not interested in football. Dorms are expensive and show age. I liked my dorm (I lived in Young Hall), but the restrooms could use renovations. The cafeteria food is not great most of the time, but sometimes you get lucky (the gyros from Schilletter are pretty good imo). Taking walks around campus is nice. If you are bothered by frat boys, truck boys, or sorority girls, go to a different school. Downtown is nice, but bar crawling happens every week starting Thursday and people will be drunk on campus pretty much any night of the week. Walls are thin, so you can hear rampant but pathetic sounding fornication. I really like my classes and the majority of the professors I have had so far. Professors will root for your success, but you do have to be persistent with reaching out and contacting them for help, info, or opportunities. Networking is very important, and Clemson is known for having an almost cult like networking system if you are able to interact with the right people at the right time. I do not plan on leaving. Every school has its flaws. I could get into the issues with housing, building care, racism and underrepresentation for minorities, and the blind eye to Title 9 violations, but a Google search should suffice if you're really curious. Good luck. If anyone reads this, I'd be happy to talk to you further and help the best I can. My school email is [email protected]

Haeli - 03/01/2021

Clemson is a great school for academics; albeit it can be extremely rigorous at times. However, the professors are friendly and I have never been unable to get in contact with them or felt "ignored." The food is okay, nothing special... your stomach may be upset a lot in the beginning before you get used to it. However, when you find something you like, don't eat it every day because once it becomes not good you'll have nothing to turn to. If you have to live in the shoeboxes, DO NOT expect much. Get your studies and try to apply for scholarships to move into something better after your freshman year.

Lori - 12/27/2020

Fabulous University. Second to none public university! The small town feel is a great alternative to more urban settings. The National Championship caliper football program has been a huge draw. The campus is beautiful, and the fan base for sports is amazing. The Paw is a brand you want to associate yourself with.

Clemson University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Clemson University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Clemson University is 50%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself to study more, I never had to in high school and I wish I had tried more during my freshman year. I also wish I had participated in certain clubs from freshman year onwards, and maybe broken out of my shell a little more.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    All of my classmates are motivated to do well.

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  4. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    I think most people feel that all college students want to do is party and get drunk.

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  5. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    There is a huge element of preppiness.

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  6. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Clemson is a school where everyone wears orange no matter if its a football Saturday in the fall, or a rainy day of class.

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  7. What are the academics like at your school?

    I would definitely recommend checking out your professors before signing up for their classes just because there are always duds at any school. I have had exceptional teachers as well as awful ones. The key is learning how to avoid the bad ones. Studying is a large element of campus life, just not on game days. Compared to most other schools I would say Clemson is more serious and more academically focused.

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  8. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Everyone goes to football games, no matter who we play. Not a large perecentage of the student body is greek, but there are definently benefits. I waited 3 semesters before going greek so I can say that while not greek, there is still plenty to do (house parties, bars, etc.), and if in a fraternity or sorority, you still can go to non-greek parties, you just have a group to go to Carolina Cup with, and formals to go to.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The reason that I picked Clemson University over other schools that I was accepted to was because it has a large population but not too spread out. On my visits it seemed to me that everyone was just a little happier. The weather here is great, and I liked there industrial engineering program. And last but certainly not least, Clemson has a lot of good sport team, GO TIGERS!

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is that it is not too restrictive. You can come here and be yourself because there is plenty of space.

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Clemson is a large college in a small town with a lot of technical focused academics and big sports emphasis.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who isn't career oriented. Someone who lacks motivation to succeed in life. Someone who only wants to attend college based on what television portrays. Someone who is not interested in school.

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish i had known that clemson's social environment was based mostly on greek affiliation. there aren't too many other options. I also wish i had know about the lack of diversity within the campus and the high degree of conservativism. These southern born individulas aren't very open minded with religion and politics which can be offensive. I didnt know that a lot of people leave Clemson on the weekends either to get away after football season is over.

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  14. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Too much drinking. Go to class and learn.

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  15. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The type of person that should attend this school is someone who is serious in getting a good education, good career, and a successful life.

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  16. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The thing that I like least about Clemson is first is you need a car to get to Wal-Mart and the general engineering class. The first general engineering class was worthless; I can convert units and plug variables into equation. My professor was also worthless as it seemed he did not know any more than we did.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    If change is the only constant, then Clemson’s nursing program is extremely consistent. Each semester, a group of student liaisons meet with the dean of the nursing school to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the current program and discuss potential modifications that can be implemented to benefit future nursing students. The faculty’s receptivity/responsiveness to student feedback has spawned a program that continually evolves into a more effective institution. By embracing the necessity of change during the pursuit of academic excellence and recognizing the value of student contributions, Clemson Nursing provides the highest caliber of education possible.

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  18. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Football. Everyone around here knows football. Also synthetic marijuana.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    It is thought that Clemson is surrounded by cows. However, this is not true. There is a beef farm and a dairy farm associated with the school. Clemson was established as an agriculture school and it is a major part of the school's history. Clemson also has a swine, horse, sheep, and poultry farm associated with it. Clemson also has a great engineering school, so we're more than just cows and crops today!

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  20. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I wasn't sure where I wanted to go, but after visiting Clemson, I fell in love with the school. There is a great downtown area and the campus is beautiful. One of the selling factors was definitely the lake. Its gorgeous and will be wonderful once the weather warms up again. The people were very nice and overall it just seemed like a really fun place to be.

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  21. What are your classes like?

    Looks at student media at Clemson.

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Student Body

Students

48%

female

52%

male

18,599

Total Undergrad Enrollment

4,807

Total Grad Students

37%

Out-Of-State

62%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

370

Student Organizations

19

Fraternities

10

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

31%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
7%
% Hispanic/Latino
3%
% White or Caucasian
83%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

92% of students attending Clemson University receive some sort of financial aid. 16% were awarded federal grants. While 39% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$34,590

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,308

Books and Supplies

$9,144

Room and Board

45,042

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$12,905
$30 - $48K
$13,113
$48 - $75K
$16,863
$75 - $110K
$18,563
$110K & UP
$19,683

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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