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Clemson University Data & Information Overview

455 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
49% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Clemson University Ranked?

#107 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in SC
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 455 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, & fitness studies.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Clemson is ranked #107 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Clemson held the #109 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Clemson is also ranked #1 out of 44 schools in South Carolina.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Clemson?

49% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
40% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Clemson University is a competitive 49%, 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 40% 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 700. Math scores were between 610 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clemson University  ( 610 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for Clemson University  ( 610 to 720 )
Clemson received ACT scores from 30% 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

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
93% Full Time Teachers

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

94% Freshmen Retention
60% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

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 60%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  60 out of 100

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

Clemson University Undergraduate Student Diversity

20,021 Full-Time Undergraduates
18.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.0% Percent Women

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?

$21,262 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
$39,372 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Clemson is $21,262. 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 +
$13,744 $16,650 $20,797 $23,993 $24,808

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $9,843 a year. That adds up to $39,372 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clemson is 1.7%. 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?

$63,857 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Clemson with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $63,857 in their early years. That's great news for Clemson students since it is 50% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Clemson University make the most money.

Location of Clemson University

South Carolina State
20,021 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
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

96 Majors With Completions
5,360 Undergraduate Degrees
2,056 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 96 majors graduated from Clemson University. Of these students, 5,360 received undergraduate degrees and 2,056 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 338 $42,536
General Psychology 316 $28,522
Historic Preservation 316 NA
General Biology 313 $21,728
Mechanical Engineering 288 $66,398
Marketing 262 $48,888
Nursing 231 $61,981
Finance & Financial Management 213 $52,256
Industrial Engineering 160 $65,182
Computer Information Systems 145 $63,762

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

Online Learning at Clemson

49% Take At Least One Class Online
8% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 13,327 students took at least one online class at Clemson University. This is a decrease from the 22,531 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 13,327 2,166
2019-2020 22,531 3,018
2018-2019 7,423 1,622
2017-2018 6,326 1,386
2016-2017 5,663 1,145

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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