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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 new SAT score of 1302, and more than half graduated in the top 10% of their high school class.

Clemson ranks 23rd 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, Money Magazine ranks Clemson #21 in the country—among both public and private institutions—for delivering the most value; that is, a great education at an affordable price that prepares students for rewarding careers. 

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 by The Princeton Review 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. 

Approximately 23,000 students select their majors from more than 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs offered by Clemson’s seven colleges: Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts, and Humanities; Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; Business; Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; Education; and Science. 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 18:1 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

Fast Facts

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

U.S. News & World Report ranks Clemson 23rd among national public universities.  

 • There are more than 400 student clubs and organizations.

• The Princeton Review ranks Clemson #5 in the nation for “best career services” and “students pack the stadium.”

Kiplinger’s magazine ranks Clemson one of the 75 best values in public colleges—#24 in the nation and #1 in South Carolina.

• In 2015 more than 68% of entering freshmen received AP credit.

• Clemson’s 2016 freshman class has students from 42 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and four foreign countries. 

degree programs

• 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

• 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 and Human Nutrition

• Forest Resource Management

• Genetics

• Geology

• Graphic Communications

• Health Science

• History

• Horticulture

• Industrial Engineering

• Justice Studies

• 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

• Special Education

• Sports Communication

• Turfgrass

• Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

• Women’s Leadership

• World Cinema

• Youth Development Studies 


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