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Science & Engineering Profile

A Student-Centered Research University

Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science (CES) is educating students who are equipped with the knowledge and resources to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing humanity in the 21st century. The scientists and engineers who come to Clemson are the best and brightest, and they have been for over a century.

But here at Clemson, we realize that top-ranked academics are just the beginning of engineering a path toward the future. Here you’ll find hands-on learning opportunities that improve life locally and abroad. Here you’ll make career-building contacts with influential faculty and professionals—connections that will follow you long past graduation.
Enhance your mind
U.S.News & World Report ranks Clemson University #21 on its list of best national public universities, and our retention and graduation rates are among the highest in the nation. Clemson’s commitment to student achievement and professional success in such a distinctive academic environment makes our graduates some of the most well-rounded leaders, collaborators, and visionaries in their fields.

Find your passion
The College of Engineering and Science offers a broad range of rigorous and stimulating baccalaureate programs. In addition, students can choose from over 70 minors to complement their engineering or science degree. For more information, visit

Undergraduate research
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) are opportunities that are made available during the summer months. These research internships, often funded by the National Science Foundation or other public agencies, present a chance for students to get involved in innovative research projects and get paid for it!

Creative Inquiry (CI) at Clemson is one particularly imaginative program, combining engaged learning and undergraduate research to allow students to solve local, national, and even international problems. Sometimes these problems are posed by professors, but just as often inquiries are initiated by the students themselves. As a result, CI participants develop critical-thinking skills while honing communication and presentation skills. In 2014–2015, 4,179 students participated in 762 CI teams. About 800 were CES students.

Calhoun Honors College
Nearly 1,500 of Clemson’s most academically competitive students from all five colleges and the Eugene T. Moore School of Education call our Calhoun Honors College home. The Honors College combines the strengths of a public land-grant university with those of a highly selective small college. Here’s a snapshot of the 2015 freshman honors class:
• 291 students
• 1440 average SAT
• 33 average ACT
• Top 2.77% average high school class rank

EUREKA! (Experiences in Undergraduate Research, Exploration, and Knowledge Advancement) is a five-week opportunity available to incoming first-year honors students. Through EUREKA! honors students conduct research with some of Clemson’s top faculty in one-on-one mentored relationships or as part of a research team.

Campus life
Clemson has a reputation for being one of the friendliest campuses in the nation. We offer a lively and nurturing social environment with more than 400 clubs, organizations, and athletic groups. Clemson is ranked #2 among colleges where “their students love these colleges” and seventh nationally for having the “happiest students,” according to The Princeton Review, 2016. Being part of the Clemson family means lifelong connections with people all over the world and the feeling of coming home every time you step on campus. Here, there’s a place for everyone to get involved.

Our 1,400-acre main campus is surrounded by the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest and includes a 295-acre botanical garden. Situated in a college town, we’ve repeatedly been recognized for maintaining the nation’s best town-gown relations

If you’re ready to start your adventures with Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science, then visit us at, where you can fill out an online application. There you’ll find information, admission requirements, and application timelines that will help guide you through the application and acceptance process.

Admission to the College of Engineering and Science is highly competitive. Students who are accepted to this program typically have taken a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that shows an emphasis on math and science courses. Some of the factors we consider when reviewing freshman applications include class standing, standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), grades, and choice of major.

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 21. The application fee is $70.

Financial aid
Ninety-three percent of first-time students receive financial aid at Clemson. We’re lauded as a great return on investment and a “best value” in public colleges. We’re also ranked #25 in the nation among universities that pay you back—without aid (The Princeton Review, 2015). Check out our financial aid and scholarship opportunities at

Visit us
We offer structured afternoon tours on select Fridays in the fall and spring for those considering engineering majors. Prospective science students may arrange an individual appointment with faculty from their area of interest. To schedule tours of the College of Engineering and Science, visit

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center offers a variety of informational services, including guided tours, audiovisuals, general/referral information, departmental contacts, and publications about the University and surrounding areas. Group tours may be scheduled by calling 864-656-4789 or visiting




Fast Facts
• #21: Ranked among national public universities for eight consecutive years (U.S.News & World Report, 2016)
• 1 of 11: Recognized nationally for making writing a priority across all disciplines (U.S.News & World Report, 2016)
• #16: Most innovative university among all national public universities (U.S.News & World Report, 2016)
• #2: Ranking Clemson received among colleges where “their students love these colleges,” according to The Princeton Review, 2016
• #1: Ranking of Clemson’s career services program, according to The Princeton Review, 2016
• 95%: Clemson seniors who have taken part in an internship, research project, study abroad, or other student engagement opportunity (2014 National Survey of Student Engagement)
• #1: National ranking among universities for the best alumni network (The Princeton Review, 2015)
• 92%: Students who would choose Clemson again if given the chance (2014 National Survey of Student Engagement)
• #14: Ranking of freshman ACT scores among all national public universities (U.S.News & World Report, 2016)
• #1: National ranking for “town-gown relations” (The Princeton Review, 2016)

Undergraduate Engineering Majors
• General Engineering
• Bioengineering
• Biosystems Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Industrial Engineering
• Materials Science and Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Science Majors
• Chemistry
• Computer Information Systems
• Computer Science
• Geological Sciences
• Mathematical Sciences
• Physics and Astronomy