Clemson University

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105 Sikes Hall

Clemson, SC 29634

Phone: (864) 656-3311
2013-2014 Tuition
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May 1
application deadline

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#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. National Universities

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Clemson University is a public institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,562, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 17,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clemson University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 62. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,382 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $30,816 (2013-14).

As a student at Clemson, get ready to love the color orange. The orange Clemson Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. The teams are supported by notoriously passionate student fans and two costumed student mascots, known as The Tiger and The Tiger Cub. There are more than 400 student clubs and organizations, and about 25 percent of students are involved in the school's large Greek system. Clemson is set on Hartwell Lake, where students can sail, swim and fish. For indoor fun, the on-campus Underground Recreation Center has a bowling alley, arcade and billiards room. Students can travel for free on campus bus system The CAT, which connects students between Clemson University and the nearby city of Clemson, S.C. The city of Clemson is within walking distance of campus, too, and offers a typical active college scene with many shopping, dining and nightlife options. Freshmen must live in university housing, and nearly half of all students choose to live on the school's picturesque, tree-lined campus.

Clemson University is a land-grant institution that conducts research for the betterment of the community. Students and faculty are involved in projects ranging from improving irrigation systems to lowering youth bullying rates in South Carolina schools. Clemson has graduated many famous athletes, including former Washington Redskins center Jeff Bostic and PGA Tour golfer Lucas Glover. Other notable alumni include politicians such as former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond and business personalities like George H. Ross, advisor to Donald Trump on "The Apprentice" and executive vice president and senior counsel for the Trump Organization.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Clemson University has become one of the country's top national public universities by combining the benefits of a major research university with a strong commitment to quality teaching and individual student success.
Ranked 25th among all national public universities by U.S.News & World Report, Clemson consistently attracts top students. More than half of incoming students are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, and together they have an average grade point of 4.2.
Clemson students are successful in and out of the classroom. They have both high freshman retention and graduation rates, and are ranked by The Princeton Review as being among the country's top 5 in terms of "happiest." Clemson students also have exceptional access to hands-on experience. U.S.News & World Report lists Clemson among the top 10 universities to produce the largest percentage of interns.
A unique form of undergraduate research, known as Creative Inquiry, is a top priority here. More than 400 Creative Inquiry teams, made up of 3000 students, were active last year working on everything from designing new medical devices to monitoring cyber bullying to creating new water systems for people in impoverished countries.
Clemson students benefit from one of the country's top career services programs. Ranked No. 5 in the nation by The Princeton Review, the Center for Career and Professional Development offers a full range of services to help students find job, internship and co-op opportunities.
The Wall Street Journal's SmartMoney Magazine recognized the success of Clemson alumni when it named Clemson No. 7 among national universities, both public and private, in return on investment, a calculation based on graduates- lifetime earning potential and the cost of tuition.
Located in a college-town, lakefront setting, Clemson is home to a 17,500-acre forest and a 295-acre botanical garden. Undergraduate enrollment is managed to ensure small classes and an 18-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Clemson's 20,000 students can select from 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs offered by five colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Science; Engineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.
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General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $171,845,363


When applying to Clemson University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Clemson University is $70. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 57.9%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Clemson University is 18:1, and the school has 51.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Clemson University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Engineering 17%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 8%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 7%
Education 7%

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Student Life

Clemson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,562, with a gender distribution of 53.9 percent male students and 46.1 percent female students. At this school, 41 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59 percent of students live off campus. Clemson University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 20,768
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Clemson University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Clemson University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Clemson University, 74 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Clemson University.

Students who have cars on campus 74%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Clemson University, 58.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,256.

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In-state tuition and fees $13,382 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $30,816 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,142 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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