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Undergrad Profile


A Student-Centered Research University

Clemson University is a nationally ranked, science and technology-oriented research university that is also a student-centered community with a commitment to superior undergraduate teaching. Clemson students are, according to guidebooks and student reviews, among the nation’s happiest. They’re also among the brightest. This year’s freshman class boasts an average SAT score of 1246, and more than half graduated in the top 10% of their high school class.

Clemson ranks 20th among the country’s top public universities, according to U.S.News & World Report, and is the #1 choice of South Carolina’s best high school students, the Palmetto Fellows. On the national scale, SmartMoney ranks Clemson #7 in the country—among both public and private institutions—for payback ratio, which is a calculation involving graduates’ lifetime earning potential and the cost of out-of-state tuition.

Clemson University is located along the shores of Hartwell Lake in Upstate South Carolina, about halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte on the bustling I-85 business corridor. Situated in a college town, the school has repeatedly been recognized for maintaining the nation’s best town-gown relations. Its 1,400-acre main campus is surrounded by the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest and includes a 295-acre botanical garden.

At Clemson approximately 21,000 students select their majors from more than 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs offered by its Colleges: Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts, and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Science; Engineering and Science; Health, Education, and Human Development; and the Eugene T. Moore School of Education. Search for your desired major at clemson.edu/degrees.

Clemson has approximately 1,100 full-time and more than 200 part-time faculty. Undergraduate enrollment is managed to ensure small classes, a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, and high retention and graduation rates. Clemson scores above the national average on student engagement and satisfaction surveys and has earned national recognition for Creative Inquiry, its undergraduate research program; living-learning communities; campus internship programs; writing across the curriculum; and participation in community service.

The Calhoun Honors College challenges exceptional students with specialized courses taught by Clemson’s best professors. Honors students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of innovative learning experiences on campus, across the nation, and around the world.

Clemson was founded in 1889 through a bequest from Thomas Green Clemson, a Philadelphia-born, European-educated engineer, musician, and artist who married John C. Calhoun’s daughter, Anna, and settled at her family estate in South Carolina. Clemson believed the way to rebuild his adopted state’s war-ravaged economy was through scientific education, so he left his home and fortune to the state of South Carolina to create the institution that bears his name.

For more information, go to clemson.edu. To schedule a campus tour, call the Class of ’44 Visitors Center at 864-656-4789 or visit clemson.edu/visit.

To apply, go to applyweb.com/apply/ clemson/index.html to create an account and get started. To ensure a mid-February notification of fall admission, you must apply by December 1. To be considered for an academic recruiting scholarship, you must apply by December 31. The application fee is $70.

AT A GLANCE

• If they had to do it over, 92% of seniors would attend Clemson again.

• U.S.News & World Report ranks Clemson 20th among national public universities.
 
• There are more than 400 student clubs and organizations.

• The Princeton Review ranks Clemson #1 in the nation for its town-gown relations and participation in intramural sports.

• Kiplinger’s magazine ranks Clemson one of the 75 best values in public colleges—#31 in the nation and #1 in South Carolina.

• In 2014 more than 65% of entering freshmen received AP credit.

• Clemson’s 2014 freshman class has students from 43 states, the District of Columbia, and nine foreign countries.


Majors
• Accounting
• Agribusiness
• Agricultural education
• Agricultural mechanization and business
• Animal and veterinary sciences
• Anthropology
• Architecture
• Art
• Biochemistry
• Bioengineering
• Biological sciences
• Biosystems engineering
• Chemical engineering
• Chemistry
• Civil engineering
• Communication studies
• Computer engineering
• Computer information systems
• Computer science
• Construction science and management
• Early childhood education
• Economics
• Electrical engineering
• Elementary education
• English
• Environmental and natural resources
• Environmental engineering
• Financial management
• Food science
• Forest resource management
• Genetics
• Geology
• Graphic communications
• Health science
• History
• Horticulture
• Industrial engineering
• Landscape architecture
• Language and international health
• Language and international trade
• Management
• Marketing
• Materials science and engineering
• Mathematical sciences
• Mathematics teaching
• Mechanical engineering
• Microbiology
• Modern languages (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish)
• Nursing
• Packaging science
• Pan African studies
• Parks, recreation, and tourism management
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Plant and environmental sciences
• Political science
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-professional health studies
• Pre-rehabilitation sciences
• Pre-veterinary medicine
• Production studies in performing arts
• Psychology
• Religious studies
• Science teaching
• Secondary education
• Sociology
• Soils and sustainable crop systems
• Special education
• Sports communication
• Turfgrass
• Wildlife and fisheries biology
• Women’s leadership
• World cinema

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