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Clemson University

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Clemson University was founded in 1889 after the death of Thomas Clemson. He donated his Fort Hill plantation and money for the establishment of the school after seeing first hand the devastation caused by the Civil War to the surrounding community and the economy. He wanted to make sure that young people in the area would have a chance to become educated and help revive South Carolina. Originally an all-white-male military school known as Clemson Agricultural School, it updated in 1955 to become a civilian co-ed institution.

Today, this public university is one of the top research schools in the nation. Set at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains with it’s own personal forest, undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered, and students can enroll in five different schools.


Students here enroll in one of these schools: College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities; College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences; College of Engineering & Science; College of Business & Behavioral Science; and College of Health, Education & Human Development. The university offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, Education Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees.

The five colleges have over 100 departments, including Aerospace Studies, Bioengineering, Cooperative Education, Environmental Toxicology, Mechanical Engineering, Policy Studies, Sociology, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, and many more. The Calhoun Honors College for gifted students who excelled in high school is also located on this campus.


Known primarily as a military school until 1955, there is still a military presence on campus. Along with being a host for the U.S. Marine Corps PLC Semper Fi Society, the school hosts the following programs:

  • Air Force ROTC
  • Army ROTC
  • Pershing Rifles
  • K-7 Scabbard and Blade
  • Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr. Squadron Arnold Air Society
  • Maj. Dennis H. Satler Chapter Silver Wings
  • Clemson Rangers

Online Learning

Distance education is also offered for those students seeking an alternative way of completing college credit. Through distance education, classes are conducted online or via video conferencing.


Motivated students are given the opportunity to attend Calhoun Honors College. Established in 1962, this college offers honors classes for students interested in getting an excelled and enriching education. Students interested must apply to be considered.


To assist working professionals, the university is part of a cooperative with six other South Carolina universities who offer classes at the University Center of Greenville. The universities included in this cooperative are: Clemson University, University of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, Furman University, Lander University, and the University of South Carolina Upstate.

The University Center of Greenville provides working professionals the opportunity to complete their undergraduate or graduate degrees within a flexible learning environment. Classes are offered during the day, in the evenings, on the weekends, and some can be found on the web.

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The school serves undergraduate students, graduate students, international students, and transfer students. To be considered, students must fill out an application form, a financial aid form (if needed), submit transcripts from high school or from another college or university, provide ACT or SAT test scores, and pay an application fee. The school’s application form can be downloaded from their website or completed online.

Admissions has grown more and more competitive in recent years, as the school continually receives more applications than available spots in the classroom. Therefore, officials generally look at a student’s high school curriculum, performance both in and out of the classroom, and scores on standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT, when evaluating an applicant.

Applicants to the graduate school must possess a four year degree from a university that meets Clemson’s academic standards. They will also need to submit standardized test scores, official transcripts, and any letters of recommendation. Moreover, graduate student applicants can submit their theses and dissertations online.

Students who apply to the Calhoun Honors College must have been in the top ten of their high school graduating class, as well as a minimum score of 30 on the ACT or 1300 on the SAT (with a minimum score of 620 on the critical reading and math sections). Those accepted to Calhoun must maintain at least a 3.4 grade point average their freshman year.

Financial Aid

Several financial aid options are offered which include loans, grants, scholarships, and student employment. Students can find detailed information with descriptions of all financial aid options on the university’s website. In addition, all appropriate forms for applying for financial assistance can be downloaded from the school’s website. Applicants should begin by filling out and submitting a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which can be done online.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 89th for the average student loan amount.
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Founded in 1889, the Tigers men’s sports include baseball, cross country, golf, football, basketball, soccer, tennis, track & field, and swimming & diving. There are eight women’s sports which include volleyball, basketball, cross country, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, rowing, and soccer.

In addition, the school has a cheerleading squad and a dancing team.

The athletic program is probably best known for its football team, which competes in the NCAA’s Atlantic Coast Conference (as do most Clemson teams). The team plays in the 80,000-seat Memorial Stadium, and has one of college football’s greatest traditions where the players rub Howard’s Rock for good luck as they come down The Hill and take the field. Alumni include former NFL stars Dwight Clark, Levon Kirkland, Brian Dawkins, and William Perry.

The school also has an extensive intramural program, with 4-on-4 flag football, dodgeball, sand volleyball, softball, and ultimate Frisbee among the sixteen sports offered.


Accreditation is provided by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Ranks 1st in South Carolina and 82nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in South Carolina and 297th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 6 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 29 0.15
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 13 0.07
Arrest 66 0.33

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 30 0.21
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 77 0.55
Larceny 272 1.93
Vehicle theft 42 0.30

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4503

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 396th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $12,230 $12,230 $29,664
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $824 $824 $824
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $564 $564 $1,321
FT Graduate Tuition $7,962 $7,962 $16,670
FT Graduate Required Fees $780 $780 $780
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $766 $766 $766
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $28,502 $28,502 $45,936
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,698 $27,698 $45,132
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,360 $20,360 $37,794

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,304 $12,674 $12,304 $12,674 $28,462 $29,600
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,090 $1,098
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,228 $7,914
On-Campus – Other Expenses $6,004 $6,496
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $9,454
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $4,124
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $6,310

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$80
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 18,500 (8,487 male / 10,013 female)
Admitted 10,706 (4,910 male / 5,796 female)
Admission rate 58%
First-time Enrollment 3,463 (1,731 male / 1,732 female)
FT Enrollment 3,435 (1,714 male / 1,721 female)
PT Enrollment 28 (17 male / 11 female)
Total Enrollment21,303

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Atlantic Coast Conference

ACT Test Admission

103rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 36%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 31

SAT Test Admission

142nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 64%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 660
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 590 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1150 / 1340

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity6,090
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 371st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $91,135 ($99,090 male / $68,337 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,101 (712 male / 389 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,199
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $46,995,870

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