Clemson University.

Clemson University

Clemson, SC4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Clemson University

Clemson University ([note a]) is a public, land-grant research university in Clemson, South Carolina. Founded in 1889, Clemson is the second-largest university in student population in South Carolina. For the fall 2019 semester, the university enrolled a total of 20,195 undergraduate students and 5,627 graduate students, and the student/faculty ratio was 18:1. Clemson's 1,400-acre campus is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and sits next to Lake Hartwell. The university manages the nearby 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest that is used for research, education, and recreation. Clemson University consists of seven colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business; Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; Education; Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; and Science. U.S. News & World Report ranks Clemson University tied at 79th for 2021 among all national public U.S. universities. Clemson University is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity."


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 19,172 students
  • 0.27 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Clemson University

Agricultural Economics
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences, Food Science, Biology, Microbiology, Accounting, Marketing, and Finance.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

12,380 students out of 26,242 applicants were accepted into Clemson University. They had an average SAT score of 1338. 39% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 61% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Clemson University was $36,058, while for in-state students it was $15,116. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $39,667.

The average financial aid at Clemson University is $10,849. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $25,209 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Clemson University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

73% of undergraduate students at Clemson University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Clemson University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Clemson University was of $9,592 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,346.

Diversity at Clemson University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017