This upstate South Carolina public land grant university, founded in 1889, is one of the nation’s leading public research institutions. It is a Carnegie R1 institution, renowned for its high research activity. Clemson offer more than 80 undergraduate majors and 130 graduate degree programs and it has the second-largest student population of any college or university in the state.
Overview of Clemson University
Clemson University’s seven colleges consist of Agriculture, Forestry, and the Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts, and Humanities; Business; Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences; Education; Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences; and Science. The college of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences has the largest number of students, with Business coming in second.
This university is committed to expanding its graduate programs while continuing its focus on improving its already highly ranked undergraduate offerings. In sports, the university is part of the NCAA I Division. Considered a more selective school, Clemson University has an acceptance rate of 47%. Fifty percent of the applicants admitted to the school have SAT scores between 1220 and 1400 or ACT scores of 27 and 32. U.S. News and World Report ranks Clemson University as #70 in its list of national universities.
As of Fall 2019, 51 percent of applicants were accepted by Clemson University.
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||16:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Considered But Not Required|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||May 1|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
For a recent academic year, tuition at Clemson University was $15,558 for in-state students, and $38,550 for out-of-state students. On-campus room and board were around $11,400. This means that total expenses for in-state students paying room and board was $32,462 and it was $55,454 for out-of-state students.
For the same year, 92% of undergraduates received some form of financial aid. The average amount of grant or scholarship aid received was $10,698, while the average Pell Grant was $4,521 and the average amount of federal student loan aid was $5,503. The average net price for in-state, full-time, freshmen a recent year was $21,482.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$10,698|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||92%|
|Room & Board||$11,414|
- Tuition In-State - $15,558
- Tuition Out-of-State - $38,550
- Books and Supplies - $1,436
- Room & Board - $11,414
- Other - $4,054
You’ll want to pay close attention to certain metrics when considering schools. As an example, the retention rate shows the number of first-time students who came back to the school the following year. Low retention rates may indicate serious underlying problems at the institution. Graduation rates reveal the percentage of first-time students completing their degrees within six years, or 150% of the standard program time. The same underlying issues may affect schools with low graduation rates.
Clemson University’s student-to-faculty ratio is solid at 16 to 1; this is quite good for a school of this size. Its retention rate for first-time students pursuing a bachelor’s degree is excellent, with 93% of full-time students and 100% of part-time students. The overall graduation rate is also fantastic, sitting at 84%.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Engineering Majors||951 Total Graduates / 20%|
|Mechanical Engineering||245 Graduates|
|Industrial Engineering||154 Graduates|
|Civil Engineering, General||118 Graduates|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering||112 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||938 Total Graduates / 20%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||330 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||268 Graduates|
|Finance, General||142 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||442 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||280 Graduates|
|Microbiology, General||57 Graduates|
|Animal Genetics||47 Graduates|
|Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences||348 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Animal Sciences, General||108 Graduates|
|Food Science||61 Graduates|
|Agricultural Business and Management, General||59 Graduates|
|All Social Sciences Majors||283 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Economics, General||119 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||79 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||36%|
Outcome & Salary
College graduates will earn considerably more than non-college graduates over their careers. College graduates can expect to earn around $58,000 annually in their early careers, with a mid-career salary average of around $108,000.
For the average net education price of $74,000, the ROI for 10 years of salary earnings potential is $656,170, while the ROI for 20 years of salary earnings potential is $1,745,170. That makes the 10-year projected ROI $581,338 and the 20-year projected ROI $1,670,338.
Compare that to the national average salary of $38,792 for someone without a college education. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$57,500|
|College Grads Average Salary||$68,116|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$106,700|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$681,160|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,748,160|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$85,928|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$595,232|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,662,232|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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